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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Period Products (Department for Infrastructure Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (28 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I thank the members and Chair of the Committee for their work on bringing this legislation before the House. It is an important piece of legislation, as a number of Members pointed out, and it is about ensuring that we make life that bit easier for everyone. If the Assembly can achieve that simple task, we will have achieved success. The legislation will bring benefits, each and every day, to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Period Products (Department for Infrastructure Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (28 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I beg to move That the draft Period Products (Department for Infrastructure Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 be approved.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Period Products (Department for Infrastructure Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (28 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. [Translation: Thank you, Mr Speaker.] I am pleased to bring the statutory rule before the Assembly for approval. The Period Products (Department for Infrastructure Specified Public Bodies) Regulations (NI) 2024 will be made under powers conferred by the Period Products (Free Provision) Act (NI) 2022. The regulations were laid before the Assembly on 24...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A6: Funding (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: Negotiations are continuing between my officials and the contractor. As you will know, the A6 completion works opened this time last year. There are ongoing discussions between my officials and the contractor about signing off on that contract — the final payment. That is obviously a significant, commercially sensitive engagement that I cannot go into in any further detail. We are also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A6: Funding (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: Whether I am able to allocate funding to the A5 this year depends on my position when I make my announcement in the summer in relation to the A5 and respond to the recommendations of the Planning Appeals Commission's report. The Member asked whether there are strings attached to the contribution from the Dublin Government. I would not say that there are strings attached, but, obviously, they...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Pavement Parking (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: The Member will be aware that, in 2023, my Department updated the legislation on inconsiderate and illegal pavement parking. Those measures are in place and include bus stops, cycleways, crossing areas, school patrol areas, school crossings etc. It is now a matter for the PSNI to enforce them. There is also the report on inconsiderate parking, which I will take further time to consider to see...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Pavement Parking (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I do not usually accept meetings while on the Floor of the House, but, given the circumstances, I am more than happy to do so, Andy.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Roads: Grass Cutting (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: The Member needs to understand why we have "No mow April" and "No mow May" and why we might have to have "No mow June" as well. It is not for budgetary reasons. We are facing a biodiversity crisis as well as a climate crisis. My Department is a significant landowner, and the grass verges along our roadways and road networks are ideal settings for biodiversity to thrive. We have to manage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Roads: Grass Cutting (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: Despite my support for the biodiversity along our road network, road safety comes first. Sight lines will be maintained. If the Member has any areas of concern, he should report them to his local section office to follow them up. Resource issues mean that there will be challenges for my Department in responding as quickly as it once did. The policy pertains to areas where we can do this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Bushmills Regeneration Scheme (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: No, I have not had sight of that. It has not come across my desk.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Bushmills Regeneration Scheme (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I am more than happy to ask my officials for a report on the matter. The Member is absolutely correct. With any scheme, there should be full consultation with residents and local businesses.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Urban Trees (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: The Department seeks, wherever possible, to replace during the next planting season trees lost through disease, storm damage, vandalism or for other reasons. Generally, that happens over the winter months. Where replacement at the same location is not possible, an alternative site will be sought. The maintenance of trees seeks to prevent obstructions to sight lines and signs, ensuring that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Urban Trees (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: The scheme to which the Member refers is a non-profit enterprise that runs a national tree sponsorship scheme to assist local councils with the cost of street tree planting. The Department works closely with a number of councils across a wide range of biodiversity issues, including the provision and maintenance of tree stocks. In Belfast, which has the largest number of street trees, my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Safety: PSNI Meeting (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: As the Member said, last week, I had a constructive and informative meeting with the police. We discussed how we can work collectively to improve road safety not just on the A5 but across our road network. The Department is looking at further engineering measures that we can implement on the existing A5 to improve road safety, and the police are looking at enforcement measures. However, I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Safety: PSNI Meeting (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I hope to bring the road safety strategy 2030 to the Executive in the coming weeks for their clearance and support. Thereafter, and once the outworkings of our budgets for the Department and our road safety partners are known, work will commence on a detailed action plan to assist in the targeted delivery of the objectives in that strategy. The strategy recognises that collisions are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A1 Upgrade (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: As I said to colleagues, I am working my way through my capital budget, and I hope to be able to make an announcement in the next number of weeks. I am acutely conscious of the death toll on the A1, and I have met Monica Heaney and you and your party colleagues on that matter. I am doing everything in my power to ensure that that project moves on as quickly as possible.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A1 Upgrade (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: I am tempted to say "all of them". Everything in Upper Bann is under consideration. [Laughter.] I am perhaps putting myself into difficulty. The major road infrastructure project that is required in Upper Bann at this stage is the A1 project.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Enniskillen Bypass: Procurement (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: The term "social value" can be hard to understand for the general public. We have noted that, when my colleagues in the Department are out consulting, it is difficult to get a response from the general public. I am of the view that, if you were to go to somebody and ask what they think of social valuing, you would perhaps spend longer talking about what social valuing is than you would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Enniskillen Bypass: Procurement (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: Yes. Hopefully, diggers will be on the ground in late spring or early summer of 2025, and the scheme is anticipated to take two years to complete.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Portrush to Bushmills Greenway (14 May 2024)

John O'Dowd: We are working with all of the councils on the promotion of greenways. When I was in this post in 2022, my Department took on a greater engagement and support role with councils in how we deliver greenways. In fairness to councils, delivering major infrastructure projects is not usually within their remit. My Department has the skills and expertise to deliver them, so I want my Department to...


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