Press Releases

Synopsis Below you will find all press releases published by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

23/07/2014
Social Development Committee publishes report

The Committee for Social Development has today published its Report on an inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

Reference: SD 07/13/14
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09/07/2014
Committee Publishes Report on Reservoirs Bill

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today published its report on the Reservoirs Bill. The Committee report underlines a number of key concerns including the need for an audit on the current condition of reservoirs which will fall under the new legislation and the financial implications the requirements could pose for reservoir owners.

Reference: AGR 13/13/14
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03/07/2014
Welcome from Committee as TVR Project Gets Off the Ground

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the start of the long awaited Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) project. Departmental Officials recently updated Members on the project's initial implementation in the Banbridge area.

Reference: AGR 12/13/14
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02/07/2014
Committee Remains Troubled by Teacher Redundancy Delays

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Committee has today further considered the ongoing issues affecting the teacher redundancy process.

Reference: EDUC 05/13/14
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02/07/2014
Committee Expresses Opposition to Enforcement Cameras

The Committee for Regional Development has today voiced its strong opposition to departmental plans to introduce enforcement cameras in bus lanes in Belfast.

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30/06/2014
Assembly Hosts Exhibition Celebrating the Literary Life of Local Writers

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission in association with the Linen Hall Library is to host an exhibition celebrating the literary life of local writers.

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17/06/2014
New Start for School Inspection Needed Says Committee

The Education Committee published its report on the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) and the school improvement process.

Reference: EDUC 04/13/14
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12/06/2014
Committee Visits Portstewart to Find Out About Inclusion in the Arts

The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure held a stakeholder event in Portstewart as part of its Inquiry into the Inclusion of Working Class Communities in the Arts.

Reference: CAL 04/13/14
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11/06/2014
Committee Expresses Concern Over Delays on Planned Maintenance Agreement

At its meeting of 10 June 2014 the Committee for Social Development expressed serious concerns on the delay in the Department’s approval of an agreement between the Housing Executive and contractors on alleged planned maintenance overpayments.

Reference: SD 05/13/14
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11/06/2014
Education Welfare Service must get to grips with school absence

An Assembly report, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the Education Welfare Service (EWS) is not on top of the problem of non-attendance at school.

Reference: PAC 09/13/14
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28/05/2014
Committee Sees How RSPB Connects Young People to Nature

The Education Committee took part in an RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) event which aims to give children a greater connection to wildlife and nature.

Reference: Educ C 03/13/14
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28/05/2014
Committee to Examine Proposed New Road Safety Legislation

The Committee for the Environment has begun its scrutiny of legislation that will propose a range of new measures to improve road safety in Northern Ireland.

Reference: ENV 05/13/14
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28/05/2014
More Must Be Done to Tackle Agricultural Crime, Says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today acknowledged the work of the PSNI in tackling agricultural crime and has called for the level of focus on this issue to be sustained. Today’s call follows a briefing to the Committee from the PSNI on farming and rural crime, which included an update on rural crime statistics and the work of the PSNI’s Rural Crime Unit.

Reference: AGR 11/13/14
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27/05/2014
Speaker marks death of Sir John Gorman

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, has expressed his sadness at the death of Sir John Gorman.

Reference: SO 07/13/14
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27/05/2014
Assembly Marks Five Years of Bursary Programme

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA today hosted a reception in Parliament Buildings to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Assembly’s Bursary programme. Organised in conjunction with Queen’s University, the post-graduate programme leads to a Masters in Legislative Studies and Practice and has provided 33 bursaries since its launch five years ago.

Reference: SO 06/13/14
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27/05/2014
Education Committee Hosts “World in Your Classroom Event”

A special showcase event to highlight the range of international education programmes and funding available to local primary and post-primary schools was held today in Parliament Buildings.

Reference: EDUC 02/13/14
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14/05/2014
Committee Visits Armagh and Dungannon to View Facilities For Young People with Learning Disabilities

The Committee for Employment and Learning visited Armagh and Dungannon to see the range of facilities available to local young people with learning disabilities leaving full-time education.

Reference: E&L 08/13/14
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14/05/2014
Committee criticises high cost of Account NI

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has today reported on the performance of Account NI, which makes payments on behalf of all local Government departments as well as 18 other public bodies.

Reference: PAC 08/13/14
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13/05/2014
Committee to Consider New Flexible Working Arrangements

The Committee for Employment and Learning has begun its consideration of the Work and Families Bill, which seeks to introduce new flexible arrangements for the workplace.

Reference: E&L 07/13/14
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12/05/2014
Committee Congratulates Road Service Staff after Giro Success

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development has today congratulated Road Service staff for the way road closures were handled during the three days of Giro d’Italia action.

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07/05/2014
Speaker Marks the Arrival of the Giro d’Italia

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, launched an exhibition in Parliament Buildings entitled “The Art of Cycling” by local artist Deepa Mann-Kler. The exhibition celebrates the industrial heritage of Belfast alongside the arrival of the Giro d’Italia and incorporates iconic Belfast landmarks which will be seen along the route of the Giro d’Italia.

Reference: SO 05/13/14
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07/05/2014
Committee calls for more robust investigations into Departmental fraud allegations

The Public Accounts Committee has today released two reports, published jointly, looking at the way investigations into the Roads Service and Northern Ireland Water were carried out.

Reference: PAC 06/13/14
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06/05/2014
Committee Welcomes Appointment of New Chief Executive for Translink

The Committee for Regional Development has today welcomed the appointment of David Strahan as Chief Executive of Translink.

Reference: CRD 08/13/14
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06/05/2014
Committee gets on its bike with cycling inquiry

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Regional Development today announced plans for evidence gathering sessions in relation to its Inquiry into the Benefits of Cycling to the Economy.

Reference: CRD 07/13/14
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01/05/2014
Ministers Quizzed by Members of Black and Minority Ethnic Community

The Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, last night hosted an event which gave Members of the Northern Ireland Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community from across the province the opportunity to question Ministers on issues important to them.

