Results 1–20 of 324 for speaker:Sinéad McLaughlin

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speech and Language Therapy: Criminal Justice System (20 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Member for giving way. Does the Member agree that early intervention is critical to outcomes later in life, including predictions about interaction with the justice system? That is particularly important for people with speech and language communication needs. It is another reason why we need to invest in our early years education and childcare.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waiting Lists: Action Plan (20 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you. I absolutely agree with the Member. It is self-sabotage. It is unbelievable that any Minister would take that tone and direction when the health service is in complete disarray due to the Tory Government. That is all I can say. In the Western Trust alone, more than 700 patients benefited from the Republic of Ireland reimbursement scheme. Restoring it is common sense, and I hope...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waiting Lists: Action Plan (20 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I want to get this finished, sorry. I hope that the motion is supported across the House and, more importantly, that it leads to change for patients who are desperately in need. Finally, I thank our healthcare workers across the Province who do amazing work in difficult circumstances. I call out to our community and voluntary sector, which has lost funding over the years, for stepping in.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waiting Lists: Action Plan (20 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: It also deserves our grateful thanks.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waiting Lists: Action Plan (20 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I imagine that everyone in the Chamber knows someone who is waiting on a health procedure, whether they are a family member, a friend or a colleague. We have all seen people waiting for an interminable time for operations that they should be able to expect in a matter of months. I have lost count of the number of constituents whom I have met who are wrecked with stress and anxiety from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I feel like I am in a twilight zone after that, but anyway. I am glad that we are here debating this step to release funding for Departments. That our financial allocations are being made here, not in Westminster on the whims of a Tory Secretary of State, is good news and will be sheer relief for people in communities across Northern Ireland. However, a point that has been well made many...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the Minister take an intervention?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, you have a tickle in your throat. Maybe you should have a moment or two to rest your throat and get some water without having to continue. Is that OK? I feel your struggle.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: North West Strategic Growth Partnership (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: 7. Ms McLaughlin asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the work of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership. (AQO 8/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: North West Strategic Growth Partnership (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the First Minister for her answer. Leadership is crucial, and the Executive Office needs to step up and put all support behind the North West Strategic Growth Partnership. Will the First Minister commit to ensure that the Executive take their leadership role, with the required level of funding allocated to this body, to agree a cross-border strategic programme to drive growth in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Economic Vision (19 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, I appreciate the prioritisation that you have given in your statement to regional balance. We in the north-west have seen many visions and have been promised prioritisation, but, unfortunately, we never get to the delivery point. Many countries across Europe put the provision of regional balance in legislation. Do you agree that we need to tackle regional, economic and social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Women's Health Strategy (13 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and congratulations on taking up your position as Deputy Speaker. The SDLP will support the motion and the amendment. Last year, a woman who was waiting for surgery for endometriosis came into my office. Debilitating pain had forced her to leave a job that she loved in the health service. Years later, she was still languishing on a waiting list, weighing up...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Women's Health Strategy (13 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Member for her intervention. Absolutely: it can take anything from 10 to 15 years to be diagnosed with endometriosis. I suffered my first symptoms of endometriosis when I was about 16, but I was 26 before I was diagnosed. That was back in a different decade — the 1990s — but, unfortunately, our diagnosis process has not moved on since that time; in fact, some of the gaps are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Questions for Urgent Oral Answer — Economy: Job Losses: BT (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Minister for his responses so far, and I congratulate him on his appointment to the role of Minister for the Economy. I look forward to working with him in the near future. Regional balance is very much at the heart of what I want to see for my region. Certainly, however, the potential for the loss of 300 jobs in Fermanagh would have devastating consequences right across the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Questions for Urgent Oral Answer — Economy: Job Losses: BT (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: We cannot just put it on the long finger. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about legislating for regional balance.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Childcare: High-quality and Affordable Provision (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you, Principal Deputy Speaker. I take the opportunity to congratulate you on taking your position. I will start by acknowledging the common feeling across the Chamber that the need for a childcare strategy is universally accepted. While I welcome the debate, the issue is not the lack of consensus on the question but the lack of delivery on the commitment. That commitment was first made...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Childcare: High-quality and Affordable Provision (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Absolutely. Childminders are fundamental to the childcare infrastructure. We have over 2,000 registered childminders watching in excess of 12,000 of our children, and they are key to delivering quality, accessible and flexible childcare. It is really time to deliver. Yes, let us agree a strategy without delay, but the truth is that a strategy will take time, and that is time that we simply do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Regional Economic Imbalance (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Last week was a period of profound and historic change in Northern Ireland, yet, for all the change that has been brought to the Assembly, the change that I will focus on is the change that is needed for our economy. I was glad to hear the First Minister note the importance of regional balance last week, because the truth is that the effect of the Government's economic investment strategy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Regional Economic Imbalance (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Even commitments in the Programme for Government will not be enough.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Regional Economic Imbalance (12 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: We have heard and seen them all before. Let us get this done.


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