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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: COVID-19 Guidance (14 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: T6. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Education for an update on the COVID-19 guidance that was issued to schools last week. (AQT 2146/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: COVID-19 Guidance (14 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: Will the Minister update the Assembly on the current figures for COVID in schools and the absence statistics?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: I welcome the fact that we have reached the final stage of this process. It has been an arduous process. As I have said before, it is a concerning time for our farming community and its representative bodies and for the entire agri-food sector. The Climate Change (No. 2) Bill process was started by the Minister and his Department with a firm and strong focus on the science, a realistic view...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Challenges Experienced by Women in the Local Agriculture Sector (8 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. As an elected representative with a lifetime spent on my family farm, this is an area of great interest to me. My father died at the young age of 54 and my mother was a vital source of help and guidance to me when, at 19, I had to step up and follow in my father's footsteps. Back then, she was a great source of encouragement and advice,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Order 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: This is technical legislation that is required to be laid before devolved legislatures, including the Northern Ireland Assembly. It makes amendments to the main 2020 order to allow the United Kingdom emissions trading scheme to continue to function effectively. The amendments in the draft order come from a consultation involving the UK regional Governments and are aimed at fixing technical...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Daisy Hill Hospital: Consultant General Surgeons (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: 4. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Health to outline the steps that he is taking to secure consultant general surgeons at the Daisy Hill Hospital site. (AQO 3167/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Daisy Hill Hospital: Consultant General Surgeons (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his response. I, too, welcome him back to the Chamber, and it is good to see him back to health and strength again. Does he agree that it is vital that consultant general surgeons be back in place as soon as possible?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: EU Rural Development Programmes (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: Will the Minister provide an update on the rural halls pilot scheme and on the next steps for those groups that are eligible but that did not fall within the first 50 to receive funding?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee: Reports and Memoranda of Reply (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the take-note debate. I will focus my remarks on the report 'Generating Electricity from Renewable Energy'.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee: Reports and Memoranda of Reply (1 Mar 2022)

William Irwin: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the take-note debate. I will focus my remarks on the report 'Generating Electricity from Renewable Energy'. The generating of electricity from renewable sources is an area of growing importance, given the intensifying debate and actions on climate change and the efforts to lessen the reliance on fossil fuel energy sources. The debate is also becoming...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (28 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister. I certainly agree with him. Farmers are acutely aware of the dire situation that would be before them if some people had their way. The issues of food supply and food prices have been brought into stark focus by the current worrying and ongoing situation in Ukraine. My thoughts are with the Ukrainian people at this horrible time. Ukraine has long had the name as the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (28 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the issue and to channel the voice of the farming community into the Chamber today. I am passionate about our agri-food industry in Northern Ireland, about the benefit and security that it brings to Northern Ireland and about defending the industry from the attacks of those who seek to bite the hand that feeds them. Farmers are very much used to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Blue-carbon Habitats: Action Plan (28 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his statement. Minister, what is your view of the use of seaweed, for example, to tackle livestock emissions?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Assembly Commission Budget 2022-25 (23 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: The Committee, in undertaking its consideration of the Commission's draft budget plans for 2022-25, was mindful of the statutory functions of the Commission and, in particular, the legal requirement to meet all costs associated with Members. The Committee recognised that those costs cannot be withheld or altered by the Commission, and, as such, are not under its control. The Commission's...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Assembly Commission Budget 2022-25 (23 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: — and the robust scrutiny of public finances.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2021-22 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates: Vote On Account 2022-23 (22 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: As a member of the AERA Committee, I will comment on the issues that are most pertinent to the agri-food industry and the environment at this time. It has been another challenging year for the Assembly and, indeed, for agriculture in Northern Ireland. The pandemic has continued to have an effect, and, whilst the signs are encouraging and the severity of COVID-19 is lessening, we continue to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Environment Fund 2022-23 (22 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I thank the Minister for his statement. Will the Minister outline who has been successful in the programme and a flavour of the activities that could be supported in the scheme?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Review of the Governance and Accountability Arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (14 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I thank Members for their contributions to the debate this evening. As we have heard, in order to maintain and enhance confidence in the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, it is essential that governance and accountability mechanisms for those organisations be robust and be seen to be robust. In undertaking the review, the Committee recognised...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Review of the Governance and Accountability Arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (14 Feb 2022)

William Irwin: I beg to move That this Assembly notes the report of the Audit Committee, under Standing Order 46(7), on its review of the governance and accountability arrangements for the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman [NIA 158/17-22]; and approves the Committee's recommendations contained in the report.


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