Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Monday, 8 April 2024

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 12 noon (Speaker [Mr Poots] in the Chair). Members observed two minutes' silence.

  • Assembly Business

    1 speech

    Members, I have five items to deal with before we start today's business, so I ask that you bear with me. First, I have written to the Princess of Wales expressing the good wishes of the Assembly...

  • Matter of the Day

  • Members' Statements

    • Milltown Cemetery

      2 speeches

      I rise to call urgently for a halt to ongoing work at Milltown Cemetery that risks disturbing the burial ground of thousands of babies, including my stillborn brother. It has been known for...

    • Armagh Ladies Football Team

      1 speech

      Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I congratulate the Armagh Ladies on their superb win yesterday against the Kingdom of Kerry in Division 1 of the National League final. It was their first...

      Brighter Futures

      3 speeches

      Today, I want to bring the Assembly's attention to the loss of a vital autism service, Brighter Futures, in my constituency. It supported children aged 0-12 years presenting with autism. Upwards...

      County Fermanagh: IRA Victims

      1 speech

      I rise today to note two recent events that I attended two weekends apart. They were to remember two significant people in our community who were murdered by the IRA. Yesterday, we attended...

      Political Stability

      1 speech

      I will touch on a broader political question and simply reflect on the events of the past 10 days. I do not mean the specific, clearly noteworthy and, to many people, shocking news developments...

      Domestic Violence

      1 speech

      I want to raise the issue of an increase in domestic violence. I have been on the record in speaking about this before, most recently around the strategy to end violence against women and girls....

      War in Gaza

      1 speech

      The killing of seven World Central Kitchen aid workers last week in Gaza is another horrifying milestone in the conflict. Those men and women were heroes, putting themselves at risk to support...

      St Luke's Football Club

      1 speech

      I congratulate St Luke's Football Club's under-17 team on winning its fourth cup on Friday night. What makes that so special is that this is their first year competing as an under-17 outfit. St...

      Derry County Football Team

      1 speech

      Ba mhaith liom an ráiteas seo a dhéanamh inniu le comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le peileadóirí, bainisteoirí agus lucht tacaíochta Dhoire, mé féin ina...

      Derry County Football Team

      1 speech

      I also congratulate Derry on its league win. In just five short years, Derry has gone from Division 4 to Division 1 champions. What an incredible performance the weekend before last by our...

      Armagh Ladies Football Team

      1 speech

      I offer a hearty comhghairdeas [Translation: congratulations] to Armagh Ladies Gaelic footballers, who had a victory yesterday in Croke Park in the league final against who else but the kingdom....

      Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024

      1 speech

      The Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024 are a product of the tainted Donaldson deal. They require further comment and exposure. As we await the Secretary of State's directions to...

      Gaza War

      3 speeches

      What kind of horror will it take for the Executive to condemn Israel's genocidal actions in Gaza? Over 33,000 people are dead, with eight being killed every hour. Generations upon generations of...

  • Assembly Business

    • Committee Membership

      2 speeches

      The next item of business is a motion on Committee membership. Resolved: That Mr William Irwin replace Mr Gary Middleton as a member of the Committee on Procedures; and that Mr Brian Kingston...

  • Private Members' Business

    • Shared Future: Strategic Framework

      50 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly recognises the ongoing need to build a genuinely shared future; expresses concern at the ongoing and severe costs, both social and financial, of continued social...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office

    2 speeches

    I call Maurice Bradley.

    • High Street Task Force: Update

      9 speeches

      1. Mr Bradley asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister to provide an update on the implementation of the high street task force report 'Delivering a 21st Century High Street'. (AQO...

    • USA Visit, March 2024

      8 speeches

      2. Ms Brownlee asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on their engagements in the United States of America in March 2024. (AQO 206/22-27)

      Central Good Relations Fund

      10 speeches

      3. Mr Easton asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline what measures are in place to ensure that the central good relations fund is distributed to groups across all...

      Executive Office: Strategic Priorities

      8 speeches

      5. Ms Flynn asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on their strategic priorities. (AQO 209/22-27)

      Housing: Refugees

      9 speeches

      6. Ms Nicholl asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister what engagement they have had in relation to the provision of housing for refugees in the past 12 months. (AQO 210/22-27)

      Commissioner for Victims and Survivors

      5 speeches

      8. Mr Donnelly asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the administrative preparations are complete for the appointment of a Commissioner for Victims and Survivors. (AQO 212/22-27)

      US Investment

      4 speeches

      9. Mr Harvey asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the work of their Department to attract investment from new US businesses. (AQO 213/22-27)

      Programme for Government

      6 speeches

      T1. Mr O'Toole asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the issues raised in the motions that have been debated, including many tabled by her party, since the Assembly’s...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      4 speeches

      T2. Ms Kimmins asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister, after welcoming this morning’s meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) in Armagh, the first since 2021,...

      Mother-and-baby Homes Inquiry: Legislation

      5 speeches

      T3. Ms Eastwood asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the legislation for an inquiry into mother-and-baby homes. (AQT 133/22-27)

      North/South Ministerial Council

      4 speeches

      T5. Mr Chambers asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for the First Minister’s assessment of the economic value of today’s meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council....

      Lough Neagh: Executive Commitment

      4 speeches

      T6. Mrs Erskine asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline what the Executive will do to ensure that the overspills that are affecting Lough Neagh are addressed, in light of...

      EU Legislation: Timely Scrutiny

      4 speeches

      T7. Mr Butler asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister, after congratulating them on the start that they have made in the Executive Office, to outline the steps that the Executive...

      Ulster Canal

      5 speeches

      T8. Mr Elliott asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Ulster canal, which the First Minister mentioned was on today’s NSMC agenda. (AQT 138/22-27)

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education

  • Private Members' Business

    • Shared Future: Strategic Framework

      5 speeches

      Debate resumed on motion: That this Assembly recognises the ongoing need to build a genuinely shared future; expresses concern at the ongoing and severe costs, both social and financial, of...

    • NI Water Challenges

      69 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly recognises the failure of existing water and waste infrastructure to meet current and future demand; further recognises that existing funding models have...

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