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27 October 2010
STATEMENT FROM THE SPEAKER, MR WILLIAM HAY MLA
I have been informed by the First and Deputy First Minster that they have received notification from Sir Reg Empey MLA, of his intention to resign as Minister for Employment and Learning with effect from 27 October 2010.
In his capacity as Nominating Officer for the Ulster Unionist Party Tom Elliott MLA has nominated Mr Danny Kennedy MLA to the post of Minister for Employment and Learning.
Mr Kennedy has resigned as Chairperson of the Committee for the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and has accepted the nomination and affirmed the Pledge of Office witnessed by Francie Molloy MLA as Deputy Speaker and Mr John Stewart, Director of Clerking and Reporting in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The appointment takes effect immediately.
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New Employment and Learning Minister Danny Kennedy MLA as he affirms the Pledge of Office. Looking on are (from left) Ulster Unionist Leader Tom Elliott MLA; Assembly Director of Clerking and Reporting, John Stewart and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Francie Molloy MLA.