Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The head of the Northern Ireland Office, which is the department of the British government responsible for the administration of devolution of power from the central government to the Northern Irish regional government. He/she oversees national security, elections, and similar matters in Northern Ireland. The secretary is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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O MOWLAM, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland,has become a leading exponent of the peace and reconciliation work taking place inWarrington.
Just because he is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland does not mean he can apologise for things we are neither associated with, nor had sympathy for.
POLITICIANS Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie will be there Michael along with Sandra Howard, Charles and Sarah Kennedy, Tory MP Nicholas Soames, Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Paul Murphy.
John Eades, operations director for the trust, said: ``This has been a significant 12 months in the trust's history with key visits from the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dr John Reid, former Secretary of State Dr Mo Mowlam, Daphne Trimble, who was representing David Trimble, Martin McGuinness and now John Hume - all key players in the peace process.
1: As Secretary of State for Northern Ireland my duty is to act in the interests of all the people living in Northern Ireland.
Mr Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as well as Wales, said, 'People should look at the facts on the ground.
A spokesperson for Jack Straw said that the Foreign Secretary, together with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Chief Minister in the Scottish Executive, welcomed BWIA's new routes and the benefits for relations between the UK and the Caribbean they will bring.
SECRETARY of State for Northern Ireland Dr John Reid, due to visit Warrington Peace Centre today, has paid tribute to its founder, Colin Parry, father of IRA bomb victim Tim.
I read almost every day in the Irish Times of the assiduous Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (population half that of Wales), as he tries bravely to restore a full parliament for that territory.
Former Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Andrew Mackay, who represented the former Stechford constituency in Birmingham in 1974, is backing the call for a ban on the extremist rally.
His underlying message is that if the politicians of the two tribes can come together and form a government they will no longer be subject to the rule of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who happens to be Peter Hain.
Instead of being greeted by the butler, you'd be met by a member of the security forces, because Mandelson has bodyguards for life as a former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
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