Reference: SO 07/13/14
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18/04/2014
Speaker marks death of MLA David McClarty

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, has expressed his sadness at the death of MLA David McClarty.

Reference: SO 06/13/14
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04/04/2014
Joint Communique from the Fourth Plenary of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association

The North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association (NSIPA) which comprises of representatives from all the main political parties of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Houses of the Oireachtas, held its fourth Plenary in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings on the 4th April 2014.

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09/04/2014
Department Must do More to Eradicate Bovine TB Says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has told the Department that it must do more to implement and develop agreed measures to tackle and eradicate Bovine TB.

Reference: AGR 10/13/14
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04/04/2014
Assembly Commission Appoints Contractor To Repair The Roof Of Parliament Buildings

The Assembly Commission has announced that it has appointed a contractor to carry out major repairs to the roof of the historic Parliament Buildings.

Reference: AC 01/13/14
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31/03/2014
Committee welcomes appointment of new CEO for Northern Ireland Water

The Committee for Regional Development has welcomed the appointment of Sara Venning as Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Water.

Reference: CRD 06/13/14
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26/03/2014
Assembly Committee Agrees Governance Arrangements With Northern Ireland Audit Office

The Audit Committee has today agreed with the Comptroller & Auditor General a Memorandum of Understanding on corporate governance arrangements, transparency and accountability at the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO).

Reference: AUDC 01/13/14
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26/03/2014
Committee Welcomes Decrease in Water charges

The Committee for Regional Development has today welcomed a decision by NI Water to reduce water and sewerage charges for non-domestic customers.

Reference: CRD 05/13/14
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26/03/2014
Committee finds PSNI cannot show agency staff were value for money

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has today released a report examining the use of agency staff in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), a practice which has cost £106 million since 2004.

Reference: PAC 10/13/14
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20/03/2014
Agriculture Committee Meets Farmers of the Future

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development visited CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus where they met with students and staff.

Reference: AGR 09/13/14
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20/03/2014
Committee Visits Newry to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Committee for Social Development visited Newry where they held their weekly meeting in Bagenal’s Castle.

Reference: SD 05/13/14
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19/03/2014
Committee says management at Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute was unacceptably poor

Management and oversight at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has been unacceptably poor, the Assembly Public Accounts Committee today revealed.

Reference: PAC 09/13/14
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12/03/2014
Committee to Review Assembly Code of Conduct

The Committee on Standards and Privileges has announced that it is to carry out a review of the Assembly’s Code of Conduct and is calling on members of the public to submit their views.

Reference: CS&P 01/13/14
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06/03/2014
Committee Voices Frustration at Lack of Cooperation by BBC

The Committee for Social Development today voiced its disappointment over the BBC’s failure to date, to provide information on its Inquiry into decisions relating to Housing Executive contracts.

Reference: SD 04/13/14
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05/03/2014
Committee Urges Farmers to Apply for Single Farm Payments Online

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today called on local farmers to consider submitting their applications for Single Farm Payments (SFP) online. This year for the first time, the new online service will be available from early March 2014, approximately three weeks before the traditional paper applications are sent to farmers.

Reference: AGR 08/13/14
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03/03/2014
Environment Committee Proposes Changes to Local Government Bill

The Committee for the Environment has today published its report on the Local Government Bill, which will make significant changes to how local government will operate, including the introduction of new governance arrangements.

Reference: ENV 04/13/14
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27/02/2014
Committee Urges Communities to Have Their Say on Anti-social Behaviour

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has welcomed Minister McCausland’s decision to give the public more time to comment on tackling anti-social behaviour in housing.

Reference: SD 03/13/14
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26/02/2014
Committee to Seek Views of Private Reservoir Owners

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it will hold a special event for private reservoir owners.

Reference: AGR 07/13/14
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26/02/2014
Employment and Learning Committee Welcomes Joint Review into Careers Education

The Committee for Employment and Learning has today welcomed departmental plans to review existing careers education policy.

Reference: E&L 06/13/14
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25/02/2014
Committee proposes expanded role for credit unions

The Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today put forward a Motion in the Assembly to expand the number and services of credit unions. The Motion follows proposals made by the Irish League of Credit Unions and the Ulster Federation of Credit Unions to the Committee.

Reference: CETI 08/13/14
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13/02/2014
Department Obstructing Housing Executive Inquiry Says Committee

The Committee for Social Development has voiced concern at departmental delays in providing information for the inquiry into allegations made against Minister Nelson McCausland MLA in a BBC Spotlight programme.

Reference: SD 02/13/14
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05/02/2014
Committee to Scrutinise Reservoirs Bill

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it is to begin its scrutiny of the Reservoirs Bill.

Reference: AGR 06/13/14
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03/02/2014
Assembly Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings to mark the Chinese New Year.

Reference: SO 06/13/14
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30/01/2014
Committee addresses issue of roaming charges

The Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today questioned EU officials on abolishing roaming charges, an issue that is of particular concern to Northern Ireland.

Reference: CETI 07/13/14
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29/01/2014
Assembly Committees Agree STEM is Cool

An event to highlight the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, involving over 60 organisations, was held today in Parliament Buildings.

Reference: EDUC 01/13/14
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27/01/2014
Committee welcomes major investment in pipeline

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development has welcomed the announcement of £14million investment in the Castor Bay to Belfast Water Trunk Main.

Reference: CRD 5/13/14
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23/01/2014
Committee Welcomes Consultation on Proposed Lagan Footbridge

The Assembly Committee for Regional Development has today welcomed the launch of a consultation on the new proposed Lagan Footbridge.

Reference: CRD 04/13/14
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23/01/2014
New Inspection Process Delays Farm Payments Says Committee
Reference: AGR 05/13/14
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23/01/2014
Committee to Examine Support Available for School Leavers with Learning Disabilities

The Committee for Employment and Learning has just launched an inquiry that will examine the level and quality of support available to young people with learning disabilities leaving full-time education.

