Press Releases 2012 - 2013

Synopsis: Below you will find all press releases published by the Northern Ireland Assembly during the 2012-2013 session.


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



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



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



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



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



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.



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



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



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



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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