Proposals for reshaping NI Executive departments (12->9), but no word yet of any OFMdFM reform

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The Stormont House Agreement included the commitment: A reduction in the number of departments from twelve to nine should be made in time for the 2016 Assembly election, with the new allocation of departmental functions to be agreed by the parties. The BBC’s Gareth Gordon reports tonight on some early suggestions drawn up by the head of the NI Civil Service Malcolm McKibbin. Mr Robinson revealed to the assembly on Monday that a paper was presented to executive ministers last …

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Reducing the number of departments by one and missing the opportunity to meet manifesto commitments

Peter Robinson told me at the end of March that: I have a well worn copy of the manifesto because I keep it in front of me and I keep looking to see what else we have to do and we have to accomplish. Like many other local party leaders, this week’s settlement on the number of departments and method of selection of the Justice minster won’t require any pencil ticks to be made on the pages of Peter Robinson’s …

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