Results 1–20 of 127 for speaker:Mr Patrick Roche

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Withdrawal of Statement by Mr Roche (16 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: In the debate on 10 September I referred to a named Member as a "convicted murderer". I now know that that statement was incorrect, and I withdraw the statement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: Before I address the IRA/Sinn Féin motion I want to reiterate the NIUP’s rejection of paramilitary violence. The Republican movement and the so-called Loyalist terror groups are mirror images of each other with a common commitment to criminality, murder and barbarity. Despite those considerations, the NIUP also rejects the motion tabled by the members of IRA/Sinn Féin because it is shot...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: I am quoting directly from the explicit reference to Mr Kelly in Liam Clarke’s recent book on Martin McGuinness, and if the Member has any problem with that he has access to the courts. The UUP amendment fails to grasp the real strategic intent of the IRA/Sinn Féin motion —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: The Member has not refuted the allegation. He may have denied the allegation, but he certainly has not refuted it. You need to make a distinction between a refutation and a denial.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Anti-Sectarianism (10 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: My remarks are based on a book written by a leading authority on the IRA. This gentleman has denied that, but he certainly has not refuted it, so there is no reason for me to withdraw the remark.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First minister and Deputy First Minister: Discussions with Prime Minister or Taoiseach (9 Sep 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: Does the First Minister agree that, in the context of Northern Ireland, the only way to deal authentically with the involvement of terrorists is to make sure that the representatives and leaders of an organisation such as the IRA, which is now operating at the heart of international terrorism, do not continue to participate in the Government of Northern Ireland. Mr Trimble’s responsibility...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Neutral Working Environment (18 Jun 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: The objective of the motion is to make Stormont into a location for commemorating the activists and activities of IRA/Sinn Féin. That must not be permitted. That is not to deny a proper mutual respect between citizens of the United Kingdom. However, IRA/Sinn Féin wishes to promote by the use of emblems and symbols what no normal human being would ever consider worthy of respect. To allow...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Neutral Working Environment (18 Jun 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: No, Mr Deputy Speaker. I take from what you are saying that you are having difficulty following a very simple argument. If Members are ever going to permit the sort of symbols and emblems wanted by the Member who moved the motion, they must be aware of what they would be celebrating and trying to commemorate. That is why I am giving the examples. The Belfast Agreement has elevated the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Wallace Day Centre, Lisburn (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: I shall not repeat Members’ excellent points in support of centres for people with learning disabilities, in particular, Wallace day centre. Mr Poots said that a measure of a civilised society was how well it provided and cared for people with learning disabilities. Recently, I was moved by a visit to the Beeches centre, where I saw how the quality of life and self-confidence of those with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Joint Parliamentary Forum (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: In Northern Ireland, the system of government and administration contains roughly the following: 26 councils, 108 MLAs, a North/South Ministerial Council, an Intergovernmental Conference, 18 MPs, three MEPs, five education and library boards, four health and social service boards and innumerable quangos. The proposal is to add another element to that highly complex system. I oppose the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Joint Parliamentary Forum (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: No. I am sorry, Mr Maginness, I do not have time. In fact, I need a lot more time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Joint Parliamentary Forum (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: The relevance of my remarks is quite simple. We have a North/South dimension to our institutions that distracts from the proper context for policy-making, and that gives rise to vacuous government for Northern Ireland with regard to its real needs. It does not surprise me that the individual who rose to his feet does not understand that simple point. I do not think that there would be any...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Joint Parliamentary Forum (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: It is not only the party of political stupidity in Northern Ireland, it is the party of moral duplicity. What lies behind the proposal is a further attempt by the Alliance Party to accommodate the agenda of terrorism on this island. That is what it is really about. It did so recently, under the self-delusion that by re-designating itself, it could somehow make some massive change in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Crime Rates (28 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: Party politics are embedded in every policing document that the SDLP has ever produced. For example, at the Brehon Law Society conference a few years ago in the United States, the party’s then deputy leader said that the RUC was upholding the law of the jungle in Northern Ireland, implying that the RUC perpetrates terrorism, rather than protects citizens from it. If that is not a disgusting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Good Friday Agreement (7 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: The principles of the agreement fall into two categories. They are those that legitimise terrorism and those, contrary to Mr McGimpsey’s opinion, that legitimise Irish Nationalism and undermine the legitimacy of the Union. That latter set of principles has never been the subject of proper public debate. The agreement legitimises terrorism by placing the representatives of terror in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Good Friday Agreement (7 May 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it permissible for a person who is closely identified with IRA/Sinn Féin to use the Assembly to issue threats of a return to violence if they do not get their way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Burns Report (23 Apr 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: The Burns Report has two core proposals. One involves the destruction of the grammar school system, the most successful sector of secondary education; the other involves the introduction of a so-called collegiate system that would effectively introduce comprehensive education to Northern Ireland. The entire thrust of the Burns Report is contrary to the best current educational thinking and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Assembly (6 Mar 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: I thank the Member for that significant point. Let me indicate, without naming the individuals involved, the type of claim that has been made. A Member of the Assembly has been named, by two reputable journalists, as being among the planners of Bloody Friday. I do not need to say that Bloody Friday was one of the most appalling atrocities that ever took place either in Northern Ireland or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Assembly (6 Mar 2002)

Mr Patrick Roche: — exactly — could not even begin to understand. However, those people are in the Assembly. In fact, they are in the Government. I am not here, Mr Speaker, to criticise any ruling that you have ever made as Speaker, but it appears to be an anomaly that those people can be named outside of the House but cannot be named inside it.


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