Northern Ireland Executive

Northern Ireland Executive
Feidhmeannas Thuaisceart Éireann
Northern Ireland Executive logo.svg
Logo of the Northern Ireland Executive
Government overview
Formed2 December 1999
JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
HeadquartersStormont Castle, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3TT
Employees27,712 (September 2011)[1]
Annual budget£10,329.1 million (current)
£1,191.3 million (capital) for 2011–12[2]
Ministers responsible
  • FM vacant
  • dFM vacant
Websitenorthernireland.gov.uk
Politicsofnorthernirelandlogo.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive is the devolved government of Northern Ireland, an administrative branch of the legislature Northern Ireland Assembly. It is answerable to the Assembly and was established according to the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which followed the Good Friday Agreement (or Belfast Agreement). The executive is referred to in the legislation as the Executive Committee of the Assembly and is an example of a consociationalist government.

The Northern Ireland Executive consists of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and various ministers with individual portfolios and remits. The main Assembly parties appoint most ministers in the executive, except for the Minister of Justice who is elected by a cross-community vote. It is one of three devolved governments in the United Kingdom, the others being the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Ministers

On 9 May 2016,[3] the number of ministries and departments of the Northern Ireland Executive was reduced, leaving the following departments:[4]

At the same time, various departments were renamed as follows:

  • The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister was renamed the Executive Office
  • The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was renamed the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment was renamed the Department for the Economy
  • The Department of Finance and Personnel was renamed the Department of Finance
  • The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was renamed the Department of Health
  • The Department for Regional Development was renamed the Department for Infrastructure
  • The Department for Social Development was renamed the Department for Communities

The following departments were dissolved:

  • The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
  • The Department of the Environment
  • The Department for Employment and Learning