Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)

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Department for Infrastructure
Dept for Infrastructure NI Bilingual Logo.jpg
Department overview
FormedMay 2016
Preceding Department
  • Department of the Environment
    Department for Regional Development
JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
HeadquartersClarence Court, 10–18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB
Employees2,406 (September 2011)[1]
Annual budget£508.3 million (current) & £452.8 million (capital) for 2011–12[2]
Minister responsible
  • Vacant

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI, Irish: An Roinn Bonneagair;[3] Ulster-Scots: Depairment fur Owerstructur )[4][5] is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Infrastructure.

Up until May 2016, the department was called the Department for Regional Development.


DfI's overall aim is to "improve quality of life by securing transport and water infrastructure and shaping the region's long-term strategic development".[6]

The incumbent Minister is “Vacant”.


The department's main responsibilities include [7]

  • regional strategic planning and development;
  • transport strategy and sustainable transport;
  • public roads;
  • public transport;
  • air and sea ports;
  • water and sewerage services.

Two transport matters are reserved to Westminster and are therefore not devolved: [8]

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

In the Irish Government, its main counterparts are:


  • Transport NI: Responsible for ensuring that measures are taken to implement the roads aspects of the Regional Transportation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2002–12 and that the public road network is managed, maintained and developed. Roads Service is responsible for just over 25,000 kilometres of public roads, approximately 9,000 kilometres of footways, 5,800 bridges, 257,700 streetlights and 370 public car parks.


The Ministry of Home Affairs was established on the formation of Northern Ireland in June 1921 and was responsible for a range of non-economic domestic matters, including local government. A separate Ministry of Health and Local Government was formed in 1944 and was subsequently split in 1965, to create the Ministry of Development. An environment ministry existed in the 1974 Northern Ireland Executive and the ministry was known as the Department of the Environment under direct rule.

The DoE is still a phrase used in everyday language in Northern Ireland to describe the Roads Service, which was once run by the department but is currently an agency of the Department for Infrastructure.

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. DRD was one of five new devolved Northern Ireland departments created 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 for Infrastructure[edit]

Minister Image Party Took office Left office
    Peter Robinson Peter Robinson MLA DUP.jpg DUP 2 December 1999 11 February 2000
Office suspended
    Peter Robinson Peter Robinson MLA DUP.jpg DUP 30 May 2000 27 July 2001
    Gregory Campbell GregoryCampell.jpg DUP 27 July 2001 24 October 2001[22]
    Peter Robinson Peter Robinson MLA DUP.jpg DUP 24 October 2001 14 October 2002
Office suspended
    Conor Murphy Conor Murphy.jpg Sinn Féin 8 May 2007 16 May 2011
    Danny Kennedy DannyKennedy.jpg UUP 16 May 2011 1 September 2015
    Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP.jpg DUP 21 September 2015 6 May 2016[note 1]
Office renamed Minister for Infrastructure
    Chris Hazzard Chris Hazzard.jpg Sinn Féin 25 May 2016 26 January 2017
Office suspended

Direct rule ministers[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Gaeilge" (in Irish). Department for Regional Development. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Ulstèr-Scotch" (in Scots). Department for Regional Development. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  5. ^ Depairtment for Regional Oncum is also used by the North-South Ministerial Council.
  6. ^ Northern Ireland Budget 2011–15, page 91
  7. ^ "Home". Infrastructure.
  8. ^ Participation, Expert. "Northern Ireland Act 1998".
  9. ^ "About us". GOV.UK.
  10. ^ Defra: Water Archived 20 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Planning and building - GOV.UK".
  12. ^ Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: About Us Archived 17 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Department of Environment, Community and Local Government: Mission Statement".
  14. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  15. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  16. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  17. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  18. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  19. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  20. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  21. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2007
  22. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001


  1. ^ Resigned on 21 September 2015, re-entered office on 23 Sept. till 24 Sept., then 30 Sept.-1 Oct. 2015. Following the 20 October she permanently occupies the office

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