Reference: E&L 05/13/14
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22/01/2014
Committee calls for review of current procurement structures

An Assembly report on collaborative procurement, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has called for a review of the current procurement structures. Local public procurement accounts for around £2,700,000,000 (£2.7 billion) of expenditure each year.

Reference: PAC 03/13/14
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20/01/2014
Committee to Investigate Inclusion in the Arts

The Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has announced today that it will carry out an Inquiry into the inclusion of working class communities in the arts.

Reference: CAL 03/13/14
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12/12/2013
Agriculture Committee Deliberates Key Issues with Westminster Committee

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today met with the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee in London to discuss a range of significant agricultural issues common to both Committees, including reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), plant health, food security and bovine TB.

Reference: AGR 04/13/14
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10/12/2013
Committee Secures Delay to Extension of Carrier Bag Levy

The Committee for the Environment has secured a delay to the introduction of new charging arrangements for carrier bags to allow more time to communicate the changes to the public.

Reference: ENV 03/13/14
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09/12/2013
'Lights Out' For Northern Ireland is a Real Possibility, Says Committee

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today put forward a motion in the Assembly on its review into the security of electricity supply.

Reference: ETI 06/13/14
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04/12/2013
Committee Voices Frustration at Department Delays

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister has expressed its frustration at the cancellation of a planned briefing to be provided by the Department at today’s meeting.

Reference: COFMDFM 02/13/14
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25/11/2013
Local Children Deck The Great Hall With Festive Cheer

Christmas came early to Parliament Buildings today (Monday 25 November) when the winner and shortlisted entrants to the Northern Ireland Assembly Christmas Card competition gathered in the Great Hall to receive their awards from the Speaker and Principal Deputy Speaker.

Reference: SO 05/12/13
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25/11/2013
Committee Welcomes Christmas Town Centre Parking Tariff

The Chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development, Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA, has welcomed the announcement of a new parking tariff for town centres in the lead up to Christmas.

Reference: CRD 03/13/14
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25/11/2013
Better Careers Education Needed For Our Young People, Says Committee

Compulsory career classes, greater input from business and a statutory footing for careers advice are among the recommendations contained in a report published by the Committee for Employment and Learning today.

Reference: E&L 04/13/14
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21/11/2013
Committee Welcomes Groups for "Behind the Scenes" Work Experience Event

A taste of life working for the Northern Ireland Assembly was on the agenda this week for people with learning disabilities when the Committee for Employment and Learning hosted a special work experience event at Parliament Buildings.

Reference: E&L 03/13/14
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13/11/2013
£11 million contract to rebuild Lyric Theatre flawed says Committee

An Assembly report, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the way the £11 million contract to rebuild the Lyric Theatre was awarded was significantly flawed and failed to adhere to principles of good practice.

Reference: PAC 02/13/14
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11/11/2013
CAL Committee Calls for More Safeguards for Our Young People

Clear structures, policies and procedures are needed to support the protection and safeguarding of all vulnerable groups. That is the message from the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure in its report published today on gaps in child protection and safeguarding across the Culture, Arts and Leisure remit.

Reference: CAL 02/13/14
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08/11/2013
Joint Communiqué from the Third Plenary of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association

The North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association which comprises of representatives from all the main political parties of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Houses of the Oireachtas, today held its third Plenary in the Seanad Chamber in Leinster House.

Reference: AC 01/13/14
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08/11/2013
Committee Welcomes Electricity Price Determination

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today welcomed the findings of the Competition Commission on NIE pricing.

Reference: ETI 04/13/14
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07/11/2013
Upwards Trend in Farm Related Accidents Must Be Addressed, says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has highlighted the importance of farm safety with a visit to a local farm today. Cleland Farm, a sheep farm in Saintfield, hosted the Committee and demonstrated best practices in farm safety.

Reference: AGR 03/13/14
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07/11/2013
‘One of a Kind’ Investment Bank Briefs ETI Committee

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today received a briefing from a ‘one of a kind’ investment bank, the Green Investment Bank.

Reference: ETI 03/13/14
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06/11/2013
Assembly Community Connect Calls on Upper Bann Community Groups to ‘Get Involved’

The Northern Ireland Assembly will host a ‘Get Involved’ event at the Brownlow Community Hub, Craigavon on Friday 8 November. The event is part of the Assembly’s Community Connect (ACC) initiative and aims to help local community and voluntary sector groups to work more effectively with the Assembly and its Committees.

Reference: SO 04/13/14
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05/11/2013
Committee Welcomes New Utility Regulator

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today welcomed the new Utility Regulator, Ms Jenny Pyper during her first appearance in front of the Committee since taking on her new role.

Reference: ETI 02/12/13
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04/11/2013
Committee Sets Record Straight on its Transport Structure Proposals

The Chairman of the Committee for Regional Development, Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA, has today set the record straight following the publication and debate on the Committee report on its Inquiry into Comprehensive Transport Delivery Structures.

Reference: CRD 02/13/14
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24/10/2013
Committee Explores Wind Energy Issues

The Committee for the Environment has commenced a review into wind energy, with a focus on the environmental and planning aspects of wind energy development.

Reference: ENV 02/13/14
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18/10/2013
Social Development Committee Launches Inquiry

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has just launched an inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

Reference: SD 01/13/14
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17/10/2013
Supermarket Fuel Pricing Policies Need More Consistency, says Committee

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment quizzed officials from Tesco, Asda and the NI Retail Consortium on their respective fuel pricing policies.

Reference: ETI 01/12/13
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16/10/2013
Committee condemns NI Fire and Rescue Service leadership

The Public Accounts Committee has today condemned the poor leadership provided by the senior management in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) in its report, NI Fire and Rescue Service: An Organisational Assessment and Review of Departmental Oversight, and Report on Accounts 2011-12.

Reference: PAC 01/13/14
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03/10/2013
Committee to Scrutinise Major Reform of Local Government

The Committee for the Environment is now considering the Local Government Bill, which will introduce significant changes to local government in Northern Ireland. The Bill will provide for new governance arrangements for local councils, including changes to how decisions are made and how positions of responsibility on councils are shared across political parties. It will also introduce a new ethical standards regime and council-led community planning arrangements.

