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Backbench Business: St Patrick’s Day: Irish Diaspora in the UK — [Dame Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (14 Mar 2024)

Martin Docherty: ...part of the King’s Regiment of Scotland, fell the week before the armistice was signed, whereas his brother was in the Irish Republican Army—two very different sides of a very complex constitutional history. I very much agree with the right hon. Lady. Also, I think either a senior Minister or the Taoiseach himself has for many years now laid a wreath in Enniskillen, which shows how far...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Deech: ...Jews and Israel. The most unpleasant opposition to the Bill came from a group of churches—not, I should say, the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church, but what might be called smaller communities. They include Embrace the Middle East, the Iona Community, the Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain, Sabeel-Kairos and a few others. They call on right reverend Prelates in this House...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2023)

Jim Fairlie: ...keepers, the estate workers and all the associated downstream sector workers. In the spirit of recognising those rural workers, I am delighted to be wearing a handcrafted piece from my constituent Iona Macgregor, whom Rachael Hamilton mentioned. She lives in the Logiealmond hills in the very same glen that I farmed before I came into the Parliament. I am proud to wear that today in support...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services ( 7 Nov 2023)

Fiona Hyslop: ...set out as many answers as I can to questions on the future of the CHFS contract when I make the statement to the Parliament. I place on the record my thanks to the ferry committees, the ferries community board and all the representative bodies that give their time to represent ferry users and that work in the interests of improving services. I know that the committee heard directly from a...

Scottish Parliament: Culture Sector (25 Oct 2023)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: ...As well as being important for those of us who live there, it attracts visitors from across the globe. There are, of course, well-known events such as Up Helly Aa in Shetland, the St Magnus international festival in Orkney, the many local highland games and, of course, the annual Royal National Mod, which celebrates our Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage. However, c ulture and the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2023-24 ( 5 Sep 2023)

...in determining people’s standard of living. During the cost of living crisis, this Government took prompt action to introduce emergency rent caps for most private tenants and to introduce additional protections against eviction. We have now laid regulations to ensure that those measures will remain in place until 31 March next year. We will also introduce a housing bill to introduce...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism in Scotland ( 7 Jun 2023)

Elizabeth Smith: ...Caledonian MacBrayne ferry disruptions and subsequent cancellations have caused between a 30 per cent and a 50 per cent reduction in accommodation bookings for most of our islands, including Mull, Iona, Arran, Lewis, Harris and South Uist—the list goes on. Ferry disruption has played a major part in disrupting the tourism industry. I am sure that that is exactly why Alasdair Allan quite...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Bob Doris: .... I have seen at first hand the differences that such volunteering can make. Those same churches together run a Monday morning breakfast club at St Gregory’s church hall, and I am a very occasional volunteer at that—I go along now and again. I have to say that I get as much from that volunteering as anyone who attends the breakfast club gets from it. I thank Iona Craig, who...

Scottish Parliament: Asset Transfers and Community Empowerment (15 Dec 2022)

Jenni Minto: ...centre in Oban, a person cannot help but be struck by the bright primary colours, the warmth of the welcome, and the creativity of the space. The Rockfield centre is a shining example of a community driving positive change and achieving its ambitions through ownership and management of a building. It is in the centre of Oban. It was the town’s response to the Education (Scotland) Act...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection (29 Nov 2022)

...afternoon. I am not a native Scot. I was born in East Germany, and in my 20s, I had the opportunity to travel and volunteer around Europe—in France, Italy, Norway and on the beautiful island of Iona. As a child, I could not have imagined that this is where I would end up, 16 years later, as a parish minister and a mama to a beautiful boy who has just started primary 1. I am so grateful...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (28 Sep 2022)

Jamie Greene: ...the great beauty of my area and the local issues that local people face on a daily basis. Specifically, and unapologetically, I addressed the issue of connectivity and strong transport links to our communities, and that includes our island communities. Sadly, since I gave that speech, things have gone from bad to worse for our island communities. The situation is best summed up by the BBC...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (22 Sep 2022)

Donald Cameron: ...confusion surrounding the draft winter timetables for the main route serving Mull. That route is in some instances being reduced from a two-vessel to a one-vessel service, something that the Mull & Iona Ferry Committee has described as being “completely inadequate”. I note that today the minister has asked CalMac to rethink its proposed timetable for the route, but can she clarify when...

1. Motion of condolence and tributes to Her Majesty The Queen (11 Sep 2022)

Adam Price: ...point. The Queen's constancy and the comfort that could bring in often turbulent times has certainly been a recurrent theme, yet Queen Elizabeth could often confound those who saw her as one-dimensional, imprisoned by the past or other people's expectations. George MacLeod, the socialist firebrand and ardent pacifist, founder of the Iona community, was appointed by the Queen formally as...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (30 Jun 2022)

Jamie Greene: “Frustration” is an underestimation of the strength of feeling in our island communities—one needs only to go to the islands and ask those communities what they feel about the ferry services to know that. The problem is that more than half of the CalMac fleet is way beyond its 25-year life expectancy. The average age of a vessel in Scotland is now 24 years—almost a generation—and...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Jenni Minto: ...to speak in the debate on such a positive announcement for our islands, Scotland and the world. I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests: I have invested in Islay Energy Community Benefit Society and am a member of Islay Energy Trust and, of course, Islay is my home. In November last year, I had a virtual visit to Port Ellen primary school. It is one of the four...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Problems (11 May 2022)

Jenni Minto: ...that ferries are an essential part of Scotland’s transport network and that the quality of our ferry services impacts us all. Engagement and consultation will enable substantial public and community input. I know that my constituents are willing to get involved, as those are their lifeline services, and I commend my constituents who want to engage. For example, the Islay ferry group...

Scottish Parliament: Low-income Families (Access to School Education) (26 Apr 2022)

Paul O'Kane: ...the excellent work of our schools and the many dedicated staff who work in them day in, day out. Schools are so much more than just places of learning. I am sure that we can all agree that, in our communities, schools are at the very centre of supporting children and young people, and their families, to grow and thrive in a safe and supported environment. I am sure that we have all had...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Donald Cameron: ..., of course, relatively close to the mainland, but it is still reliant on ferries. It has four routes: one, Craignure to Oban, which is the main one; two, Tobermory to Kilchoan; three, the Mull to Iona ferry, which serves a resilient but small community on Iona; and finally, Fishnish to Lochaline, which is less busy because of the long road detour on the mainland but is still a crucial...

Irish Diaspora in Britain (17 Mar 2022)

Dave Doogan: ...mother and father came to Scotland separately working in service and in agriculture respectively, settling in Perth to raise six children. It was a rich childhood experience being part of the Perth community and the Perth Irish community and being pals with the kids who lived around about, but also with the kids who went with me to the Catholic school across town. My mum raised us with the...

Scottish Parliament: Coastal Communities ( 3 Feb 2022)

Jenni Minto: ...area of Argyll and Bute has a coastline longer than that of France, and almost 80 per cent of its population live within 1km of the coast. The natural asset that is the sea is integral to how communities the length and breadth of Argyll and Bute live, work and play. In his 1703 journal, “A description of the western islands of Scotland”, Martin Martin told of the Leòdhasach water...


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