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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I support the Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill at Final Stage. This Final Stage debate and the previous one have provided a useful insight into how our society, governed largely by men, has treated women for generations. I was watching the previous debate — I assure you that I will come to this debate, a LeasCheann Comhairle — and was thinking to myself, "Every day is a school day",...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I will, yes. I would be wrong for this reason: we have shown in the last two years what a difference we can make to people's lives through Bills such as this one. I urge the Members opposite to reconsider their position, come back to a fully functioning Assembly and Executive and ensure that we collectively make differences to people's lives and create the equality for women and others in our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Promotion (22 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: On the subject of tourism just down the road, the Minister will be aware that there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists visiting from the South — the Twenty-six Counties — with an estimated increase of 55% staying overnight, including in Mrs Erskine's constituency, I am sure, and in everyone else's constituency. Therefore, Minister, why do you underfund Tourism...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism Promotion (22 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I am just trying to be honest with you today.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker's Business: End of Mandate (22 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: A Cheann Comhairle, as you said, back in January 2020, the political institutions were restored on the basis of the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) agreement. It was ambitious to form a five-party coalition Executive, but it was achieved and got us back to genuine, inclusive power-sharing — and thankfully so, because while everyone knew that there would be challenges ahead, no one could...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: P&O Ferries Update (21 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: Minister, I am pleasantly surprised by the strength of your statement. It is as strong a statement as I have heard from someone in your position and from your party on employment law. "Well done" on the statement, but what we need now is strong action as well as strong words. Will the Minister take action with regard to the public funds that P&O has received? I have no doubt that that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 (21 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I suspect that, as we debate this topic this afternoon, many families and workers around the North will have more important things on their mind than flags, such as how to heat, eat and keep a roof over their family's heads. I suspect that this will not be at the top of their list of priorities. The debate is brought to us courtesy of Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State, who, in his...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Platinum Jubilee: Events in Parliament Buildings (15 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am raising this point of order as an individual and not as a member of the Assembly Commission. I ask that the Speaker's Office takes a look at Mr Allister's comments during that session. I have no doubt in my mind that Mr Allister is an expert on the subject of bigotry and how to administer it. I ask that his comments during Question Time are examined.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: MLA Pension Scheme: Fossil Fuel Companies (15 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I thank the Member for her question. The Assembly Members' pension scheme is a trust-based occupational pension scheme. Up to five Members are appointed by resolution of the Assembly to act as trustees. The trustees are responsible for administering the pension fund in accordance with the scheme rules, the law as it relates to pensions and pensions regulatory guidance. The trustees have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: MLA Pension Scheme: Fossil Fuel Companies (15 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: For the sake of openness and transparency, I will declare an interest. I was a trustee in the last mandate, but I have not been a trustee in this mandate. While the Assembly Commission makes pension contributions, the pension scheme is administered by the trustees and not by the Assembly Commission. Therefore, where the money is invested does not fall to the Assembly Commission.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Secretariat Staff: Working from Home (15 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I thank the Member for his question. The Assembly Commission has, at all times, sought to apply in a pragmatic and practical manner the regulations, when they were in place, and the guidance issued by the Executive. That has included the guidance that staff should work from home where possible. That guidance is still in place, so the Assembly Commission has sought to facilitate working from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Secretariat Staff: Working from Home (15 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I am sure that an analysis of the outworkings of the Assembly is possible. A lot of that work depends on the people in this room and how productive we are rather than how productive Assembly Commission staff are, in fairness to them, but it is something that, I am sure, officials will take note of. Moving forward, the Assembly Commission has given staff a commitment to develop a homeworking...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension (14 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I beg to move That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 14 March 2022.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Cost-of-living Crisis (14 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I wish the Speaker and the Minister well. I know that a number of other Members are unwell too. It is no exaggeration to say that there are children who went to school this morning who will have felt heat for the first time since Friday. That is not because they have bad or uncaring parents but because their parents simply cannot afford to heat their home and feed their children. That is the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Consideration Stage (9 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I do not intend to speak for too long. I just want to reflect on amendment No 18, which ensures that there is recourse through an industrial tribunal. In what, I would hope, would be the rare case of that having to happen, we have to think about the difficulties that it may present to a victim of domestic violence, somebody who has suffered abuse and violence today, having to enter the legal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I thank the Member for giving way. I would argue that what I said during the first debate was listened to and that the Bill has been dramatically restructured since I made comments at Second Stage. I would not and could not have supported the Bill as originally drafted. It has changed dramatically. It is now a Bill that I can support. During the Second Stage debate, I made comments about GAA...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension (7 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: I beg to move That Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4) be suspended for 7 March 2022.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Consideration Stage (2 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wonder whether those colleagues who are opposing the clauses and amendments would be interested in registering their opposition rather than going through the Lobbies.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

John O'Dowd: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was absent from the Chamber yesterday for topical question 6 to the Minister of Justice. I was on Assembly business in England. I offer my apologies to the House for that.


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