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Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 17th October 2016.

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Photo of Andy Allen Andy Allen UUP 2:30 pm, 17th October 2016

T1. Mr Allen asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the deputy First Minister accepts the assessment of the investigative journalism website 'The Detail', which stated that only around 55% of the Programme for Government (PFG) targets were achieved in the last mandate. (AQT 336/16-21)

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

My understanding is that the Programme for Government had success of something like 80-odd per cent.

Photo of Andy Allen Andy Allen UUP

I thank the deputy First Minister for his brief answer. Do you accept that, beyond percentages, it was the big-ticket issues such as dealing with the past, the Long Kesh/Maze site, delivery of a state-of-the-art facility for the emergency services and the provision of goods, facilities and services that were not achieved?

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

It is common knowledge that a number of issues were not achieved during the last Administration for various reasons. The Member mentioned the situation at Maze/Long Kesh. His party played a leading role in scuttling that project, because a key element of it was the removal of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society from the King's Hall to Maze/Long Kesh alongside the establishment of a peace-building and conflict resolution centre, which was opposed by the Member's party. It was not the only party to oppose it; other interest groups outside also opposed it.

Photo of Andy Allen Andy Allen UUP

What about the state-of-the-art facility for emergency services?

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

You should not speak when I am speaking; I am trying to finish the answer. The visit to Brussels, for example, which was led by the leader of the Member's party, saw at least half the delegation made up of people who voted for Brexit. I listened to the leader's interview afterwards, where he outlined the need for huge funds to be poured into infrastructure projects, yet one infrastructure project the Ulster Unionist Party had control over during the last Administration and that it had no intention of ever delivering was the A5. We are now going to deliver it.