Former Speaker MLA for North Down
It is my sad duty to inform the House of the death of Mr George Dawson, a Member for the East Antrim constituency. In accordance with convention, as a mark of respect for Mr Dawson, the sitting will now be suspended until 11.00 am. The sitting was suspended at 10.33 am. On resuming (Madam Speaker in the Chair) — 11.00 am
In a letter dated 7 May 2007, the Secretary of State has notified me that he has made a restoration order under section 2(2) of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006. The restoration order lifts the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly and effects the restoration of devolved Government in Northern Ireland today.
I am mindful of the importance of today’s proceedings, the level of interest in our business today, and the widespread goodwill being expressed towards our restored Assembly, both within and beyond our community. That goodwill is evidenced by the large presence in the Gallery of members of the public and guests, including some who have travelled from London, Dublin and the United States of...
Former Speaker, and MLA for North Down
Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election
Left the Assembly on 8 May 2007 — Dissolved for election
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