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ABBREVIATIONS
Northern Ireland Executive
Stormont Castle, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3TT
T 028-9052 8400
The Northern Ireland Executive comprises the first minister, deputy first minister, two junior ministers and eight departmental ministers.
The executive exercises authority on behalf of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and takes decisions on significant issues and matters which cut across the responsibility of two or more ministers.
The executive also agrees proposals put forward by ministers for new legislation in the form of ‘executive bills’ for consideration by the assembly. It is also responsible for drawing up a programme for government and an agreed budget for approval by the assembly. Ministers of the executive are nominated by the political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The number of ministers which a party can nominate is determined by its share of seats in the assembly. The first minister and deputy first minister are nominated by the largest and second largest parties respectively and act as chairs of the executive. Each executive minister has responsibility for a specific Northern Ireland government department.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS
There are currently no executive ministers in post since the most recent assembly elections which took place on 2 March 2017. Negotiations to appoint the executive committee of ministers in charge of the nine government departments failed to meet both the three-week deadline following the election and an extended deadline of 29 June 2017 set by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The assembly remains suspended until an executive is formed.
NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE, Stormont Castle, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3TT T 028-9052 8400 W www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB T 0300-200 7850 W www.daera-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES, Causeway Exchange, 1–7 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EG T 028-9082 9000 W www.communities-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT FOR THE ECONOMY, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP T 028-9052 9900 W www.economy-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Rathgael House, Balloo Road, Bangor, Co. Down BT19 7PR T 028-9127 9279 W www.education-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, Clare House, 303 Airport Road, Belfast BT3 9ED T 028-9185 8111 W www.finance-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3SQ T 028-9052 0500 W www,health-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, Clarence Court, 10–18 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8GB T 028-9054 0540 W www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Block B, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SG T 028-9076 3000 W www.justice-ni.gov.uk
NORTHERN IRELAND AUDIT OFFICE
106 University Street, Belfast BT7 1EU
T 028-9025 1000 E info@niauditoffice.gov.uk
The Northern Ireland Audit Office supports the Comptroller and Auditor-General in fulfilling his responsibilities. He is responsible for authorising the issue of money from central government funds to Northern Ireland departments and for both financial and value for money audits of central government bodies in Northern Ireland, including, Northern Ireland departments, executive agencies, executive non-departmental public bodies and health and social care bodies.
Comptroller and Auditor-General, Kieran Donnelly, CB
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
PO Box 1272, Belfast BT1 9LU
With the devolution of justice responsibilities on 12 April 2010, the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 was enacted which established a new post of Attorney-General for Northern Ireland. The Attorney-General acts as the chief legal adviser to the Northern Ireland executive for both civil and criminal matters that fall within the devolved powers of the assembly. He is the executive's most senior representative in the courts and responsible for protecting the public interest in matters of law; overseeing the legal work of the in-house advisers to the executive and its departments; and for the appointment of the director and deputy director of the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland. The Attorney-General participates in the assembly proceedings to the extent permitted by its standing orders, but does not vote in the assembly.
The post of Attorney-General is statutorily independent of the first minister, deputy first minister, the executive and the executive departments.
Attorney-General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin, QC