Hamilton is new Finance Minister for NI government
THEY say talent should trump seniority and it seems Northern Ireland's government agrees. Simon Hamilton has just been appointed as the North's new Minister for Finance and Personnel, at the tender age of 36. He replaces veteran Sammy Wilson.
"I think I am ready for this," he said yesterday outside parliament buildings in Belfast. "I've been able to learn a lot from Sammy and observe very closely working alongside him how the system operates, who the people are within the system, and what the issues are, and I am very much ready for the challenges that remain ahead."