Reference: ENV 01/13/14
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01/10/2013
Colleges Bring Best in Show to Parliament Buildings

Catwalk fashion, cutting-edge technology and an award-winning skin lotion — just a sample of what was on show today at a colleges event held at Parliament Buildings. The event, sponsored by the Committee for Employment and Learning and held in conjunction with Colleges NI, showcased the work of students across the six colleges in Northern Ireland.

Reference: E&L 02/13/14
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30/09/2013
Assembly Speaker Welcomes His Counterparts To Northern Ireland

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, welcomed Speakers/Presiding Officers from the various legislatures from UK and Ireland to Northern Ireland.

Reference: SO 06/13/14
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30/09/2013
Assembly Speaker Welcomes His Counterparts To Foyle

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, today welcomed Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP and the Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP to the UK City of Culture to undertake a series of meetings and visits.

Reference: SO 07/13/14
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30/09/2013
Agriculture Committee Highlights Relationship Between Supermarkets and Suppliers with Key Meeting

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the establishment of the UK’s first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) after a meeting with the organisation today at Parliament Buildings. The GCA helps ensure supermarkets treat their suppliers lawfully and fairly. Reference: AGR 01/13/14

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25/09/2013
Committee Stunned by Translink’s Admission of Significant Communications Failure

The Committee for Regional Development heard at their meeting today that Translink had a significant collapse in their communication lines when it failed to advise the Minister and the Department of their decision to pursue an alternative procurement process in respect of the phase two of the Coleraine to Londonderry rail line.

Reference: CRD 01/13/14
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25/09/2013
Assembly Committees Take Their Work to City of Culture for a Second Round of Meetings
Reference: SO 04/13/14
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24/09/2013
Committee Highlights Importance of Apprenticeships to Local Economy

The Committee for Employment and Learning today hosted an event in Parliament Buildings to focus on the importance of apprenticeship schemes to the Northern Ireland economy.

Reference: E&L 01/13/14
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17/09/2013
Minister Welcomes Committee’s Regional Library Motion

The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure today brought a Motion to the floor of the Assembly which called on the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to support the redevelopment of Belfast Central Library as a regional library hub.

Reference: CAL 01/13/14
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17/09/2013
Assembly Community Connect calls on West Tyrone community groups to ‘get involved’

The Northern Ireland Assembly will host a ‘Get Involved’ event at Strabane Library on Friday 20 September. The event is part of the Assembly’s Community Connect (ACC) initiative and aims to help local community and voluntary sector groups to work more effectively with the Assembly and its Committees.

Reference: SO 03/13/14
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16/09/2013
Calling Young Artists To Design Official Assembly Christmas Card
Reference: SO 02/13/14
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16/09/2013
Committee proposes new structures to tackle public service complaints

The Assembly debated the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister report on its proposals for a new office of a Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO).

Reference: COFMDFM 01/13/14
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16/09/2013
Speaker Hosts Lecture on the Dublin Lock-out

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings this evening as part of the 'Perspectives On…' series agreed by the Assembly Commission to mark a decade of centenaries. The lecture - entitled 'Perspectives on the Dublin Lock-out and the Rise of the Labour Movement' - was delivered by Dr Emmet O’Connor, senior lecturer in history at the University of Ulster.

Reference: SO 01/13/14
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28/06/2013
Committee Focuses on Wind Farms in West Tyrone

The Committee for the Environment travelled to Omagh earlier this week to hear from local organisations about wind energy development in the area. Members of the Committee received briefings from West Tyrone Against Wind Turbines and Omagh and Strabane District Councils’ Joint Working Group on Wind Farms.

Reference: ENV 15/12/13
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27/06/2013
Assembly Committee Examines Roaming Charges with Oireachtas Communications Committee

A delegation from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment met informally this week with Members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications.

Reference: ETI 11/12/13
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26/06/2013
Inspecting the Inspectors: Education Committee Launches

The Committee for Education today announced the launch of its Inquiry into the School Improvement process and the role of the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI).

Reference: EDUC 10/12/13
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26/06/2013
More Needs to be Done to Eradicate Bovine TB, Says Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received an update earlier this week from DARD on its Test, Vaccinate and Release (TVR) model of dealing with bovine TB in badgers and on the badger sett survey.

Reference: AGR 08/12/13
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26/06/2013
Department must close gap in educational achievement says Committee

The large and persistent gap in literacy and numeracy between pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those who are not must not be allowed to continue. That is the key message in the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee report launched today entitled Improving Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Schools.

Reference: PAC 06/12/13
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20/06/2013
Committee Visits Coleraine to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Committee for Social Development today visited Coleraine Borough Council. Following their meeting, Members received a briefing from Council officials on local Neighbourhood Renewal schemes.

Reference: SD 06/12/13
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20/06/2013
Committee Agrees to Undertake Review into Electricity Prices

Following its meeting today, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment announced that it will undertake a review of electricity policies in Northern Ireland.

Reference: ETI 10/12/13
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20/06/2013
Committee Seeks Urgent Answers on Housing Executive Contracts

The Assembly Committee for Social Development was briefed today by Donald Hoodless, the recently appointed Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Dr John McPeake, the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive. The meeting, focused on the recent report into the organisation’s mishandling of planned maintenance contracts which has revealed that overpayments have been made to 6 contractors totalling an estimated £18m.

Reference: SD 07/12/13
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13/06/2013
Committee Emphasises Importance of Reservoir Safety Ahead of New Legislation

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today visited Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards to highlight the importance of reservoir safety. The visit was ahead of the Committee’s consideration of important new legislation from DARD which will focus on ensuring that reservoirs are managed and operated to minimise the risk of flooding.

Reference: AGR 07/12/13
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13/06/2013
Planning Bill Will Streamline Planning System, Says Committee

The Committee for the Environment today published its Report on the Planning Bill, which details the Committee’s consideration and views on the Bill.

