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Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)

The Department of Finance (DoF, Irish: An Roinn Airgeadais,[3] Ulster-Scots: Männystrie o Siller[4]) 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.

Department of Finance
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Department overview
FormedJune 1921 (as Ministry of Finance)
Preceding Department
JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
HeadquartersRathgael House, Balloo Road, Bangor, Co. Down, BT19 7NA
Employees3,586 (September 2011)[1]
Annual budget£188.6 million (current) & £18.9 million (capital) for 2011–12[2]
Minister responsible
  • Vacant
Websitewww.finance-ni.gov.uk

The department was previously called the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) before its name change on 9 May 2016.

AimEdit

DoF's overall aim is to help the Northern Ireland Executive "secure the most appropriate and effective use of resources and services for the benefit of the community".[5]

The incumbent Minister is Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin).

ResponsibilitiesEdit

The department is responsible for the following policy areas:

Some financial matters are reserved to Westminster and are therefore not devolved: [6]

In addition, some matters are excepted and were not intended for devolution:[7]

  • taxation
  • currency

DoF's main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government are:

In the Irish Government, the main counterparts are:

HistoryEdit

A Ministry of Finance was established on the formation of Northern Ireland in June 1921. A finance ministry also existed in the 1974 Northern Ireland Executive and became known as the Department of Finance and Personnel under direct rule.

Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of royal assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 19 November 1998, a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the United Kingdom Government under Prime Minister Tony Blair. The process was known as devolution and was set up to return devolved legislative powers to Northern Ireland. DFP is therefore one of six direct rule Northern Ireland departments which continued in existence after devolution in December 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and The Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

A devolved minister first took office on 2 December 1999. Devolution was suspended for four periods, during which the department came under the responsibility of direct rule ministers from the Northern Ireland Office:

Since 8 May 2007, devolution has operated without interruption.

Ministers of FinanceEdit

Minister Image Party Took office Left office
    Mark Durkan   SDLP 2 December 1999 11 February 2000
Office suspended
    Mark Durkan   SDLP 30 May 2000 14 December 2001[25]
    Seán Farren   SDLP 14 December 2001 14 October 2002
Office suspended
    Peter Robinson   DUP 8 May 2007 5 June 2008
    Nigel Dodds   DUP 9 June 2008 1 July 2009
    Sammy Wilson   DUP 1 July 2009 29 July 2013
    Simon Hamilton   DUP 29 July 2013 11 May 2015
    Arlene Foster   DUP 11 May 2015 12 January 2016
    Mervyn Storey   DUP 12 January 2016 6 May 2016
Office renamed Minister of Finance
    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir   Sinn Féin 25 May 2016 26 January 2017
Office suspended

Direct rule ministersEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Quarterly Employment Survey Historical Data". Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Budget 2011–15" (PDF). Department of Finance and Personnel. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  3. ^ Department of Finance and Personnel – Irish Archived 17 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine Department of Finance
  4. ^ Department of Finance and Personnel – Ulster-Scots Archived 17 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine Department of Finance
  5. ^ Northern Ireland Budget 2011–15, page 65
  6. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  7. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2
  8. ^ HM Treasury: About us
  9. ^ Cabinet Office: About the Cabinet Office
  10. ^ Ministry of Justice: About us Archived 23 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Communities and Local Government: About us
  12. ^ Land Registry: Framework document
  13. ^ Department of Finance: How the Department works
  14. ^ Department of Justice and Equality: Law Reform
  15. ^ Department of Justice, Equality and Defence: Property Registration
  16. ^ Department of Environment, Community and Local Government: Building Standards Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  18. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  19. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  20. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  21. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  22. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  23. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  24. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2007
  25. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001

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