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Government Departments

Collected by: The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Archived since: Oct, 2018

Description:

There are nine government departments in Northern Ireland. The main role of the departments, and their agencies, is to put government policy in to action and to advise ministers.

Subject:   Government

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Title: Department for Communities

URL: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/

Description: In May 2016 the Department for Communities was established following the restructuring of Northern Ireland Departments. It is the largest of the nine NICS Departments and has responsibility for a number of areas including: sport, urban regeneration, welfare, employment housing, arts and culture, museums, libraries, social inclusion, voluntary and community sectors, The historic environment and Public Records (PRONI)

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Title: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

URL: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland. The Department assists the sustainable development of the agri-food, environmental, fishing and forestry sectors of the Northern Ireland economy, having regard for the needs of the consumers, the protection of human, animal and plant health, the welfare of animals and the conservation and enhancement of the environment. DAERA provides a business development service for farmers and growers and a veterinary service for administration of animal health and welfare. The Department’s College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) delivers training and further and higher education courses in the agri-food sector. DAERA is responsible to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in Great Britain for the administration of schemes affecting the whole of the United Kingdom. The Department also oversees the application of European Union agricultural, environmental, fisheries and rural development policy to Northern Ireland.

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Title: Department for the Economy

URL: https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department for the Economy is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for the Economy. DfE was renamed in 2016; it was previously called the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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Title: Department of Education

URL: https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department’s primary statutory duty is to promote the education of the people of Northern Ireland and to ensure the effective implementation of education policy. The Department’s main statutory areas of responsibility are 0-4 provision, primary, post-primary and special education and the youth service. The Department is accountable through its Minister to the Assembly for the effective delivery of its statutory functions and for the effective use of the public funds for which it is responsible. It is supported in delivering its functions by a range of Arm's Length Bodies, each of which is accountable to the Department.

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Title: The Executive Office

URL: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Executive Office (TEO) was created in May 2016 following restructuring of the Northern Ireland Departments. TEO replaced the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). The overall aim of the Executive Office, is to contribute to and oversee the co-ordination of Executive policies and programmes to deliver a peaceful, fair, equal and prosperous society. Its responsibilities include: social change, promoting good relations, strategic investment, International relations including the EU, Co-operation with the North-South Ministerial Council, British-Irish Council and other departments of UK Government, emergency planning, Public appointments and leading on the Programme for Government.

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Title: Department of Finance

URL: https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department of Health (DoH) is one of nine Northern Ireland departments set up as part of the Northern Ireland Executive by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Fresh Start - The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan. It was previously known as the Department for Health, Social Services, and Public Safety (DHSSPS), before the reorganisation of Government Departments in May 2016. The Department has three main business responsibilities: Health and social care (including policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services and community health and personal social services), Public Health (to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population through policy legislation and administrative action) and Public safety (including policy and legislation for fire and rescue services). The Department has three main business responsibilities: 1. Health and Social Care (HSC), which includes policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services and community health and personal social services. 2. Public Health, which covers policy, legislation and administrative action to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population. 3. Public Safety, which covers policy and legislation for fire and rescue services.

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Title: Department of Health

URL: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department of Health (DoH) is one of nine Northern Ireland departments set up as part of the Northern Ireland Executive by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Fresh Start - The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan. It was previously known as the Department for Health, Social Services, and Public Safety (DHSSPS), before the reorganisation of Government Departments in May 2016. The Department has three main business responsibilities: Health and social care (including policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services and community health and personal social services), Public Health (to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population through policy legislation and administrative action) and Public safety (including policy and legislation for fire and rescue services). The Department has three main business responsibilities: 1. Health and Social Care (HSC), which includes policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services and community health and personal social services. 2. Public Health, which covers policy, legislation and administrative action to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population. 3. Public Safety, which covers policy and legislation for fire and rescue services.

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Title: Department for Infrastructure

URL: https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is one of nine Northern Ireland Departments. The main responsibilities of the Department are: regional strategic planning and development policy transport strategy and sustainable transport policy public transport policy and performance road safety and vehicle regulation policy, including strategies to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads driver and operator licensing and driver and vehicle testing provision and maintenance of all public roads certain policy and support work for air and sea ports river and sea defence maintenance and the construction of flood alleviation schemes provision of flood maps and risk information policy on water and sewerage services and management of the Department’s shareholder interest in Northern Ireland Water

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Title: Department of Justice

URL: https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/

Description: The Department of Justice is a government department in the Northern Ireland Executive, which was established on 12 April 2010 as part of the devolution of justice matters to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Department has a range of powers relating to devolved policing and justice functions, set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010. It is responsible for the resourcing, legislative and policy framework of the justice system.

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Title: NI Direct

URL: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/

Description: NI direct is the official government website for Northern Ireland citizens. NI direct aims to make it easier to access government information and services by bringing together lots of information from government departments and agencies, written in language that is easy to understand, without the need to understand the workings of Government or which agency has responsibility for a particular service.

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Title: Northern Ireland Executive

URL: https://www.northernireland.gov.uk/

Description: The Northern Ireland Executive is the devolved government of Northern Ireland. It is answerable to the Assembly and was established according to the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which followed the Good Friday Agreement. The Northern Ireland Executive is made up of the First Minister, deputy First Minister, two Junior Ministers and eight departmental ministers. Ministers of the Executive are nominated by the political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The number of Ministers which a party can nominate is determined by its share of seats in the Assembly. The First Minister and deputy First Minister are nominated by the largest and second largest parties respectively and act as chairpersons of the Executive. Each Executive minister has responsibility for a specific Northern Ireland government department.

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