Reference: ENV 13/12/13
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14/06/2013
Committee Scrutinises Proposed New Increases in Carrier Bag Charges

The Committee for the Environment is now considering the proposed Carrier Bags Bill, which will apply charges to a wider range of carrier bags and increase the amount of the charge.

Reference: ENV 14/12/13
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10/06/2013
Assembly Committees take their work to the City of Culture

Six Northern Ireland Assembly Committees will be holding their meetings in the City of Culture on Wednesday, 12 June. The Committees will be meeting in a variety of venues, including the Magee campus of the University of Ulster, the new Ebrington Barracks venue and the North West Regional College.

Reference: SO 11/12/13
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06/06/2013
Assembly Community Connect ‘Gets Involved’ in the City of Culture

The Northern Ireland Assembly will host a major event at Ebrington Barracks in Derry~Londonderry on Friday 7 June. The event is part of the Assembly’s new Community Connect initiative which helps local community and voluntary sector groups to work more effectively with the Assembly and its Committees.

Reference: SO 10/12/13
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06/06/2013
High Levels of Local Housing Repossessions Must Be Tackled Says Committee

The Assembly Committee for Social Development held an important event today in conjunction with the Housing Rights Service to look at the increasing levels of repossessions and local households affected by negative equity.

Reference: SD 05/12/13
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05/06/2013
Committee Critical of Translink Transparency

The Committee for Regional Development has criticised the Department for Regional Development and Translink for the lack of transparency over the level of reserves held by Translink.

Reference: CRD 06/12/13
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03/06/2013
Speaker Hosts Lecture on Perspective on Female Suffrage

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings this evening as part of the “Perspectives On…” series agreed by the Assembly Commission to mark the decade of centenaries. The event, entitled ‘Perspectives on Female Suffrage’, featured a lecture by Dr Margaret Ward, author of women’s history.

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23/05/2013
Answers Needed for Electricity Price Hike, Says Committee

Following its meeting today, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment agreed to press for information from Power NI and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) for the details and reasons for Power NI’s recently announced electricity price increase. The Committee will also hear from Manufacturing NI on the potential effects of the price increase to businesses.

Reference: ETI 09/12/13
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23/05/2013
Committee Visits Ballymena to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development today visited Ballymena where they held their weekly meeting in the Town Hall. Following a briefing from Departmental officials on the work of the High Street Taskforce, the Committee received an update from Ballymena Council officials on the progress of their Business Improvement District (BID).

Reference: SD 04/12/13
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23/05/2013
Committee vows to keep close watch on Transforming Your Care

The Assembly’s Health Committee has agreed that it will be looking closely at the implementation plans for Transforming Your Care (TYC). As part of this close scrutiny, the Committee has agreed to undertake a number of investigations into the ten key themes contained in TYC.

Reference: HSSPS 10/12/13
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22/05/2013
Invest NI Performance Must be Measured by Actual Outcomes

The measurement of Invest NI’s performance should be based on investment achieved and jobs created, rather than on promises by investors or the results anticipated at the start of projects. That’s the message from the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee which today launched its report into the performance of Invest NI.

Reference: PAC 05/12/13
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21/05/2013
Speaker Launches Assembly Community Connect

Assembly Community Connect is a wonderful opportunity to bring MLAs and community representatives together to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Reference: SO 09/12/13
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20/05/2013
Art Therapy Can Play a Positive Part in Promoting Good Mental Health

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA today launched an art exhibition to mark the beginning of Mental Health.

Reference: SO 09/12/13
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17/05/2013
Committee Welcomes Tougher Stance on Drink Driving

The Committee for the Environment has welcomed the Minister’s announcement that, under proposed new legislation, a minimum 3-year disqualification period for drink driving will apply to all repeat offenders, irrespective of alcohol levels.

Reference: ENV 12/12/13
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16/05/2013
Ballynafeigh is Beacon of Hope for Shared Future Says Assembly Committee

Members of the Assembly Committee for Social Development today visited Ballynafeigh Community Development Association (BCDA) in South Belfast to see at first-hand how the Housing Executive’s ‘Shared Communities Programme’ has had a positive impact on the local neighbourhood and on the residents who live there.

Reference: SD 03/12/13
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15/05/2013
More Consultation with Care Home Residents Crucial

The Assembly's Health Committee has today called for the Minister to work more constructively with residents of residential care homes and follow advice from Claire Keatinge, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.

Reference: HSSPS 09/12/13
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15/05/2013
Open University is important part of Northern Ireland higher education

The Assembly’s Employment and Learning Committee has welcomed a move to officially integrate the Open University into Northern Ireland’s higher education system.

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13/05/2013
Assembly Committees to Focus on Direct Engagement at This Year’s Balmoral Show

Committees for Agriculture and Rural Development, Regional Development and OFMDFM will attend this year’s Balmoral Show.

Reference: SO 08/12/13
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13/05/2013
More Action Needed on Disposal of Used Tyres, Says Committee

The Committee for the Environment today called for further action to ensure the safe and effective disposal of used tyres in its final report on its Inquiry into Used Tyre Disposal.

Reference: ENV 11/12/13
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09/05/2013
Committee Expresses Sadness Over Death of Primary School Pupil

The Assembly Committee for Education has spoken of its shock and sadness following the news of the death of a school pupil.

Reference: EDUC 09/12/13
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02/05/2013
Education Committee Examines the Examiners

As part of its on-going consideration of GCSEs, A-levels and concerns relating to Computer-Based Assessment and the new Levels of Progression assessments, the Committee for Education visited the headquarters of the examining body for Northern Ireland – the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

Reference: EDUC 08/12/13
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30/04/2013
Speaker Launches Exhibition to Mark Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Movement

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, today marked the women’s suffrage movement with a special exhibition of student artwork at Parliament Buildings.

Reference: SO 05/12/13
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26/04/2013
Joint Communiqué from the Second Plenary of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association

The North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association which comprises of representatives from the Northern Ireland Assembly and Houses of the Oireachtas, today held its second Plenary in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast.

