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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015) See 6 other results from this debate

John McCallister: I would welcome them with open arms. [Laughter.] I am sure

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Rural Development Programme (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...when people made their claim for the single farm payment by the deadline of 15 May, even though we have only had informal approval of that scheme. We are not letting anything sit; we are making sure that we will have programmes open and ready. You will know that rural groups are still receiving funding, but I am anxious that we learn the lessons of the previous programme, that we do not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Broadband: Rural Areas (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: The Member will be aware that the responsibility for broadband is a priority of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. However, I have been keen to assert myself and make sure that we work to plug the not-spots of service provision. Anyone who lives in a rural area will be alert to the frustration felt by businesses and by families who may have children who are studying. If...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Young Farmers: Basic Payment Top-ups (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise-run course, so that in itself was extremely significant. It exceeded the Department's expectations of the numbers that would come forward. I am not sure how many of those translated into applications. The deadline of 15 May has just passed, and we will be able to assess that over the next number of weeks.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Rural Crime (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...a deterrent to people being able to launder the diesel and things like that. I raised it also with Simon Coveney at a recent NSMC meeting. In terms of my responsibility, I am very clear about making sure that we are to the fore in doing everything we can. My Department will play its role in tackling fuel fraud but also rural crime in general.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Slurry: Safety Measures (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: Yes, I agree with the Member about farm safety and making sure that everybody plays their role. The Health and Safety Executive is in the lead, and my Department plays a key role in collective working on making sure that we highlight the dangers on farm, particularly around slurry and the devastating impact that that can have. I can give the Member that assurance surely.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Ballykelly: Private Sector Development (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...jobs. That continues to be the case. I will continue on this journey. We have come a long way to get us to where we are now. The planning application has been submitted. I will continue to make sure that we deliver on DARD's headquarters moving to the north-west because I believe that it is the right thing to do for public service. It is a nonsense to start to play welfare reform...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Bovine Viral Diarrhoea: Compulsory Testing (26 May 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...we will be able to move forward and introduce the legislation. We have already had the legislation approved by the EU, so, in terms of the Department's role, we are steps ahead. We want to make sure that the viability and sustainability plan is in place and that we have everything set out that allows us to take a staged approach to tackling BVD.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Voluntary Exit Scheme: AFBI Applicants (26 May 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: ...for 2020, and I am working very closely with it to set out its priorities for the years ahead, particularly around research, development and innovation. I want to work very closely with it to make sure that we arrive at a sustainable plan for AFBI to have a successful and thriving institute into the future.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Alex Attwood: ...a new broom handle, it was still the same old brush. With that precedent, it seems to me that some of the Minister's opening comments, which were, maybe somewhat surprisingly, very slight — I am sure that he will correct that when he comes to the reply, which, no doubt, will last substantially longer than his opening speech — suggested that some new bristles were being attached...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Gregory Campbell: ...why we cannot go it alone. It is 50 billion of those over the next five years — 50 billion of those. That is why we cannot go it alone. I have heard a lot about anti-austerity. I remember, and I am sure many here remember, that, four months ago, the talk across Europe, in Spain, Italy and various countries, was that anti-austerity parties were on the rise, which they were; that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: OFMDFM Question Time (26 May 2015)

Mitchel McLaughlin: Before we start today's proceedings, I confirm that I have received a communication in writing from OFMDFM requesting that its Question Time slot at 2.00 pm be deleted from today's business. I am sure that Members will understand the circumstances. At this point, I will also take the opportunity, on behalf of the entire House, to wish Mr Peter Robinson, the First Minister, well and a speedy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Age-appropriate Respite Provision: South Tyrone (19 May 2015)

Sandra Overend: ...given the care that they need and deserve. Ms McGahan mentioned the difficulties experienced in south Tyrone. I apologise on behalf of Tom Elliott, who is unable to be here this afternoon. I am sure that he is well aware of the circumstances in that area. It is interesting to hear the details: there is no waiting list, but they are experiencing difficulties with getting places for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Tourism VAT (19 May 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Sean Rogers: ...more employment. I did not know that Mr Girvan is a poet. He talked about it being a Westminster issue. Yes it is. We are unique here and, as he said, we have to use all the tools in the box to make sure that this happens. Mr Muilleoir talked about gratitude to the tourist industry right across the North and how difficult it has it, which is a very important point. He said that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Affordable Warmth Scheme (19 May 2015)

Mervyn Storey: ...to grow, but when you have a situation where there is a process and referrals, you could have some delays. I will endeavour, as will all those involved in the affordable warmth scheme, to make sure that those are kept to a minimum and that this remains an effective and efficient way of dealing with a very important issue in our homes that has to be addressed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Bus Station: Kilkeel (19 May 2015)

Jim Wells: I am sure the Member will accept that the present facility is certainly not adequate for a town the size of Kilkeel, particularly with its tourist infrastructure. Can he at least promise the Assembly that, whilst finance may be limited, his Department will continue to explore options so that, when funds become available, he will be ready to move quickly?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Magilligan to Greencastle Ferry (19 May 2015)

Danny Kennedy: I am not sure where the Member gets any previous commitment from. It was not from me or any of my predecessors, because my Department has never funded the Magilligan to Greencastle ferry, even when it was under the stewardship of his party colleague Conor Murphy. Capital funding for the ferry's establishment was provided through a number of streams, including the EU Special Support Programme...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Road and Drainage Maintenance Criteria (19 May 2015)

Danny Kennedy: Mr Deputy Speaker, with your permission, at the outset, may I express my sympathy and, I am sure, that of the whole House, to the Nicholson and Attwood families on their recent sad bereavements. To answer question 1, as Members will be aware, my Department is facing a 60 million resource budget pressure in 2015-16, more than half of which will fall to Transport NI. That budget pressure...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Defibrillators: Interactive Map-based Register (19 May 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Anna Lo: ...in schools, sporting organisations and public places across Northern Ireland as well as helping to create and maintain an online database of mobile and static defibrillators' locations, which, I am sure, provided some inspiration for the motion. Currently, there is no national database in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. That is something that certainly needs to be addressed....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Psychoactive Substances (18 May 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Pam Cameron: .... She also said that the people who sell the product are shameful and despicable. Mr Buchanan said that it is right that we remember those who lost their life through the use of these substances. I am sure we can all echo that across the Chamber. He was concerned that the products are being sold openly in Omagh, and he spoke about the ease of accessing the drugs. He said that the sharp...

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