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Appointment of Attorney General announced

Monday, 24 May 2010

First Minister Peter Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA have announced the appointment of Mr John F Larkin QC as Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

Welcoming the appointment Mr Robinson said: “I welcome that John Larkin has accepted the appointment of Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

“Whilst we are grateful to successive Attorneys General who took a genuine interest in the affairs of Northern Ireland, having a local Attorney clearly places the rule of law at the very heart of Government here in Northern Ireland.”

Speaking about the appointment Mr McGuinness said: “The appointment of John Larkin is an historic one as it puts in place an independent, non-political, local Attorney General.”

He added: “This appointment puts in place a key element in taking forward the newly transferred Justice powers.”

Responding to his appointment Mr Larkin said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as the first local Attorney General in some 37 years. I am grateful for having been given such an historic opportunity to contribute to the rule of law and the good government of Northern Ireland, and I look forward to meeting the challenges of this Office.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On devolution of justice, the arrangement whereby the Attorney General for England and Wales is also the Attorney General for Northern Ireland comes to an end. The appointment was made under the provisions of the Justice (NI) Act 2002. The Attorney General has a range of statutory and non-statutory responsibilities.
  2. The appointment is a full time, pensionable position attracting remuneration equivalent to that of a Lord Justice of Appeal and takes effect from 24 May for a four year period.
  3. All media inquiries should be directed to the OFMDFM Press Office on 028 9052 1905. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.