Results 1–20 of 1815 for speaker:Mr Seamus Mallon

Orders of the Day — Inquiries Bill [Lords] (15 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: I thank the Minister for giving way to me, and for his kind words. Will he try to explain why—after 17 years and a police investigation by Sir John Stevens, which was very conclusive indeed—there is still no conclusion in respect of the Finucane incident? How, after the passage of 17 years, can the Minister's statement be substantiated?

Orders of the Day — Inquiries Bill [Lords] (15 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: One of the difficulties with the Saville inquiry was that it had to undo the faulty inquiry chaired by Lord Widgery. There was a danger in having reached a faulty conclusion through a faulty inquiry—the infamous Widgery inquiry—so the Saville inquiry's first business was to undo that. Secondly, there was an inordinate number of requests from the Ministry of Defence for judicial review, at...

Orders of the Day — Inquiries Bill [Lords] (15 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: May I say first that the perception of public inquiries among people in the north of Ireland, where I come from, is somewhat different from the general view of public inquiries carried out in England or Scotland or Wales? That is the case owing to the very nature of events and circumstances there, but the essence of the need does not change with circumstances or timing. On the very day that I...

Support For Members Who Have Chosen Not To Take Their Seats (10 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. I read the speech, but I think that Mr. Adams recognised the institutions, rather than the state.

Support For Members Who Have Chosen Not To Take Their Seats (10 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that organised crime is not specified in paragraph 13?

Support For Members Who Have Chosen Not To Take Their Seats (10 Mar 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: I want to make my position on this matter as clear as I did at the last Northern Ireland questions—I am not in favour of the motion. I have never been in favour of it for a number of reasons that I hope to explain. I am not going to vote in favour of it today. I come from a long tradition in relation to where I live and also to my family, which recognised the refusal to take or affirm an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (23 Feb 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: Does the Secretary of State agree that the single greatest obstacle preventing criminality from being dealt with is the inability to protect people who want to give evidence but cannot because of the paramilitary might that surrounds them? Does he agree that while other things are not possible at present, one thing is possible and should be required of every political party that will be...

Northern Ireland (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: I do not intend to waste much time on financial penalties. We opposed them in the negotiations before the joint declaration. We spoke against them in the House of Commons when the legislation that set up the Independent Monitoring Commission was considered and we will do so again today. The IRA and Sinn Fein thrive on victimhood and grievances. The House should not facilitate that by handing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The Prime Minister will be aware of the efforts that have been made in the past seven years to buy the IRA into peace and the political process. He now knows that the Ulster Defence Association, a loyalist paramilitary group, is demanding £78 million as its price for ending its violence and criminality. Will the two Governments finally realise that they cannot buy peace, they cannot buy a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Ministerial Accountability (19 Jan 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The Minister might agree that at a time like this there is always the temptation to do something for the sake of doing something. Will he firmly resist the temptation to go down the James Prior road and have an Assembly without either authority or responsibility? He should not spend time and effort on something that will fail, but base the effort on the fact that only the two sovereign...

Northern Ireland (11 Jan 2005)

Mr Seamus Mallon: First, I want to pay tribute to members of both Governments who have worked so assiduously on this mater. That will not prevent me from pointing out that there is a fault line in the negotiation process, which is exemplified by the way in which, for more than seven years, every attempt was made to buy the IRA army council into the political process at the expense of other factors—not just...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (1 Dec 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, has stated on the record that there were substantial links between Northern Ireland authorities and an illegal paramilitary organisation, and that that collusion resulted in a number of deaths, including that of Pat Finucane. Does the Secretary of State agree that the public and the family of Pat Finucane have a right to know...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Nov 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The Prime Minister will know that Annetta Flanagan, one of the three young people taken hostage in Afghanistan, is a constituent of mine, and will be aware of the intense grief that her family and the community feel. As he continues to strive for her safe release, will he make it clear that no dogma, no creed and no political objective can justify her kidnapping, that of Margaret Hassan or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Oct 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The Secretary of State knows that policing is central to creating peace in Northern Ireland. I am sure that he has noted some ill-judged statements about policing that have been made recently. Will he ensure that the opinion of the oversight commissioner—an independent, impartial oversight commissioner—that Patten is being fully implemented with competence is not overlooked? Will he...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Nibep (20 Oct 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken to ensure that (a) pupils' work placements in Northern Ireland and (b) the network of local Business Education Partnerships do not suffer as a result of the closure of Northern Ireland Business Education Partnerships (NIBEP); and what steps have been taken to ensure that the knowledge and information system...

Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] (12 Oct 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: I watched the programme to which the hon. Gentleman referred. If we are ever to reach a settlement in Northern Ireland, it must be based on full equality and full justice. How can my political beliefs or those of the hon. Gentleman, however deeply and sincerely felt, prevent full equality and full justice for people because of their sexual orientation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Assembly (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: As the political entourage from Northern Ireland wends its way towards Leeds castle, will the Secretary of State make it clear that while we all welcome the worthy efforts of the Democratic Unionist party poachers to become the head gamekeepers, that Pauline conversion cannot be at the expense of the agreement or any of its institutions? Will the British Government and the Irish Government be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Paramilitary-style Assaults (30 Jun 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: The Minister will be aware that in the past three weeks, two of my constituents were beaten almost to death, one by loyalist paramilitary groupings, the other by republican groupings. Does the Minister agree that this type of cudgel policing in parts of Northern Ireland is being used by paramilitary groups to gain a stranglehold? Will the Government again make it clear, along with the Irish...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Costello Report (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the first meeting of the Strategic Implementation Group following the publication of the Costello Report will take place.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Teachers (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Seamus Mallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the publication and circulation of the second part of the Curran Report into teachers' salaries and conditions of service.


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