Results 121–140 of 455 for speaker:Clare Bailey

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: COVID Status Certification: Domestic Settings (29 Nov 2021)

Clare Bailey: Has the First Minister attended any events or venues where he had to provide any certification? If so, will he tell us about how straightforward and non-discriminatory that process was?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Non-domestic Rates Valuations (Coronavirus) Bill: Accelerated Passage (23 Nov 2021)

Clare Bailey: Many issues with the request for accelerated passage have been raised, and the points were well made. I will not labour any of them further. There have been many examples of fiscal mismanagement from the five-party system of governance over the years. Of course, RHI was the most prominent. With that in mind and given the ramifications of the Bill, particularly during an unpredictable global...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Environment Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Clare Bailey: I expect that many Members saw the recent BBC 'Spotlight' programme on the ongoing devastation caused by gold-mining in the Sperrin mountains. I think that I quote Professor Steven Emerman, who claimed: "I have never interacted with a regulatory agency that is so incompetent as the NIEA". That is a man who has worked with regulatory agencies across the world, in Ecuador, Columbia, Madagascar,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Housing Crisis (2 Nov 2021)

Clare Bailey: I support the motion, but I also put on record the fact that housing has not been an issue only for nationalists and unionists; it has been an issue for all of us. Mr Nesbitt quite rightly points out the flexibilities that having a second bedroom can give, but we also need to be cognisant that the welfare reform legislation that went through, supported by many in the House, removed that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member. It is, of course, anyone's legal right to challenge any legislation, if they want to do so. The Bill does not interfere with that right. I will leave that point; although it is a valid one of which to be cognisant, I have no evidence to show that that will happen. A few Members also think that clause 6 is too vague. That was brought up a number of times, and it was mainly...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member for that. I do not think I said "undue"; I think I said "influencing", influencing either way. If a person wants to access services or enter premises, whether it be for accessing a service that is provided in the building, for work or for any other reason, they should be able to do so. That is where I stand on that point, and that is the essence of the Bill.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member for that intervention. I hope that I have made it clear that, if the Bill progresses, I am willing to engage at any stage and to bring clarity to areas where, people feel, there is vagueness. Any language used in the Bill can be changed at any time at Consideration Stage and Further Consideration Stage. I have genuinely yet to hear of an example where a mother has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: Thank you for that. That is exactly what I was saying. If the mother attends as the partner of her daughter, she is a protected person, but, if she is not attending with the consent of her daughter, she will be subject to the same restrictions as everyone else in the zone. We should also be aware of the impact of comments about baby loss. I found them quite distressing. I remind Members that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member. You will be aware that freedom of assembly is caveated and that the Bill is within the caveats that are set out. It is not an unrestricted right and freedom; there are limitations. The Bill is designed and drafted within those limitations. I think that you know that fine well. There are the competing rights of those seeking access and people's freedom of assembly, but let...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: It has been greatly heartening to listen to the majority of Members who have spoken, who have obviously understood and engaged with the impact of the anti-abortion protests on women and who have told their personal stories and acknowledged the widespread nature of what we are starting to see. I will focus on issues that were raised. As Claire Sugden mentioned, it is a Second Stage debate,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member, again, for his intervention. I go back to the fact that I do not believe that current law is able to tackle what is happening. On one occasion when I was assaulted, the assault was reported to the police. The person was arrested and investigated and, after six weeks of a restraining order and having a zone put on them, it was deemed that no further action could be taken...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member for that. From my experience, I feel that this is needed for specific reasons, which, I hope, I have set out. We are seeing the escalation of targeted campaigns against women on the streets of Northern Ireland. That is why I have brought the Bill.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Second Stage (12 Oct 2021)

Clare Bailey: I thank the Member for her intervention. She is absolutely right. Using the harassment Order and reporting to the police take time, and, when people are trying to access healthcare, counselling or advice in emergency circumstances, it is not plausible to go down that avenue.


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