Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)
|Formed||June 1921 (as Ministry of Finance)|
|Headquarters||Rathgael House, Balloo Road, Bangor, Co. Down, BT19 7NA|
|Employees||3,586 (September 2011)|
|Annual budget||£188.6 million (current) & £18.9 million (capital) for 2011–12|
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The Department of Finance (DoF, Irish: An Roinn Airgeadais agus Pearsanra, Ulster Scots: Männystrie o Siller an Fowk Guideship or Depairtment o Finance) is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Finance.
The department was previously called the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) before its name change on 9 May 2016.
The department is responsible for the following policy areas:
- the Northern Ireland Civil Service
- land and property
- building regulation
- civil law reform
- civil registration
DoF's main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government are:
- HM Treasury;
- the Cabinet Office (on civil service matters);
- the Ministry of Justice (on civil law reform);
- the Department for Communities and Local Government (on building regulation);
- HM Land Registry (on land registration).
In the Irish Government, the main counterparts are:
- the Department of Finance;
- the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform;
- the Department of Justice and Equality (on civil law reform and land registration);
- the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (on building regulation).
A Ministry of Finance was established on the formation of Northern Ireland in June 1921. A finance ministry also existed in the 1974 Northern Ireland Executive and became known as the Department of Finance and Personnel under direct rule.
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. DFP is therefore one of six direct rule Northern Ireland departments which continued in existence after devolution 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:
- between 12 February 2000 and 30 May 2000;
- on 11 August 2001;
- on 22 September 2001;
- between 15 October 2002 and 8 May 2007.
Since 8 May 2007, devolution has operated without interruption.
Ministers of Finance
|Minister||Image||Party||Took office||Left office|
|Mark Durkan||SDLP||2 December 1999||11 February 2000|
|Mark Durkan||SDLP||30 May 2000||14 December 2001|
|Seán Farren||SDLP||14 December 2001||14 October 2002|
|Peter Robinson||DUP||8 May 2007||5 June 2008|
|Nigel Dodds||DUP||9 June 2008||1 July 2009|
|Sammy Wilson||DUP||1 July 2009||29 July 2013|
|Simon Hamilton||DUP||29 July 2013||11 May 2015|
|Arlene Foster||DUP||11 May 2015||12 January 2016|
|Mervyn Storey||DUP||12 January 2016||6 May 2016|
|Office renamed Minister of Finance|
|Máirtín Ó Muilleoir||Sinn Féin||25 May 2016||Incumbent|
Direct rule ministers
During the periods of suspension, the following ministers of the Northern Ireland Office were responsible for the department:
- "Northern Ireland Quarterly Employment Survey Historical Data". Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Budget 2011–15" (PDF). Department of Finance and Personnel. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Department of Finance and Personnel – Irish Department of Finance
- Department of Finance and Personnel – Ulster-Scots Department of Finance
- North-South Ministerial Council: 2010 Annual Report in Ulster Scots
- Northern Ireland Budget 2011–15, page 65
- Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
- Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2
- HM Treasury: About us
- Cabinet Office: About the Cabinet Office
- Ministry of Justice: About us
- Communities and Local Government: About us
- Land Registry: Framework document
- Department of Finance: How the Department works
- Department of Justice and Equality: Law Reform
- Department of Justice, Equality and Defence: Property Registration
- Department of Environment, Community and Local Government: Building Standards
- Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
- Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
- Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
- Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
- Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
- Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
- Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
- Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2007
- Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001