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Governing without ministers – report launch

Thursday 26 September 2019, 12:30 - 13:30

The Institute for Government launched a new report Governing without Ministers, looking at how Northern Ireland has functioned without ministers for nearly 1,000 days.

The report provides an analysis of the history of power-sharing in Northern Ireland, how Northern Ireland has operated since the collapse of the executive in 2017, the consequences of these arrangements, and how a future executive could be supported once restored.

The panel discussed the past, present and future governance challenges facing Northern Ireland. It included:

  • Sir Jonathan Phillips KCB, Warden at Keble College, Oxford and former Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office (2005–10)
  • Peter May, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Justice, Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Owen Sims, Senior Policy Officer at CBI Northern Ireland
  • Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government
  • Jess Sargeant, Researcher at the Institute for Government

The event was chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government


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