Press Releases 2014-2015

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


Assembly Speaker Promotes Need to Respect Shared History

On Monday 13 July, Parliament Buildings will be lit orange to mark the local 12th July celebrations. The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA will also attend a number of events in Dublin this weekend to recognise and remember all those who gave their lives in both World Wars.

Reference: SO 11/14/15



Sporting Success highlighted at Parliament Buildings

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, in association with the Ulster Sports Museum Association, launched an exhibition in Parliament Buildings, highlighting many of our fantastic local sporting achievements.

Reference: SO 11/14/15



Broadband project grossly mishandled, says Committee

The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today issued a highly critical report of the handling of a cross-border broadband project delivered by a private company, Bytel Networks Ltd. The report is the result of an examination carried out by the Committee. A report by the Committee of Public Accounts of Dáil Éireann will also be published today arising from its examination of the Bytel project.

Reference: PAC 07/14/15



Joint Communiqué Sixth Plenary of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association

Reference: Office of the Speaker



Committee concludes that we need action on our funding arrangements

The Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel has called on the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) and the Executive to look at the best way to adequately fund the devolved institutions as the current system comes under scrutiny.

Reference: F&P 04/14/15



Assembly agree new Code of Conduct

The Northern Ireland Assembly today agreed a new Code of Conduct for Members and Guide to the Rules. The new Code and Guide were brought to the Assembly by the Committee on Standards and Privileges and follows a Committee Review into the Code.

Reference: S&P 02/14/15



Assembly Commission Agrees To Implement Recommendations For Flying The Union Flag From Parliament Buildings

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission agreed by majority that it would implement the recommendations contained in the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) review of the policy of flying the Union flag on Parliament Buildings.

Reference: AC 04/14/15



Statement from the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

The Assembly Commission held a formal meeting on Monday, 8 June, 2015 to discuss the flying of two flags without permission over Parliament Buildings on 3 June, 2015.

Reference: AC 03/14/15



Speaker to participate in event to mark Battle of Messines

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin, has accepted an invitation to participate in an event at the Cenotaph in Derry/ Londonderry on Sunday 7th June to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Messines. The parade is organised by the International School for Peace Studies.

Reference: SO 10/14/15



Agriculture Committee Meet in Cookstown to Discuss Rural Poverty

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held its weekly meeting in Cookstown today, where Members discussed the Department’s response to its recent position paper on the review of the “Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Inclusion (TRPSI) Framework”.

Reference: AGR 08/14/15


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