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Primary Schools: East Belfast Adjournment Debate

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I am grateful to the Member for securing the debate. It is a timely debate and one which, I am very pleased to say, I was able to secure in December 2008, when we debated very similar issues.

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Mobile Phone Roaming Charges Motion

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I beg to move the following amendment: Leave out all after ‘2015;’ and insert

“and calls on the mobile network operators to abolish roaming charges in advance of 2015; and further notes that regulation of telecommunications on a UK-wide basis is key to a competitive Northern Ireland marketplace.”

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All-Ireland Job Creation Strategy

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When I first read the motion, my reaction was to look at it from an economic point of view and to think that the arguments should be about that. However, after hearing the Members who tabled the motion speak in this debate, I know that that is not the case. It is purely and simply a political argument that is being advanced.

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United Assembly Against Terrorism

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I also wish to be associated with the tributes that have been paid to all the members of the security forces — many of whom gave their lives in the duty of service — who stood between us and the objectives of the terrorists. It is absolutely necessary that the Assembly know exactly what we are up against from dissident terrorists. I will refer to some remarks that were made by a dissident, who, following an interview with ‘The Guardian’ on 15 July 2011, indicated:

“mainstream republicans were coming over to organisation’s way of thinking.”

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2011

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Mr Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to be with you this evening for the tenth regional Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, organised and supported by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

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Barnardo's 'Ready To Learn'

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Thank you very much and good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

I am delighted to be here today to help launch the ‘Ready to Learn’ programme and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved at Barnardo’s for organising this event and for inviting me along to speak.

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Consumer Council "The Price Of Being Poor"

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Thank you Rick for your kind words of welcome.  I am delighted to be here this afternoon.

It is appropriate that this event is taking place here in Clifton House – one of Belfast’s most historic buildings, which was used as a base by the Belfast Charitable Society in its aim of addressing hardship and working with the poor and those in need. It is a sad reality that today there are still many who continue to experience disadvantage and poverty on a daily basis.

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EU Progress Micro-Finance Seminar

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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Parliament Buildings.

I’m very pleased that you could accept our invitation to today’s event because you have a vital role to play in helping us to get our economy back on its feet, to encourage new enterprise and to create badly-needed new jobs.

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Save The Children Young People's Ambassadors' Conference

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Good Morning everyone and many thanks to Save the Children for inviting me here today to speak at your “Child Poverty….break the cycle!” conference.

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Comprehensive Spending Review Speech 25th October 2010

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The fact that the Assembly has been recalled indicates that this is one of the most serious debates that it has entered into. It is certainly one of the most relevant, and people want to see outcomes and positive actions from it.

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