The Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive Government
The 1998 Northern Ireland Act established a Devolved Government for Northern Ireland whereby legislative control over specific powers was transferred from the UK to a Northern Ireland Assembly consisting of locally elected politicians. The Assembly then elects the Ministers who form the Executive Government which is chaired jointly by the First and Deputy First Ministers.
The First Minister and deputy First Minister share equal responsibilities within government, and their decisions are made jointly.
Our First Minister is Arlene Foster
And deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill
The Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly have responsibility for the following areas:-