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The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP, Irish: An Roinn Airgeadais agus Pearsanra[1], Ulster Scots: Männystrie o Siller an Fowk Guideship[2]) is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Finance and Personnel.

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About

The Department's vision: “Leading Reform, Delivering Value and Promoting Sustainability”[3]

The Departmental Objectives:

  • To prioritise the use of resources available to Northern Ireland, ensure that these are used efficiently and secure the reform and modernisation of public services; and
  • To deliver efficient and cost effective services to the public in the Department's areas of executive responsibility."

The incumbent Minister is Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party).[4]

History

Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of Royal Assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on November 19, 1998; a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the Labour government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. The process was known as devolution and was set up to give Northern Ireland devolved legislative powers. DFP is one of 11 devolved Northern Ireland Departments created in December 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and The Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

Between 12th February 2000 [5] and 30th May 2000[6], and 15th October 2002[7] and 8th May 2007[8], however, devolution was suspended, and the Department became under the responsibility of Direct Rule ministers of the Northern Ireland Office. There were also two "technical" 24-hour periods of suspension on 11th August 2001 and 22nd September 2001.[9][10][11][12][13]

Ministers of Finance and Personnel

Minister Party Took office Left office
    Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour 2 December 1999 11 February 2000
Office suspended
    Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour 30 May 2000 14 December 2001[14]
    Seán Farren Social Democratic and Labour 14 December 2001 14 October 2002
Office suspended
    Peter Robinson Democratic Unionist 8 May 2007 5 June 2008
    Nigel Dodds Democratic Unionist 9 June 2008 1 July 2009
    Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist 1 July 2009
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Direct rule ministers

During the periods of suspension, the following ministers of the Northern Ireland Office were responsible for the department:

References

  1. ^ http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/language-irish.pdf Department of Finance and Personnel
  2. ^ http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/language-ulsterscots.pdf Department of Finance and Personnel
  3. ^ http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/about-dfp DFP
  4. ^ http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/your-government/devolved-government.htm Northern Ireland Executive
  5. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  6. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  7. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  8. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6634373.stm
  9. ^ Entries under 10 August and 21 September 2001, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/2933947.stm
  10. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  11. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  12. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  13. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  14. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001

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