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Frequently Asked Questions

What does DRD stand for?

DRD is the Department for Regional Development.

When was the Department for Regional Development created?

The Department for Regional Development is one of 11 Northern Ireland Departments created in 1999 by the Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

Who is the current Minister responsible for the Department for Regional Development?

Danny Kennedy MLA is the current Minister responsible for the Department for Regional Development.

To find out more about the Minister -  view the Ministerial Profile

Who is responsible for Roads Service?

The Department for Regional Development is responsible for Roads Service.

If you wish to obtain specific information about Roads Service you can access their website via this link: DRD Roads Service

Who is responsible for Northern Ireland Water?

Northern Ireland Water (formerly Water Service) is no longer an agency within the Department for Regional Development. New arrangments for the delivery of water and sewerage services came into operation on 1 April 2007. The Water and Sewerage Services (NI) Order 2006 came into effect providing for an "undertaker" to run the services. A company - Northern Ireland Water - has been appointed as sole water and sewerage undertaker for Northern Ireland. The company is 100% owned by the Government (through DRD). It takes over from the Department's Water Service Agency from 1 April 2007. The land, assets and staff of the Water Service Agency transferred to the company on 1 April.

If you wish to obtain specific information about Northern Ireland Water you can access their website via this link: Northern Ireland Water