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Results 1–20 of 727 for speaker:Colum Eastwood

Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Feb 2020)

Colum Eastwood: Last week we lost a political giant in Seamus Mallon. He was an outstanding parliamentarian, and a seeker of justice for everyone. One injustice that burned in him until his dying day was the murder of Paul Quinn, who was beaten to death by an IRA gang in 2007. They broke every single bone in his body, to the extent that his mother could not place rosary beads in his hands when he was in his...

Northern Ireland Executive Formation (16 Jan 2020)

Colum Eastwood: I thank the Secretary of State, the Tánaiste and all their officials for the enormous effort that was put in to make sure that the institutions of the Good Friday agreement were restored. In particular, I welcome the commitment to the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee in my constituency of Foyle. As the Secretary of State will know, and as has already been said, there are lots of...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (8 Jan 2020)

Colum Eastwood: I have spoken this evening to the Taoiseach and the Secretary of State about this very sensitive period in the negotiations, but as many other Members have already said, the time is well past. Tomorrow we will have been without a Government for three years. The people we represent have not had a Government for three years. Let that sink in. Look at the consequences for our health service. Our...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (20 Dec 2019)

Colum Eastwood: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (20 Dec 2019)

Colum Eastwood: May I just point out—I know it was not said very often in the previous Parliament—that the people of Northern Ireland voted to remain? In every election since, they have reasserted their rejection of Brexit. Government Members talk about one nation and all that, but will they recognise that Northern Ireland and Scotland have once again, and very loudly, rejected this Brexit and every...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Colum Eastwood: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. No pressure then! As the leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party, may I thank the people of Foyle and Belfast South for the resounding mandates that they have given my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast South (Claire Hanna) and me? We will not you down and we will not take your support for granted. I also want to thank my predecessor for the work that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Member Resignations and Appointments (21 Oct 2019)

Colum Eastwood: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Member Resignations and Appointments (21 Oct 2019)

Colum Eastwood: Mr Allister has made my point for me. The Good Friday Agreement is absolutely 100% clear. The power-sharing Executive, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the North-South Ministerial Council: at any point over the last 1,000-plus days, those institutions could have been restored. People on these Benches have tried hard. We have offered proposals to get those institutions back in place, but it is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Member Resignations and Appointments (21 Oct 2019)

Colum Eastwood: That is why we are here today. We will gladly take part in those institutions but we will not be party to a stunt that is using and abusing people's emotions and sensitivities over a very difficult issue, which could have been dealt with at any point over the last 1,000 days. However, because this is not a serious attempt to do that and because it will only undermine the principles of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business (21 Oct 2019)

Colum Eastwood: On a point of order in terms of the election of Speaker, Mr Speaker. I —.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Member Resignations and Appointments (21 Oct 2019)

Colum Eastwood: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given the fact that the Good Friday Agreement envisages an Assembly, a power-sharing Executive, North/South Ministerial Council and other bodies, is it the case, today, that, if we do not have the nominating officer here from Sinn Féin, no Executive will be formed? Therefore, we will not be able to have an Executive, Northern Ireland Assembly or North/South Ministerial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Failure of the Executive (17 Jan 2017)

Colum Eastwood: We are here to talk about the failure of the Executive, and all that you have to do is look around. I do not even need to make a speech to illustrate the failure of this Executive, but I will give it a go. It is utterly surreal what is going on in this Building today. The oxygen has been dragged out of this place, and the public are just bemused. People keep talking about the anger on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Failure of the Executive (17 Jan 2017)

Colum Eastwood: If people still believe in that, they have an opportunity on 2 March to give voice to that and put an end to this nonsense that we have had for the last 10 years.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Colum Eastwood: I thank the Member for giving way. Does she agree that we are in a situation in which we are heading into an election, we do not know what will happen at the far end of that election and there is a real possibility that the powers could be back, as they rest with the Tory Government in London? We will have these regulations in primary legislation. As the Minister says, it is now in primary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Colum Eastwood: I thank the Member very much for giving way. He and his party had every opportunity to put down an amendment to the motion, but you put one down that could not possibly be accepted. Who is playing stunt politics? There was an opportunity to put all those things into the motion but you missed your opportunity.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Colum Eastwood: I beg to move That this Assembly, in accordance with section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, resolves that the First Minister no longer enjoys the confidence of the Assembly and that she be excluded from holding office as a Minister or junior Minister for a period of six months because of her failure to observe the terms of paragraph (g) of the Pledge of Office and the first paragraph of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Colum Eastwood: No. The last number of months — [Interruption.] The last number of months has seen a damaging pattern to our politics: the cloud hanging over the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) deal; the inaction on Brexit; the structure of the social investment fund (SIF); and the continued funding and appeasement of a UDA boss. Amongst the many uncertainties of this last political period, there...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Colum Eastwood: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will try not to wind it up too much. I am very grateful for the support from around the Chamber for our motion, which states that we note: "the support of the Minister for the Economy and the Minister of Health". This was not about political point-scoring; this was about putting a very important issue on the agenda. I will say again that I very much welcome the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Colum Eastwood: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he agree with us that the issue has been around for a long time and needs to be resolved, or does he agree with his colleague Mr Middleton that this was a proposal by his party colleague — last March, I think that was it, Mr Middleton?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Medical School in the North-west (29 Nov 2016)

Colum Eastwood: Will the Member give way?


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