Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. The Committee was established to advise and assist the First Minister, the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, on matters within their responsibilities as Ministers. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Mike Nesbitt.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

Latest News

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will next meet on Wednesday 30 April at 2.00pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Priorities 2013/2014

Existing work streams

  • Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) Bill 
  • Budget scrutiny 
  • Programme for Government scrutiny 
  • Committee EU priorities for 2013 and selection of priorities in 2014 
  • Subsidiarity monitoring


Strategic Committee Priorities for 2013-14

  • Programme for Government Commitment 15
    Development of Maze Long Kesh site 
  • Programme for Government Commitment 31 & 32
    Social Investment Fund 
  • Programme for Government Commitment 33
    Childcare Strategy 
  • Programme for Government Commitment 34
    Poverty & Social Exclusion 
  • Programme for Government Commitment 67 
    Cohesion, Sharing & Integration Strategy 

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Proposals for a Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman Bill

The Committee has developed policy proposals to merge and reform the offices of Assembly Ombudsman and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints into a new office to be known as the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman.  The Committee has directed that a bill to give effect to its proposals be prepared for introduction in the Assembly. Click here for further information.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Shauna Mageean

Room 284, Parliament Buildings,
Ballymiscaw, Stormont,
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 0379
Email: committee.ofmdfm@niassembly.gov.uk

Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce

At its meeting on 19 February 2014, the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister agreed the Terms of Reference for an Inquiry into the Barroso Taskforce.

The Inquiry will investigate the impact of the Barroso Taskforce on Northern Ireland’s engagement on European issues and consider how the Executive engages on European affairs post-Barroso.

Further information can be found here.

Committee Visits Forthspring Inter Community Group

Committee Members visit Forthspring Inter Community Group on the Springfield Road to hear about the work they are doing with young people across the interface.

Committee Members visit Forthspring Inter Community Group on the Springfield Road to hear about the work they are doing with young people across the interface.

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