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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Subregional Stadia Programme for Soccer: Update (20 Sep 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister, there is considerable frustration and concern in my constituency about the Brandywell stadium. We have a history here of making announcements just before elections and of not delivering —.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Subregional Stadia Programme for Soccer: Update (20 Sep 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Yes. Materials have gone up in price significantly since the last announcement. How will the Minister address that?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Increased Financial Burden on Workers, Families and Pensioners (14 Sep 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I support the motion. Who in their right mind would not? We used to hear the British Government Ministers say, "We are all in this together". It is no wonder that they seem to have stopped saying that, as it is clearly not true. Loading extra National Insurance contributions on to our low-paid workers is unfair and unjust. A low-paid worker who earns about £200 a week pays National Insurance...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Jury-led Court Cases: Bishop Street Courthouse (13 Sep 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you, Minister. You have answered my question. I was going to ask you to give an absolute commitment to deliver that modern court service to the people of Derry. I note that, in your reply to a letter from me, you talked about the north-west, but we need an absolute commitment that you mean Derry when you talk about modernisation and upgrading the Bishop Street courthouse.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Levelling Up Fund: Town Centre Regeneration (13 Sep 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Does the junior Minister agree that, at the moment, the high street task force lacks strategic direction and support? It is now in danger of losing steam and momentum. I am really concerned, because this is the moment when the high street task force needs to lead the way in order to build back to recovery and build back stronger than before.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: British Government Proposal for Troubles Amnesty (20 Jul 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The British Government's plan to grant an amnesty to state and paramilitary killers is an insult to victims and yet another betrayal of justice. I honestly find it really hard to express my disgust at the British Government's plans, which basically deny victims their human rights. How dare Johnson and Lewis even attempt to frame their amnesty proposals as another step on the road towards...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Town and City Centre Decline ( 5 Jul 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: T5. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister of Finance whether he has considered how to radically review fiscal policy on the taxation of businesses and, if so, to outline the steps that he has taken to ensure that the review takes place quickly, particularly because she is very concerned about the state of our town and city centres, which have been in decline for many years, with the pandemic...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Town and City Centre Decline ( 5 Jul 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Thank you for that answer, Minister. Should we incentivise businesses to set up in our town centres? At the minute, the fiscal policy that we operate penalises businesses that do so. There is no level playing field. While bricks-and-mortar businesses are penalised and taxed for setting up in city centres, online shopping has experienced great growth in recent years and is not going away, so...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Town and City Centre Decline ( 5 Jul 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the Minister be a leader and a champion for delivering different fiscal policy and for incentivising businesses?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (29 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I will be relatively brief and, perhaps, a little bit repetitive. The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill was introduced on 12 May 2021. MPs considered the Bill at Second Reading yesterday. The Committee welcomes the purpose of the Bill, but members have some comments following the Committee's brief consultation on it. I will detail those later. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Damp and Mould in Housing Executive Properties (28 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I am very pleased that the motion has been tabled in the House. We will, of course, support it. The problem of damp and mould is extremely serious, and we heard that from all Members who contributed to the debate. It is a social problem, but, when it is your home, your friend's home or your child's home, it is also a very emotional and heartfelt problem. It is particularly heartbreaking when...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Damp and Mould in Housing Executive Properties (28 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: OK. Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: NDNA: Workers' Rights Commitments (28 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Will the Minister commit to ensuring that Invest NI will protect the rights of workers when they travel the world to attract investors here? It is important that workers' incomes be supported and that Invest NI do not promote Northern Ireland as a low-paid economy.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Gillen Review: RSE Recommendations (21 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: 5. Ms McLaughlin asked the Minister of Justice for an update on the progress of the implementation of standardised relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in schools, as recommended in the Gillen review ‘Report into the law and procedures in serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland’. (AQO 2244/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Gillen Review: RSE Recommendations (21 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I thank the Minister for her answer. RSE is an example of where Departments must work together for the appropriate outcomes. All Ministers want our young people to have and receive comprehensive training and education on relationships and sex. In the Minister's discussions with the previous Education Minister, had she confirmed a timeline for when RSE could be run out into all our schools?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (NIA Bill 22/17-22) (14 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. First, I want to say thank you very much to the Member for sharing what must have been a very traumatic time in his life. I could hear the emotion in his voice as he spoke about the loss of his baby. However, I find it very distasteful that he would conflate and compare abortion legislation with parental bereavement legislation. That is offensive to a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (NIA Bill 22/17-22) (14 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: The SDLP supports a generous solution for employees who are parents suffering bereavement. Change is long overdue. Currently, some employers will allow employees to take compassionate leave. However, that is at their discretion. That leave is discretionary is totally unacceptable for something that is so life-changing, and it is deeply unjust. I, therefore, welcome the fact that the Bill will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (NIA Bill 22/17-22) (14 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: I totally agree with the Member, and I am pleased that the legislation defines what constitutes a "parent". Grief affects everybody in different ways and at different times. Some will want to take leave immediately after a death, but others may find certain dates or times such as birthdays really hard to take and may want to request bereavement leave at that time. It is important that there...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Economy: Stobart Air (14 Jun 2021)

Sinéad McLaughlin: Minister Frew, may I congratulate you on your new post? Be assured that I will be as tenacious as ever in my pursuit and questioning of you and in my representation of the people of the north-west. You have that to look forward to. [Laughter.] The airline industry is operating at about 25% of 2019 levels. It, along with aerospace, will probably be the last industry and sector to recover. We...


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