12/01/2016 Stormont Today


12/01/2016

A political programme focusing on the day's events at the Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive. Mark Carruthers is the guide through the corridors of power at Stormont.


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Day two in the top job and Arlene Foster announces

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She names Mervyn Storey as her successor in Finance

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and appoints Lord Morrow to take over his old job

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And you can award yourself a bonus point if you remembered that he did,

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in fact, hold that post before a decade and a half ago.

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Two new ministers, but the First Minister stresses

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it will be business as usual in the coming months.

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We will have continuity of service, I think that's what people want to

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see, they do not want disruption of public services, and see us continue

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to deliver and we will do that until election day.

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But things were a lot less cordial in the chamber

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strong views on exactly what to call this place.

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Just to be clear I've absolutely nothing to confess, I have no

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problem saying Northern Ireland, it's not a term I use, absolutely

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not a term I use. And joining me with his thoughts

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on today's proceedings After some fervent media

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speculation, the new First Minister unveiled the changes

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to her ministerial line-up There must have been disappointment

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for several MLAs whose names had reportedly been in the mix,

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but in the end, Arlene Foster opted to go with

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the "safe hands make sense" policy. So, in comes Mervyn Storey

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to Finance and it's a case of welcome back to Social

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Development for Lord Morrow. As you know, he has served in that

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position before and I'm delighted he is taking up the position again,

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albeit only for a relatively short period of time and of course we know

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that the pre-election period is coming at us quite fast and the

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priority was to make sure there was minimal disruption to public

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services and to make sure that we continue to have practical services

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on the ground, while delighted board colleagues have said yes. I look

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forward to the great honour and challenge of being Finance Minister

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and we have an agreed budget and there will be the implementation of

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that through the Assembly. I want to peter Brooke to the former finance

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minister. -- I want to pay tribute. And thank her for placing in me that

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responsibility for the Department of Finance. I've been here before, it's

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like back to the future! And although things have moved on in

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some 14 years, since I was in Social Development, and I've been looking

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at how well it has been looked after, I hope he has left plenty of

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money, because I'm looking forward to my first day of briefings and to

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see exactly where we are in the department, but it is for a short

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period, coming to the end of this mandate, and I will apply myself

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with all my might to continue the good work that Mervyn Storey has

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been doing over the weeks ahead. I firmly believe that Mervyn Storey

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having been in the Department of Social Development can pick up what

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is happening in the Department of Finance and as far as the Department

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of Social Development, I believe he has been there before, he knows what

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the issues are and will settle into that belief without a lot of

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reacquainting of the issues so we will have continuity of service,

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people don't want disruption in relation to public services, but see

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us continue to deliver and we will do that right up until election day.

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Let's remember we had the challenge and Social Development for welfare

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reform and I have to work through those particular issues and I am not

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in any way underestimating the challenge that there will be, but as

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I endeavour to apply myself, as like I was in DSD, I will do the same in

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the Department of Finance because it is important to have continuity of

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service, as the First Minister said, and this year begins Northern

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Ireland with a considerable degree of hope and we need to see the

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fermentation of the budget, challenging as that will be, --

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implementation of the budget. And give Northern Ireland the stability

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needed. The new Finance Minister,

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Mervyn Storey. What do you make of the mini

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reshuffle from Arlene Foster? Make sense? There had been speculation

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that underneath this ministerial change be may get indication as to

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what an Arlene Foster lead DUP might look like, but she has gone to

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receive Conservative option, using the phrase continuity of service,

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but wants it to be an unremarkable change, going for two people who

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have been ministers before, making the point Lord Morrow was there,

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albeit a decade and a half ago, this and I think she is away there are

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only 10-11 weeks of this term left until we have the elections, so

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rather than doing something different, like appointing Alistair

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Ross or Peter Weir, something that would have been a story in and of

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itself, she has decided to leave the 15 changes until the other side of

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the election. Quite a vote of confidence in Mervyn Storey. Do you

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see him as somebody whose star is still in the ascendant? I think so,

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I think when you look at him in education, he was combative with

