Results 1–20 of 1027 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jeffrey M. Donaldson

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Security (13 Sep 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: The Minister will be aware of the security assessment that the New IRA represents a very real and present threat to security. What discussions have the Government had with their Irish counterparts about that organisation?

Northern Ireland: Political Situation (3 Jul 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: We welcome the statement, and let me say, for the record, that the Democratic Unionist party was ready last Thursday to form a Government and to appoint our Ministers. There is no question of any reticence in our party about forming an Executive, and we have been encouraged by the Government to do so. Will the Government proceed to publish the legacy proposals in the event that an Executive...

Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I am sure the First Secretary agrees that it is a rather remarkable day when the Labour party criticises investment in schools, investment in roads, investment in housing and investment in jobs on the grounds that that threatens the peace process. It really is bonkers to suggest that that is the case. Perhaps some Labour Front Benchers might now want to reflect on their past equivocation when...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Members of my party were elected by the people of Northern Ireland to represent the constituents who elected us to the House. Is it in order for the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) to describe us in the unparliamentary terms in which she did, and which I regret? She does not understand my party’s policy on the environment—she...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (26 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: We do need a strong Prime Minister to lead this nation, but we need the countries of this nation to have a strong voice as well. Does the Prime Minister agree that those who abstain from taking their seats in the House—those who are denying the people of Northern Ireland the formation of a Government—are denying their constituents a say in the future of this country? We, however,...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I have listened carefully to the Minister, and I know his background as a former serving member of the armed forces. I would not want him to underestimate the importance of the armed forces covenant as an issue in these negotiations. It leaves me a little concerned when I hear the Opposition spokesman and now the Minister refer to issues in the negotiations and make no reference to the armed...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I would like to correct him. I may have got the location wrong in terms of where the murder was carried out, but I was talking about the tit-for-tat double murder of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan that occurred during a period when Sinn Féin were in government. One of those murders was carried out in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency. I...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: And the Government?

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I am glad for that clarification.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I join my colleagues in welcoming the opportunity to take part in the debate. I commend the Secretary of State and his ministerial colleagues for their conduct in the negotiations. At times, they have been disrespected by at least one of the parties, Sinn Féin, which has said some quite nasty things about them, but it is not easy to chair negotiations,...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: In truth, although some progress has been made in homing in on the issues, it would be wrong to say that we have reached agreement on any of them. What are those issues? Well, they include the legacy of our troubled past, and the quest for justice and truth by the innocent victims. We have come a long way in developing proposals, which I understand the Secretary of State is willing to publish...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I intervened on the shadow Secretary of State to make that very point. While he was busy listing all the groups that he says he has met, who are demanding rights and equality, the one group he missed out were the 150,000 men and women in Northern Ireland who have served in our armed forces. That number is far greater, by far, than the number of people who speak the Irish language or any other...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: My hon. Friend’s contribution stands on its own feet. I endorse what he said.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. On this issue, our two parties are at one, and we spoke with one voice in the working groups dealing with the armed forces covenant, because we believe passionately that this issue must be addressed in the context of Stormont’s responsibilities towards a large group in our community—and I mean our community in its totality, because...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: We will certainly look at options, but I have to say to the hon. Lady that that proposal does not solve the problem. If we are going to look at solving the problem, we have to be more fundamental about it—a sticking plaster will not do. That is why my colleagues and I believe that, in time, we will have to look again at the whole model of devolution and at the basis of mandatory...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I commend the hon. Gentleman on all he has done as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. Does he agree that at times we see double standards operating in Northern Ireland? In the constituency of Belfast South, we had a most brutal murder in a pub of a young man by members of the IRA, and as a result my party and others questioned Sinn Féin’s fitness for government and...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: The shadow Secretary of State is going through a list of Sinn Féin demands, but I just wish he would come and talk to DUP Members from time to time, because we have issues. One of those is the armed forces covenant, which is implemented in full in every part of the United Kingdom except for Northern Ireland. Will he now join us in demanding that Sinn Féin honours the obligation to...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: Following on from the comments of the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon), may I help the hon. Gentleman with an example? My cousin Samuel Donaldson was murdered by the Provisional IRA on 12 August 1970, along with his colleague Constable Roy Miller. They were the first two RUC officers to be murdered by the Provisional IRA in what has become known as the troubles, and no one has ever...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: Does the Secretary of State agree that it is not enough for political parties and individuals to say that they support the rule of law? Surely it is incumbent on us all to support the individual officers who come from right across the community to serve all of the community. We should all be giving them our wholehearted support.


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