Sam Foster, CBE
|Minister of the Environment|
29 November 1999 – 20 February 2002
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Dermot Nesbitt|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Tom Elliott|
7 December 1931
Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Died||19 August 2014 (aged 82)|
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party|
|Alma mater||Ulster Polytechnic|
|Profession||Social Worker, police officer|
Foster was educated at Enniskillen Technical College and the Ulster Polytechnic, and was by profession a Social Worker. He was a Special Constable in the Ulster Special Constabulary for 21 years and was an Officer with the rank of Major in the Ulster Defence Regiment until his election to Fermanagh District Council in 1981. He retired from the Council in 2001 having been Chairman in 1995–97. He was highly commended for his efforts to rescue victims of the 1987 Remembrance Day bombing, of which he was nearly a victim himself.
He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996 for Fermanagh & South Tyrone and was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998. In 1999 he was appointed Environment Minister by the David Trimble, reportedly as a reward not only to Foster for his long service, but to Fermanagh UUP for their support of Trimble. However, Foster was forced to resign in 2002 with the advancement of Parkinson’s Disease. He was succeeded by Dermot Nesbitt.
Having been a member of the Northern Ireland Police Authority from 1982 to 1985, he was appointed to the Northern Ireland Policing Board in 1999 on which he remained until it was reconstituted in 2006. He stood down from the Assembly at the 2003 elections.
He was married with three children and was a lifelong member of the Orange Order in Fermanagh. A nephew of Foster's is married to current DUP Leader & First Minister, Arlene Foster. Foster died on 19 August 2014, aged 82.
- BBC News report, 2002 Honours list, bbc.co.uk; accessed 13 March 2017.
- BBC NI – Learning – A State Apart, bbc.co.uk; accessed 13 March 2017.
- BBC Online, bbc.co.uk; accessed 13 March 2017.
- "Environment job for Nesbitt". 19 February 2002. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- BBC News online
- Notice of death of Sam Foster, BBC.co.uk; accessed 13 March 2017.
|Northern Ireland Forum|
|New forum|| Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|New assembly|| MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
|New office|| Minister of the Environment
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