Results 1–20 of 227 for speaker:Jemma Dolan

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: A4 Enniskillen Southern Bypass (20 Feb 2024)

Jemma Dolan: Go raibh maith agat [Translation: Thank you] to my constituency colleague Deborah Erskine for requesting the Adjournment debate and to you, Minister, for facilitating it. This is a topic that my constituents and I feel very strongly about. The Enniskillen bypass is an extremely important project. I am like a child at Christmas at the news that the Executive have agreed to provide £16·2...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: I welcome the opportunity to speak briefly at the Final Stage of one of the most important and progressive Bills of the mandate. I commend the positive cross-party engagement to ensure that the Bill was prioritised to make it through the House in this mandate. As other Members have said, it is regrettable that we have such an epidemic of domestic abuse that a Bill of this nature is required....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Invest NI: Fermanagh and South Tyrone (22 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: In the Enniskillen area alone, Invest NI has around 12·5 acres of land available for investment. However, since 2017, it has hosted only four investor visits. Clearly, that is not good enough. Will the independent review of Invest NI address the patterns of failure of Invest NI to tackle regional imbalances and attract jobs to Fermanagh?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Primary Legislation: New Mandate (22 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: T2. Ms Dolan asked the Minister of Justice to outline the primary legislation that her officials are drafting for introduction in the next mandate. (AQT 2182/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Primary Legislation: New Mandate (22 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Minister, a lot of essential legislation was passed in the mandate. I commend you and the Assembly for delivering those progressive and far-reaching changes. I am sure that you agree that much work remains to be done to ensure that our justice system has the confidence of the public, particularly on sentencing. How advanced is the sentencing review work, and how soon could it be introduced?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (21 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: I thank the Minister for the scheme. I welcome the opportunity to say a few words on what may seem like a small issue; however, it is a very important one. As an MLA for a rural constituency, I know the essential service that ATMs provide in rural areas. Dwellers still rely heavily on cash to access goods and services, and, in many towns and villages, ATMs are the only means of accessing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Cost of Living: Funding (21 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Last week, the Dublin Government cut petrol and diesel excise duties, and we have seen other countries around the world take the same action. Does the Minister agree that, by contrast, the British Government's response to the cost-of-living crisis is woefully inadequate?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: P&O Ferries Update (21 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: The Minister touched on the fire and rehire concept. I look forward to legislation on that in the next mandate. I am disappointed that it has not happened in this mandate, given that there were complaints to his predecessor from councils. Minister, you directed people with bookings with P&O to go to the Consumer Council. Have you been in contact with the Consumer Council around what consumers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill: Consideration Stage ( 9 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: I welcome the opportunity to speak at the Consideration Stage of the Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill. I commend the Committee members, the Minister and the Bill sponsor for ensuring that the Bill is prioritised, and I hope that it makes it through this mandate. Gender-based violence is not confined to the home. It can happen anywhere, and, regardless of where such abuse takes place, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Jobs and Benefits Offices: Pre-pandemic Services ( 7 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Following on from your last response, Minister, can you give an additional update on the measures that you are taking to help to create employment opportunities?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage ( 1 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: As Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers' rights, I say from the outset that we support legislation that advances workers' rights and strengthens trade unions. Therefore, we broadly support the principles of the trade union freedom Bill and its passage through Second Stage. The Bill ties in well with our legislation to ban zero-hours contracts and create a better work-life balance for workers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage ( 1 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: No, sorry. I am nearly finished. We are also concerned that trade unions have regularly been left out of policymaking and that trade unionists are not directly involved in shaping the review of Invest NI. We generally support the trade union freedom Bill and its aims, and I thank the Bill sponsor for briefing my party colleagues and me earlier last month. However, we also acknowledge that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: EU Rural Development Programmes ( 1 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: 3. Ms Dolan asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for his assessment of the impact that the absence of EU rural development programmes will have on rural communities. (AQO 3209/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: EU Rural Development Programmes ( 1 Mar 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Minister, the former EU rural development programme was a ring-fenced, dedicated pot of money for rural communities. That is in stark contrast to the British Government's Levelling Up Fund, which will see rural communities in the North competing for funding against big infrastructure projects in cities such as Manchester. When that is the case, are we really expected to believe that our rural...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Flooding: East Belfast (28 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Minister, I have listened with interest to comments about the work that is going into flood alleviation in parts of Belfast. The community in Boho in my constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone is at its wits' end from dealing with the damage from dangerous and seemingly endless flooding issues that blight the area. Will you commit to visiting Boho to meet residents and to listen to their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: PSNI Budget (22 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Minister, you briefly touched on this matter in a previous answer. The Department of Justice has confirmed that it intends to cut the legal aid budget. Have you engaged with or had representations from the Law Society regarding the potential implications of that?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Project Stratum (22 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: 3. Ms Dolan asked the Minister for the Economy to outline whether Project Stratum is meeting its delivery targets. (AQO 3125/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Project Stratum (22 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: I thank the Minister for his detailed answers. It is deeply concerning that BT has chosen to hike its broadband prices when we are already in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis that is hitting thousands of workers and families. Can you confirm whether there are any price controls in the Project Stratum tender to prevent such unfair price hikes for customers?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Protection from Stalking Bill: Final Stage (22 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: The introduction of a new stalking offence marks another milestone on our journey towards building a society that protects women and girls and that challenges and tackles the behaviour of stalkers and abusers. Today is a really positive day. The passing of the Protection from Stalking Bill will bring reassurance and protection to victims of stalking across the North. It will send a very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Jemma Dolan: Figures that were released in August last year show that there has been a 750% increase in the numbers of suspected victims of human trafficking in the North over the last eight years. In 2012, there were 15 referrals to the national referral mechanism, which is the framework for identifying and supporting victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, and there were 128 referrals in 2020....


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