Northern Ireland Office


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Northern Ireland Office

A department of the British government responsible for the administration of devolution of power from the central government to the Northern Irish regional government. It handles national security, elections, and similar matters in Northern Ireland. The department was created in 1972.
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"In line with the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland's Guide, Promoting a Good and Harmonious Working Environment, the Northern Ireland Office is sensitive to the display of posters, pictures, portraits, or other displays that are more closely associated with one or other of the communities' and will consider any concerns raised by employees," he added.
Mr Murphy's promotion to Welsh Secretary in July 1999 was seen as a reward for the excellent work he had done as minister responsible for political development at the Northern Ireland Office.
The Northern Ireland Office refused to say anything about Mr Donaldson's claim.
He fought a pattern of damaging leaks about the negotiations he believes were generated from inside Britain's Northern Ireland Office, which administers the province and included a number of old-line types who simply did not want the process to succeed.
The Northern Ireland Office did not respond to questions on the ongoing delay.
The Sentence Review Commissioners operate independently of Government and are sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office.
Recently I received a reply from the Home Office stating that I should have written to the Northern Ireland Office. I assume the Prime Minister's Office had directed my letter to the Home Office.
As a result of their talks he drew up an action plan asking the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to contribute EUR5.5million to a project aimed at the regeneration of loyalist communities where the UDA has a strong presence.
But it emerged later that it was the Northern Ireland Office - Mr Hain's own department - which proposed extending the provision across the UK.
After the 2001 General Election he became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
He said, 'I think a lot of people would love Peter Hain to apologise for the things he has done while he has been in charge of the Northern Ireland Office rather than for him to delve into the past and apologise for things we had no responsibility nor sympathy for,' he said.
He did say that reviews of passport services could include a Northern Ireland office.

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