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Education Minister John O'Dowd will not return to his portfolio

Published 26/02/2016

Education Minister John O'Dowd
Education Minister John O'Dowd

The Sinn Fein MLA said he plans to seek re election but will not be Education Minister after May

Education Minister John O'Dowd will not return to his post following the Assembly election in May.

The BBC have reported that the Sinn Fein MLA for Upper Bann will stand for election, but will not be Education Minister again when the new Executive is formed.

Mr O'Dowd said he is looking forward to a new challenge.

He has held the post of Education Minister since May 2011, taking over from former minister Caitriona Ruane.

"My party rotates its ministers at the start of each new mandate - a policy I fully support," he said.

"I have greatly enjoyed my time as minister for education and, if re-elected to the assembly, I look forward to a new challenge."

The minister was speaking at the teacher's union, the NASUWT on Friday evening.

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