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In the M1Northern Ireland Act 1998, after section 19, insert—
(1)No person may—
(a)stand for election as First Minister or as deputy First Minister, or be elected as such,
(b)be nominated to hold a Ministerial office,
(c)be appointed as a junior Minister, or
(d)be nominated under paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board drawn from the Northern Ireland Assembly),
if he is the holder of a disqualifying office.
(2)A Minister or junior Minister ceases to hold that office on becoming the holder of a disqualifying office.
(3)A person holding office as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board in accordance with paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 ceases to hold that office on becoming the holder of a disqualifying office.
(4)In this section “disqualifying office” means—
(a)Minister of the Government of Ireland; or
(b)chairman or deputy chairman of—
(i)a committee of the Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives of Ireland);
(ii)a committee of the Seanad Éireann (Senate of Ireland); or
(iii)a joint committee of the Oireachtas (National Parliament of Ireland).”
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