Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Monday, 13 May 2024

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

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

  • Assembly Business

    • Ministerial Appointment: Miss Hargey

      1 speech

      I advise Members that I have received correspondence from Deirdre Hargey to advise of her resignation as Deputy Chair of the Committee for Justice, effective 9 May 2024. I further advise that the...

  • Members' Statements

    • Social Workers: Staffing Levels

      1 speech

      I hope that the Minister of Health's officials are listening today and that the strike action being taken by social workers across the North will be brought to the Minister's attention. The...

    • Kilkeel Hockey Club: Recent Success

      1 speech

      I put on record my huge congratulations to Kilkeel Hockey Club on its incredible success at the weekend. Kilkeel Hockey Club made history on Saturday when its ladies' and men's first teams played...

      International Nurses' Day

      1 speech

      I acknowledge International Nurses' Day, which was celebrated yesterday, 12 May. It is a great opportunity to highlight the invaluable work of our nursing workforce across Northern Ireland....

      Ivan Hillen: 40th Anniversary

      1 speech

      I put on record my commiserations to the Hillen family. I was at the 40th anniversary service for Mr Ivan Hillen yesterday. Ivan was murdered 40 years ago to the day yesterday, just outside...

      Emergency Accommodation

      3 speeches

      Members may have seen or heard in the news today the heartbreaking but depressingly familiar story of a family being passed from pillar to post, living out of suitcases, on an emergency housing...

      Dementia Action Week

      1 speech

      Today marks the start of Dementia Action Week 2024. As chair of the newly formed all-party group on dementia, I know that dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our...

      Crusaders Football Club: Stephen Baxter BEM

      1 speech

      I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations and those of the people of north Belfast to Mr Stephen Baxter BEM, as he marks his retirement as manager of Crusaders Football Club, bringing to an...

      EU Enlargement: Anniversary

      1 speech

      I rise to recognise the recent anniversary of the EU treaty that led to the enlargement of the EU on 1 May 2004, when what were referred to then as the "A8 countries" joined and changed things...

      Housing: Public-sector Assets

      1 speech

      I thank Development Trusts NI, which briefed our MLAs last week on community asset transfer, particularly in the context of housing need not only in my constituency of Foyle but across society in...

      Polish Community in Northern Ireland

      1 speech

      Today is a very exciting day as we mark 20 years of the Polish community's coming to Northern Ireland to make this beautiful part of the world their home. We say, "Thank you" to many of those...

      Childcare

      1 speech

      Nora, a mother of one, wrote this on the Melted Parents NI social media site: "I have had to take a temporary withdrawal from my nursing degree as I cannot afford the childcare to finish my last...

      North West 200

      2 speeches

      This year's North West 200 showcased the very best of Northern Ireland. Glorious weather meant that thousands flocked to the north coast to enjoy some fantastic road racing. Local rider, Glenn...

      Dementia: Support

      2 speeches

      I take the opportunity to welcome the Alzheimer's Society and Dementia NI to Parliament Buildings. I had the pleasure of visiting the dementia bus at the front of the Building, a fascinating...

  • Opposition Business

    • Programme for Government

      59 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly notes that the devolved institutions have now been restored for 100 days; recognises the challenging financial situation facing the Executive; acknowledges the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

    • Family Farming: Sustainability

      17 speeches

      1. Mr Beattie asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, further to the article ‘Farming — On Life Support’, published on 1 May 2024, to outline what...

    • Avian Flu

      6 speeches

      2. Mr Stewart asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the risk of avian flu. (AQO 411/22-27)

      Agricultural Shows

      8 speeches

      3. Mr Frew asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he intends to visit agricultural shows in Ballymoney and Ballymena. (AQO 412/22-27)

      Environmental Complaints

      9 speeches

      4. Mr Gildernew asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is resourced to address environmental complaints, within...

      Bovine TB: Compensation Rate

      7 speeches

      6. Ms Kimmins asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the consultation on reducing the compensation rate under the bovine tuberculosis programme. (AQO...

      Deposit Return Scheme

      5 speeches

      8. Mr McGrath asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the delivery of a deposit return scheme (DRS). (AQO 417/22-27)

      Household Waste

      6 speeches

      10. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his plans to reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill. (AQO 419/22-27)

      Animal Welfare Policy

      4 speeches

      11. Mr Blair asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his plans for animal welfare policy in the 2022-27 mandate. (AQO 420/22-27)

      Windsor Framework: Documentary Checks

      3 speeches

      12. Mr Allister asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether documentary checks will be affected by the Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024. (AQO 421/22-27)

      Lough Neagh: Green Algae

      4 speeches

      T1. Mr McGlone asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he is aware of the emergence of green algae on Lough Neagh, including at about 1 foot beneath the surface...

      Lough Neagh: Future Management and Ownership

      4 speeches

      T2. Ms Bradshaw asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, further to his recent meeting with the Earl of Shaftesbury, for an update on the future management and ownership...

      Windsor Framework: Documentary Checks

      4 speeches

      T3. Mr Allister asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in reference to oral question 12, to state who is directing whom in respect of documentary checks, given that...

      Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme: Applications

      4 speeches

      T4. Mr Dunne asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on when the rural micro capital grant scheme will open for applications (AQT 274/22-27)

      Veterinary Medicine Supplies

      4 speeches

      T5. Mr Kingston asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to state the efforts that he and his officials are making to contribute to the resolution of the matter referred...

      XL Bullies

      4 speeches

      T6. Mr Frew asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline the work that he and his officials have conducted to assuage the concerns of the USPCA and the NSPCA about...

      Forests for Our Future

      4 speeches

      T7. Mrs Dodds asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, after associating herself with the remarks about the sad and shocking passing of Jennifer Fulton, for an update on...

      Animal Welfare: Legislation

      5 speeches

      T8. Ms Sugden asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he has considered legislation to extend the powers given to local councils to improve animal welfare, given...

  • Opposition Business

  • Assembly Business

    1 speech

    As the business in the Order Paper is not expected to be disposed of by 6.00 pm, in accordance with Standing Order 10(3), I will allow business to continue up to 7.00 pm or until the business is...

  • Opposition Business

    • VAT for Hospitality

      40 speeches

      I beg to move That this Assembly recognises the pressures facing hospitality and tourism businesses across Northern Ireland; notes the impact of additional rates bills on top of energy and other...

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