Results 1–20 of 1711 for speaker:Conor Murphy

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Inquiry on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (24 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire. It appears, Minister, that everyone here was clamouring for a public independent inquiry but now wants to stamp their conditions on such an inquiry. The Minister clearly identifies that public confidence in this institution has been shattered as a result of the behaviour of successive DUP Ministers in relation to the issue. Is he certain that the inquiry...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: The Member may well be correct in that assertion, but the reality is that, in January 2016, the Committee was first advised of it, and the deputy First Minister was advised by the senior civil servant, the head of the Civil Service at that time, that the scheme had run out of control and that the advice of the officials in July was to close it down. Quite clearly, nobody in the Department of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: I can assure you that I am as much across this part of my brief as anybody who has been at the Committee. I notice that the Committee failed to take any position with regard to this proposition when it was put to them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: Do not worry; I have been keeping a very close eye on matters.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: Mr Speaker, through you, if the Member's only issue with Sinn Féin in relation to this is our attendance at Committee meetings, when we recognise the full scale of the impact on these institutions, public finance and public confidence that this scheme has brought to the Assembly, he is living in cloud cuckoo land. This has been a disastrous scheme from start to finish, and the handling of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: Regrettably — other Members have accepted this — this is not the solution promised by the former First Minister a number of weeks ago, which boasted that it would be a comprehensive solution dealing with the entirety of the costs to the public purse of this DUP fiasco of the RHI scheme. Minister Hamilton is clearly bringing forward an interim solution for decision today. It has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speaker: Motion of No Confidence (16 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: Thank you, Mr acting Speaker. I read carefully the letter that the Speaker sent to all MLAs recently explaining his course of action and decision-making in relation to the pre-Christmas sitting. It is quite clear. I accept that the Assembly was recalled on the basis of instruction from the First Minister and the deputy First Minister and that, similarly, he required both Ministers to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speaker: Motion of No Confidence (16 Jan 2017)

Conor Murphy: No, I will finish what I have to say. Thank you very much. The use of the petition of concern is a corruption of the institutions, and corruption is something that the DUP would do well to look to to see how they deal with it. As a consequence, we are now to have a debate in this institution about an important matter — confidence in the Speaker — with the outcome already decided. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Conor Murphy: It is slightly embarrassing that we have this unedifying shambles taking place. It is not just about the revelations around a scheme that was very badly conceived and handled. Even if a good scheme can be put together to try to reduce that, it has already cost a substantial amount to the public purse. That was compounded by the television programme in which the First Minister and a former...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Conor Murphy: In fairness, in answer to the Member, it is not the first step; it is actually the last step. The public want to see a proper investigation into the entirety of the issue, not the career of one individual. The motion does not deal at all with such an investigation, nor does it deal with financial recovery or the broad range of people whom I mentioned, including the First Minister in her...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Conor Murphy: It is very interesting that the Member and his Opposition colleagues spent this morning challenging the authority of the Speaker on this matter. However, when he refuses an amendment from my party, it is entirely correct. You cannot have your cake and eat it. The motion does not get to the heart of what we are trying to do. It is simply about an opportunity to grandstand in the Chamber....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Conor Murphy: — resolution. The First Minister should step aside until that is concluded. There is also a need for an urgent scheme to resolve the finance issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Boiler Installations: RHI Scheme (6 Dec 2016)

Conor Murphy: The Minister has rightly pointed out that the PAC is doing a piece of work on the financial accountability for the scheme. Its recommendations and report will come to his Department and my Committee. He said in a previous response that he is bringing forward a new scheme that will hopefully be more robust. Regarding management of the scheme, what lessons have been learnt in his Department?...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Further Education (Governing Body of Institution of Further Education) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (28 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: I will not rehearse the content of the statutory rule, because the Minister has adequately addressed the matters contained in it. I will focus on the Committee's scrutiny of it. We considered the policy proposal for the rule at our meeting on 7 September 2016. The Committee was content for the proposal to proceed. The statutory rule was then considered by the Committee at its meeting on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Higher Education and Research Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (28 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: I thank the Minister for his opening remarks, in which he has gone some distance to clarify some of the concerns that were raised with the Committee. Nonetheless, I will put some of those issues on the record anyway on behalf of the Committee. As the Minister has outlined, the Higher Education and Research Bill will underpin a number of changes to the operation of the higher education system...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Energy Affordability and Security (22 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: I hope to take a bit of heat out of this electricity debate as I go along. I came to the motion earlier with an open mind, and I feel the same. However, the presentation from the Deputy Chair of the Economy Committee has probably ruled out any chance that anybody in these Benches could support the motion, even though it is important that we begin to debate these issues. I want to hear from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sporting Events and Activity-based Tourism (14 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: Go raibh maith agat, a Phríomh-LeasCheann Comhairle.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sporting Events and Activity-based Tourism (14 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: I support the motion. I think that it goes without saying that the experience over the last number of years of the great sporting events that have come to this part of the world is that they have raised our profile very substantially and have brought enormous benefit to the community. The proposer of the motion outlined a whole series of large events, and I was very proud to see the Giro...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Infrastructure: Greenways (14 Nov 2016)

Conor Murphy: 3. Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on the development of greenways, including cross-border greenways. (AQO 628/16-21)


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