Here comes the NI Assembly Ministerial Appointments Bill… [Eh? – Ed]

What on earth is this?

The second bit we knew about. The first bit though looks like a product or consequence of the talks. NIO say all will be revealed tomorrow.


  • Are we now in a de facto period of Direct Rule?

  • Peggy kelly

    It’s a dublin/London initiative

  • Smithborough

    All stages of the Bill to be passed on Monday, including consideration of House of Lords amendments.

  • Jag

    “Could be fixed date or open ended.”

    If the order/regulation/act next week is “open ended” then yes.

  • Nevin

    The Bill [pdf file]

    1 Extension of period for filling Ministerial offices
    (1) For the purposes of filling the Ministerial offices on the first occasion following
    the election of the Northern Ireland Assembly at the poll on 2 March 2017, the
    Northern Ireland Act 1998 has effect as if in section 16A(3) for “14 days” there
    were substituted “108 days”.
    (2) Subsection (1) is to be treated as having had effect at all times on and after 2
    March 2017.
    (3) In this section “the Ministerial offices” means—
    (a) the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister, and
    (b) the Ministerial offices to be held by Northern Ireland Ministers (within
    the meaning of the Northern Ireland Act 1998).

  • Skibo

    Would direct rule not require further legislation? This legislation merely extends the period allowed for appointing Ministers and allows the Rates to be collected.
    If the SOS leaves it open ended then he does not have a deadline to work to.