Northern Ireland Executive

The Northern Ireland Executive committee runs the devolved government in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Assembly.

It is made up of the First Minister and deputy First Minister who are joint Chairs and eight other ministers, seven of which are nominated by the political parties in the Assembly through a procedure known as d’Hondt and the Minister of Justice who is appointed through a cross-community vote in the Assembly. 

The First Minister and deputy First Minister may jointly act and appoint a number of junior ministers whose role is to assist them in carrying out their functions.

The number of ministerial posts any party can have is determined by the number of MLAs they have in the Assembly. Each minister is nominated to take charge of a particular department.

First Minister and Deputy First Minister

Michelle O’Neill (SF) and Emma Little-Pengelly (DUP)

Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs

Andrew Muir (AP)

Minister for Communities

Gordon Lyons (DUP)

Minister of Education

Paul Givan (DUP)

Minister for the Economy

Deirdre Hargey (SF)

Minister of Finance

Caoimhe Archibald (SF)

Minister of Health

Robin Swann (UUP)

Minister for Infrastructure

John O’Dowd (SF)

Minister of Justice

Naomi Long (AP)

Junior Ministers

Aisiling Reilly (SF) and
Pam Cameron (DUP)

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