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Sinn Fein and now with Social Development, there is a sense he is

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from the more traditional wing of the party, from North Antrim, and a

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number of other people, like Simon Hamilton or Peter Weir, coming like

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Arlene Foster through the Ulster Unionist Party moving over, and

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weird as we have here Arlene Foster when she took over the leadership

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saying there is only one DUP. But like any other single political

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party it has its own branches in camps. And a job for any leader to

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keeping everyone happy. Quite a challenge for Arlene Foster after

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the May election, the number of department dropping, and she will

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have one position less to give out. Yes, and it is going to be a very

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short honeymoon period for Arlene Foster, because she has come to the

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leadership and vision of the DUP when they were at their peak. The

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last Assembly election, I sense they had peaked, and the only way is

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down. If they come out of this election losing a few seats, it

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feeds into the Ulster U slime that they are growing, and she may have

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to appoint with less posts. -- it feeds into the Ulster Unionist Party

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line. We will see what happens after that. And we will speak to you in a

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moment. Thank you. In the chamber, the Culture Minister

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faced question time today and, during it, she clashed

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with the Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy over her reluctance

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to use the term "Northern Ireland". In fact, Caral Ni Chuilin

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was in combative form all afternoon as she answered questions

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from several unionists the Minister wasn't giving

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away any ground. The cost of the consultation was

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?14,300, a very success of -- successful consultation, 95% of

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responses expressed support for an anguished language act. It was

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published on the 18th of December and it is available on the

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departmental website. Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Can the Minister not

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see that this consultation was a poor use of resources? When you

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consider the political reality, it is that such a bill would require

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cross community support. My party has medically and we will not be

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supporting any act like this. Because not only of how divisive it

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will be but because of the cost of implementing the use of Irish

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courts, and in the Assembly, the language humanist... Can you come to

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the question please? The political reality is when it comes to

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equality, the member and his party have a very poor record, very poor

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record of implementing what were lodged cited reports and

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internationally binding agreements. The Irish language act was in the

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Good Friday Agreement, and it has been an subsequent documents after

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that, I know the member is intelligent and I can't understand

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how he feels to see the 13,000 responses, 95% of which are

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supportive. -- how he fails. It came from right across its unity and

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ahead of some of your party are at. Can I ask the Minister, and plead

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with the Minister, to stop... To stop refusing to use the term

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Northern Ireland, simply for a political reason? And for no good

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reason at all. You are a minister in the Northern Ireland executive, you

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are expected to perform on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland, it's

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time you and your party realised that. First of all, as a former

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minister, I think that's a fairly pure question, and what's even more

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disappointing is the subsequent follow-up question. It actually

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shows that first of all, just to be clear, I've nothing to confess, I

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have no problem seeing Northern Ireland. It's not a term I use. Not

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a term I use. -- no problem saying. But I think the member asking a

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question like this, given his role in departments, real issue it is

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like backroom boy stuff, seriously! It is really sad summer like you

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asked a question like that. Yesterday the Deputy First Minister

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said this is an important year for unionism with the 100th anniversary

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of the Battle of the Somme, those remarks should not have been made,

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that is not just associated with the Unionist committee or those of a

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Protestant background, or other men, both Roman Catholic and resident

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Unionist and nationalist, leaving these shores to fight in France. --

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Protestant Unionist and nationalist. No one team unity owns the Battle of

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the Somme. -- no one community. Yes, I agree and I think you are

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misrepresenting the sentiments in which Martin McGuinness said he

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recognised the importance of the Battle of the Somme in the Unionist

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committee, he is well aware of the numbers of people, and indeed the

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background of the people who left these shores to die elsewhere, he is

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well aware of that. We have been very generous and consistent and

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open in giving acknowledgement and respect to of the events that will

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be marked. Martin McGuinness has done it, I have done it, other

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members have done it, I would encourage the members opposite to do

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this. It was a busy day for the Employment

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and Learning Minister today for further education

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in the Assembly. Stephen Farry told MLAs he wants see

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further education valued similarly to higher education

