NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICS: Arlene Foster Biography And Profile

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NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICS: Arlene Foster Biography And Profile

Arlene has been involved in politics since she was a student at Queen’s University and has always been known as a strong advocate for unionism, particularly in the west of the Province. A lawyer by profession, Arlene Foster was born July 3, 1970 in South East Fermanagh and still lives in the County with her husband and three children.

Arlene joined the DUP in 2004 and has been a senior representative for the party since that time. She has been an Executive member of the Democratic Unionist Party since 2004 and was elected leader of the party on 17th December 2015 following the retirement of Peter Robinson.

Prior to the restoration of devolution Arlene represented the DUP on the Northern Ireland Policing Board, later working closely with the Party Leader during the negotiations on the devolution of Policing and Justice.

When the Executive was established following the Assembly election in 2007 Arlene was appointed as Environment Minister where she oversaw the creation of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and helped bring forward a new rural planning policy to replace PPS 14.

Arlene served as Minister for the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment from June 2008 until May 2015. During this period she was instrumental in promoting our tourist industry, bringing major events like the MTV EMA awards, the Irish Open and Giro d’Italia to Northern Ireland and securing record levels of investment into the economy. The record levels of Foreign Direct Investment and the support provided for local businesses were all secured despite the backdrop of a global economic downturn.

Arlene was appointed as Minister for Finance and Personnel in May 2015 where she ensured that a budget was agreed, despite the ongoing difficulties around the refusal by some parties to sign up to welfare reform.

She has worked as acting First Minister on two occasions, firstly for a period of three weeks in 2010 and then during the summer of 2015 whilst work was ongoing to secure progress in the wake of the IRA murder of Kevin McGuigan.

In 2008 Arlene was awarded the devolved Assembly Member of the Year by the Women in Public Life Awards. This award recognised the significant contribution that Arlene had made in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and she remains the most high-profile female politician in Northern Ireland.

Education & Career

  • Collegiate Grammar School for Girls, Enniskillen, 1982 – 1989.
  • Queens University, Belfast, Law School, LLB (Hons) Degree; Certificate in Prof Legal Studies.
  • Private Practice Solicitor since qualification to date, firstly in Enniskillen & Portadown since January 2002.

Political Career

  • Joined UUP whilst at Queens University.
  • Chair of Queens Ulster Unionist Association 1992/1993.
  • Chair Ulster Young Unionist Council 1995.
  • Election Agent for UUP at Forum Elections 1996.
  • Resigned UUP 18th December 2003.
  • Joined DUP 5th January 2004.
  • Executive Member of DUP.
  • Minister of The Environment 2007-2008
  • Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment 2008-2015
  • Acting First Minister Jan-Feb 2010
  • Minister of Finance and Personnel 2015-2016
  • First Minister 2016 – present

Recent achievements

  • ‘Minister of the Year’ – BBC The View Awards 2016
  • Appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 2016

– Arlene Foster Biography And Profile


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