Robert Mervyn Storey (born 4 September 1964) is a Northern Ireland politician and a Democratic Unionist Party MLA for North Antrim.[1] Storey was Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive (2014–16), and in 2016 was appointed Minister for Finance & Personnel.

Mervyn Storey

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Minister for Finance & Personnel
In office
12 January 2016 – 6 May 2016
Preceded byArlene Foster
Succeeded byMáirtín Ó Muilleoir
Minister for Social Development
In office
24 September 2014 – 12 January 2016
Preceded byNelson McCausland
Succeeded byLord Morrow
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for North Antrim
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded byJames Leslie
Personal details
Born (1964-09-04) 4 September 1964 (age 55)
Armoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s)Christine Storey


Robert Mervyn Storey was born in Armoy, County Antrim on 4 September 1964. His father Nat was a founder member of the Protestant Unionist Party and an election worker for Ian Paisley.[2] Storey was educated at Armoy Primary School and at Ballymoney High School. On leaving school in 1980 he worked in a bacon factory, rising to production manager. In 2000 he left the company and joined Ian Paisley's constituency office in Ballymena.[2]


Storey is married to Christine and has three children.[2]

Political activityEdit

Storey is a former member of the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland. Storey was elected to Ballymoney council in 2001 and again in 2005. He is a member of the Ballymoney Local Strategy Partnership and Regional Partnership for Northern Ireland. In 2000 he served as campaign manager for William McCrea's by-election for South Antrim and also in 2001 for Gregory Campbell and Ian Paisley's elections in East Londonderry and North Antrim respectively. All three campaigns were successful.[citation needed]

Storey was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the 2003 elections. From 2008 to 2014 he was chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education.[3]

From September 2014 to January 2016 Storey was Minister for Social Development. He resigned from this post several times during September and October 2015 in the context of a political crisis.[3][4]

In January 2016 Storey was appointed Minister for Finance & Personnel.[2][3]

As a young earth creationist,[2] and a member of the "Council of Reference" of the creationist Caleb Foundation,[5] he petitioned the then Northern Irish education minister, Caitríona Ruane, to have intelligent design taught in schools in Northern Ireland, as well as objecting to an exhibition on evolution in the Ulster Museum and signs at the Giants Causeway in his North Antrim constituency.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Ballymoney Times – Storey congratulates A-level students". The Ballymoney Times. The Ballymoney Times. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kane, Alex (16 January 2016). "Mervyn Storey: We profile the new Finance Minister". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Mr Mervyn Storey". Northern Ireland Assembly.
  4. ^ "Simon Hamilton resigns four times in past three weeks". BBC. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ Caleb Foundation website
  6. ^ Oh, for a honeymoon, The Economist, 26 June 2008, retrieved 13 February 2009
  7. ^ Darwin display at museum angers creationist MLA, The Belfast Telegraph, 13 February 2009, retrieved 13 February 2009
  8. ^ Belfast museum faces legal battle over Charles Darwin exhibition, The Guardian, 12 February 2009, retrieved 20 May 2009
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
James Leslie
MLA for North Antrim
Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson McCausland
Minister for Social Development
Succeeded by
Lord Morrow
Preceded by
Arlene Foster
Minister for Finance & Personnel
Succeeded by
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir