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  1. Independent Unionist MLA, Claire Sugden, was appointed as the new justice minister.
  2. The appointment of all ministerial positions then took place.
  3. This was followed by the appointment of the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of statutory committees and standing committees.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Brooke Allen

All times stated are UK

Assembly adjourned

The speaker adjourns the assembly. 

That's it for a very exciting day on the hill. You can see more on Stormont Today, tonight at 23:15 on BBC2 Northern Ireland. 

Stormont Live will be back week - good afternoon. 

New Stormont executive appointed in full

Stormont Ministers

So, that's that - eight ministers have been allocated to eight executive departments.  

Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of Standing Committees

The DUP's Gordon Lyons is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee on Procedures. Edwin Poots, also from the DUP, is confirmed as the deputy chairperson. 

Sinn Féin's Cathal Boylan is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The DUP's Adrian McQuillan is confirmed as the deputy chairperson. 

Christopher Stalford from the DUP is confirmed as the chairperson for the AERC (Assembly and Executive Review Committee). Sinn Féin's Michaela Boyle is confirmed as the deputy. 

Ulster Unionist, Robin Swann, is confirmed as the chairperson for the Public Accounts Committee, with the SDLP's Daniel McCrossan as the deputy chairperson. 

Finally, Sinn Féin's Declan McAleer is confirmed as the chairperson for the Audit committee. The Alliance Party's Trevor Lunn becomes the deputy chairperson. 

Nomination of deputy chairpersons

Assembly chamber

MLAs are now nominating deputy chairpersons for the statutory committees. 

The Alliance Party nominate Chris Lyttle as the deputy chairperson of the Education Committee. He agrees. 

Mike Nesbitt nominates the UUP's Steve Aiken as the deputy chairperson of the Committee for the Economy. He confirms. 

The DUP's Pam Cameron is then confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Justice. 

Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew is nominated as deputy chairperson for the Committee for Communities. She agrees. 

The DUP's Gary Middleton is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Health. 

The SDLP's Alex Attwood nominates his party member, Claire Hanna, as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Finance.  She agrees. 

Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. 

The DUP's William Irwin is confirmed as the deputy chairperson for the Committee for Infrastructure. 

Finally, Ulster Unionist Sandra Overend is nominated by her party leader, Mike Nesbitt, as the deputy chairperson of the Committee for the Executive Office. She agrees. 

Committee Chairpersons

Firstly, the DUP's Paul Frew is nominated by his party leader and confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee for Justice. 

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for the Economy.  

The  DUP's Emma Pengelly, is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Finance.  

Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt, nominates himself as the chairperson of the Committee for the Executive Office.  

Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff is nominated by Mr McGuinness and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Education.  

The DUP's Paula Bradley is confirmed as the chairperson for the Committee for Health.  

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, is nominated by Alex Attwood and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Communities.  

The DUP's William Humphrey is nominated and confirmed as the chairperson of the Committee for Infrastructure and finally, Sinn Féin's Linda Dillon is nominated and agreed as the chairperson for the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Motion: Establishment of Statutory Committees

MLAs pass a motion establishing nine committees- the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Committee for Communities, the Committee for the Economy, the Committee for Education, the Committee for the Executive Office, the Committee for Finance, the Committee for Health, the Committee for Infrastructure and the Committee for Justice.

MLAs are now nominating chairpersons for these committees. 

Ross and Fearon new Junior Ministers

The DUP's Alastair Ross and Sinn Féin's Megan Fearon are nominated as junior ministers. Both accept their nominations and take up the positions. 

Michelle O'Neill new Health Minister

Michelle O'Neill

Finally, Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Féin is nominated by the deputy first minister as the new Minister of Health. She affirms the terms of the pledge of office. 

Paul Givan new Minister for Communities

Paul Givan

Arlene Foster nominates the DUP's Paul Givan as Minister for the Department for Communities. Mr Givan agrees. 

SDLP decline to nominate

Colum Eastwwod

SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood, declines to nominate members of his party for any ministerial offices. 

Michelle McIlveen new Minister for Agriculture, Enivronment and Rural Affairs

Michelle McIlveen

The DUP's Michelle McIlveen is nominated by Ms Foster as the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. She confirms. 

Chris Hazzard as Minister of Infrastructure

Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard is nominated by Mr McGuinness as the Minister for the Department of Infrastructure. He agrees. 

UUP decline all nominations

Mike Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt, is called upon by the speaker and declines to nominate any of his party members to ministerial positions. 

Peter Weir new education minister

Peter Weir

Mrs Foster nominates her party colleague, Peter Weir, for the Minister for the Department of Education. Mr Weir confirms. 

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir new finance minister

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

The Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, nominates Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, as the minister of the Department of Finance. Mr Ó Muilleoir agrees. 

Appointment of ministers

Simon Hamilton

MLAs are now moving on the appointment of ministers. 

The First Minister, Arlene Foster, nominates Simon Hamilton for the minister of the Department for the Economy. he accepts the nomination. 

Claire Sugden elected

Claire Sugden

Following a division, Claire Sugden is elected justice minister "by parallel consent".

She affirms the terms of the ministerial pledge of office.

'We're not moving on'

Steven Agnew, Claire Bailey and Claire Sugden

Green Party leader Steven Agnew says he wishes Ms Sugden "every great success in the role",

He says that the different method for the appointment of the justice minster "sends a signal to say we're not moving on, we're not ready to move on".

The TUV's Jim Allister says Ms Sugden's nomination is "a nomination of desperation", and that she has been "seduced into office by the jokers".

Five proposals

David Ford

Alliance leader David Ford says that when offered the justice ministry, his party made five proposals to the DUP and Sinn Féin that "would have delivered better for the people of Northern Ireland".

He says he cannot personally support the nomination.

'No nationalist need apply'

Colum Eastwood

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says the post of minister of justice should be filled, like all the others, by the proportional system known as the D'Hondt method.

"This is a position for which no nationalist need apply," he says.

'This house of cards'

Mike Nesbitt

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt refuses to back the nomination.

"With one seat you get a seat at the executive table," he says.

Mr Nesbitt quotes Ms Sugden when she said during an assembly debate that "this house of cards is falling".

"It is a corruption of the Good Friday Agreement," he says.

'A very good minister'

Simon Hamilton

The DUP's Simon Hamilton praises Claire Sugden.

He says she has "the skills and abilities to be a very good minister". 

Claire Sugden accepts the nomination

Claire Sugden

Robin Newton asks for nominations.

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness says "it gives me great pleasure" to nominate independent MLA Claire Sugden.

He explains that he and First minister Arlene Foster had initially offered the justice job to Alliance but "sadly" they had turned it down.

He describes Ms Sugden as "a very progressive young woman".

She accepts the nomination.

Minister of Justice

Robin Newton

Robin Newton explains the rules as the process of filling the office of minister of justice gets under way.

The clerk reads the ministerial pledge of office. 

A full house

Northern Ireland Assembly

It is a full house at Stormont today, ready for the executive appointments.

Speaker Robin Newton opens proceedings by announcing that 22 bills have received royal assent.

DUP's new ministerial Team

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In a tweet, the First Minister, Arlene Foster, has announced the DUP's new ministerial team.

The team is made up of five MLAs - Alastair Ross, Paul Givan, Simon Hamilton, Peter Weir and Michelle McIlveen. 

Foster: 'Good day for Northern Ireland'

Arlene Foster and Claire Sugden

First Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the appointment of Claire Sugden as justice minister.

"This is a good day for Northern Ireland, the people will have a government in place today," she said.  

Claire Sugden on abortion reform

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Sugden is new Justice Minister

Claire Sugden
Press Eye
Northern Ireland's new Justice Minister, Claire Sugden

Claire Sugden has agreed to become Northern Ireland's new justice minister.  

The first and deputy first minister have announced at Stormont that the independent unionist MLA will take up the executive role.  

Sinn Féin's new ministerial team

Sinn Féin's new ministerial team
Press Eye
(L-R) Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Michelle O'Neill, Martin McGuinness, Megan Fearon and Chris Hazzard

We already know some of the names of the ministers to be appointed today. 

On Tuesday, Martin McGuinness unveiled Sinn Féin's new ministerial team.

UUP 'won't appoint shadow ministers today'

Mike Nesbitt
Press Eye

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt says his party will not choose shadow ministers today but will appoint "spokespeople across the range of government departments".

He added that there may be "a better sense of coordination" with fellow opposition party the SDLP "further down the line". 

The appointment of new executive ministers is expected to begin after noon.

Stormont Today

Mark Carruthers

Following today's assembly proceedings, there will be a special edition of Stormont Today with Mark Carruthers at 23:15 tonight on BBC2 Northern Ireland. 

Good morning

It's a big day at Stormont today. 

MLAs are meeting to appoint a new power-sharing executive in the wake of the assembly election.

Both the DUP and Sinn Féin say they are confident that a full ministerial team will be put in place, despite the decision of the Ulster Unionists and the SDLP to go into opposition.  

The appointment of a new justice minister will be central to today's proceedings, with continued speculation about whether independent MLA Claire Sugden will take the post.

The fun starts at noon.