26/05/2016

First Meeting Of New NI Executive

The new Northern Ireland Stormont Executive is to meet for the first time today, 26 May.

12 of the posts have been divided between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

Independent unionist MLA Claire Sugden was appointed Justice Minister.

The new Ministers will be briefed on their new departments.

The SDLP and the UUP are to form an opposition.
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Minister of Education Peter Weir MLA said: "As Education Minister, I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead in my aim of a first class education system that delivers for all our children.

"The Executive is facing very challenging financial pressures which will impact on school budgets. My priority is to ensure funding is targeted at helping and supporting our children and young people and I will work with my Department, the Education Authority and schools to make sure this happens."

(CD)

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