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Stormont Ministers are to hold a special Executive meeting this afternoon to discuss proposals to cut the current 12 departments to nine

Stormont Ministers are to hold a special Executive meeting this afternoon to discuss proposals to cut the current 12 departments to nine

Stormont Ministers are to hold a special Executive meeting this afternoon to discuss proposals to cut the current 12 departments to nine

The new Children's Commissioner for Northern Ireland has been named as Koulla Yiasouma.

Ms Yiasouma will take over from Patricia Lewsley-Mooney when her term ends in January.

Ms Yiasouma is the director of Include Youth, a post she has held since 1998. She is also a veteran advocate for the young of Greek Cypriot extraction.

Her appointment was announced by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

They said Ms Yiasouma will bring a "wealth of knowledge and experience to the job".

"This experience will serve her well as she takes up this important role," they said.

They added: "The Commissioner for Children and Young People ensures every child and young person has a voice and we wish Koulla every success in her new role."

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Ms Yiasouma said it was a massive honour to have been appointed.

"I am looking forward to working with all sectors, particularly government, to ensure the full implementation of the rights of children and young people across Northern Ireland," she said.


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