Reference: AC 03/12/13
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24/04/2013
Committee Criticises Translink Fare Increases

The Committee for Regional Development today denounced increases in the cost of travelling by bus and by rail. The information emerged during a presentation to the Committee from the Chief Executive of Translink, Catherine Mason, on the organisation’s corporate and business plan. The increases will see the cost of a bus journey rise by 3% and the cost of a train journey rise by 5%.

Reference: CRD 05/03/13
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24/04/2013
Committee Encourages Use of ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Section for Farmers Hit by Severe Weather

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the Minister’s announcement on stocking density (the number of stock per hectare) under the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) Scheme.

Reference: AGR 06/12/13
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17/04/2013
No Evidence that Health and Social Care Services are Safer for Patients than a Decade Ago

A Report published today by the Public Accounts Committee has highlighted that, while the vast majority of services provided by Health and Social Care Trusts are of a very high quality, patients and service users can suffer largely preventable harm and suffering.

Reference: PAC 04/12/13
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16/04/2013
Careful Consideration of Planning Bill is Needed, Says Committee

The Committee for the Environment will hold an event on the Planning Bill on Thursday, 18 April 2013 at Parliament Buildings.

Reference: ENV 10/12/13
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15/04/2013
More Spontaneity for Assembly Question Time

The Assembly’s Procedures Committee has recommended that Ministerial Question Time include time for topical and spontaneous questions to take place during the existing Oral Question Time. The recommendation comes as the Assembly considers the Committee’s Report into Topical Questions.

Reference: Procedures 01/12/13
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12/04/2013
Committee Investigates Tree Disease with Key Visits

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development recently saw first-hand the issues surrounding tree disease with a visit to Belfast Harbour and Woodburn Forest.

Reference: ARD 05/12/13
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11/04/2013
Committee Event Lays Foundations for Future of Housing

Members of the Assembly Committee for Social Development met today with stakeholders from across the local housing sector to discuss the key issues surrounding the future of local housing.

Reference: SD 02/12/13
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11/04/2013
More Consistency Needed in Supermarket Fuel Pricing, Says Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment today considered a Consumer Council briefing that demonstrated inconsistencies in fuel prices between different locations in the same supermarket chain.

Reference: ETI 08/12/13
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22/03/2013
Committee Focuses on Agri-Food Industry with Visit to Local Farm and Processing Plant

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment visited a beef farm in Collone, County Armagh, and Dunbia food processing plant in Dungannon, County Tyrone earlier this week, to emphasise the importance of the agri-food industry.

Reference: ETI 07/12/13
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22/03/2013
Committee Questions Management of Capital Projects

The CAL Committee has expressed concern about the Northern Ireland Audit Office findings on its investigation into the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s management of seven major capital projects.

Reference: CAL 05/12/13
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20/03/2013
A-Levels Under Scrutiny at Committee Event

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education hosted an event this evening to hear views on potential changes to A-levels in Northern Ireland.

Reference: EDUC 07/12/13
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21/03/2013
Committee welcomes Minister's commitment to local children's heart services

The Assembly Health Committee has welcomed the Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA’s statement at their meeting on the future of paediatric cardiac services, presently delivered at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Reference: HSSPS 08/12/13
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20/03/2013
Committee Slates Housing Executive over Management and Accountability Failures
Reference: PAC 03/12/13
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19/03/2013
Committee Addresses EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the opportunity to participate in a recent conference for the Parliamentary Agriculture and Fisheries Committees of EU Member States in Dublin.

Reference: AGR 04/12/13
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15/03/2013
Speaker’s St Patrick’s Day Event Focuses on Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted his annual St Patrick’s Day event this evening at Parliament Buildings. The theme of this year’s event focused on support for victims of domestic violence.

Reference: SO 06/12/13
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15/03/2013
Committee Visits Fermanagh Archaeological Dig
Reference: CAL 04/12/13
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14/03/2013
Committee Expresses Concern at Graduated Penalties for Drink Driving

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment today expressed concern at proposals for legislation to establish a graduated penalty scheme for those who reoffend under new drink driving limits.

Reference: ENV 09/12/13
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11/03/2013
Speaker Marks International Women’s Day with Women’s Art Exhibition Launch

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings this evening to mark International Women’s Day with the launch of an Ulster Society of Women Artists art exhibition.

Reference: SO 05/12/13
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11/03/2013
Branding Will Help the Creative Industries Move Forward, says Committee

Clear branding, leadership and collaboration will help to provide a boost to the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland. That is the message from the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure in its report published today on maximising the potential of the Creative Industries.

Reference: CAL 03/12/13
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08/03/2013
Crannog Site Provides Real Insight into Our Past, Says Committee

Following a visit to The Drumclay Crannog earlier this week, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment recognised the need for the project’s extension and emphasized the importance of the project to future generations.

Reference: ENV 08/12/13
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28/02/2013
Committee launches Welfare Reform Bill Report

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development today launched its report on the Welfare Reform Bill. The Bill, which is acknowledged as the most radical reform of the welfare system in a generation, is set to be debated in the Assembly in early April 2013.

Reference: SD 01/12/13
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18/02/2013
Committee Welcomes Clearway Consultation

The Committee for Regional Development welcomes public consultation on experimental changes to urban clearway restrictions on three main roads in South Belfast.

Reference: CRD 04/12/13
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18/02/2013
Committee Calls on Executive Action to Promote “Green” Economy

The ETI Committee put forward a motion today calling on the Executive to encourage and support growth in the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

Reference: ETI 06/12/13
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12/02/2013
Committee Launches New Investigation into Tree Disease

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today launched an Investigation into Tree Disease.

Reference: AGR 04/12/13
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05/02/2013
Beef produced in Northern Ireland is of the highest standard says Committee

The Committee is extremely proud of the Northern Ireland beef industry, as it has one of the highest standards in the world in relation to the traceability of meat.