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and the school system. Today I am launching the new father

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education strategy for Northern Ireland, father education mean

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success. What I am outlining and the steps we will take to implement the

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new strategy will enable colleges to build on the green breaking

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achievements of the sector over the last decade. It will ensure colleges

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continue to vote for the important jewel role of developing a strong

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and vibrant economy and supporting social inclusion. It will also

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enable further education to be recognised as an equal and valued

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pillar of the education system alongside higher education and the

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secondary school system. In 2014 launch the review of further

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education in Northern Ireland and on the 2nd of July 2015 I published a

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consultation document on development of father education strategy for not

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an island, it was wide-ranging in its approach and considerable

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reasonable and national and international policies for several

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commitments, including underlying evidence

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commitments, including underlying analysis of best practice in further

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education colleges and colleges in other parts of the world. Details

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statistical analysis of education activity and the consultation with

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stakeholders. We have current and future jobs requiring increasing and

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high level of skills and breadth of knowledge. Over the next ten years

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the pace of change will accelerate, driven by globalisation, advances in

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technology, new business models and rapidly changing consumer needs. The

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planned introduction of bridges corporation tax can invigorate the

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economy. These development will lead to substantial changes in the world

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of work. Four key objectives, 21 policy commitments in the statement,

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could the Minister provide the more detailed figures in what the budget

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will be the in the next mandate and how many students will be supported?

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The FE sector has had difficult times over the years in terms of

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efficiency savings and cuts that have been passed on from the

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executive. In all of my approach to trying to find savings in my own

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department to address cuts that have been imposed upon us, we've always

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sought to as far as possible protect the front line. Sadly last year that

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was not something that was possible given the magnitude of the cuts we

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were facing and we have seen, regrettably, loss of some provision

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in terms of blazes. The first time we've seen a retreat for many years

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in Northern Ireland. We are still working through the implications of

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the budget agreed by the executive before Christmas. The incoming

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department of the economy is facing a cut and that will create a

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challenging context for all of the different skills that includes

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further education. Stephen Farry on the continuing

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challenges of managing his department in the current

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funding climate. Now, the eagle-eyed among you might

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have noticed two new faces on the SDLP's benches

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since yesterday. Gerard Diver has replaced

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Pat Ramsey as an MLA for Foyle and Daniel McCrossan has succeeded

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Joe Byrne in West Tyrone. Congratulations. I'm getting to

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grips with Stormont? I am, it's a big change but I'm getting used to

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it quickly. You've had to go through quite a few selection processes and

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people are a bit confused. One in October and one more recently. Why

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so many? Why this whiff of controversy about you? In October

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the focus was on selecting an assembly candidate. Joe has had to

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stand down earlier than planned and that led to the second selection a

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few weeks thereafter. If you were already selected to be the assembly

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candidate, surely it was obvious you would be the Co-op tea. They didn't

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have to go through a second selection process in which you won

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anyway. The party is very democratic and we don't do things by half

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measures. I'm very happy to go through both selection processes.

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You're a big supporter of Alasdair McDonnell. Are you now fully behind

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the leadership of Colum Eastwood? Absolutely. My loyalty was -- is

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with the leader. Colum Eastwood will continue with the great work. There

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are a number of changes. It's a positive note and eclipse of what

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Colum is about to do. You didn't back him for the leadership. You

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backed Alister McDermott. I backed the sitting leader because my

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loyalty were with the sitting leader, but now Colum is the leader

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and he has my full support. Do you have any concerns that you're

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backing for Alasdair McDonnell might count against you? Absolutely not.

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Colum get on very well and have a good working relationship and we

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share the same vision. We will rebuild the party and we will do a

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constituency by constituency that will happen over the next couple of

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months. You talked about your party being democratic. There was a rift

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in West Tyrone. You had your supporters and you are selected and

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you're here now. Some people weren't very enthusiastic about your

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candidacy. Has that rift gone away? Have you kissed and made up with

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those individuals who worked enthusiastic about you? That's a

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consequence of democracy. Not everybody agrees with the outcomes.

