Category: Green Issues

  • High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 07 March 2011 I welcome the amendment. High hedges and trees have been a major issue in my constituency. As a member of North Down Borough Council, I have dealt with many such cases over the past 30 years. Indeed, I was involved in drawing up a number of my constituents’ responses to Lord Rooker’s consultation, […]

  • Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 01 March 2011 I welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. It is time that we had an update to the protection of wildlife. As the Chairperson said, perhaps it does not go far enough. Neverthe­less, there is much in the legislation to welcome. It is important that the Bill will introduce […]

  • High Hedges Bill: Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    High Hedges Bill: Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 21 February 2011 I too welcome the legislation. High hedges are a very common problem in North Down. In fact, I have been involved in a number of disputes — [Laughter.] Sorry, I have been involved in trying to resolve a number of disputes between neighbours. They are extremely difficult and some people are particularly […]

  • Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 07 February 2011 It was 40 years ago when my former colleague the late MP for Bangor Bertie McConnell first introduced such a Bill to the old Northern Ireland Parliament. Although it was passed by the Commons, it was delayed by the Senate and fell when the Parliament was abolished in 1972. My North Down Alliance […]

  • Green New Deal (Assembly)

    Green New Deal (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 05 October 2010 I support the motion and the amendment. I am delighted to see such unanimity in the Chamber today. The Green Party has been a long-standing supporter of the green new deal. Indeed, it was a supporter long before the green new deal group was set up, and our party manifesto for […]

  • Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 3o June 2010 I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council. Like other Members, I welcome the Bill as it addresses many of the problems that face councillors on a day-to-day basis. It will increase the powers of councillors and bring them into line with district councils inGreat Britain. […]

  • Draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 (Assembly)

    Draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 23 February 2010 We in the Green Party have been pressing for a cap-and-trade scheme for many years, and we welcome the fact that it is finally coming into operation. It will force businesses and public sector organisations in particular to take their energy consumption seriously. There are many examples of wasted energy. Some […]

  • Report on the Inquiry into Climate Change (Assembly)

    Report on the Inquiry into Climate Change (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 07 December 2009 I welcome the report and congratulate the Committee on its hard work, widespread consultation and compre­hensive research. The report makes 52 recommendations, most of which I agree with, although I have some reservations. It is important that we recognise the global impact of climate change on the most vulnerable […]