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Results 1–20 of 5289 for speaker:Nigel Dodds

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: It was very interesting to hear a representative of IRA/Sinn Fein chastising Mr McCartney and others about the equality agenda and the Irish language. Such people make much of the Irish language, but in other forums, such as Belfast City Council, they never mention it. Typically, they are playing to the cameras and to the Gallery. Of course, as has been pointed out, many Sinn Fein Members do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I hope it is a point of order.

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Are you ruling that that was not a point of order?

Northern Ireland Assembly: First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Mr Maskey may be trying to cover his embarrassment in front of his party, but that does not alter the facts that I have outlined. They are on the record, as you, Sir, as a former member of Belfast City Council, will know. The issues have been laid fairly and squarely before the House. We are being asked to vote on a package. We know where Mr Mallon and the Social Democratic and Labour Party...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Mr Presiding Officer, you have indicated that there could not have been meetings before this sitting. That is entirely wrong. The meetings that you held should have been more inclusive. There was nothing to prevent you or officials from consulting. Mr Weir is entirely correct. How could you stick to the Rules so precisely? As no one could sign the Roll before the first sitting, technically...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standing Orders (1 Jul 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Mr Initial Presiding Officer, you say that there is no bell. Will the impending vote be announced throughout the building?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Ad Hoc Committee on Procedural Consequences of Devolution (14 Sep 1998)

Nigel Dodds: May I come back to the point about the United Unionist Assembly Party and its representation on this Committee? As a member of the Standing Orders Committee, and not wishing to add to the work of that Committee unnecessarily, I think that the Initial Standing Orders are already clear on this point. We do not need clarification from the Standing Orders Committee, for Rule 15(2) says "each...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (14 Sep 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I join Mr Haughey in expressing our gratitude to the clerks who have had to work very hard at the outset of this Committee to gather all the relevant papers and documentation from other places. The real work of this Committee begins now, for we have really only begun to discuss the main issues. It would be wrong to deal just with the procedures and the setting up of the Committee and not to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (14 Sep 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I would have thought that where there is no division it was quite evident that there is cross-community support. Mr Empey’s point is a good one.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Interim Report of First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (14 Sep 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Mr Nesbitt has said that the speed at which the First Minister (Designate) and the Deputy First Minister (Designate) have proceeded was to be commended. Many of us here were astounded at that comment. This report is devoid of any real substance. It refers to meetings that began only last week — some months after the Assembly was elected. How he can make such a statement staggers me. But...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Interim Report of First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (14 Sep 1998)

Nigel Dodds: Mr Foster should join Mr Nesbitt in the realms of fantasy land. The reality is that the DUP has been absolutely clear and consistent on decommissioning. Mr Foster’s party said that there would have to be decommissioning before talks could begin. Then it said that there would have to be decommissioning by the IRA in parallel with the talks. Then it said it would have to be over by the time...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Adjournment Debates (5 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I am tempted to say that since everything else about this process has been well and truly rigged, it would not be too hard to rig the ballot to suit particular outcomes. The underlying principle should be that everybody gets his fair share and his fair say. With regard to this fundamental issue about the rights of speakers and how often parties should be represented in Adjournment debates,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Parades (5 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I wish that I had the time to deal with that subject. Is it not ironic that it was wrong to use the full force of the state to stop a parade in 1968, but it is right to use it now in 1998? That was an interesting commentary on how things have moved forward for Ms Rodgers.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Whiteabbey Hospital (5 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I want to speak about the future of Whiteabbey Hospital, although Rev William McCrea has already dealt with some of the broad issues, because the hospital to which he referred falls under the same health and social services board as Whiteabbey Hospital. One of the issues for many people in the North Belfast, Newtownabbey and south-east Antrim areas is that while more than 50,000 people...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Whiteabbey Hospital (5 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: The points that my Colleague made about Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey were well made, and the people in those areas will be grateful to hear that the Member made them on their behalf. I hope, Mr Initial Presiding Officer, that you took care that my time will not be reduced. In relation to the point that I was making about high quality care and so on, this sort of process has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (26 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: On a point of order, Mr Initial Presiding Officer. The Member keeps referring to a Standing Order on languages, yet she intimated earlier that she could not find it. Perhaps the reason is that there is no Standing Order in either the Initial Standing Orders or this report which deals with the subject of languages. The only reference to languages was that made by yourself at the first sitting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (26 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: The point is that it has been referred to as a Standing Order. However, there is no such Standing Order, nor is there any such draft Standing Order.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (26 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I should like to deal with some of the issues that were raised in the debate. The introduction of the language issue by Ms Rodgers was a deliberate attempt to inject a political element into the report. Most of the Standing Orders were agreed after some considerable debate. We are to return to the issue of language, which is not yet the subject of a draft Standing Order. Ms Rodgers felt...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (26 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I have said that there is no draft Standing Order on this subject. It would be better to await the Committee’s deliberations before debating the matter in the House. That is better than having this divisive debate, which has been introduced by the SDLP. Members have spoken about simultaneous translations. Do we seriously envisage simultaneous translation for those who speak in a language...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Standing Orders (26 Oct 1998)

Nigel Dodds: I am grateful for that wonderful piece of information. I will know better next time. I make it absolutely clear that the DUP did not agree in Committee to the provision of simultaneous translation. Some people may see difficulties in principle, but in terms of practicalities one swiftly concludes that is simply not on in the context of cost. We shall return to the subject, and to a host of...


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