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Results 101–120 of 800 for speaker:Naomi Long in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Racist and Sectarian Attacks (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: No, because I will not get extra time in which to speak. We view our neighbours to be our friends, because our neighbours are those who are most like us. Nevertheless, we do not necessarily extend the same welcome to those in our communities who are different from us. The key challenge is to build on the positive, warm, friendly and welcoming relationships that exist in communities. We must...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Racist and Sectarian Attacks (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: We have to accept that a social response is required to deal with the challenges that face us.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Racist and Sectarian Attacks (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way and for condemning the attacks. Based on what Mr Kennedy said in his contribution, it is important to put on record that the people who were the nearest neighbours to the families in those cases were among the first to come forward to assist. That is evidence that those people were innocent victims of racist abuse rather than being people who had brought it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Racist and Sectarian Attacks (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: The Member made the helpful suggestion that it would be good for all of us to reflect on what our communities do to other people and not just point the finger at them for what they do to us. Unfortunately, the debate has been about Members doing the opposite. Has the Member anything to say about sectarianism coming from his community that might be reciprocated by Members who speak later in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial StatementS: Regional Transportation Strategy Review (14 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his statement and am glad to see that he is committed to making public transport a priority. I hope that it will also be a priority for those who have cars and choose to use public transport, not only those who do not have cars, although that is very important. The Minister mentioned rapid transit for Belfast and is aware of public concerns about that scheme in east...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial StatementS: Reform of the Planning System in  Northern Ireland (14 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I welcome the Minister’s statement and the emphasis on dealing with area plans. I trust that he will focus on trying to ensure that they are in place in a timely fashion to avoid a recurrence of the current vacuum. What contact has the Minister had with DRD to ensure that the regional transport strategy, for example, dovetails with area plans? I am also interested in the Minister’s views...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Flood Prevention (14 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: It is clear that the drainage area study will need to be funded and implemented, and that may take a considerable length of time: I agree with the previous Member about that. In the interim, will the Department for Regional Development and NIW be talking to the Planning Service about any need for restrictions in development and further intensification in areas in which the infrastructure has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I share a lot of the concerns that Sinn Féin has raised in relation to the suspension of the housing grants scheme. Most Members share those concerns. I am willing, or I was willing, to consider the notion of a review, but I am slightly worried by what I have just heard, because it sounds increasingly as though the issue is no longer about a review but about people digging in and taking...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank Mr O’Dowd for what he said. I come from a particular tradition that is not really into sainthood, but we are not into relentlessly demonising people either. This is about looking at the issues on their merits. Nobody who objectively analyses the number of issues brought to the Chamber by Sinn Féin that are directly related to DSD could miss the point that it has been relentless in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way, because I want to finish what I have to say. I want to focus on the issue, which is the impact that this has had. I hope that the Minister will consider a review. The debate was slightly pre-empted by Question Time. However, I listened to the Minister, and she said that she had focused on protecting the vulnerable. That is very worthy, and I can understand that in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: The impact on industry has been touched on, but, as a result of this debate, I would like the Minister to indicate that she is willing to review the suspension of the grants and other Members to indicate that they are willing to co-operate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that if Mr McCann, as housing spokesperson for Sinn Féin, were genuinely concerned about housing issues, we would all accept his right to raise them with the Minister, and, indeed, with his party colleagues who are Ministers in the same Executive, and with other Ministers, who would be able to give the Minister support so that she could get the money?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I am happy to answer that and to clarify my position. It is right that the Assembly should hold all Ministers to account. The problem is that one Minister is being singled out by one party for party-political reasons. If the Member wishes to look closer to home, there are a few underperforming Ministers to deal with. The Alliance Party has said that we support the Minister’s request for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Financial Support for Sports Clubs (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that it is not just members of the unionist community who find the glorification of terrorism offensive in that context? Many people across the community would also find that offensive.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Financial Support for Sports Clubs (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members for bringing this matter to the House for discussion and hope that we will reach an agreed way forward. Along with Danny Kennedy, who proposed the motion, I believe that the emphasis must be on a shared future. That is a theme to which I will return a number of times. There are issues around the justification of violence and the glorification of a conflict, and people need...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the first minister and deputy first minister: Cohesion, Sharing and Integration Strategy (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: Has taking into the public domain the dispute over the strategy, which it is fair to say most people were aware was ongoing, furthered community cohesion and a shared future, or detracted from it? Will the First Minister provide an assurance that, despite the public nature of the dispute, he and the deputy First Minister will continue to pursue the strategy, because their joint leadership on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Civil Service Recruitment (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he agree that when such debates take place and there is, if you like, political and partial discourse on the matter, that in itself can often create barriers for people who may feel that it is not worth their while applying?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Civil Service Recruitment (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Civil Service Recruitment (21 Sep 2009)

Naomi Long: Does the Member accept the difference between under-representation and discrimination? Does he accept that evidence of under-representation is not necessarily evidence of discrimination? The use of the two words interchangeably can create more of a problem than it solves.


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