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I do believe those relationships have mended and will continue to

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mend. We all have plans for the party and the party membership from

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across the constituency share my vision on how we take the party

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forward. You might find it tricky to hold onto this seat in May. Joe

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Burns, if you look back to last time, he got the sixth seat with

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3001st preferences, which was less than half, or about half, what Barry

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Mackle Duff got, who topped the poll. That's one way of looking at

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it. Since then a lot of work has been. The SDLP gained seats in Omagh

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in the council election. Our vote went up when I was Westminster

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candidate last year. That sends a positive message that what we are

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doing is working and we will retain the seat. I'm very confident and I'm

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happy to be the representative. If you were very confident, you would

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have waited for the election in May and taken your chances rather than

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become what did at this stage. That's the true for answer. Joe had

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to go as a result of his ill health. It was a difficult decision for him,

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but he had all our support and we had to find an immediate

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replacement. I'm very happy to be that replacement. Good to talk to

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you and no doubt we will hear more from you over the next few weeks.

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The Agriculture Minister may have answered an urgent oral question

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on recent flooding yesterday in the House, but Members

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were still concerned about her department's response

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First up for Michelle O'Neill, though, was a question

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from her Sinn Fein colleague Oliver McMullan about the recent

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approval of local pork exports to China.

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The pig industry is an important sector here and die was delighted

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when China announced its intention to approve plans in the North for

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pork exports to China. Securing access to one of the primary new

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markets is a very welcome development and followed by my third

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visit to China in June last year which focused on negotiating these

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appraisals. It represents a major boost for the pork industry. It's

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difficult to precisely quantify the value of the market because of

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uncertainty around exchange rates and potential demand and other

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exporters. This trade could generate as much as 10 million in revenue per

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year. Given the uncertainties is difficult to know if the potential

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can be relied but when we work with the industry I'm looking forward to

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the potential that there and for the industry to reach into what is

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expected to become the leading consumer of pig meat by 2022 and

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what we have to offer is something the Chinese market values. I welcome

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the announcement this morning. Can she give the house some estimate as

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to the size of the two potential markets and also an update on what

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she's doing to get Northern Irish beef into the American markets?

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That's one of our priorities. We want to build on the successes we've

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had. We are working closely with the industry around the US market and

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the Philippine market for beef. They are key markets which the industry

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has identified. We are also working hard in terms of Australia add pork.

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There are a number of key areas the industry want us to focus on and

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that's the way we should be targeting these new markets. We've

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had some is excessive in terms of the monetary value of getting into

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these new markets. It's dependent on the take-up. Very much working in

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tandem with my department and the enterprise Department around

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showcasing our products wherever we can and also letting everybody know

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that what we have is fully traceable food that we can stand over, we have

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very wholesome food and that's one of our biggest strengths. She says

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she's been on the ground, she certainly wasn't on the ground when

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31 retail units were flooded. She refused to go out. That was in very

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poor taste. The minister at least owes those retailers of apology

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because of the negligence of her and her department. Can the Minster

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given assurance today that the problems that existed there will be

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remedied to such an extent that it will not happen again? It was sheer

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negligence. I don't agree with your assessment in relation to sheer

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negligence. What happened was clearly an example of a blocked

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grill. The grill was cleared in advance of the storm and it was left

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clear. Unfortunately we had extreme weather, three storms. That storm

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that affected lead to extreme rain and high winds which means debris

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got blocked up in the grill. As soon as the grill was cleared, the water

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flowed away within half an hour. The member will be very clear on those

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facts. I never refuse to go anywhere. I'm happy to meet anybody

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at any time in relation to flooding issues and the response of my

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agency. Has she made a representation to her executive

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colleagues that the businesses which have been victims of the flooding

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incident will be compensated in some way by this executive? I can't say

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it any clearer than what I've said. The executive agreed yesterday that

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we will take a look at the ?1.3 million and how best we spend that

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money. I would much rather protect businesses against flooding as

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opposed to giving them money to clean up afterwards.

