Press Releases 2012 - 2013

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


Committee Focuses on Wind Farms in West Tyrone

The Committee for the Environment travelled to Omagh earlier this week to hear from local organisations about wind energy development in the area. Members of the Committee received briefings from West Tyrone Against Wind Turbines and Omagh and Strabane District Councils’ Joint Working Group on Wind Farms.

Reference: ENV 15/12/13



Assembly Committee Examines Roaming Charges with Oireachtas Communications Committee

A delegation from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment met informally this week with Members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications.

Reference: ETI 11/12/13



Inspecting the Inspectors: Education Committee Launches

The Committee for Education today announced the launch of its Inquiry into the School Improvement process and the role of the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI).

Reference: EDUC 10/12/13



More Needs to be Done to Eradicate Bovine TB, Says Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received an update earlier this week from DARD on its Test, Vaccinate and Release (TVR) model of dealing with bovine TB in badgers and on the badger sett survey.

Reference: AGR 08/12/13



Department must close gap in educational achievement says Committee

The large and persistent gap in literacy and numeracy between pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those who are not must not be allowed to continue. That is the key message in the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee report launched today entitled Improving Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Schools.

Reference: PAC 06/12/13



Committee Visits Coleraine to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Committee for Social Development today visited Coleraine Borough Council. Following their meeting, Members received a briefing from Council officials on local Neighbourhood Renewal schemes.

Reference: SD 06/12/13



Committee Agrees to Undertake Review into Electricity Prices

Following its meeting today, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment announced that it will undertake a review of electricity policies in Northern Ireland.

Reference: ETI 10/12/13



Committee Seeks Urgent Answers on Housing Executive Contracts

The Assembly Committee for Social Development was briefed today by Donald Hoodless, the recently appointed Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Dr John McPeake, the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive. The meeting, focused on the recent report into the organisation’s mishandling of planned maintenance contracts which has revealed that overpayments have been made to 6 contractors totalling an estimated £18m.

Reference: SD 07/12/13



Committee Emphasises Importance of Reservoir Safety Ahead of New Legislation

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today visited Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards to highlight the importance of reservoir safety. The visit was ahead of the Committee’s consideration of important new legislation from DARD which will focus on ensuring that reservoirs are managed and operated to minimise the risk of flooding.

Reference: AGR 07/12/13



Planning Bill Will Streamline Planning System, Says Committee

The Committee for the Environment today published its Report on the Planning Bill, which details the Committee’s consideration and views on the Bill.

Reference: ENV 13/12/13


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