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No comment on Pengelly appointment from parties

The Lord Edward Carson Statue in the grounds of Stormont in Belfast. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE DUP's partners in the Stormont executive were silent on Wednesday over Emma Pengelly's appointment to the post of junior minister.

The former special adviser to Peter Robinson was revealed as the successor to Michelle McIlveen just a month after becoming an MLA.

Mrs Pengelly, who is the wife of Department of Health permanent secretary Richard Pengelly, was co-opted into the assembly last month to replace Jimmy Spratt, who retired due to ill health.

She is the first Stormont executive minister not to have been elected to Stormont.

However, the new junior minister's lack of a mandate drew no reaction from her party's partners in government.

Sinn Féin, Alliance and the SDLP all declined to comment on the matter, indicating that it was solely the business of the DUP.


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