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Arlene Foster

Northern Irish politician

Arlene Isabel Foster MLA PC (née Kelly; born 3 July 1970) is a Northern Irish politician. She was the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2016 to 2017, and has been leader of the largest Northern Irish political party, the Democratic Unionist Party, since December 2015. She is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing Fermanagh and South Tyrone. She strongly supports Northern Ireland staying in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Protestant Church of Ireland.


Arlene Foster

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First Minister of Northern Ireland
In office
11 January 2016 – 9 January 2017
Serving with Martin McGuinness
Preceded byPeter Robinson
Succeeded byVacant
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
Assumed office
17 December 2015
DeputyNigel Dodds
Preceded byPeter Robinson
Minister for Finance and Personnel
In office
11 May 2015 – 12 January 2016
Preceded bySimon Hamilton
Succeeded byMervyn Storey
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment
In office
9 June 2008 – 11 May 2015
Preceded byNigel Dodds
Succeeded byJonathan Bell
Minister for the Environment
In office
8 May 2007 – 9 June 2008
Preceded byDermot Nesbitt
Succeeded bySammy Wilson
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded byJoan Carson
Personal details
Born
Arlene Isabel Kelly

(1970-07-03) 3 July 1970 (age 48)
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Political partyUlster Unionist (Before 2003)
Independent (2003–2004)
Democratic Unionist (2004–present)
Spouse(s)Brian Foster
Children3
Alma materQueen's University Belfast
WebsiteOfficial website
*Foster served as Acting First Minister from 11 January 2010 – 3 February 2010 and 10 September 2015 – 20 October 2015 while Robinson was on leave.