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Colum Eastwood: What savings are likely to be made through the Children’s Commissioner’s move to Equality House?
Colum Eastwood: What steps does the Minister think he can take to promote applications to the Magee campus of the University of Ulster from students from Protestant backgrounds?
Colum Eastwood: I beg to move amendment No 1: Leave out all after “Northern Ireland;” and insert “acknowledges that the transformation of the Maze/Long Kesh site into a peace-building and conflict resolution centre must have due regard to the needs of victims and survivors; and calls on the First Minister and deputy First Minister to prioritise this need whilst urgently progressing a development and...
Colum Eastwood: In proposing the motion, Alban Maginness referenced ‘Lost Lives’; he mentioned the 3,720 people killed — murdered — in this part of the world, from every section of our community. He did not say that one murder was more important than another; however, he made the point that this particular murder is exceptional in that it highlights the fact of collusion in this society. More needs...
Colum Eastwood: Will the Minister reassure the Assembly that any staff reductions will not adversely affect the effectiveness or efficiency of the Policing Board?
Colum Eastwood: I begin by congratulating Mr Lynch and his colleagues for bringing forward this very important and timely motion. I agree with him that we need a new beginning for the Prison Service. We need root-and-branch change; incremental improvements are not enough. We need decisive leadership, and we have already had too many reports. Unfortunately, Mr Givan suggests that our prisons are some sort of...
Colum Eastwood: 7. asked the Minister for Social Development for an update on the proposal for introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol. (AQO 757/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: Can I ask the Minister how many local arts groups face closure this year because of a lack of funding?
Colum Eastwood: I welcome the mention of Derry’s One Plan in the Programme for Government. As the First Minister and deputy First Minister know, there are 11 catalyst projects in One Plan, ranging from Magee to the City of Culture. Can the First Minister or deputy First Minister tell me what specific resources have been allocated to deliver those projects?
Colum Eastwood: It is clear from the Minister’s answers that he values the work of teachers. Therefore, does he support the teachers who will be striking next week against pension cuts?
Colum Eastwood: Given the ongoing and historical problems, will the Minister give us his assessment of the PwC report into redundancy procedures at the North West Regional College?
Colum Eastwood: Minister Varadkar in Dublin said that he would like to see ‘The Gathering’ programme as an all-Ireland series of events. Can the deputy First Minister confirm that the Executive will support that?
Colum Eastwood: 4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel what discussions he has had with other Ministers about the effects of the Irish Government’s delay in contributing to the A5 project. (AQO 871/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: Does the Minister recognise the cash savings and the potential for reducing waiting times should minor procedures be carried out by GPs in primary care facilities in the community rather than in hospitals?
Colum Eastwood: I begin by agreeing with Members who said that anyone who violently attacks older people or anyone in our society should be dealt with decisively by the judiciary. However, the Assembly should be about trying to find real solutions to problems. Mandatory minimum sentences are not the way to do that. The debate raises important issues that pertain to every community in the North. There is a...
Colum Eastwood: 6. asked the Assembly Commission how many people attended the fuel poverty event hosted by the Committee for Social Development in the Long Gallery on Wednesday 16 November 2011, and what was the cost of the event. (AQO 963/11-15)
Colum Eastwood: I thank the Minister for his statement. I welcome the continuing commitment to cross-border working. I know that he half answered a question on this, but I want to press the Minister for more detail on future co-operation, which will hopefully be expanded, between the PSNI and Garda Síochána.
Colum Eastwood: Given the recent and very public debate on Scottish independence and “devolution max”, what discussions, if any, have there been on further devolution of powers to this Assembly, outside of the discussions on corporation tax?
Colum Eastwood: I am glad be able to stand here in condemnation of the activities of the very tiny minority of people who committed the crimes in our city last week. It is good that the whole House is sending one very clear message to those people that they will never, ever succeed and that they represent absolutely nobody in our city and in our country. This is the place in which we prove to them that...
Colum Eastwood: 9. asked the Minister of Justice what progress is being made in relation to recommendation 8 of the review of the Northern Ireland Prison Service. (AQO 1115/11-15)