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Northern Ireland Executive

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The Northern Ireland Executive as established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 is the (currently suspended) executive body for Northern Ireland, answerable to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It consists of a First Minister who heads it and various ministers with individual portfolios and remits. The Assembly elects the First Minister and Executive.

The Executive officially took power on December 2, 1999, but was suspended on various occasions, the last effective from October 15, 2002, as Unionists refused to share power with Sinn Féin whose offices at Stormont had just been raided by Police investigating terrorist activity by members of their support staff. While it is suspended, the functions it exercised have reverted to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The seats were allocated in a power-sharing formula and were proportional to the number of members in the Assembly. In effect the Executive is a coalition between the four major parties including, the Ulster Unionist Party, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party. The Assembley uses the D'Hondt method for allocating the ministerial positions in the Executive.

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Northern Ireland Executive 1998-2002

First Minister of Northern Ireland

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.David Trimble July 1, 1998 July 1, 2001 Ulster Unionist Party
2.Reg Empey (acting) July 1, 2001 November 1, 2001 Ulster Unionist Party
David Trimble November 1, 2001 October 14, 2002 Ulster Unionist Party

Deputy-First Minister of Northern Ireland

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Seamus Mallon July 1, 1998 November 6, 2001 Social Democratic and Labour Party
2.Mark Durkan November 6, 2001 October 14, 2002 Social Democratic and Labour Party

Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Reg Empey November 29, 1999 October 14, 2002 Ulster Unionist Party

Minister for Finance & Personnel

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Mark Durkan November 29, 1999 December 14, 2001 Social Democratic and Labour Party
2.Seán Farren December 14, 2001 October 14, 2002 Social Democratic and Labour Party

Minister for Regional Development

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Peter Robinson November 29, 1999 November 24, 2000 Democratic Unionist Party
2.Gregory Cambell July 27, 2001 November 24, 2000 Democratic Unionist Party
Peter Robinson November 24, 2000 October 11, 2002 Democratic Unionist Party

Minister for Education

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Martin McGuinness November 29, 1999 October 14, 2002 Sinn Féin

Minister for the Environment

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Sam Foster November 29, 1999 February 20, 2002 Ulster Unionist Party
2.Dermot Nesbitt February 20, 2002 October 14, 2002 Ulster Unionist Party

Minister for Employment & Learning

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.*Seán Farren November 29, 1999 December 14, 2001 Social Democratic and Labour Party
2.Carmel Hanna December 14, 2001 October 14, 2002 Social Democratic and Labour Party
  • The position was originally called Minister for Further and Higher Education, Training and Development.

Minister for Social Development

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Nigel Dodds November 29, 1999 November 24, 2000 Democratic Unionist Party
2.Maurice Morrow July 27, 2001 November 24, 2000 Democratic Unionist Party
Nigel Dodds November 24, 2000 October 11, 2002 Democratic Unionist Party

Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Michael McGimpsey November 29, 1999 October 14, 2002 Ulster Unionist Party

Minister for Health, Social Services & Public Safety

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Bairbre de Brún November 29, 1999 October 14, 2002 Sinn Féin

Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1.Bríd Rogers November 29, 1999 October 14, 2002 Social Democratic and Labour Party

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