Mickey Brady: T6. Mr Brady asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline how her focus on rural broadband provision has benefitted the Newry and Armagh constituency. (AQT 2556/11-15)
Mickey Brady: I thank the Minister for her answer. When will all not-spots be connected? Go raibh maith agat.
Mickey Brady: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I thank the Minister for his answers so far. He has answered most of my question; I was going to ask him whether he has restricted weed spraying and grass cutting in North Down and, indeed, in other constituencies.
Mickey Brady: T8. Mr Brady asked the Minister of Justice what steps he will take to address victims’ concerns raised in the BBC ‘Spotlight’ programme on Tuesday 12 May, which dealt with the specialist forensic unit in Special Branch. (AQT 2518/11-15)
Mickey Brady: I thank the Minister for his answer. Given that the show identified issues of police integrity, will the Minister now publicly encourage former and current members of the PSNI/RUC to cooperate fully with the Police Ombudsman and the historical investigations unit?
Mickey Brady: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. On behalf of the Chair and me, I thank the Committee staff, who had an extremely difficult job. In fact, they ended up taking personal abuse, which is absolutely reprehensible. I thank all those who participated in the debate. It is important to note that, throughout the inquiry, there was a painstaking and detailed process of evidence gathering and...
Mickey Brady: No, I will not. I absolutely refute that. I went in with an open mind, as did my party members, associates and comrades, so they can dress it up whatever they want. We went in expecting to hear evidence and expecting to make a decision based on the clear and unequivocal evidence that was given. As I said, I contend that the process that the Committee followed during phase 3 of the inquiry...
Mickey Brady: I will.
Mickey Brady: I thank the Member —
Mickey Brady: I accept your ruling, a Cheann Comhairle. Roy Beggs also believes that Mr McCausland has dragged the Housing Executive and the Assembly through the mud. He commended the report to the Assembly. Ross Hussey noted that he had taken part in the 'Spotlight' programme and had been appalled at the evidence presented to him by the BBC. He said that Mrs Palmer's honesty had been rewarded with...
Mickey Brady: Yes.
Mickey Brady: I thank the Member for his intervention —
Mickey Brady: As somebody who was involved with his own election campaign, I did not give it much thought. However, from Mr Campbell's point of view, it is my understanding that you probably wanted the report published the week before. Mr Campbell criticised the BBC for not attending the Committee and for its lack of investigation into other companies. He said that spurious claims were made in the...
Mickey Brady: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. The Chair has arrived.
Mickey Brady: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. The petition that I am going to present has been signed by the local community and the Crossmaglen and South Armagh Chamber of Commerce. A petition has also been handed over to the CEO of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Liam Hannaway, which was accompanied by DVDs made by the BBC highlighting the unique cultural significance of the area. It...
Mickey Brady: 4. Mr Brady asked the Minister for Social Development if he will oppose the local introduction of the sell-off of housing, including housing association properties, proposed by the Conservative Party. (AQO 8021/11-15)
Mickey Brady: I thank the Minister for his answer. What consideration has he given to stopping the ongoing sell-off of publicly owned housing?
Mickey Brady: Will the Member give way and I will explain? The remarks I made were taken totally out of context. When asked the question, I said, "All policies can be reviewed" — "all policies", not "a policy". I wish that people would stop misquoting me because it suits their purposes.
Mickey Brady: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I thank the Minister for her answers so far. What level of investment in superfast broadband is provided in Newry and Armagh?
Mickey Brady: Will the Member give way?