Reference: AGR 03/12/13
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05/02/2013
Committee Investigates Payday Lending Schemes

The ETI Committee hosted an event in Parliament Buildings to investigate payday lending and specifically, regulation of payday lending schemes.

Reference: ETI 05/12/13
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30/01/2013
Committee Celebrates Chinese New Year with Launch of Chinese Art Exhibition

The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure launched a Chinese art exhibition in Parliament Buildings.

Reference: CAL 02/12/13
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28/01/2013
Young People and School Governors to Have Their Say on the Education Bill

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education will host an event this week - facilitated by PTA-NI and The Youth Forum - to ask school governors and young people for their views on the Education Bill.

Reference: EDUC 06/12/13
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17/01/2013
Committee Calls For Radical Action To Improve Health Outcomes For All

Radical action is required if the health of all local people is to be improved. That’s the message from the Assembly Health Committee which has today published its Report into Health Inequalities.

Reference: HSSPS 07/12/13
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16/01/2013
Committee Pleased To See Belfast Continue To Move

The Chair and Members to the Committee for Regional Development today welcomed the announcement that Phase Two of Belfast on the Move was to commence at the end of January.

Reference: CRD 16/01/13
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16/01/2013
'STEM' is the way forward says Committee

The Committee for Education is calling for more pupils to get involved in the STEM subjects in schools – those are Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

Reference: EDUC 05/12/13
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16/01/2013
Rates Debt Rises To £160 Million

A new Report from the Assembly Public Accounts Committee has raised concerns that the level of rate debt has almost doubled in the last five years rising from £88 million in 2006-07 to £160 million in 2011-12.

Reference: PAC 02/12/13
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13/12/2012
Assembly Health Committee Chair Addresses Health Conference In Cuba

The Chairperson of the Assembly's Health Committee, Sue Ramsey MLA, has addressed a major conference on health inequalities.

Reference: HSSPS 06/12/13
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13/12/2012
Committee Seeks Consistency In Child Protection

The Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure today announced that it will carry out a focused investigation into gaps in Child Protection and Safeguarding within the culture, arts and leisure sectors; including around social media.

Reference: CAL 01/12/13
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12/12/2012
Committee Praises Hard-Working Primary School Teachers and Pupils

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education today welcomed the initial results of the Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). These prestigious studies show that Northern Ireland’s 9 and 10 year olds out-perform international competitor countries like the USA in both literacy and numeracy, and are above the international average in science.

Reference: EDUC 04/12/13
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10/12/2012
Speaker of NI Assembly Lights Up Hospice Appeal

Local charity Northern Ireland Hospice’s biggest annual fundraising appeal of the year was given an extra boost by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA. The tree positioned at the front of Stormont Buildings has been dedicated to the local charity in support of their Lights to Remember campaign.

Reference: SO 04/12/13
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05/12/2012
Assembly Earns Platinum Status in Environmental Performance

The Northern Ireland Assembly has received an award from Business in the Community’s ARENA Network for its excellence in environmental management, performance and assurance. This puts the Assembly with just 12 other ‘platinum’ organisations in Northern Ireland that have demonstrated commitments to environmental policy, strategy and implementation.

Reference: FA 01/12/13
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04/12/2012
Abandoned Roads Need To Be Addressed Says Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development launched its report, ‘Inquiry into Unadopted Roads in Northern Ireland’ today, and called on the Minister of Regional Development and the Executive to urgently address the current backlog of unadopted roads and sewers.

Reference: RD 02/12/13
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29/11/2012
Housing Concerns top the agenda as Committee meets Lord Freud

The Committee, which was invited to meet Lord Freud by Minister McCausland, discussed a number of issues relating to the Welfare Reform Bill which is currently making its way through the Assembly. In particular, Members discussed how changes to housing entitlements contained within the Bill could impact adversely on local people.

Reference: SD 01/12/13
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29/11/2012
Committee to Hold Evidence Sessions on NIFRS Financial Practices

The Assembly Committee for Health has agreed to hold further evidence sessions on the financial and governance practices at the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services.

Reference: HSSPS 05/12/13
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27/11/2012
Committee Report Calls for Immediate Action on Bovine TB

Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development Launches its Report into Bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The Committee has called for the Department of Agriculture to take immediate action to investigate the recent rapid increase in disease rates.

Reference: AGR 02/12/13
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26/11/2012
Committee Calls for Executive to Help Drive Innovation

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment put forward a motion in the Assembly that called on the Executive to promote awareness of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

Reference: ETI 04/12/13
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22/11/2012
Decision to Close Four Courthouses Premature, says Committee

The Assembly Committee for Justice has today called the Justice Minister’s decision to close four courthouses premature and has asked that consideration of their future be part of the wider departmental debate on its estate strategy.

Reference: JUS 07/12/13
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19/11/2012
Speaker Welcomes Success of Parliament Buildings Open Day

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly has welcomed the success of the Open Day on the 17th November to mark the 80th anniversary of Parliament Buildings and reminded the public that there are opportunities all year round to visit Stormont.

Reference: SO 02/12/13
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15/11/2012
Committee Calls on Minister to Halt Review of Children's Heart Surgery

The Assembly’s Health Committee is calling on the Health Minister to put on hold the current review process into the future of local provision for children’s heart surgery.

Reference: HSSPS 04/12/13
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14/11/2012
Parliament Buildings Gets Ready for 80th Anniversary Festivities

Parliament Buildings, the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, will mark its 80th anniversary this month with a very special open day on 17 November. The day will feature theatre, drama, dance, crafts, vintage cars and special tours. Visitors will also be able to view the photographic exhibition on the construction of the building.

Reference: SO 03/12/13
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07/11/2012
Committee to Call on Minister to Answer Questions on Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

The Committee intend to ask the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to come before Members to answer questions in relation to the four reports on the NIFRS which he published on 16 October 2012.

Reference: HSSPS 03/12/13
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07/11/2012
Committee Agrees Inquiry into Transport Structures

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development today announced an Inquiry into Comprehensive Transport Delivery Structures.

