Press Releases 2015-2016

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


Speaker announces he will not be seeking re-election to the Assembly

At the start of Assembly business today, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, announced that he would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly at the election and consequently would also not be seeking re-election as Speaker.

Reference: SO 06/15/16



Committee welcomes plan to aid refugees

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister has received a briefing from Departmental officials outlining the Executive’s response to the current global refugee and asylum crisis.

Reference: 01/15/16



Fairer Deal for Farmers a Must Committee Tells Supermarkets

Reference: AGR 02/15/16



£8.9 million in grants to housing associations did not result in social housing

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has voiced serious concerns over the handling of grants to Housing Associations to purchase land for social housing in a report published today.

Reference: PAC 02/15/16



Public Asked to Give Views on the Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill

The Assembly and Executive Review Committee has announced the beginning of its scrutiny of the Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill. The Private Members’ Bill, introduced by John McCallister MLA, sets as its principal objective the formation of an official Opposition in the Assembly.

Reference: AERC 01/15/16



Assembly screens films made to mark World Mental Health Day

Reference: SO 05/15/16



Committee Voices Concern on Cuts to AFBI Budget

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received a briefing on Tuesday 6 October from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) on its 2020 Strategy. Members were interested to learn more about how recent budget cuts will affect the delivery of the strategy and in particular the Institute’s future capacity to carry out crucial agricultural research.

Reference: AGR 01/15/16



Assembly hosts debate to mark International Day of Older People

A debate involving members of the Age Sector Platform and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum has today taken place in the Assembly Chamber.

Reference: SO 04/15/16



Speaker marks Community Relations and Cultural Diversity Week

As part of Community Relations and Cultural Diversity Week, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly hosted an event “One Assembly, Many Peoples” to celebrate the diversity of the community.

Reference: SO 03/15/16



Renewed focus needed to improve public transport says Committee

The Assembly Public Accounts Committee has found that significant improvements could be made in the provision of public transport services here, both by Translink and by the Department of Regional Development.

Reference: PAC 01/15/16


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