Press Releases 2014-2015

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


Public Accounts Committee identifies room for big savings

The Health Service could make significant savings if doctors consistently prescribed lower cost medicines which are as effective as ones that are more expensive. This is the stark message from the Public Accounts Committee report on Primary Care Prescribing.

Reference: PAC 05/14/15



Credit Unions should benefit from reductions in corporation tax

The Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment has written to the Secretary of State seeking assurance that credit unions and mutual societies will benefit from the lower devolved corporation tax.

Reference: CETI 03/14/15



Committee Launches Report on its Inquiry into Wind Energy

Reference: ENV 04/14/15



Committee celebrates innovation in the North West

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure is highlighting the contribution of the creative industries with a visit to the North West Science Park at their Fort George centre. The visit takes place as part of activities designed to mark the beginning of Creativity Month.

Reference: CAL 01/14/15



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



Education Committee Backs Greater Access to STEM in Schools

The Committee for Education brought forward a plenary motion today calling on the Education Minister to support the full implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects on the Northern Ireland curriculum.

Reference: EDUC 04/14/15



Committee Launches Paper on "Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Inclusion"

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today launched its position paper on the review of the Department’s “Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Inclusion (TRPSI) Framework”.

Reference: AGR 05/14/15



Committee Criticises Department on Release of Papers

The Committee for Regional Development has expressed its extreme disappointment that the Department continues to refuse to provide it with papers critical to their inquiry into the Coleraine to Londonderry railway project.

Reference: CRD 04/14/15



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



Social Development Committee Considers Minister’s Report

At its meeting the Committee for Social Development discussed Minister Storey’s response to the section 44 notice compelling the release of the fact-finding report into the Minister’s Special Advisor, Mr Stephen Brimstone. 

Reference: SD 01/14/15


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