Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Northern Ireland
 
Northern Ireland had its own government with a degree of autonomy from United Kingdom until 1968 which was re-introduced in 1999 after long and hard negotiations between the Protestants and Catholics. The government was suspended in 2000 and in October 2002.

Also see Northern_Ireland_Parliament and United Kingdom Devolved Governments

1937-44 Parliamentary Secretary of Education Dame Dehra Parker
1944-49 Chairperson of Government Committee of Youth
1948-49 Chairperson of General Health Services Board
1949-57 Minister of Health and Local Government
in the Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland
Member of the Northern Ireland House of Commons 1921-29 and 1933–1960 and a long-serving local councillor on Magherafelt rural district council. First married to Robert Chichester and secondly Admiral Henry Parker. She lived (1882-1963)

1993-95 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Northern Ireland Responsible for the Departments of Health and Social Service 
1995-97 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Northern Ireland Responsible for the Departments of Agriculture and Economy as well as Spokesperson on all Northern Ireland matters in the House of Lords The Baroness Denton of Wakefield
A member of the British government, Jean Denton was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Trade and Industries for Consumers' Affairs 1992-93 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Trade and Industries for Consumers' Affairs 1992-93, and was created a Baroness in 1991, and lived (1935-2001).

1997-99 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dr. Mo Mowlan
As Northern Ireland Secretary and member of the British Cabinet, she was in effect Chief Minister of the Province. One of her main achievements was the negotiations which led to the introduction of home rule. Later she was Minister in the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lanchester 1999-2001. (b. 1949- ).

1999-2000 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Brid Rodgers
2000-02 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Former Senator in the Republic of Ireland, 1998-99 Chairperson of SDLP Negotiation Team during the devolution negotiations and from 2001 Deputy Party Leader. Mother of 6 children. (b. 1931-)

1999-2000 Minister of Social Services and Health Bairbre De Brún
2000-02 Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Born in the Republic of Ireland and a leading member of Sinn Feinn. 

2001-02 Minister of Employment and Learning Carmel Hanna

2001-04 Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office with responsibility for Security, Policing and Prisons (Deputy Secretary of State)
2002-04 Responsible for the Departments of Education and Employment and Learning Jane Kennedy
After the introduction of Home Rule the Northern Ireland Secretary remained in charge of Matters not devolved to the Assembly - i.e Policing, security policy, prisons, criminal justice, victims, rights and equality and political development. The joint responsibility with Irish Government for the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference, and representing Northern Ireland's interest in the UK. And Jane Kennedy is responsible for parts of this responsibility. After the Home Rule was suspended in October 2002, she was given charge of two government departments. She was Cabinet. Assistant Government Whip 1997-98, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury 1998-99, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Department 1999-2001. Held various government posts since then. (b. 1958-).
 
2002-04 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office with responsibility for the Departments of the Environment, Regional Development and of Culture, Arts and Leisure Angela Smith
She was Assistant Government Whip 2001-02 until her appointment as temporary Minister in the Northern Ireland Office after the home rule was suspended and given charge of a number of departments in the government. Has held government posts until 2009. (b. 1959-).

2007-11 Minister of Agriculture Michelle Gildernew
Sinn Fein MLA from 1998 and MP from 2001.

2007-11 Minister of Education Catriona Ruane
Sinn Fein MP from 2001.

2007-10 Minister of Social Development Margaret Ritchie
SDLP Assembly Member,
Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, SDLP from 2010 and Member of the British Parliament.

2007-08 Minister of Environment
Arlene Foster
2008-15 Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
2010 Acting First Minister (11.01-04.02)
2015-16 Minier of Finance and Personel
2015 Acting First Minister (10.09-20.10)
2016- First Minister

UUP Assembly Member until 2004, when she jointed the Ulster Unionists. Temporarily in charge of the government when the First Minister stepped aside for a limited period. Leader of the Ulster Unionists from 2015. (b. 1970-).

2011-16 Minister of Culture, Arts and Lesiure Carál Ní Chuilín
Sinn Fein MLA from 2007.

2011-15 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill
2015- Minister of Health

Sinn Fein MLA from 2007 and Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone from2010 and Party Leader from 2017. (b. 1976-)

2011-12 Junior Minister at the Office of the Deputy First Minister Martina Anderson
Sinn Fein MLA 2007-12 and MEP from 2012.

2012-16 Junior Minister at the Office of the Deputy First Minister Jennifer McCann

2015 Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister Michelle McIlveen
2015-16 Minister of Regional Development
2016- Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

2015-16 Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister Emma Pengellyn

2016- Minister of Justice Claire Sugden

2016- Junior Minister at the Office of the Deputy First Minister Megan Fearon

 

Last update 27.01.17