Results 1–20 of 3416 for speaker:Michelle O'Neill

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: British Government Proposal for Troubles Amnesty (20 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I also speak in favour of the motion. We have an opportunity today in the Chamber to send a clear message to the British Government that there can be no amnesty for state forces and that we reject their proposed interference in the legal process. By any stretch of the imagination, for the British Government to present the proposals as an attempt to promote reconciliation is disingenuous,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: Towards the end of the statement, it says: "The Summit also discussed the latest political developments across their jurisdictions". Obviously, that includes political developments around Brexit and the protocol.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: Absolutely, it is "obviously", because it is a recent political development.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I encourage the Member to read the statement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: The issue of travel was touched upon and continues to be touched upon because we are at different places in the virus spread. That has been the case the whole way through the pandemic. The Member should not get too excited if the South of Ireland's cases are higher than ours at the moment or vice versa because, at times, we were the best in Europe and there were times when we were the worst....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: As I said, travel was discussed. Each Administration is coming at this with their own data and information, and taking decisions based on what they think is in the best interests of their people at that time. The better aligned that we can be, the easier that it will be for all of us, and the public at large, to understand. On the comments about the Health Minister, the Health Minister has a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: That family's situation was brought to my attention just before I came into the Chamber; I did not hear about it on the radio. Obviously, we will work to try to get a resolution for that family, which, I believe, has issues with young children at home, and perhaps sickness in the case of one of the individuals. I hope that there is a speedy resolution to that. Again, it is back to what I have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: Thanks. I absolutely agree. As a former Health Minister, I am very aware of the challenges facing the health and social care system, which was already stretched due to Tory austerity over many years. The pandemic has very much heightened those challenges. Addressing all that in ordinary times would be difficult enough. We have faced the growing waiting list situation in a pandemic. It is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: The Member is right: Minister Simon Coveney, and maybe the Taoiseach as well, raised the issue of the protocol, and rightly so; they were speaking about current political developments. It would have been to ignore the elephant in the room for it not to be mentioned at a summit of that nature, given the implications that Brexit has on our people, our economy and wider society. It was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: It was referred to, insofar as it came up under current political issues. I will address it, given that I answered Mrs Dodds's question. It will come as no surprise to the Member who asked the question that the disruption and difficulty that we are experiencing is a direct result of Brexit — the hardest possible Brexit and one that was rejected by the majority of people in the Assembly. To...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I thank the Member. The summit focused on COVID, so that was the main topic of conversation, but, of course, it is the natural forum in which to have those conversations. When we talk about the Good Friday Agreement, we talk about the totality of relationships. It is about relationships and about having honest conversations, and the British-Irish Council, the North/South Ministerial Council...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I welcome Áine, the new MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, to our team on her second day in the role and wish her the very best. I have no doubt that she will be a champion for the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone. I stand to be corrected, but I believe that she may be our youngest MLA. It is important that the interests of young people are reflected in the Chamber, so congratulations...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I wish to make the following statement on the thirty-fifth summit meeting of the British-Irish Council (BIC), which took place on Friday 11 June 2021. I hope that the Assembly will understand that recent events regarding the position of the First Minister meant that it was not possible to make this statement as promptly as is customary following a summit. The summit was hosted by the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I thank the Chair of the Committee for his question. He is right to reflect that people are still worried about the pandemic and about the fact that, with the new delta variant becoming our dominant strain, people are right to be cautious and anxious. However, I always point to the positive, and the positive is that the vaccination programme is rolling out very well, and we need to continue...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: It was useful that we were able to meet in person at this time. We were able to have a very frank conversation around where we all are with the COVID crisis, but we are very much looking towards the future and other ways that we can work together. There have been four virtual ministerial meetings, including a joint housing and collaborative spatial planning meeting held recently. The housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: I do indeed. The delivery arrangements for the Levelling Up Fund and the Shared Prosperity Fund pilot programme cut across the responsibilities of a number of Executive Departments. The Executive continue to consider the impact of the loss of EU funding and the approach to replacements in Whitehall Departments. It is very clear that the British Government intend to use the financial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Face-to-face Teaching (28 Jun 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: A LeasCheann Comhairle, with your permission, Minister Kearney will take this question.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Chilled Meat Products (28 Jun 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: First, I welcome the fact that Commission vice president Maroš Šefcovic met MLAs today. That was a very good exchange, I believe, over a considerable period of time, and I hope that, during that conversation, there was a balance put on the fact that the protocol is mitigation and is the best effort that we have against the worst excesses of Brexit. Maroš Šefcovic will have an opportunity...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Chilled Meat Products (28 Jun 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: First, as the Member knows, there is no collective Executive view on Brexit. There are differing views. Obviously, the DUP has its view, and others have their view. My view is that Brexit is bad all round. From its very inception, it was bad. There is no good to come from it. However, there has been mitigation in the form of the protocol, which gives us some protections and also gives us...


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