Assembly Speaker taking medical advice to work from home for 12 weeks

Alex Maskey says: “I have received advice from my Health Trust to advise that, due to my cardiac history, I am in the group of those who should stay at home and avoid face to face contact for least twelve weeks. I have therefore written to all Members today to inform them that I will therefore be working from home in the time ahead. “This does not prevent me from conducting the majority of my responsibilities as Speaker – many …

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Today at the Assembly

Local theatres have begun to rehearse their festive pantomimes, but after a long break, politicians at Parliament Buildings today stepped back into the Assembly chamber to put on their own show. With more than 1,000 days to put their house in order and figure out how restore a stable legislative assembly, the matinee’s start time was put back an hour to 1pm while the Speaker’s office took legal advice. A couple of sets of actors failed to turn up, with the Sinn Féin and Alliance benches remaining completely empty.

Are unionists ‘…committed to drastically lowering people’s standards of living’?

This is a quick companion piece to Mick’s on welfare reform cuts. Gerry Adams issued a longish statement last week on the issue, which presumably can be taken as the current Sinn Féin position. These are a few relevant extracts: The DUP has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to participate positively in any of the institutions. Instead it has adopted a tactical approach aimed at serving the political agenda of a fundamentalist rump in their party rather than the needs of the …

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NI Assembly – bak 2 skul in the form of a comic

Snippet from NI Assembly comic

The NI Assembly’s education service has produced a comic aimed at educating school children about the local democratic institutions. As well as covering the daily/weekly life of a MLA, departments and ministers, it even gets as far as working out an example of the transferrable vote system in action! So far, none of the cartoon characters seem to resemble real elected representatives …