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Press Releases 2015-2016

Synopsis: Below you will find all press releases published by the Northern Ireland Assembly during the 2015-2016 session.


Speaker switches on Assembly Christmas lights

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA assisted by a group of children from the Northern Ireland Council for Refugees and Asylum Seekers today switched on the lights on the Assembly’s Christmas tree in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.

Reference: SO 11/15/16



Justice Committee hosts discussion on Review of Efficiency in criminal proceedings

The Northern Ireland Assembly Justice Committee today hosted an event to discuss a recent report into the efficiency in criminal proceedings in England and Wales. The author of the report, the Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench spoke to members of the Committee and invited guests about the report’s findings and the lessons that Northern Ireland can learn from it.

Reference: JUS 02/15/16



Committee Discusses EU Reform With Lord Boswell

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister has today met with Lord Boswell, Chair of the House of Lords European Committee, to discuss Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposals for EU Reform.

Reference: COFMDFM 02/15/16



Youth Council Must be Saved Says Committee

The Committee for Education today unanimously agreed to oppose the proposed abolition of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland.

Reference: EDUC 02/15/16



Speaker unveils portraits of Seamus Heaney and CS Lewis

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, today unveiled portraits of two of Northern Ireland’s most famous literary sons.

Reference: 10/15/16



Agriculture Committee Raises Concerns for Industry

Members of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development met with Westminster MPs and the Groceries Code Adjudicator to raise issues of concern to local farmers.

Reference: AGR 04/15/16



Act of Remembrance 2015

On 2 November 2015, I wrote to every Member outlining the arrangements I was making for Armistice Day this year and my focus to ensure “that as many Members as possible should have an opportunity to mark remembrance”. I was greatly encouraged to see people from all political persuasions and none gathered in the Great Hall on Wednesday last for what observers consider to be a record attendance. Many people welcomed the united nature and tone of the programme but I clearly appreciate that the event did not satisfy the expectations of all.

Reference: SO 09/15/16



Students Challenge Local Politicians to “Talk Politics” in Armagh

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 08/15/16



Committee Supports Greater Penalties to Protect Animal Welfare

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received a briefing on Tuesday 10 November from Departmental officials on proposed draft amendments to increase penalties for offences under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Reference: AGR 03/15/16



Parliament Buildings to be Illuminated for Armistice Day

Parliament Buildings will be lit up in red on the evening of Wednesday 11th November 2015 for the first time to mark Armistice Day. It was one of four days the Assembly Commission selected itself for the Building to be illuminated during the year.

Reference: SO 07/15/16


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