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John Larkin reappointed Northern Ireland attorney general

Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin
Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State of State has reappointed John Larkin as attorney general.

The reappointment is for a limited period of 13 months which begin on May 24, lasting until June 30, 2020.

The Secretary of State said: "My absolute priority is to see the restoration of the Executive at the earliest opportunity.

"In the interim my responsibility is to ensure good governance and stable public services in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

"The Attorney General for Northern Ireland is an independent law officer and the Chief legal adviser to the Northern Ireland Executive for both civil and criminal matters. In the absence of an Executive, it is vital that we ensure stability and continuity.

"That is why I have extended Mr Larkin’s appointment for a further limited period of 13 months."

Mr Larkin was appointed to the position in 2010 and to serve a four-year term. It was later extended by the then first and deputy first ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness until 2019.

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