Results 181–200 of 348 for speaker:Sinéad McLaughlin

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: SEN Assessment Appeals Process (11 May 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Minister for his answer. We have heard from the Children's Law Centre that 97% of special educational needs appeals have been successful, which has led to claims that there is disability discrimination in the system. That is a serious issue. What action is the Minister taking to resolve that matter? Many children with genuine need are routinely rejected by the assessment process.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you for your intervention, Minister. This is a cross-departmental crisis. Every single Minister has a duty to implement changes that will help to decarbonise our economy. I, too, have concerns about charging points, and I have spoken and written to the Minister for Infrastructure about that. It is a cross-departmental issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I support the Climate Change Bill in all its parts. No one can overstate or overestimate the magnitude of the climate problems that we collectively face. Decarbonising our economy requires action right across most of our lives and will impact on every industry, including power, agriculture and travel, to name but a few. Amid the vast number of issues impacted by climate change, I want to look...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Recovery Action Plan: Update (10 May 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I want to touch on the high street voucher scheme as well. There are many variables involved. Has your Department done an impact assessment of how the scheme is going to benefit the overall economy? How will we recognise whether it has been a success or a failure? I do not suspect that it will be a failure, but how we do measure its success? If your Department has done such an assessment,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: University and College Union: Ministerial Meetings (10 May 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you, Minister, for your answers so far. Given the flexibility of Zoom, will you commit today to meeting representatives of the students' unions so that they can discuss their situation with COVID supports?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Mid and East Antrim Borough Council: Concerns (26 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T3. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister for Infrastructure whether she, as a Minister in the Executive, shares her concerns about the unfolding situation with the chief executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, who authored an extremely contentious letter to the UK Government under the advice and direction of three DUP MPs. (AQT 1233/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Mid and East Antrim Borough Council: Concerns (26 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Minister for her answer. It is clear that she is as concerned as I am. Does the Minister agree that, regardless of whether it is on this issue or the DUP Minister messing about on other issues, the DUP is the common factor? Whether or not they agree with the protocol, its Ministers have to fulfil their legal duties.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: A5 Dual Carriageway (20 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: All Members in this debate can agree on one thing: the A5 scheme has been plagued by setback after setback. Back in 2007, the new A5 road scheme was championed as the flagship peace-dividend project attracting cross-border government funding. As we have heard many times in the House this evening, in the past 14 years, not one metre of road has been built, despite huge amounts of money being...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: AS/A-level Grades (19 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T2. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister of Education whether AS grades awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year will count towards next year’s A-level grades. (AQT 1202/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: AS/A-level Grades (19 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you very much for your answer. Minister, you will appreciate that the sooner the decision is made, the better for our students. GCSE students have reported a significant increase in the number of assessments and exams that they are facing. Do you agree that that is a huge pressure on students who are already feeling the pressure of the pandemic on their mental health? Will daily support...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: NSMC Meetings: Failure to Nominate Attendees (19 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T1. Ms McLaughlin asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister on what basis they failed to nominate a Minister to attend last week’s North/South sectoral meeting, given that section 52 of the Northern Ireland Act sets out the legal duty of Ministers to attend meetings of the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and where there is any doubt over which Minister should attend, it is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: NSMC Meetings: Failure to Nominate Attendees (19 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the First Minister for her answer. Now that she is quite well aware of the distress that not appointing someone to attend that meeting has caused to the House generally, will she assure the House that Minister Dodds will attend the meeting that is due to take place later this week, or might we learn of some excuse now as to why that, too, would be impossible?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Brexit: EU Card Transaction Fees (19 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: If anyone had any doubt that the impact of Brexit would be to increase the burden on commerce, the costs for the consumer and the profits of some businesses, here it is. I say to the Members opposite that no amount of gaslighting or deflection will wish away the result of Brexit. I am reminded of the fairytale where the emperor wears no clothes. The charges imposed for many of my constituents...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: 'Energy governance for the Northern Ireland energy transition' (13 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, would it not be prudent for your Department to suspend the promotion of fossil fuels at this particular time? Such fuels have been devalued in our long-term development plans. We need to lead Northern Ireland to that green new energy and to meet the commitments of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate. Are we not really wasting time now promoting those fossil fuels? Should we not be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (12 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I wish to add my condolences on the death of Prince Philip. His engagement with young people right across our communities provides an example to our society that should be recognised, especially at this dangerous moment. Despite losing his uncle to an IRA bomb, he continued to visit here on many occasions in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation. That culminated in the successful state...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Support for the Rule of Law ( 8 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Let us take the oxygen away from them and invest in a good education system in which we support our young people in a better life.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Support for the Rule of Law ( 8 Apr 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Twenty three years after the Good Friday Agreement, this is the right moment to reflect on its success and, yes, on where it has been less than successful. It gave us peace but it has not given us reconciliation. Perhaps, just as bad, it has failed to get rid of paramilitaries and the sinister forces in our communities. The people of Northern Ireland are deeply frustrated, depressed and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Job Start and the Impact of the Pandemic on 16- to 24-year-olds (22 Mar 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I support the motion. We need to stop messing around and to get on with supporting our young adults by providing the best work and training opportunities that we can. There is a reason why Kickstart has been ongoing in England for the past eight months, and that is, of course, the difficulties facing our young adults. However, if there is a need for a scheme that supports employment and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Pedestrianisation and Active Travel: Derry (22 Mar 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T2. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on the plans for pedestrianisation and active travel in Derry city centre. (AQT 1142/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Pedestrianisation and Active Travel: Derry (22 Mar 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, in line with the COVID recovery plan and, in particular, the high street recovery plan, it is important that businesses can use outside spaces but also that they share those spaces with our citizens. Will you commit to doing everything that you can to have the tourism sector COVID-ready for the summer tourism season? We are hoping that the tourism sector can use outside spaces, but...


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