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The flooding issue still very much on Michelle O'Neill's agenda.

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The Second Stage of the Employment Bill was on the floor today,

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so Stephen Farry was back on his feet.

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Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK in which implement law is

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devolved. This provides us with the opportunity and responsibility

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developed unemployment relations framework that meets the needs of

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our region. I was impressed by the arguments of

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many consultees who made the point that it is the quality rather than

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the length of consultation that matters. I was all social drug by

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the arguments against having the three redundancy periods. It is with

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regret that I have decided not to take forward that matter in the

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present bill as there is insufficient political consensus on

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the issue. I also believe it was an opportunity to improve workers

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rights, but in some cases that opportunity had not been taken. CBI

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had said it was broadly content with the bill but noted there would be

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resource imprecations. The CBI also believed that more could be done by

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the LRH to insure the claims are rooted out and the process speeded

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up. The CBI believed the bill was a missed opportunity to extend the

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qualification period for unfair dismissal to two years. Both of

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which would have brought Northern Ireland into line with GB. The

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department objectives to identify opportunities to reduce regulation

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and minister to burden on businesses while protecting the rights of Poyet

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is under the three key themes, early resolution of workplace disputes,

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efficient and effective employment tribunal 's better regulation

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measures has in general received a broad welcome from all stakeholders.

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Everyone wants to see less bureaucracy and more effective and

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efficient streamlined system. Employers and employees want to see

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these matters dealt with in an informal away as possible. If

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conciliation or agreement can be reached outside of a formal tribunal

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setting, that's what the majority of people want to see. Nobody wants to

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have to go through a formal employment tribunal because it is a

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context and burdensome process. Often resolutions -- opportunities

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for resolution outside the formal tribunal setting is something we

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should continue to explore at every opportunity. I only picked up this

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issue this week. Pat Ramsey was leading this. I don't know if it is

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a departmental or executive oversight we have an with. Zero our

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contracts. -- hour. I don't think something this big... It shouldn't

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be dealt with in emergency amendment and it would probably derail the

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bill and the other good stuff we want to get through in this mandate.

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Zero our contracts are undermining decent work. They are one of the big

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implement issues of our time. And the second stage

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of the Employment Bill And Chris Donnelly has

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joined me for a final word. What did you make of what Daniel

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McCrossan had to say? He seems an impressive candidate. He is

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something new for the party in that area. Joe Byrne was a veteran

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candidate. He made the point that Joe Byrne only got in last time and

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that's an area where Sinn Fein have a formidable electoral machine. He

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did well last year in Westminster, he grew the vote and presented the

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vote. I can see him developing his presence and if you do look at the

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SDLP now under Colum Eastwood, there are a number of areas where they

:27:40.:27:44.

have introduced younger faces, a different generation. You have

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Colum, Claire Hanlon, Nicola Balin will probably be the candidate in

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north Belfast. We see a generational change which has been successfully

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transitioned. It's ironic that perhaps Sinn Fein have missed a

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trick. They haven't so far made that transition and that will be

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interesting to see in the next assembly term for these people, what

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is the nation -- the competent relationship they will have is in

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opposition. Do you think that's something the SDLP needs to think

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about? After May, moving out of the executive and coming back clearly in

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opposition? One of the things they are trying is to present themselves

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as the younger face. Youth on its own will not deliver what they need.

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They have to find a place to call their own. They can only do that if

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they go into opposition and try to make noise or make critiques of what

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the government are doing across-the-board. Interesting

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thought. Thanks, Chris.

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That's it for tonight. The View is back this Thursday

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at 10.35 on BBC One and the new First Minister

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Arlene Foster. For now, though, from everyone

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in the team, bye-bye. dogs and like,

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I'd call them cannibals. We're talking hypothetical, here.

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Yeah. But, I, personally, would probably

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put the dog before me. I've got myself into a situation

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with someone

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A political programme focusing on the day's events at the Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive. Mark Carruthers is the guide through the corridors of power at Stormont, and is joined by key people - from decision makers to opinion formers - to make the experience enlightening and entertaining.


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