Press Releases 2014-2015

Synopsis: Below you will find all press releases published by the Northern Ireland Assembly during the 2014-2015 session.


Agriculture Committee Quiz EU Commissioner on Local Farming Issues

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development met with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan today (Friday 27 March).

Reference: AGR 06/14/15



Committee to refer Minister to Public Prosecution Service

The Committee for Regional Development today agreed to refer the Minister for Regional Development to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for failing to respond to a requirement to produce a Project Assessment Review (PAR) report prepared by the Major Project Authority of the Cabinet Office into the Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry Phase 2 Railway project.

Reference: CRD 06/14/15



Speaker to use his Time in Office to Highlight the Issue of Respect

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, tonight hosted the Speaker’s annual St Patrick’s event in Parliament Buildings. The Speaker used the event to make a wide ranging speech setting out his approach to his period of office and his intention to be guided by the theme of “respect”.

Reference: SO 09/14/15



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



More Women in Politics a must, says Assembly Committee

The report ‘Women in Politics and the Northern Ireland Assembly’ includes a number of recommendations to make the political landscape a more welcoming place for women. The report also sets out ways of encouraging greater participation at both local and national levels and in public life in general.

Reference: AERC 02/14/15



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



Committee Takes Formal Action Against Minister

The Committee for Regional Development has agreed to exercise its statutory powers under section 44(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to require the Minister for Regional Development to produce the project assessment review (PAR) report into the Coleraine to Londonderry rail track project. 

Reference: CRD 05/14/15



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



Social Development Committee Agrees Way Forward on Inquiry

The Assembly Committee for Social Development met today to discuss the Minister for Social Development’s decision not to release the unredacted fact-finding report into the DSD Special Adviser, Stephen Brimstone.

Reference: SD 02/14/15



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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