Reference: CRD 01/12/13
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05/11/2012
Committee Chairperson welcomes Secretary of State's support for Devolvement of Corporation tax

Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Patsy McGlone MLA, met with the Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers MP, today to discuss the Northern Ireland economy and devolution of corporation tax varying powers.

Reference: ETI 03/12/13
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16/10/2012
Parliament Buildings Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Bumper Number of Visitors

As Parliament Buildings prepares to mark its 80th anniversary with a special open day this November, William Hay, MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly today welcomed news that visitor numbers to Parliament Buildings this summer are up by 83% on last year.

Reference: SO 01/12/13
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15/10/2012
Draconian European Vehicle Testing must not come to Northern Ireland, Committee urges

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment is calling on a House of Lords Committee to support its objection to the introduction of proposed new legislation for testing the roadworthiness of vehicles and roadside inspections.

Reference: ENV 07/12/13
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12/10/2012
Joint Communiqué from the Inaugural Plenary of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association

The North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association which comprises of representatives from all the main political parties of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Houses of the Oireachtas, today concluded its inaugural Plenary in the Seanad Chamber in Leinster House. The establishment of a North/South parliamentary forum was envisaged by the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and the St Andrew’s Agreement.

Reference: AC 02/12/13
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12/10/2012
North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association (NSIPA) will take place in the Seanad Chamber, Leinster House today. NSIPA is a parliamentary association with representatives from the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Houses of the Oireachtas. It will meet twice annually on a rotational basis between the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Houses of the Oireachtas to discuss issues of mutual interest to MLAs, TDs and Senators.

Reference: AC 01/12/13
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11/10/2012
Ulster Bank Must Address Accountability and Proper Compensation, Committees Urge

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Committee for Finance and Personnel received a briefing today from Ulster Bank officials on what action has been taken following the bank’s system failure earlier this year.

Reference: ETI 02/12/13 / CFP 02/12/13
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08/10/2012
Concerned Committee Calls on Support for Farmers During Crisis

Deeply concerned with the devastating effect the farming crisis is having on Northern Ireland, the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has called on the Minister for Agriculture to acknowledge the crisis and identify initiatives to help alleviate pressures on farmers as soon as possible.

Reference: AGR 01/12/13
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08/10/2012
Committees Concerned for Retail Planning in Border Areas

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht co-hosted an event in Enniskillen on the difficulties faced in planning issues, especially the impact of planning guidelines on town centres in border areas.

Reference: ENV 06/12/13
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03/10/2012
Committee Calls for More Checks for Home to School Transport

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education is pressing for a more joined-up approach for health and safety checking for Home to School transport.

Reference: EDUC 03/12/13
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28/09/2012
Committee to Co-host Discussion on Planning and Town Centres with Oireachtas Environment Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht will co-host an event in Enniskillen next week on the difficulties faced in planning issues, especially the impact of planning guidelines on town centres in border areas.

Reference: ENV 05/12/13
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07/09/2012
Environment Committee Fishes for Evidence in Kilkeel

The Northern Ireland Assembly Environment Committee visited Kilkeel Harbour this week to find out more about the challenges faced by the fishing industry in Northern Ireland.

Reference: ENV 01/12/13
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27/09/2012
Environment Committee on National Parks Fact Finding Trip

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment has spent the past two days on a fact finding visit to Scotland and England to gather more information about national parks. Proposed legislation for the designation and management of national parks is due to be introduced to the Assembly in December 2012.

Reference: ENV 04/12/13
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26/09/2012
Assembly Must Take Control Over Civil Servant Redundancy Payments Says Committee

The Assembly must have a greater say over reductions to civil servant redundancy payments, a Committee for Finance and Personnel report has stated.

Reference: CFP 01/12/13
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24/09/2012
Speaker Hosts Lecture On Perspective On The Ulster Covenant

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings this evening as part of the "Perspectives On..." series agreed by the Assembly Commission to mark the decade of centenaries within Parliament Buildings. The Assembly Commission is the corporate body of the Assembly chaired by the Speaker, with one member from each of the main parties.

Reference: SO 01/12/13
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25/09/2012
Committee Calls For Extra Time For Post-Primary Consultation

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education is urging the Minister to extend the consultation time available on proposed Departmental plans for the sustainability and viability of post-primary schools.

Reference: EDUC 02/12/13
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24/09/2012
Environment Committee Not Convinced By Multi Agency Approach To Combat Metal Thefts

Following a briefing from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) Environmental Crime Unit (ECU), the Assembly Committee for the Environment remains concerned that measures to reduce and combat the high level of metal theft1 in Northern Ireland will not be effective.

Reference: ENV 03/12/13
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20/09/2012
Committee Criticises Department On Ineffective Response To Impact Of Used Tyres

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Environment has criticised the Department of the Environment's poor response to the Committee's Report into the Management of Used Tyres. The Report made 20 important recommendations to help address the problem of illegally dumped tyres, however the Department has rejected a number of these, including those which would be the most effective at reducing the impact of used tyres on the environment.

Reference: ENV 02/12/13
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20/09/2012
Committee to Learn from Cuban Experience

The Assembly’s Health Committee has agreed that the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson will conduct a study visit to Cuba as part of the Committee’s review on health inequalities.

Reference: HSSPS 02/12/13
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17/09/2012
Committee Reassures Victims About Abuse Inquiry Bill's Progress

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Office of the First Minister/deputy First Minister wants to reassure victims and survivors that their concerns about the Historical Institutional Abuse Bill will be raised with Department officials.

Reference: COFMDFM 01/12/13
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10/09/2012
Assembly Committee Marks World Suicide Prevention Day
Reference: HSSPS 01/12/13
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12/09/2012
School Councils Central To Student Experience Says Committee
Reference: EDUC 01/12/13
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10/09/2012
New Secretary of State Must Address Corporation Tax Says Committee
Reference: ETI 01/12/13
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05/09/2012
Early Enforcement by NIEA Needed to Save Listed Buildings
Reference: PAC 01/12/13
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