Results 1–20 of 797 for speaker:Pat Sheehan

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Second Stage (6 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Thanks for giving way. That is where the Member is mistaken. The parents or the children do not select the schools; the schools select the children on the basis that they are the cream of the crop. That is what academic selection is about.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Second Stage (6 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Of course, I would never challenge the authority of the Speaker. However, when we talk about change in these debates, it is important to contextualise the situation that needs to be changed. Of course, Mr Storey has a particular perspective, and I have a different perspective. We will agree to disagree on that. The difficulty is this: even if children had been integrated since the foundation...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Second Stage (6 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: The evidence against academic selection is absolutely overwhelming. No other area of public policy has as much evidence stacked against it. I know that the Member is a great advocate of academic selection, but his position goes against all the evidence from the OECD, the Children's Commissioner, the Equality Commission, the Catholic hierarchy and so on. That is to name but a few, and you will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Integrated Education Bill: Second Stage (6 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this important debate. Instinctively, I support greater integration in our schools; I think that most people would be of the same opinion. Instinctively, most of us believe that it is good for children to meet other children from diverse backgrounds, be that different religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background or ability. We think that that is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Education (6 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht a ráitis ar maidin. I thank the Minister for her statement this morning. Educational underachievement and the shared challenges that it presents across the island were discussed at an NSMC meeting last year. Since then, we have had the 'A Fair Start' report. How will cooperation in this area be enhanced?

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

Pat Sheehan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht a ráitis ar maidin. I thank the joint First Minister for her statement this morning. Does she have any concerns about the delivery arrangements for the Levelling Up Fund and the Shared Prosperity Fund?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Historical Institutional Abuse: Redress for Victims (5 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Victims and survivors have been campaigning for many years for redress as a result of the abuse that they suffered while in the care of the state. The Hart inquiry and, more recently, the setting up of the redress board gave victims and survivors hope that their long journey was coming to an end. Unfortunately, many problems continue to dog this process. Those problems exist, many argue,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Historical Institutional Abuse: Redress for Victims (5 Jul 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Yes, I agree entirely with the Member. Of course, there are other victims and survivors who believe that the redress board cannot possibly empathise with the suffering that they have had to endure unless it actually listens to victims giving evidence directly. As I said, redress must be more than the administration of legal compensation. That should be just one part of a reparations framework...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Independent Counselling Service for Schools: West Belfast (29 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: T1. Mr Sheehan asked the Minister of Education, who will be aware that the independent counselling service for schools (ICSS), which provides important support to post-primary schools, has been coming under increased strain as a result of the pandemic, with school leaders in his West Belfast constituency outlining particular problems, to state whether she is aware of the issues in West...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Independent Counselling Service for Schools: West Belfast (29 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht a freagra. I thank the Minister for her answer. The emotional health and well-being framework was a welcome intervention in mental health policy. I have some concerns that it was mainly developed prior to the pandemic. Will the Minister give a commitment to review the framework and ensure that it is resilient, given the many challenges that young people...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Estate: East Antrim (29 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: I also wish the Member well in her new role as Education Minister. The Minister will be aware that the school estate across the North is crying out for investment. Many schools have been operating in outdated, inappropriate and so-called temporary accommodation for 20 years. Can she outline her investment plans for the school estate that our young people need and deserve?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031 (29 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Minister, over the past number of months, I have engaged with school leaders in my constituency, and it is clear that the mental health support system in our schools is under considerable pressure. It was under considerable pressure and has become all the worse as a result of the pandemic. Given that mental health in our schools is a cross-cutting issue, what engagement have you had with the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: COVID Disruption Payment: Students (28 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: T4. Mr Sheehan asked the Minister for the Economy whether, at this late stage, he will consider extending the COVID disruption payment to those students who have been excluded, particularly because, despite the welcome announcement from Queen’s and Ulster University that they will provide additional grant support to low-income students, up to 75% of students have received no support at all,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Simultaneous Interpretation of Assembly Business in Irish and Ulster Scots (15 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: It is a universal principle that agreements made should be agreements honoured. The motion is about the implementation of one small part of the New Decade, New Approach agreement, which was clear: "The Assembly's Standing Orders will ... be amended to allow ... business ... through Irish or Ulster Scots." The refusal of the DUP to commit to any Irish language provisions is the context for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Casement Park: Planning Application (15 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: 5. Mr Sheehan asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on the Casement Park planning application. (AQO 2218/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Casement Park: Planning Application (15 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht a freagra. The Minister will be aware of the importance of the Casement Park development and how long it has taken to get to this stage. While I acknowledge and fully support the need for a rigorous planning process, we are still waiting for the application, despite the project having been given the go-ahead for next year. Will the Minister give a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (8 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: I thank the Principal Deputy Speaker for that information. I absolutely agree with the Member and thank him for the intervention. The forthcoming independent review of education will, no doubt, flag up issues such as area planning and investment in the school estate and infrastructure, which cannot be dealt with efficiently and effectively with in-year budgets.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (8 Jun 2021)

Pat Sheehan: I intend to be fairly brief. I will do my best to stick to the subject: I do not want to be chastised like some other Members. [Laughter.] I commend Mr Muir for his speech, which was very good and very welcome. A lot of hot air has been spoken in here today by many Members. It is unlikely that any of that will get into the media, because there is only one news story today and it is not the...


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