Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 10:30 am (Speaker [Mr Poots] in the Chair). Members observed two minutes' silence.

  • Assembly Business

    • Members' Bills: Arrangements

      1 speech

      Before we commence today's business, I inform the House that I am writing to all Members today to publish the arrangements for Members' Bills for this mandate. The focus of the arrangements is on...

  • Members' Statements

    1 speech

    The usual rules apply.

    • Cuan Mhuire: 40th Anniversary

      1 speech

      Sadly, addiction continues to plague our communities and destroy lives. Drug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate, and children and young people are getting involved with substances at a...

    • Abbey Villa Football Club

      1 speech

      I want to record the wonderful success of Abbey Villa Football Club (FC) from Millisle in winning the league title this season. Abbey Villa secured the division 1A title on Saturday in the...

      Bushmills: Assault

      1 speech

      I rise to condemn the barbaric and horrific attack in Bushmills, in my constituency, on Saturday night/Sunday morning. There is simply no justification for that type of behaviour in 2024. We are...

      Irish Passports

      1 speech

      In February, I raised and highlighted the need for an Irish passport office to be located in the North. I was disappointed to hear last week, in response to questions from my colleague and TD...

      Bushmills: Assault

      1 speech

      I condemn the assault in Bushmills at the weekend, when a man was nailed to a wooden fence with a nail through each hand. Two vehicles were set alight, bringing further risk to the general...

      Supporting People

      1 speech

      I make a plea to the Minister and the Department for Communities to allocate their budget wisely to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland are prioritised. I...

      Kieran McKenna

      1 speech

      I congratulate Kieran McKenna and his Ipswich Town football team on reaching the English Premiership. It is a great achievement for Kieran, a Fermanagh man. He came through the ranks of...


      3 speeches

      I want to talk today about a subject that, in one sense, we never stop talking about, but, when we talk about it, we should be careful with our language: the border on the island of Ireland. That...

      Mark Allen

      1 speech

      I take the opportunity on my behalf, that of South Antrim and of the people across Northern Ireland to pay tribute to Mark Allen — Antrim's snooker superstar — on achieving the world...

      Hope Macaulay

      1 speech

      I wish to highlight the incredible achievement of my constituent Hope Macaulay following her inclusion on the world-renowned 'Forbes' "30 under 30" list for retail and commerce. The list includes...

      South Down: Social Housing

      1 speech

      The harsh reality is that young people and families across South Down and the North are being locked out of having a home of their own. The prospect of, one day, owning or living in a home in the...

      A5 Fatalities

      1 speech

      This day last week, the First Minister and deputy First Minister presented a report to the House on the North/South Ministerial Council meeting. During the deliberations on that report, I, along...

      Bright Sparks Preschool, Crawfordsburn

      1 speech

      I rise to talk about a very important issue in my constituency of North Down. Last Thursday, Bright Sparks Preschool in Crawfordsburn received the devastating news that the preschool building's...

      Bright Sparks Preschool, Crawfordsburn

      2 speeches

      I, too, want to raise the issue of Bright Sparks Preschool, which is a feeder preschool for Crawfordsburn Primary School. Last Wednesday, the Education Minister visited Bright Sparks to hear...

  • Ministerial Statement

    • Inaugural East-West Council Meeting

      31 speeches

      I have received notice from the First Minister and deputy First Minister that they wish to make a statement. Before I call the deputy First Minister, I remind Members that they must be concise in...

  • Executive Committee Business

  • Committee Business

    • Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA: Complaint

      26 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly, having considered a report of the Committee on Standards and Privileges from the last Assembly (NIA 208/17-22), notes its conclusion that this Committee on...

  • Private Members' Business

    • All-Ireland Tourism Strategy

      3 speeches

      The following motion stood in the Order Paper: That this Assembly recognises the importance of tourism to our economy; acknowledges that tourism is one of six areas of cooperation on the island...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Finance

    1 speech

    Question 11 has been withdrawn.

  • Private Members' Business

    • Gaza: Immediate Ceasefire

      45 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly condemns the ongoing genocide in Gaza that has left more than 35,000 people dead, most of them women and children; further condemns the actions of Hamas on...

  • Adjournment

    • Housing Crisis on the North Coast

      10 speeches

      In conjunction with the Business Committee, the Speaker has given leave to Cara Hunter to raise the matter of the housing crisis on the north coast. I call Cara Hunter, who has up to 15 minutes...

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The current Northern Ireland Assembly was established in 1998 as part of the Belfast Agreement.

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