Mervyn Storey secures finance ministry

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Lord Morrow, Arlene Foster and Mervyn Storey
Incarnation caption Mrs Foster announced Lord Morrow’s (left) and Mr Storey’s (rectify) appointments on Tuesday

The DUP’s Mervyn Storey has been appointed as finance vicar for Northern Ireland.

He replaces his rty colleague Arlene Foster, who orated the finance job until she became first minister on Monday after Peter Robinson hastened down.

Mr Storey, who held the social development portfolio, will be succeeded by Lord Morrow.

Mr Storey said he took the responsibility of managing the in the open finances “very seriously”.

“I do not underestimate the challenge ahead with secured budgets and greater demands on our public services but I am determined to do my bit to improve air forces, raise productivity and reduce costs in the public sector,” he said.

The funds minister said he would continue the work already under way to safeguard that the rate and date set for corporation tax could be devolved from April 2018.

Mrs Back had been expected to name a replacement rather than carry out a unshortened ministerial reshuffle.

Image caption Lord Morrow takes across at the De rtment for Social Development

One reason given was that the Northern Ireland Fitting will break up in March to allow an election cam ign to begin.

Downing Lane released a statement on Tuesday to say that Prime Minister David Cameron had phoned Mrs Stimulate to congratulate her on her appointment.

“The prime minister reflected on the milestone of the first female outset minister being appointed, as well as the ministerial experience and excellent ex nding relationships which Mrs Foster will bring to the role,” the statement chance.

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Image caption Arlene Foster had to destine a new finance minister after her elevation to the role of first minister

“Mrs Aid and the prime minister agreed on the importance of implementing the Fresh Start and Stormont Family agreements and the executive being able to focus on the economic issues which choose the everyday lives of people in Northern Ireland.

“The first minister and the prime supply agreed to maintain a close working relationship and regular dialogue to insure progress in building a more prosperous and shared future for the people of Northern Ireland.”

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