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DUP reshuffle sees Newry & Armagh MLA Irwin chair Agriculture Committee

Newry and Armagh Assemblyman William Irwin has been appointed the new chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

The DUP representative takes over from Paul Frew following First Minister Peter Robinson’s reshuffle today (Tuesday).

The 57-year-old was elected to the constituency of Newry and Armagh in 2007 and is a former Mayor of Armagh City and District Council, serving in the year 2006-07.

He stepped down from Armagh Council last December and his seat there was filled by Cllr Lavelle McIlwrath.

Elsewhere, today’s reshuffle saw Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland being replaced by Mervyn Storey, who had chaired the Education Committee.

Troubled Health Minister Edwin Poots is replaced by South Down MLA Jim Wells.


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