Press Releases

Here you will find links to the Press Releases issued by the Speaker's Office.

08/08/2014

Statement from William Hay, MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Commenting on the announcement today that he has been appointed to the House of Lords, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA said: "I am delighted but humbled by today's announcement."

Reference: SO 11/13/14

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12/09/2014

Statement from William Hay, MLA, Speaker of the NI Assembly

Speaking today on the death of Rt Hon The Lord Bannside, the Speaker said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Ian Paisley’s passing and on behalf of all Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, I express my heartfelt sympathy to his family whom he held dear. Regardless of how individual Assembly Members regarded his politics, there is no doubt that today we have lost one of the most influential figures in the history of Northern Ireland."

Reference: SO 01/14/15

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16/10/2014

Delegation joins First World War events hosted by Flemish Parliament

Following an invitation from the Speaker of the Flemish Parliament, a delegation from the Northern Ireland Assembly will join with others from all the Parliaments and Assemblies in the UK and Ireland, for a two day programme of events on 16 and 17 October to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Reference: SO 02/14/15

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26/11/2014

A well versed Rebekah switches on Assembly Christmas lights

A festive Parliament Buildings was the venue this evening (Wednesday 26 November) for the annual event to switch on the Assembly’s Christmas tree lights.

Reference: SO 03/14/15

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24/02/2015

Assembly Celebrates The Work Of Former Speaker, Lord Hay Of Ballyore

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, together with MLAs and staff, today marked the work of the former Speaker, Lord Hay of Ballyore at a special reception in Parliament Buildings.

Reference: SO 04/14/15

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02/03/2015

Statement from Mitchel McLaughlin, Speaker of the NI Assembly

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin, MLA, today announced that he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). 

Reference: SO 05/14/15

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05/03/2015

Students Challenge Local Politicians to “Talk Politics”

Following on from a series of successful ‘Let's Talk Politics’ events aimed at young people, sixth form students from schools in Newry and Armagh and South Down constituencies will take up the challenge to quiz their local political representatives on the issues that matter to them and their local communities.

Reference: SO 07/14/15

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05/03/2015

Annual days announced for the lighting Parliament Buildings

The Assembly Commission has today announced that it has agreed four days for the lighting of Parliament Buildings in relevant colours.  

Reference: SO 06/14/15

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06/03/2015

Assembly reform would have significant impact on gender balance of Assembly

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly tonight hosted an event in Parliament Buildings to mark International Women’s Day this weekend.  The Speaker introduced a discussion with Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, who had accepted an invitation from the Speaker to discuss her own successful campaign to encourage more women into public life.

Reference: SO 08/14/15

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11/03/2015

Democracy needs young people to get involved, says Speaker

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and President of the Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, tonight hosted the annual event to mark Commonwealth Day in Parliament Buildings.

Reference: SO 08/14/15

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