What we do

We ensure the smooth working of the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland. We represent Northern Irish interests within the UK government and we represent the UK government in Northern Ireland.

NIO is a ministerial department, supported by 3 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Northern Ireland

    The government works for Northern Ireland: supporting the economy; defending our national security; promoting our interests internationally. Read more

  2. UK economy

    All parts of the economy are growing - but the government still has a huge amount to do through continuing to create jobs and supporting businesses to grow. The government is also making sure that the recovery is a recovery for all and this means creating a more educated workforce and taking measures to help with the cost of living. Find progress updates on this page. Read more

We produce detailed guidance in these categories

  1. Devolution: how it affects policies and services

    Advice for public servants and other agencies about devolved responsibilities and accountability. Read more

Our policies

  1. Keeping Northern Ireland safe

    How the UK government is working with the authorities in Northern Ireland to keep people in Northern Ireland safe.

  2. Supporting political stability and the institutions in Northern Ireland

    How the UK government is working with the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish government and others to help bring about a stable, prosperous and peaceful future for Northern Ireland.

  3. Bringing communities in Northern Ireland together

    How the UK government is working with the Northern Ireland Executive to help make lasting changes to bring communities together and address underlying divisions.

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Contact NIO

Office address (Belfast)

Stormont House
Northern Ireland


Office address (London)

1 Horse Guards Road


Press Office (media enquiries)

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1 Horse Guards Road

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