Results 41–60 of 348 for speaker:Sinéad McLaughlin

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.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Finances ( 6 Feb 2024)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Mr Speaker, I congratulate you, the Deputy Speakers, the First Minister, the deputy First Minister and all the Ministers in our new Executive on their positions and wish them good speed in their work. As the Assembly begins its work, it is clear that the Executive have a huge job ahead when it comes to our public finances. Over the past two years, public services have been allowed to crumble...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers ( 7 Dec 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: As we meet here for the fifth time to try to elect a Speaker, this is not the meeting of the Assembly that I or any of my party colleagues want. I want to be standing here today to hold the Education Minister accountable for helping childcare providers that are struggling to stay open and the parents who are struggling to pay. I want to be questioning the Health Minister about how we can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers ( 7 Dec 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I absolutely agree with the Member. It should be the impetus for all of us, if we even needed any, that we need to reform this place to take away the veto over progress that the DUP is so cruelly wielding against our people. In the twenty-fifth year of the Good Friday Agreement, our party stands ready to do that hard work. With each day that passes, we preside over failed politics. Our young...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (27 Oct 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I got involved in politics for simple reasons: to stand up for the city that I love and its people; to help to bring jobs and investment to a place starved of both; and to break down barriers for everybody on our island, especially for women, who were denied a voice for so long. I am sure that every Member of the Assembly had their own reasons. It might have been to improve our schools, to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (27 Oct 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: — to work together: it can make their lives better. That is why I am in politics, and that is what the SDLP will continue to work and fight for. This place is worth fighting for.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers ( 3 Aug 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Once more, the Assembly has been recalled so that the majority of us can attempt to do what we promised voters we would do, which is to get back to work and help people who are struggling. SDLP Members are here today to roll up our sleeves, nominate a Speaker and get on with the jobs that we were sent here to do. In putting forward my colleague Patsy McGlone, we nominate someone with a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker's Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (13 May 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I second the proposal.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Preservation of Documents (Historical Institutions) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The Bill has been of particular interest to the Committee, and I thank the Bill sponsor for bringing the legislation to this point. It has been a particularly uncertain time for victims and survivors of mother-and-baby institutions, Magdalene laundries and workhouses. A key first step for those who are still experiencing the legacy of those institutions, for the groups that speak for them and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I am pleased to stand in the Assembly to support and, indeed, champion the legislation at its Final Stage. The legislation is long overdue. It does not take away anything from anyone. It does not remove anyone's civil rights. It does not take away freedom of speech or the right to protest. It does not prevent anyone from praying. However, it does protect the right of passage for anyone who is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: First, on behalf of the Committee for the Executive Office, I congratulate the Bill sponsor, Chris Lyttle, on bringing the Bill to Final Stage. It has not been a straightforward journey, and it was not always certain that the Bill would make it to this point. However, Chris's belief in the importance of the Bill and in the potential for positive change in the education sector through its...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Period Products (Free Provision) Bill: Final Stage (24 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: This is a great day for everyone in Northern Ireland. Six really important Bills have reached Final Stage today, and they will improve the lives of everybody in Northern Ireland. I am really delighted that we have managed to get the Bill to its Final Stage in this mandate. We have heard from people who have missed school or work because they could not access period products. We have heard...


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