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Summary

  1. Independent Unionist MLA, Claire Sugden, was appointed as the new justice minister.
  2. The appointment of all ministerial positions then took place.
  3. This was followed by the appointment of the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of statutory committees and standing committees.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Brooke Allen

All times stated are UK

  1. Assembly adjourned

    The speaker adjourns the assembly. 

    That's it for a very exciting day on the hill. You can see more on Stormont Today, tonight at 23:15 on BBC2 Northern Ireland. 

    Stormont Live will be back week - good afternoon. 

  2. New Stormont executive appointed in full

    Stormont Ministers

    So, that's that - eight ministers have been allocated to eight executive departments.  

  3. Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of Standing Committees

    The DUP's Gordon Lyons is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee on Procedures. Edwin Poots, also from the DUP, is confirmed as the deputy chairperson. 

    Sinn Féin's Cathal Boylan is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The DUP's Adrian McQuillan is confirmed as the deputy chairperson. 

    Christopher Stalford from the DUP is confirmed as the chairperson for the AERC (Assembly and Executive Review Committee). Sinn Féin's Michaela Boyle is confirmed as the deputy. 

    Ulster Unionist, Robin Swann, is confirmed as the chairperson for the Public Accounts Committee, with the SDLP's Daniel McCrossan as the deputy chairperson. 

    Finally, Sinn Féin's Declan McAleer is confirmed as the chairperson for the Audit committee. The Alliance Party's Trevor Lunn becomes the deputy chairperson. 

  4. Nomination of deputy chairpersons

    Assembly chamber

    MLAs are now nominating deputy chairpersons for the statutory committees. 

    The Alliance Party nominate Chris Lyttle as the deputy chairperson of the Education Committee. He agrees. 

    Mike Nesbitt nominates the UUP's Steve Aiken as the deputy chairperson of the Committee for the Economy. He confirms. 

    The DUP's Pam Cameron is then confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Justice. 

    Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew is nominated as deputy chairperson for the Committee for Communities. She agrees. 

    The DUP's Gary Middleton is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Health. 

    The SDLP's Alex Attwood nominates his party member, Claire Hanna, as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Finance.  She agrees. 

    Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. 

    The DUP's William Irwin is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Infrastructure. 

    Finally, Ulster Unionist Sandra Overend is nominated by her party leader, Mike Nesbitt, as the deputy chairperson of the Committee for the Executive Office. She agrees. 

  5. Committee Chairpersons

    Firstly, the DUP's Paul Frew is nominated by his party leader and confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee for Justice. 

    Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for the Economy.  

    The  DUP's Emma Pengelly, is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Finance.  

    Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt, nominates himself as the chairperson of the Committee for the Executive Office.  

    Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff is nominated by Mr McGuinness and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Education.  

    The DUP's Paula Bradley is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee for Health.  

    Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, is nominated by Alex Attwood and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Communities.  

    The DUP's William Humphrey is nominated and confirmed as the chairperson of the Committee for Infrastructure and finally, Sinn Féin's Linda Dillon is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

  6. Motion: Establishment of Statutory Committees

    MLAs pass a motion establishing nine committees- the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Committee for Communities, the Committee for the Economy, the Committee for Education, the Committee for the Executive Office, the Committee for Finance, the Committee for Health, the Committee for Infrastructure and the Committee for Justice.

    MLAs are now nominating chairpersons for these committees. 

  7. Ross and Fearon new Junior Ministers

    The DUP's Alastair Ross and Sinn Féin's Megan Fearon are nominated as junior ministers. Both accept their nominations and take up the positions. 

  8. Michelle O'Neill new Health Minister

    Michelle O'Neill

    Finally, Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Féin is nominated by the deputy first minister as the new Minister of Health. She affirms the terms of the pledge of office. 

  9. Paul Givan new Minister for Communities

    Paul Givan

    Arlene Foster nominates the DUP's Paul Givan as Minister for the Department for Communities. Mr Givan agrees. 

  10. SDLP decline to nominate

    Colum Eastwwod

    SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood, declines to nominate members of his party for any ministerial offices. 

  11. Michelle McIlveen new Minister for Agriculture, Enivronment and Rural Affairs

    Michelle McIlveen

    The DUP's Michelle McIlveen is nominated by Ms Foster as the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. She confirms. 

  12. Chris Hazzard as Minister of Infrastructure

    Chris Hazzard

    Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard is nominated by Mr McGuinness as the Minister for the Department of Infrastructure. He agrees. 

  13. UUP decline all nominations

    Mike Nesbitt

    Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt, is called upon by the speaker and declines to nominate any of his party members to ministerial positions. 

  14. Peter Weir new education minister

    Peter Weir

    Mrs Foster nominates her party colleague, Peter Weir, for the Minister for the Department of Education. Mr Weir confirms. 

  15. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir new finance minister

    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

    The Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, nominates Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, as the minister of the Department of Finance. Mr Ó Muilleoir agrees. 

  16. Appointment of ministers

    Simon Hamilton

    MLAs are now moving on the appointment of ministers. 

    The First Minister, Arlene Foster, nominates Simon Hamilton for the minister of the Department for the Economy. he accepts the nomination. 

  17. Claire Sugden elected

    Claire Sugden

    Following a division, Claire Sugden is elected justice minister "by parallel consent".

    She affirms the terms of the ministerial pledge of office.

  18. 'We're not moving on'

    Steven Agnew, Claire Bailey and Claire Sugden

    Green Party leader Steven Agnew says he wishes Ms Sugden "every great success in the role",

    He says that the different method for the appointment of the justice minster "sends a signal to say we're not moving on, we're not ready to move on".

    The TUV's Jim Allister says Ms Sugden's nomination is "a nomination of desperation", and that she has been "seduced into office by the jokers".

  19. Five proposals

    David Ford

    Alliance leader David Ford says that when offered the justice ministry, his party made five proposals to the DUP and Sinn Féin that "would have delivered better for the people of Northern Ireland".

    He says he cannot personally support the nomination.

  20. 'No nationalist need apply'

    Colum Eastwood

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says the post of minister of justice should be filled, like all the others, by the proportional system known as the D'Hondt method.

    "This is a position for which no nationalist need apply," he says.