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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Stability of the Institutions and Referral to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (19 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: I support the Alliance motion and amendment. It is clear that change is urgently required in this arena. We will support a report being completed that would initiate that process, not least because of the misuse of the petition of concern to intervene in legislation that does not target one community or the other but targets all communities, issues such as welfare reform and marriage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Stability of the Institutions and Referral to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (19 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: I did not say that, so I do not know where the Member is getting that. The point that I am making to the Member, which he cannot answer, is this: why do my vote and the votes of the people who elect me, the Alliance Party, the Greens and others not matter in debates in the Chamber? He cannot answer that question, so that is the question I would put back to him. Clearly, he has no answer to it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Stability of the Institutions and Referral to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee (19 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: No, I have given way. With regard to inequality, there are now more peace walls separating working-class areas than when the agreement was signed in 1998. The development of class politics based on unity as opposed to division is constantly undermined by communal competition. It is ironic as well as farcical to think that a mechanism such as the petition of concern, which was apparently set...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Autumn/Winter Contingency Plan (19 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: First Minister, you stated that cases remain very high, and that is concerning. Have you abandoned your reckless plans to ensure that all restrictions be lifted by the end of the month? If you and the Executive get your way, what is your assessment of what the NHS will look like this winter?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matters of the Day: Children's Red-flag Cancer Referrals: Waiting Times (19 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: I thank the Member who tabled this Matter of the Day, and I thank the Children's Commissioner, Koulla Yiasouma, for the report. The news that 17,000 children and young people, which amounts to one in five, have been waiting for more than a year to see a consultant or health worker gives serious cause for concern and raises many questions about the health impact that is being felt by young...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Independent Evaluation (18 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: I will keep my remarks brief. I will oppose the motion, as we view it as problematic on the part of those who tabled it. It is a hypocritical attempt to undermine impartial investigations. It is hypocritical because it comes from a party that often cries, "Law and order", but goes on to pick and choose which crimes are and are not scrutinised. I certainly do not think that the system of law...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Student Housing Problems (18 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: Shortly, representatives from the National Union of Students - Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) will gather outside this Building to express their concern about how students have been once again sidelined and left behind during the pandemic. I salute them on their No Keys, No Degrees campaign and will briefly mention some of the issues they are highlighting. Issues affecting students...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cancer Screening for Firefighters (12 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: Thank you. I thank the Member for his intervention. I agree with his point. He brings a lot of expertise, as others said, so I fully accept that. Just to finish the quote: "Every firefighter knows the fear that, someday, they and their family could receive the devastating news – but we're determined to do all we can to reduce the risk of firefighters developing these terrible diseases as a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Cancer Screening for Firefighters (12 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: I wish Fra McCann all the best on his retirement that probably will not be a retirement. I am sure that he will be as busy and active as ever. He has always been courteous to me, and I want to wish Fra all the best. I fully endorse the motion. I thank the Members who brought the motion and the amendment before the House today. The Assembly needs to do more to combat cancer rates among...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Employment Rights: NDNA Commitments (12 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: It is very disappointing to see a lack of legislation coming through from the Minister with regard to workers' rights. Minister, as I understand it, your party colleagues and previous Ministers refused to engage directly with or meet NICICTU, which represents 250,000 workers here. Will you commit, if you have not already, to meeting NICICTU to hear what improvements in employment legislation...

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

Gerry Carroll: I support the Bill and offer my solidarity to those women who have been intimidated while trying to access reproductive healthcare. It is never acceptable to impede someone's access to healthcare, and it is even more condemnable when the kind of healthcare that they are accessing is already a source of great stigma and when it is likely that they have already overcome many barriers to get to...

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

Gerry Carroll: I thank the Member for giving way. Will he agree that the Bill is quite limited on where those posters, images, placards and whatever can be displayed? My understanding of the Bill is that the very offensive, damaging and traumatising images that adorn Belfast city centre and other places will still be allowed to exist, as much as I have deep opposition to their traumatic and offensive images.

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

Gerry Carroll: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he accept that there is no ultimate freedom of speech and that every element of freedom of speech comes with rights and responsibilities? You cannot just go out and offend certain organisations and minority groups. Does he recognise that the Bill only limits the right to give out certain material in a certain area? The images used by some anti-choice...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: Will the Member give way briefly?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Gerry Carroll: It is her choice. Does the Member agree that it is very concerning, inaccurate and dangerous to suggest that workers coming from Europe or elsewhere in the world have a role in driving down wages? Workers do not drive down wages; nefarious, chancer employers do that.


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