Current bets on the Executive are that the DUP will take FINANCE firstly (with Sammy Wilson tipped to remain in post) They are expected to go for EDUCATION next (but it is speculated that there may have been a deal made with Sinn Fein over this with the DUP promising moderation and not a wholesale return to the 11 plus) Arlene Foster is tipped for education
SINN FEIN are harder to read though it is widely tipped that they are aiming for the Department of Trade and Investment. (DETI) This is for a number of reasons - It is a high spending high profile position concentrating on the economy and jobs. One key weakness with Sinn Fein in the Southern Election was the Republic voters mistrust of their economic policies and experience (a fair charge considering the state of the Republics economy and the need for serious work) Sinn Fein are aiming to prove themselves in economic matters in the North as a way of attracting an all Ireland support - a key aim of theirs.
The UUP have one pick but it is rumoured to be Social development as this will help them appear to reach out to working class Protestant communities
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