There is likely to be an appeal against the High Court judgment that Health Minister Edwin Poots broke the ministerial code, First Minister Peter Robinson has said.
On Friday, Mr Justice Treacy overturned Mr Poots’ lifetime ban on sexually active gay men donating blood.
The judge ruled that Mr Poots had broken the ministerial code by not bringing the issue to the Executive.
However, the first minister yesterday again warned that the judgment has massive implications for all Executive ministers and suggested that there will be an appeal.
Mr Robinson told the BBC: “The judgment, if it was to be carried into our normal practices in Northern Ireland would have seen every minister at the Executive table having been in breach of the ministerial code.
“It’s a very wide interpretation of the ministerial code and one which I think the Executive is going to have to look at.”
Mr Robinson added: “I suspect it may well go to appeal. I think it might even go to appeal because the GB department (the UK Department of Health) might find that some of the ruling has serious implications for devolution itself.”
Mr Robinson said he would “dismiss” calls to discipline Mr Poots over the alleged breach of the ministerial code.