Arlene Foster

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Date of Birth July 3, 1970
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Arlene Foster

Arlene Isabel Foster PC is a Northern Irish politician serving as First Minister of Northern Ireland since January 2020, and previously from 2016 to 2017. She has served as Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party since 2015 and Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Fermanagh and South Tyrone since 2003. Foster served in the Northern Ireland Executive as Minister of the Environment from 2007 until 2008, Minister for Enterprise and Investment from 2008 until 2015 and Minister for Finance and Personnel from 2015 until 2016. In January 2016, Foster became First Minister of Northern Ireland and shared power with Martin McGuinness. McGuinness resigned as deputy First Minister in January 2017 amid the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, which involved a green energy scheme that Foster set up during her time as Minister for Enterprise and Investment. The scheme was set to cost the taxpayer £490 million and there were allegations of corruption surrounding it.

Born: Arlene Isabel Kelly, July 3, 1970, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Nationality: British
Political party: Ulster Unionist, Independent, Democratic Unionist
Spouse(s): Brian Foster
Children: 3
Alma mater: Queen's University Belfast
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About Arlene Foster

In 2003, this Ulster Unionist Party-turned-Democratic Unionist Party politician became a Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly and was subsequently appointed both Minister of the Environment and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Before Fame

After earning her Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University, Belfast, she became active in the youth wing of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Achievement

She received a 2008 Women in Public Life Award. When politician Peter Robinson temporarily stepped down from his position as First Minister of Northern Ireland, she took over his duties for a one-month period in early 2010.

Family Life

Born and raised in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, she grew up during a politically turbulent time known as The Troubles. Her marriage to Brian Foster produced children named Sarah, George, and Ben.

Associations

In 2008, she succeeded Nigel Dodds as Northern Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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