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 Assembly is in recess.

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister will next meet on 3 September for a strategic planning meeting.

The first public meeting of the Committee will be on Wednesday 10 September 2014.  

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 Ombudsperson 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 Ombudsperson. The Committee is currently considering a draft bill to give effect to its proposals and it is hoped this will be ready for introduction in the Assembly in autumn 2014. Click here for further information.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Karen Jardine

Room 285, Parliament Buildings,
Ballymiscaw, Stormont,
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1677
Email: committee.ofmdfm@niassembly.gov.uk

Inquiry into Building a United Community

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is undertaking an Inquiry into Building a United Community.

The purpose of the inquiry is to inform the Executive’s approach in the actions it takes to tackle sectarianism, racism and other forms of intolerance; and to make recommendations in order to support and enhance policy in uniting communities and community integration, including how communities are involved in decision making.

The Inquiry will also seek to make recommendations based on the evidence gathered.

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Committee Motion on Refugee Week 2014 and Community Relations Week 2014 – 16 June 2014

Committee Motion: That this Assembly notes that 16 -22 June 2014 marks both Refugee Week 2014 and Community Relations Week 2014; further notes the respective themes of ‘Shared Future’ and ‘Building a United Community’; and expresses its support for both Refugee Week and Community Relations Week, particularly in relation to their shared aim of facilitating positive encounters between diverse cultures in order to encourage greater understanding, overcome hostility and build a shared society.

Further information can be found here.

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.

Visit of the Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee

The Committee hosted a visit from the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 2 April 2014.  The Committee met with EESC President Henri Malosse, Vice Presidents Jane Morrice and Hans-Joachim Wilms and other EESC members to discuss the role of the EU in the peace process, social cohesion and the future of the European Union.

EESC is a consultative body of the European Union and provides a formal platform for economic and social interest groups and representatives to provide views on EU issues.  There are currently 344 members who are each nominated by national governments and the Presidency visited Belfast from 2-4 April 2014 at the suggestion of the EESC Vice President Jane Morrice.  

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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