(...and in answer to one very freqently asked question, MLA stands for Member of the Legislative Assembly, an abbreviation copied from the usage in several Canadian provinces.)
First Minister: David Trimble, UUP leader and MLA (and MP) for
Bann, first elected First Minister on 1 July 1998, resigned 1 July
2001, re-elected 6 November 2001
(Sir Reg Empey, UUP MLA for East Belfast, served as Acting First Minister 1 July - 6 November 2001)
Deputy First Minister: Mark Durkan, SDLP leader and MLA for Foyle,
elected 6 November 2001
(Seamus Mallon, MLA for Newry and Armagh, served as Deputy First Minister from 1 July 1998; he resigned on 15 July 1999 but his resignation was rescinded by the Assembly on 29 November 1999; he served as Acting Deputy First Minister 1 July - 6 November 2001)
There are two junior ministers in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, James Leslie, UUP MLA for North Antrim, appointed on 20 February 2002, and Denis Haughey, SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, appointed on 15 December 1999. Leslie replaced Dermott Nesbitt, wo had been appointed at the same time as Haughey.
1st UUP place: Sir Reg Empey, MLA for East Belfast, was appointed Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment on 29 November 1999.
1st SDLP place: Sean Farren, MLA for North Antrim, was appointed Minister for Finance and Personnel on 14 December 2001. (Mark Durkan had served in that post since 29 November 1999.)
1st DUP place: Peter Robinson, MLA (and MP) for East Belfast, resigned on 11 October 2002 and apparently will not be replaced. He was appointed Minister for Regional Development for the second time on 24 November 2001, having previously served in that post from 29 November 1999 to 27 July 2000. (Gregory Campbell, MLA and now MP for East Londonderry, held the position from 27 July 2000 to 24 November 2001.)
1st SF place: Martin McGuinness, MLA (and MP) for Mid Ulster, was appointed Minister for Education on 29 November 1999.
2nd UUP place: Dermot Nesbitt, MLA for South Down, was appointed Minister for the Environment on 20 February 2002. (Sam Foster, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, had served in that post since 29 November 1999.)
2nd SDLP place: Carmel Hanna, MLA for South Belfast, was appointed Minister for Employment and Learning on 14 December 2001. (Sean Farren had served in that post since 29 November 1999; the post originally carried the rather grander title of Minister of Further and Higher Education, Training and Development.)
2nd DUP place: Nigel Dodds, MLA (and now MP) for North Belfast, resigned on 11 October 2002 and apparently will not be replaced. He was appointed Minister for Social Development for the second time on 24 November 2001, having previously served in that post from 29 November 1999 to 27 July 2000. (Maurice Morrow, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, held the position from 27 July 2000 to 24 November 2001.)
3rd UUP place: Michael McGimpsey, MLA for South Belfast, was appointed Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure on 29 November 1999.
2nd SF place: Bairbre de Brún, MLA for West Belfast, was appointed Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 29 November 1999.
3rd SDLP place: Brid Rodgers, MLA for Upper Bann, was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development on 29 November 1999.
The above dates do not include the four suspensions of the Assembly and Executive, the first from 12 February to 30 May 2000, the second for 24 hours on 11 August 2001, the third for 24 hours on 22 September 2001 and the fourth from 15 October 2002 to the present date.
At a meeting of the Assembly on 15 July 1999, ten SDLP and Sinn Féin MLA's were nominated to the Northern Ireland Executive. The UUP did not attend the Assembly session, while the DUP, Alliance Party and UKUP all were there but declined their right of nomination. The Executive thus constituted was immediately dissolved because it did not contain "at least three designated Nationalists and three designated Unionists", and Séamus Mallon announced his resignation as Deputy First Minister. For the record, however, those nominated were as follows:
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