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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Victims and Survivors: Funding (7 Mar 2016)

Peter Robinson: We remain committed to ensuring that victims and survivors receive the best services possible. The Victims and Survivors Service continues to be our front-line delivery body for the provision of these services. Some £14 million has been allocated to victims and survivors in this financial year, which is the highest ever opening budget for the sector. Victims and survivors groups who meet...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Dealing with the Past: Chief Constable’s Comments (15 Feb 2016)

Peter Robinson: I have to say that, when we comment on the past, we all need to be very careful that we are not adding to the trauma that many live with daily. Some of those whom I met recently recounted to me that, when something is said — it may not be a big moment to the person who said it — the victims who hear it are deeply hurt, and many can be re-traumatised. I certainly do not agree that a line...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Employment: Fermanagh (15 Feb 2016)

Peter Robinson: The focus of the ministerial subgroup on regional opportunities has, to date, been on the north-west, but it has always been our intention that, as its work progresses, it should consider the measures required to promote economic opportunity across other areas of Northern Ireland. That will include, in due course, infrastructural and economic needs and opportunities in the south-west,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Minority Ethnic Development Fund: Update (18 Jan 2016)

Peter Robinson: Since the minority ethnic development fund was introduced, it has supported hundreds of projects and groups and has been a key contributor to our growing and vibrant sector. Our support will continue into 2016-17 and beyond. There will be a call for applications to the 2016-17 minority ethnic development fund once all obligatory governance requirements have been met. We are aware that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: OFMDFM Vacancies (11 Jan 2016)

Peter Robinson: Mr Speaker, it is a great pleasure and a huge honour for me, in carrying out my last duty as nominating officer for the Democratic Unionist Party, to nominate my good friend and successor as party leader, Mrs Arlene Foster, to be First Minister of Northern Ireland. I know that I am only permitted to make a formal proposal at this stage, but I want to say that Arlene has been an excellent...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: OFMDFM Vacancies (11 Jan 2016)

Peter Robinson: Mr Speaker, it is with great humility, an enormous sense of responsibility and, indeed, the imagination of endless potential for Northern Ireland that I affirmed the Pledge of Office and take up this post today. I can think of no greater honour than to have the opportunity to serve my country and the people of Northern Ireland as their First Minister. I am truly humbled by the trust and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: First Minister Peter Robinson: Personal Statement (11 Jan 2016)

Peter Robinson: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to make this statement. It is typical of the fairness and courtesy that you have demonstrated during your time in office that you provided me with this opportunity and made all the necessary arrangements. I can assure you that I do not intend to trespass on your generosity by speaking for too long. It has been a great privilege to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Departments Bill: Second Stage (8 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: Nobody should know that better than you.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: Yes, obviously, I referenced it in talking about the economic indicators and the prospects for the future. The decision was welcomed by the Secretary of State and the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who felt that it would be advantageous and less confusing to the rest of the world if the whole of the island was asking for the same level of corporation tax. I think it was, perhaps, raised by one...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: In accordance with the requirements of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, I wish to make the following statement on the twenty-fifth summit meeting of the British-Irish Council (BIC), which took place in Lancaster House in London on Friday 27 November 2015. The deputy First Minister, the Minister of the Environment and I attended the summit, and they have agreed that I make this statement also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: The Council has visited that area on a number of occasions, noting that there has been progress in the number of young people who are being employed. The rate of youth unemployment is still significantly higher than the rate of overall unemployment. That is a matter that the individual Administrations need to take very seriously. In our Administration, we have taken a number of steps,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: It was probably thought to be unnecessary because Ministers, after they come from sectoral meetings, make statements in the House on the individual issues that they are responsible for. There is probably not a lot of value in me repeating what they have already said in statements to the House on the sectoral meetings. However, during the discussion on work sectors, the relevance of some of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: We need to be clear that the Secretary of State hosted this BIC summit. It need not have been the Secretary of State, but we very much welcomed her presence and the fact that she hosted the session. It needs to be said — in discussions, the deputy First Minister and I have recognised this — that there is a distinction: the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, comes faithfully to every BIC meeting,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: I am grateful for the comments about the value of the British-Irish Council. It allows us to deal with issues that are topical and of significance to each of the Administrations. Because of their topicality, the Paris attacks and the refugees situation were obviously discussed. Indeed, that was the longest period of discussion during the summit. Yes, I think that we learned quite a bit...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (1 Dec 2015)

Peter Robinson: As you can imagine, the deputy First Minister and I did raise the issue of the spending review. We raised the fact that very significant cuts are being made to our Budget in real terms and the implications that would have for our Health, Education and other departmental spending. I have to say that we were not alone as an Administration in making those points. We were joined by our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Organ Donation: Soft Opt-out System (23 Nov 2015)

Peter Robinson: The Member knows my view on wanting to drive up the number of people who are willing to donate organs in our society. The Minister has already answered for the Department in that matter. There is a letter from clinicians, and I am very much aware that there are dangers when politicians try to tell the medical professionals what is best in their area. The outcome that I want to see is more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: International Promotion of NI (23 Nov 2015)

Peter Robinson: First, I thank the Member for his kind remarks. I agree with his question entirely. Towards the end of last week, I was speaking to a large group of businessmen. While they were full of the issue of the reduction in the level of corporation tax — the date and rate having been set — I told them that by far the most important aspect for business in the agreement that had been reached was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Big Lottery Fund (23 Nov 2015)

Peter Robinson: I do. My alarm bells went off when I heard the speculation that the Chancellor may move in that direction. Those of us who were active in politics at the time of the introduction of lottery funding, and, probably, many who were not, whatever their view might have been of having the National Lottery, recognised that the key ingredient was additionality and that it should not be used by...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Big Lottery Fund (23 Nov 2015)

Peter Robinson: Unquestionably, it will. Even in the last year, the Big Lottery Fund has, I think, made about 500 awards in Northern Ireland, totalling about £4·5 million. On top of that, it has assisted in granting about 800 organisations in Northern Ireland, ranging from community groups to some of the more strategic partnerships. Most of us will know that there was an intention on the part of the Big...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan: Financial Package (23 Nov 2015)

Peter Robinson: I am grateful for the comments. It has been somewhat of a surreal experience. It is almost as if one was dead and listening to the obituary, but I am, I hope, still very much alive, and will remain so for some time to come. I suppose that the reference to three generations is another way of saying, "Peter, you are very old." [Laughter.] On the issue of the finances of the Stormont Agreement...


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