Executive of the 5th Northern Ireland Assembly

The Fourth Executive was, under the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, a power-sharing coalition.

Executive of the 5th Northern Ireland Assembly
4th Executive of Northern Ireland
Date formed26 May 2016
Date dissolved16 January 2017
People and organisations
Head of stateElizabeth II
Head of governmentArlene Foster
Deputy head of governmentMartin McGuinness
No. of ministers10
Member partyDUP
Sinn Féin
Status in legislaturePower–Sharing Coalition
Election(s)2016 assembly election
Legislature term(s)5th Assembly
PredecessorExecutive of the 4th Assembly
SuccessorExecutive of the 6th Assembly

Following the 6 May 2016 elections to the fifth Northern Ireland Assembly, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin remained the two largest parties in the Assembly.

Notably for the first time in the assembly's history, parties entitled to seats on the executive could instead opt to go into formal opposition. The UUP, SDLP and Alliance all took up this option, leaving the DUP and Sinn Féin to form a government.

The 4th Northern Ireland Executive was formed on 25 May 2016. It lasted less than a year, and collapsed on 16 January 2017 following the resignation of deputy First Minister McGuinness in protest at the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal.[1]

4th Executive of Northern Ireland

Office Name Term Party
First Minister Arlene Foster 2016–2017 DUP
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness 2016–2017 Sinn Féin
Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen 2016–2017 DUP
Minister for Communities Paul Givan 2016–2017 DUP
Minister of Education Peter Weir 2016–2017 DUP
Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton 2016–2017 DUP
Minister of Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 2016–2017 Sinn Féin
Minister of Health Michelle O'Neill 2016–2017 Sinn Féin
Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard 2016–2017 Sinn Féin
Minister of Justice Claire Sugden 2016–2017 Independent Unionist

See also