Results 61–80 of 361 for speaker:Sinéad McLaughlin

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...

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

Sinéad McLaughlin: I will briefly address amendment Nos 1 and 3. The priority of the Committee is that the legislation provides for the preservation of any document that may provide information on what happened to individuals in these institutions and, in the case of children born in them, what happened after they left. That requires the widest possible interpretation. I do not want to see any victim or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Invest NI: Fermanagh and South Tyrone (22 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Based on the answers that you have given to Members from Fermanagh and South Tyrone and the fact that, in 2020 alone, ten times more jobs were created in Belfast than in my constituency, will the upcoming review of Invest NI deal once and for all with the decades of imbalance west of the Bann? It needs to be tackled for the whole of Northern Ireland because, if parts of our Province are not —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Invest NI: Fermanagh and South Tyrone (22 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: — supported, the rest of us will all fail.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (21 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: On behalf of the Committee for the Executive Office, I thank the Bill sponsor, Chris Lyttle, for his persistence. He was not prepared to give up on the Bill at all. The Committee supports him in that ask. Reflecting on the evidence that the Committee received from ordinary teachers and other members of the public, we know that removing the exception is the right thing to do. The evidence said...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fair Employment (School Teachers) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (21 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: At Consideration Stage, the question of the certificate of religious education was raised. One of the respondents to the Committee's call for views gave an answer to that, saying that Catholic schools did not employ teachers on the basis of religion. They require teachers to have a qualification that is open to people of all faiths and none. These are all questions to be discussed and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Preservation of Documents (Historical Institutions) Bill: Consideration Stage (21 Mar 2022)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I will speak on behalf of the Committee for the Executive Office. The private Member's Bill that has been introduced by Alan Chambers is absolutely necessary. Its provisions need to be brought into force as soon as possible. The preservation of documents that contain people's histories, lives and experiences must be an imperative for us all. Victims and survivors have told us that they were...


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