MLA, Lagan Valley
I welcome the opportunity to speak on the issues to be addressed in this group. First, I want to deal with the amendments that relate to animal welfare and sentencing. I give a warm welcome to the proposals therein. I would have been keen to have gone a bit further and looked at mandatory sentencing. However, we have been working through it in the Committee for Justice and the Committee...
Burglaries were up by around 30% in the last few months. Perhaps, if the other end of Mr Ford's Department ensured that more people were brought to court, better use would be made of the court facilities. The one that stands out is Lisburn courthouse. We have looked at other courthouses with 20% or 30% usage. Lisburn courthouse has just short of 60% usage, yet it is being closed, and...
Thank you for drawing me to that, Mr Deputy Speaker. Does the Minister accept that his case lacks robustness? Does he also accept that he will cause immense pain, hurt, anxiety and anguish to those who now use the family court in Lisburn but will be sent to the mayhem of Laganside, which is already bursting at the seams in the mornings?
DUP MLA for Lagan Valley
Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election
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