Northern Ireland Executive - Executive Committee

Executive Committee

The current Northern Ireland Executive, formed on 16 May 2011, is constituted as follows:

Portfolio Minister Party
First Minister Peter Robinson Democratic Unionist
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin
Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin
Culture, Arts & Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin
Education John O'Dowd Sinn Féin
Employment and Learning Stephen Farry Alliance
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster Democratic Unionist
Environment Alex Attwood SDLP
Finance & Personnel Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist
Health, Social Services & Public Safety Edwin Poots Democratic Unionist
Justice David Ford Alliance
Regional Development Danny Kennedy Ulster Unionist
Social Development Nelson McCausland Democratic Unionist

Two junior ministers in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister are not members of the Executive but also attend Executive meetings.

Portfolio Minister Party
Junior Minister (assisting First Minister) Jonathan Bell Democratic Unionist
Junior Minister (assisting deputy First Minister) Jennifer McCann Sinn Féin

Ministers are assisted by backbench Assembly private secretaries (equivalent to parliamentary private secretaries). The non-political Attorney General for Northern Ireland is the chief legal advisor to the Executive, appointed by the First Minister and deputy First Minister, and may also attend Executive meetings.

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