Results 1–20 of 41 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I once again listened with care to the noble Lord, Lord Hain, as he introduced this amendment. On reading it, I was rather alarmed that the words, “through no fault of their own”, which were evident in our previous debate and which he has repeated, were missing. I would certainly not accept that anyone who was injured through fault of their own—in other words,...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, when I spoke earlier about consulting Assembly Members, I was told I should be speaking to Amendment 16, so I am delighted that the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, knows that I am speaking to the relevant amendment on this matter. This legislation has been rushed through. We are told that everyone supports devolution and everyone wants it but there seems to be a great fear of hearing what...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: The Minister was talking about 22 to 28 weeks; then he said “the foetus”. A child born at 22 weeks who lives—that is happening; as a minister I have seen and visited many little ones born at that time—is not a foetus but a child.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I know that this debate is going on somewhat—I notice some faces that are dismayed that it is doing so—but I had an appointment tomorrow morning with a consultant in the Royal Victoria Hospital which I had to put off to be here for this debate tonight. Therefore, I do not think it is an inconvenience for people to deal with such an important issue as the life or the death of a...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I am making no comment whatever. I had a long personal relationship with the noble Lord in the Northern Ireland Assembly—we spent many happy occasions together—and I am not making any personal aspersions on him. I am stating a fact. Many noble Lords’ authority for much of what they have said is that the Northern Ireland Assembly voted for same-sex marriage and that a petition of concern...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 11A (to Amendment 11) (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I have no doubt whatever of the sincerity of the noble Lord, Lord Hayward, or of anyone else who has spoken in support of his amendment. I trust he will acknowledge that there is no lack of sincerity among those who speak on behalf of the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Morrow. He said that the world is changing. A number of Members of your Lordships’ House have had a...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I notice that Amendment 11 often states that the Secretary of State “must” do something, but new subsection (6) states: “The Secretary of State may, by regulations, make any provision that the Secretary of State considers appropriate in order to protect the ability to act in accordance with religious or other belief or opinion in relation to marriage or civil partnership”. In the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, in the debate on Monday evening I joined many noble Lords in supporting the issues that the noble Lord, Lord Empey, has brought before the House. These amendments certainly focus our minds on issues that in many ways cross every boundary in Northern Ireland and are not divisive. If your Lordships were to speak to practically every party in Northern Ireland, they would find that they...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 21 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, in his introductory remarks the noble Lord, Lord Hain, talked about the Assembly. I say to him simply that he knows that there is one party that had three red lines before it would enter the Executive. No other party put down red lines; it was one party and one party alone. Every other party in the Northern Ireland Assembly was willing, and is willing, without red lines, to enter...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 21 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, in his introductory remarks the noble Lord, Lord Hain, talked about the Assembly. I say to him simply that he knows that there is one party that had three red lines before it would enter the Executive. No other party put down red lines; it was one party and one party alone. Every other party in the Northern Ireland Assembly was willing, and is willing, without red lines, to enter...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 17 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join with my colleagues. I am a signatory to this amendment and rise to support it. Introducing same-sex marriage is a move that has been highly divisive in Northern Ireland. I acknowledge that, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, there are people who hold strong views concerning this. I certainly know that many in Northern Ireland believe strongly, as I do, that marriage is...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 17 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join with my colleagues. I am a signatory to this amendment and rise to support it. Introducing same-sex marriage is a move that has been highly divisive in Northern Ireland. I acknowledge that, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, there are people who hold strong views concerning this. I certainly know that many in Northern Ireland believe strongly, as I do, that marriage is...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in their support of the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Empey. I do so bearing in mind that these are all devolved issues. Like him, we certainly want to see these taken forward by a devolved Administration. However, if these reports come through and there is no devolved Administration, the issues are so urgent and of such importance that they...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in their support of the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Empey. I do so bearing in mind that these are all devolved issues. Like him, we certainly want to see these taken forward by a devolved Administration. However, if these reports come through and there is no devolved Administration, the issues are so urgent and of such importance that they...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, many people listening to this debate, including those listening outside, will hardly believe or understand how a simple Bill for the extension of two dates for the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland could have arrived at a debate on major social issues that impact on the whole community. We have come a long way in Northern Ireland, and it is right to...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, many people listening to this debate, including those listening outside, will hardly believe or understand how a simple Bill for the extension of two dates for the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland could have arrived at a debate on major social issues that impact on the whole community. We have come a long way in Northern Ireland, and it is right to...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: The other House has voted upon these clauses and sent them to this House. That is what the majority was based upon: the clauses that were voted on in the other House. Why is this House, therefore, deciding to make changes, not knowing what the other House thinks about the changes we are about to make?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, it is a privilege and I am humbled to follow the amazing speech of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan. I certainly concur with many of her remarks. From the outset, let me state that my party, my noble friends in this House and I genuinely want to see devolution restored, but what happened yesterday has made that practically impossible. In a few weeks, a new Prime Minister will be...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I acknowledge the noble Lord’s response, but Conor McGinn did make a statement, and it is a naive statement. What incentive is there for Sinn Féin to allow the Executive and the Assembly to be restored before 21 October? It made these two red lines, and its comrades in Westminster have produced the goods. Why would it want, and allow, Stormont to return, to possibly see one or both of...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: Yes, I am bringing my comments to a conclusion. My sermon concerned the consequences of choices. I suggest to this House that we have the power to make choices but we do not have the power to decide the consequences. With every choice, there is a consequence. I say to this House that if it passes this legislation and forces it on the people of Northern Ireland, there will be no need for an...


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