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Junior Minister's Speech- Retail NI 10 30th September 2010

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Thank you for the kind introduction. I’m grateful for the invitation to be with you here this morning at the Stormont Hotel. As a local MLA, it is also great to have your conference back in East Belfast once again. I must also congratulate the organisers for once again having managed to attract an impressive range of speakers.

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Junior Minister's Speech- Sustainable Development Conference 21st Spetember 2010

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Firstly, can I begin by welcoming everyone here today.  This is an important event for my Department – as the policy leaders within Government – as we seek to progress the sustainability agenda here in Northern Ireland.  We have held a long-term ambition to host an event that brings together individuals from across the sustainable development spectrum to share experiences and knowledge and to examine these in a ‘real world’ context.

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Junior Minister's Speech- Amnesty International Poverty And Human Rights / Millenium Development Goals Event 13th September 2010

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Good afternoon everyone and many thanks for inviting me here today to speak at your ‘Poverty, Health and Human Rights’ Event.

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Junior Minister's Speech- UK Youth Parliament 26th July 2010

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I feel very privileged to be here today at the close of such an exciting event.  As a politician, it is very encouraging to see evidence before me of the extent of interest taken by young people in influencing their own future and that of their country. 

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Junior Minister's Speech- Interface Belfast Project 18th May 2010

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for the invitation to be involved in the launch of your interface project.

The problems faced by people living in interface areas are a very real concern to the Executive.  We want to support research which strives to increase understanding of the difficulties faced by people living in these areas and projects which can improve their lives and the oppotunities open to them.

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Junior Minister's Speech- National Children's Bureau NI Project 'Attitudes To Difference' Report Launch

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Thank you for your kind invitation to come here today and for those words of welcome.

I want to start by commending the work that has been put into producing what is an excellent and enlightening report on 'Attitudes to Difference'.

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- European Year 2010 Event 24th March 2010

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Thank you Noel for your kind introduction. And thank you to the Lord Mayor and Belfast City Council for letting us use this great venue today to hold this very important event.

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- Cohesion, Sharing And Integration 24th February 2010

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Thank you Mr Speaker. I welcome this opportunity to come here to day to discuss and debate the new proposed good relations programme which has the aim of achieving greater cohesion, sharing and integration across Northern Ireland. 

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- British Irish Council Meeting On Misuse Of Drugs 24th February 2010

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Mr Speaker, in compliance with the requirements of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as amended by the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, I wish to make the following report on the seventh British-Irish Council meeting in Misuse of Drugs Sectoral format which was held in the Tynwald Building, Isle of Man last Wednesday, 24 February 2010.  The Minister for Health Social Services and Public Safety was unable to attend, the Executive was therefore represented by myself and Minister Murphy, MP, MLA, Minister for Regional Development.  This report has been endorsed by Minister Murphy and he has agreed that I should make it on behalf of both of us.

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Junior Minister Newton's Speech- Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference In Parliament Buildings 4th February 2010

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I am delighted to extend a welcome to you to Northern Ireland.  Its is a pleasure to see you all here in Parliament Buildings to participate in this Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference.

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