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Results 1–20 of 2909 for speaker:Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: The First Minister and I addressed that issue when we wrote to the British Prime Minister. The good news is that we are pleased that almost €120 million has already been approved for INTERREG IVa. We expect the INTERREG programme to be fully committed before the end of the year. Obviously, the longer term is a scenario that we will have to deal with in the course of any upcoming negotiations.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: Well, at the last NSMC plenary meeting on 4 July 2016, it was agreed that a full audit would be undertaken in all sectors to identify the possible impacts, risks, opportunities and contingencies arising in the phases preceding and following the UK's withdrawal from the EU; that this work will, in turn, be submitted to ministerial sectoral meetings for consideration as to the strategic and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: As Members will be aware, the First Minister met the Taoiseach and had a very good meeting in Dublin last week. That is all that needs to be said about it. I think that we are satisfied. The First Minister and I travel extensively throughout the world. We have always had tremendous support from our diplomatic service and the Irish Government diplomats everywhere we go. During the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: I assure the Member that the issue of our balance of the €5 million is administrative more than anything else. In terms of alleviating hardship in the north-west, I was delighted yesterday to be, along with our Health Minister, at the new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin hospital. The Ulster Unionists tried to stop that radiotherapy centre during their stewardship of the Health Department.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: It is absolutely correct. Of course, when Edwin Poots became the Minister, Peter Robinson and I took the decision to go ahead. Something like 1,500 people will be treated there each year. It is a tremendous boost to people in Derry, Strabane, Limavady, Coleraine and County Donegal to have that facility. We also have —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: We also have 220 people now employed at that centre. They are people of the highest specialisms imaginable in medicine. The dedication that they have to that centre is absolutely amazing. I pay tribute to everybody— and other political parties, including the Member's — who was involved from the very beginning and right down the line: people like Bairbre de Brún and, of course, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: That clearly strengthens the case that I made earlier in the conversation that it would be useful if other political parties who are not in the Government were to make a contribution to the discussion as we go forward. That is why I made the offer of discussions with the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP, the Alliance Party and whoever else — even the smaller parties in the Assembly — to have a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: That is probably one of the few questions ever asked by the Member that did not mention the IRA. Obviously, as we go forward, we are very focused on the responsibilities that we have as First Minister and deputy First Minister. We are all experienced politicians. We understand that we are in the preliminary stages of what will be a momentous negotiation that will affect our futures. There...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: I was delighted to be in Dublin last week with our Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, and all of us are very excited that what is effectively an all-island bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023 has successfully passed the application phase, with South Africa and France also through to the candidate phase, which commenced on 1 November. As the Member will know, details of the Ireland bid were...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: The big decision that was taken by both Administrations at the North/South Ministerial Council meeting — by the Executive Office, the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs — was to put a high-level working group of civil servants in place to deal with the challenges that clearly lie ahead. As I said in the Assembly yesterday, given some of the confusion...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: We all acknowledge that there must be recognition that the situation that we have to deal with is unique. It has to be recognised that we have a land border with another EU member state and that there have been difficult issues relating to that border throughout our history and, indeed, the peace process. We have to ensure that our businesses retain their competitiveness and do not incur...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: No, there were no detailed conversations about any of that. Obviously, the overarching discussion was about what we need to do in the immediate future and about charging officials from our office, the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs with the responsibility of looking at all these matters and how they might impact on our circumstances. The Taoiseach described...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: That is a challenge for all of us. It is not unreasonable against the backdrop of uncertainty and confusion that appears to emanate from London on their objectives in any negotiations with the European Union. Of course, the British Government have not disclosed their hand on the basis that they think that it would weaken their position in the negotiations, which inevitably puts the devolved...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: I clearly indicated during my initial contribution that it is a priority. Phase 1 of the reopening of the 2·5 kilometre stretch of the Ulster canal from Upper Lough Erne to the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson is ongoing. The work commenced in August 2015, and site investigation works, followed by the dredging of the River Finn and the removal of the dredged material, are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: From our perspective, the decision made in the EU referendum has very profound consequences for us in the North of Ireland, particularly given that the majority of people in the North voted to remain. Quite clearly, that could not have been achieved if it had not been a cross-community vote, which, in my view, was supported by nationalists, republicans and unionists. Now, whatever about the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council Plenary: Friday 18 November 2016 (22 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: In compliance with section 52C(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, we wish to make the following statement on the twenty-third meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) in plenary format, which was held in Armagh on Friday 18 November 2016. The Executive Ministers who attended the meeting have agreed that we can make this report on their behalf. Our delegation was led by the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: As usual, the contribution by that Member is not worth an answer.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: Yes, I absolutely agree with the Member and, what is more, all that was well known in the Assembly.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: Yes, I believe that it does. From the very beginning, we were determined that this would not be a top-down process and that it was an opportunity for people in local communities to identify a series of projects that would be funded by SIF to enhance and enrich the lives of the people whom they lived among. I think that it has been a tremendous success, apart from the difficulties with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: When the Member says "serious questions" about this fund —


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