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I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. As I do so, I am cognisant that today is the United Nations International Day of Peace, when we are called to remember the need for and pursuit of peaceful objectives, even when doing so is painful and feels counter-intuitive. The Good Friday Agreement is one of the single greatest peacebuilding feats of the 20th century. Without that agreement,...
My contribution is about an issue in my constituency, and I know that many other Members have dealt with it as well. It is the issue of ambulance response times. It is an especially acute matter in rural communities. I begin by thanking our staff in the health service in general and specifically ambulance staff. Their work in very stressful situations is immeasurable, and the contributions...
Does the Minister have any update on the overall funding for the scheme? There remains significant ambiguity about that, and we cannot allow any of the stakeholders, such as the British Government, to shirk their responsibilities. We must ensure that our Executive coffers do not have to fund the scheme when others have responsibility as well.
Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down
Entered the Assembly on 7 May 2016 — Election
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