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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Lough Neagh Report and Action Plan ( 2 Jul 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his statement. I welcome that, in paragraph 42, he states: "It is both unfair and wrong to castigate farmers as part of some sort of entirely unproductive and divisive blame game." The vast majority of farmers want to play their part in reducing pollution in Lough Neagh and the benefits of that. As the Minister said, there are new technologies that can make a big...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Energy Efficiency: Parliament Buildings (25 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: 1. Mr Irwin asked the Assembly Commission to outline the progress on improving energy efficiency in Parliament Buildings. (AQO 665/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Energy Efficiency: Parliament Buildings (25 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Member for her response. Is the Member aware of any plans to increase the number of electric charging points at Parliament Buildings?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Environment (25 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: Paragraph 12 of the statement mentions that the NSMC "acknowledged the progress achieved" on improving air quality. Will the Minister update us on what progress has been achieved?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: MOT Delays (11 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: T10. Mr Irwin asked the Minister for Infrastructure, given the massive backlogs in the past year, for an update on his Department's efforts to address MOT delays. (AQT 390/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: MOT Delays (11 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his response. Will he accept that his Department was too slow in making that decision? There was a backlog, and the situation was diabolical before the decision was made.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Grass Verge Cutting (11 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: 4. Mr Irwin asked the Minister for Infrastructure to outline what resources he will allocate to grass verge cutting to improve visibility when exiting junctions. (AQO 573/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Grass Verge Cutting (11 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his response. One of the main issues is sight lines at junctions. Contractors are inclined to take one swathe with a width of around 1 metre or 1·5 metres, which is totally unacceptable and still does not give a clear sight line. The Minister needs to look at that issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Agriculture (11 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his statement. To add to the Deputy Chair's question, TB is a serious issue. Was it discussed at the meeting yesterday, or was it not? It is important to learn lessons from the situation in the Irish Republic, where levels of TB are much lower than ours.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: NEETs: Newry and Armagh ( 3 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: T3. Mr Irwin asked the Minister what measures he will take to reduce the number of young people in Newry and Armagh who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). (AQT 333/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: NEETs: Newry and Armagh ( 3 Jun 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his response. Does he accept that the recent figures showing that 14,000 16-to-24-year-olds in Northern Ireland are not in employment, training or education are too high?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Veterinary Medicines (21 May 2024)

William Irwin: I beg to move the following amendment: Leave out all after "health" and insert: "welcomes the establishment of a veterinary medicines working group to urgently advise the UK Government on proposals that would positively resolve this issue for farmers, industry and animal owners; and calls on the UK Government to ensure continued supply of veterinary medicines in Northern Ireland beyond 2025...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Veterinary Medicines (21 May 2024)

William Irwin: I welcome the opportunity to speak in support of the amendment. The amendment seeks to put further meat on the bone on the action by those in the British Government who have direct responsibility for resolving the issue and, in the longer term, preventing the uncertainty that continually manifests itself in this important matter. The current arrangements amount to a grace period and will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Veterinary Medicines (21 May 2024)

William Irwin: We have been assured by the British Government that that will happen in the next few months. I am not going to give you an exact time frame, but I am assured that it will happen before the autumn. The can cannot be kicked down the road on the issue indefinitely. I sense a prioritising of the issue. The various advisory groups and officials who have been tasked to work on the issue should...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: PSNI Vehicles: Ramming Incidents (20 May 2024)

William Irwin: T4. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Justice to outline the steps that she is taking to increase the sentences available to people who are found guilty of ramming PSNI vehicles, given that she will be aware of many serious incidents, resulting in some 77 police officers being injured, including in his constituency. (AQT 294/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: PSNI Vehicles: Ramming Incidents (20 May 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for her response. Does she accept that the number of police being injured in those circumstances is totally unacceptable and that more needs to be done to deal with it?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Farm Support and Development Programme (14 May 2024)

William Irwin: My colleague Mr Buckley raised concerns about planning applications. It is a major issue on the ground. We have had planning applications in for two to three years and there is still no response. Farming needs to be able to compete in the modern world. We produce food. It is our main industry in Northern Ireland. This situation cannot go on, and the Minister needs to address it. I do not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Household Waste (13 May 2024)

William Irwin: 10. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his plans to reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill. (AQO 419/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Household Waste (13 May 2024)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his response. Given the challenges associated with landfill, I believe that we create a bigger problem for future generations by dumping stuff in landfills. We have landfill sites all over Northern Ireland. Does the Minister agree that there has to be a better way of disposing of waste?


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