Results 321–340 of 359 for speaker:Sinéad McLaughlin

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning a Just Economic Recovery after the COVID-19 Crisis ( 1 Jun 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I rise to speak on behalf of the Committee for the Economy. This is a timely motion, as the Committee received a briefing on this issue from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) at last week's meeting. While the Committee has not had an opportunity to agree a view on the motion and, therefore, I will not be able to support the motion on the Committee's behalf, nonetheless, members are on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning a Just Economic Recovery after the COVID-19 Crisis ( 1 Jun 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: — and reactive skills base. Councils have suggested to the Committee that that effort should be supported by skills academies and the creation of innovative hubs. Those will require a partnership with further and higher education and training providers and better and clearer —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage ( 1 Jun 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I, too, add my condolences to the family of George Floyd. The civil rights movement in Derry started because of a housing issue: an inequality. What we are speaking about now is an inequality. Housing is a right, and we should support it. I just wanted to say that before I look at the Bill. This may look like a technical Bill, but it is a very important one. It unlocks opportunities for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (26 May 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: As I have mentioned in previous Budget debates, it has been absolutely impossible to adequately scrutinise the Budget, as we are trying to do in the evolving crisis. I concur with the Minister's assessment that the current Budget process has not been ideal. I also agree with previous speakers that we need to get to a place where we can align long-term Budgets with a well thought-out and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates Further Vote on Account 2020-2021 (26 May 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I accept the urgency with which the Supply resolution needs to proceed through the Assembly. It is driven by the critical need to secure access to cash for Departments to continue to deliver services in the face of the evolving COVID-19 situation. However, I believe that the challenge that we collectively face is the need to be strategic and coherent as we deal with the worst health and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2020-21 ( 5 May 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: First, I pay my respects to my colleague and very dear friend John Dallat and offer my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Anne, and his much-loved family whom he constantly talked about and also to my colleagues because it is a great loss for us in the SDLP family. I will speak as the economy spokesperson for the SDLP. It is almost surreal to be discussing a Budget under the shadow of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2020-21 ( 5 May 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: No, sorry. Our commitment to skills goes beyond that. As we emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, we will need to consistently and constantly evaluate our approach to skills. Let us be clear: we need to step up on our output of graduates with the relevant skills and of our vocational training programmes for our workforce and our future workforce across the entire age range of our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Agriculture Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (31 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Before I begin my remarks, I want to join Members across the House in extending my most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have already, sadly, lost their lives as a result of COVID-19. In the midst of a pandemic such as this it is easy for those deaths to become mere statistics, but we must remember that behind each and every one of them there is a grieving...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Agriculture Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (31 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you. To be honest with you, I have spoken to quite a few farmers in the last few weeks and that is not what they are expressing to me, so I will move on. There is a great deal of fear out there within the farming community, and our party fully supports them in these circumstances. It is not a time for playing politics with that sector. Given the urgency of this issue, resulting in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Budget (31 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you, Minister, for your statement this morning. I appreciate that it was not the statement that you envisaged making to the House. That is very difficult, and it is difficult for us as Members to give any type of statement or Budget due scrutiny at this time. My question is similar to the one that the Chairperson of the Committee for the Economy asked about the communication between the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Questions for Urgent Oral Answer — Economy: COVID-19: Support for Small Businesses (16 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: This is a major crisis, and it is combining the health and the economic crises. I am really concerned that some businesses have no choice. They have to close, because nobody is actually going into their business. People are social distancing, and it is happening as we speak. Does the Minister agree that we need to urgently set up systems to provide financial assistance to those workers,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: COVID-19: Cross-border Coordination (16 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, I realise the pressure that you and your Department are under, and I commend you for your work, given the seriousness of this situation. Does the Minister accept that we share an all-island risk and, therefore, the assessment of the risk and the announcement of shifts and stages of that risk should be done in unison? This is not a North/South or east-west matter; we need to work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Childcare Strategy (10 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The SDLP has consistently called for affordable childcare. We very clearly prioritised the issue and were instrumental in ensuring that it was placed in the 'New Decade, New Approach' document. Therefore, I welcome this opportunity to build much-needed momentum on the issue, and we will support the amendment. The proposed measures are long overdue. Their implementation would bring...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Exams: Coronavirus Contingency Plans (10 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Has the Minister considered setting exams remotely, and is he investing further in C2k to make that possible?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Corporation Tax (10 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the Minister confirm that the new fiscal powers for Northern Ireland are needed but must be made in the context of a properly thought-through economic strategy that seeks to deepen the all-island economy while also protecting trade with Britain?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Exams: Coronavirus Contingency Plans (10 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T5. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister of Education, given that exam time is not too far away, and in the event of the inevitable spread of coronavirus, what contingency plans are in place to allow our students to sit their GCSEs and A levels. (AQT 225/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Flybe: Administration ( 9 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Flybe entering administration is a huge blow to our local economy. Flybe's flights were critical to regional connectivity and for people studying and working in GB. They also provided critical routes for our tourism industry and for people visiting Northern Ireland. I call on the UK Government to end air passenger duty on flights between Northern Ireland and Great Britain to ensure the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Response to the Emergence of Coronavirus ( 9 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I am sorry, I did not ask to speak.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers' Income ( 3 Mar 2020)

Sinéad McLaughlin: 5. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring forward legislation to protect farmers’ income from the market strength of supermarkets and wholesalers. (AQO 271/17-22)


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