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Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I am grateful to the Members who have contributed to this important debate. Many statistics are associated with fuel poverty, and we have heard several of them this afternoon. However, the main statistic is one that should focus our minds, and Daniel McCrossan outlined it when he proposed the motion: 290 people die here every year because of fuel poverty. That is an absolute scandal in this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Certainly.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you for that. Really? There are Ministers who come in here and kick the ball wherever it will land, so there is still a silo mentality. That effort must address the root causes of fuel poverty while supporting the most vulnerable in our community. We have previously called on the Department to take steps, including establishing a fuel poverty task force. We heard Brian Kingston express...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Sorry, I have to finish this.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: — by bringing forward social tariffs to protect our most vulnerable.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Fuel Poverty (16 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Above all, let us make sure that we do not have another 290 people dying as a result of fuel poverty.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Child Poverty (15 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the Minister take an intervention?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Child Poverty (15 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The Member is very passionate about the particular issue, and he has talked about the regional inequalities. I come from a constituency where the child poverty rate sits at 23% — one of the highest in the UK. We have talked about the regional balance of our economy, but surely we need interventions in areas most affected by poverty.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Meenan Square: Redevelopment (15 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: 5. Ms McLaughlin asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on when work will commence on the redevelopment of Meenan Square. (AQO 253/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Meenan Square: Redevelopment (15 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the deputy First Minister for her answer. This project is a really long-running saga, and the length of time that it is taking to progress it is deeply frustrating. Residents in the Bogside area are losing patience, as it is a complete and utter eyesore. How confident is the deputy First Minister that the people of Derry will see this redevelopment take place at pace? What is the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Health Service: Capacity (15 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I will speak about a young lady in my constituency whose story I believe deserves to be told in the Assembly. Her name is Zoe. Zoe described her experience in our local hospital, Altnagelvin, as "dehumanising". When Zoe was admitted to A&E for the first time, she was sent home. Admitted for a second time, she was finally triaged after she collapsed in the corridor. She was then placed in one...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Shared Prosperity Fund ( 9 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The Women's Centre Derry and Derry Youth and Community Workshop have been victims of that flawed funding. Minister, what steps are you taking to ensure that we can undo the damage that has been done in our communities?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: USA Visit, March 2024 ( 8 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the First Minister list any further investments that were secured as a result of her engagements in the US? We have heard of one. Are there others in the pipeline? Is it a strong pipeline?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Shared Future: Strategic Framework ( 8 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: — required strategic framework, breaking down the barriers of segregation and sectarianism is every Minister's responsibility.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Shared Future: Strategic Framework ( 8 Apr 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I support the motion and commend those who tabled it. It has been a real privilege to listen to David's personal testimony, because that is where it all happens: it happens with love and with sharing our community. I also enjoyed the poem that Mike mentioned — I have just downloaded it. It is very good, and it teaches us all something about our humanity as well. This is a timely and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Job Creation: Ambitious Targets (19 Mar 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Member for taking an intervention. Does the Member think it is negative to state facts or that it is OK to come in here and brush over actual economic facts? It should be about delivery. We are not saying it in a negative sense. We are saying that this needs to be fixed. We, collectively, need to fix it now. We cannot come in here and blow smoke up everybody's whatever. We need to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Job Creation: Ambitious Targets (19 Mar 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I beg to move the following amendment: Leave out all after "Minister for the Economy to" and insert: "produce ambitious, time-bound and measurable targets to grow and regionally rebalance the Northern Ireland economy, including through creating 5,000 new tech jobs, with an associated financial stimulus package."

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Job Creation: Ambitious Targets (19 Mar 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I welcome the motion and our amendment on the need for ambitious targets for job creation. It is often said that what you do not measure, you cannot achieve, and that is no truer than when considering the change that is needed in our economy. Whether that change is to our stubbornly high rate of economic inactivity, which remains at 6·8% higher than the UK average, to our low productivity,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Lecturers: Pay Parity (19 Mar 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T1. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister for the Economy whether he agrees with the principle of pay parity between further education lecturers and school teaching staff, given that he will be keenly aware of the challenges facing further education lecturers and their ask for that pay parity. (AQT 121/22-27)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Lecturers: Pay Parity (19 Mar 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, I am pleased to hear that that is the direction of travel. However, you will appreciate that lecturers are absolutely livid at the minute about the differentiation in pay between teaching staff and those in colleges. They are teaching people on the higher level apprenticeship programme who are being paid more than them. Is there anything that you can do now to step in and support...


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