New Executive appointed as Stormont returns after three years of stalemate

The Northern Ireland Assembly has sat for the first time in three years with MLAs nominating a new power sharing Executive including all five main parties.

As expected DUP leader Arlene Foster was returned as First Minister with Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill appointed as deputy First Minister.

Sinn Fein’s Alex Maskey was named as Speaker, while deputy speakers roles were taken by the DUP’s Christopher Stalford, SDLP’s Patsy McGlone and UUP’s Roy Beggs.

The junior ministers for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister are the DUP’s Gordon Lyons and Sinn Fein’s Declan Kearney.

Earlier the UUP and Alliance confirmed they were joining the DUP, Sinn Fein and SDLP in the new power sharing administration.

Here is the full list of ministers:

First Minister: Arlene Foster

Deputy First Minister: Michelle O’Neill

Justice Minister: Naomi Long

Minister for the Economy: Diane Dodds

Minister for Finance: Conor Murphy

Minister for Education: Peter Weir

Minister for Communities: Deirdre Hargey

Minister for Infrastructure: Nichola Mallon

Minister for Health: Robin Swann

Minister for Agriculture: Edwin Poots

Follow how the first session of the Assembly unfolded here:

Belfast Telegraph

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