Your Executive

The Northern Ireland Executive is made up of the First Minister, deputy First Minister, two Junior Ministers and eight departmental ministers.

Photograph of the Northern Ireland Executive Ministers
Photograph of the Northern Ireland Executive Ministers

L-R (back row) Junior Minister Alastair Ross, Minister for Communities Paul Givan, Minister of Education Peter Weir, Junior Minister Megan Fearon.

L-R (front row) Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen, Minister of Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton, First Minister Arlene Foster, Minister of Justice Claire Sugden, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill and Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee exercises executive authority on behalf of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and takes decisions on significant issues and matters which cut across the responsibility of two or more Ministers. It also agrees proposals put forward by Ministers for new legislation in the form of ‘Executive Bills’ for consideration by the Assembly. It is also responsible for drawing up a programme for government and an agreed budget for approval by the Assembly.

Appointed by the Assembly

Ministers of the Executive are nominated by the political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The number of Ministers which a party can nominate is determined by its share of seats in the Assembly. The First Minister and deputy First Minister are nominated by the largest and second largest parties respectively and act as chairpersons of the Executive. Each Executive minister has responsibility for a specific Northern Ireland government department.

Ministerial Code

The Ministerial Code sets out the rules and procedures to which all ministers must adhere. It includes the Pledge of Office, the Ministerial Code of Conduct, and the seven principles of public life, as well as provisions governing the functioning of the Executive Committee.

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Northern Ireland Executive departments

Ministerial Code

The Ministerial Code sets out the rules and procedures for the exercise of the duties and responsibilities of Ministers and junior Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly as specified in the Belfast Agreement, the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the St Andrews Agreement and the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006.


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