Canlyniadau 101–120 o 3679 ar gyfer speaker:Conor Murphy

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Third-level Qualifications ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The first priority when I came into office was to get the lecturers' pay issues resolved. I am glad that we were able to get that done. I have had a meeting with the principals of the colleges, and we will continue to bring that reform work forward. We want to make sure that we have a system that recognises the unique product of each college, their autonomy and the communities that they serve...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Third-level Qualifications ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: At the joint meeting that I had with them, we did not get down to individual campuses, but I have had discussions. I met the Member's party leader in relation to the Castlereagh campus. I have had correspondence and issues raised with me by other elected representatives. I had the pleasure of visiting the college in the Member's constituency and chatting to the principal and senior staff...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Third-level Qualifications ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: Across nearly all Departments, when Ministers came into office, our primary focus was to ensure that we resolved public-sector pay issues. With the exception of the Department of Education — I understand, however, that there will be, hopefully, some progress with the schools this week — those issues, by and large, have been resolved. I met representatives from the colleges and talked to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tuition Fees ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: I have no intention of increasing tuition fees, given that our students already face considerable cost-of-living pressures and that many take on significant debt to access higher education. I am committed to working with the higher education sector to embed sustainable funding arrangements that enable the sector to thrive and create more opportunities for our students.

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tuition Fees ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: We want to see an increase; I have stated that as a desired outcome. The simple answer of placing the burden of the cost of that on students is unfair, because we are in a cost-of-living crisis and are putting thousands and thousands of young people into significant debt just so they can go through higher education. I have committed to working with our institutions to try to see whether we...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tuition Fees ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The Executive parties made a commitment in the New Decade, New Approach agreement to get the numbers at the Magee campus up to 10,000. I intend to operate to that plan. I discussed with representatives from the universities and, since coming back very recently, with officials the ways in which we can work to ensure that the numbers are increased. It clearly will be a focus. It was an...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tuition Fees ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: We have just got our budgets. We have to analyse what we have. We recognise that we do not have as much as we wanted. Every Department is in the same position. I am sure that you have heard that from other Ministers already today. We do not have the amount of funding that we would like, but, nonetheless, we will continue to provide support for students. We managed to find funding in-year to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tuition Fees ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The easiest way to do that is to have more money. If the Member agrees with me that it is unfair to place that burden on young people, who get themselves in significant debt just to have the benefit of accessing higher education, the easiest thing to do is to increase the funding available to support them. Of course, that is a different conversation to have with the Government in London. I...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Ulster University Magee Taskforce ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: I would rather answer question 8. [Laughter.]

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Ulster University Magee Taskforce ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: I established the independent task force in March under the leadership of Stephen Kelly and Nicola Skelly. The group has met twice, receiving presentations from Ulster University (UU) and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Local business leaders also led a task force discussion on future skills needs in the north-west. The next task force meeting will take place this Wednesday and will...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Ulster University Magee Taskforce ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: A total funding package of £152 million has been committed for the expansion of Magee. That includes previously announced funding of £38 million from the Shared Island Fund for a new teaching block, city deals and a future fund as well as investment from the university's reserves. For the next financial year, the Department includes up to £4·1 million resource and up to £14·7 million...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Ulster University Magee Taskforce ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: That will require us to engage with UU. The task force will have oversight of and input to a more detailed plan on the allocation of that funding. It will be made available in the financial year to take forward opportunities to expand the Magee campus by developing the infrastructure and increasing student numbers. As the Member rightly said, the task force will come forward with a plan in...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Support ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: Provision of high-quality, affordable childcare is a priority for the Executive. On 23 May, the Education Minister outlined a package of measures for early learning and childcare that has been agreed by the Executive. One element of the package is a targeted business support scheme for childcare providers to assist those in financial difficulty and in areas where the demand for childcare...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Childcare Sector: Support ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The Executive's clear intention is to provide affordable childcare. That is of benefit not only to families, individuals and communities but to the economy, because it allows people to return to work. The Executive have therefore made not a one-off commitment but a commitment over the years, and I sincerely hope that, once we get the schemes started, we will follow them through with the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Energy Efficiency Capital Grant ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The energy efficiency capital grant was announced in early May and is open for applications across a wide range of businesses. The grant is aimed at helping businesses to reduce emissions and lower their energy demands through the installation of energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies. The application process is managed through an online digital portal that facilitates live...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Energy Efficiency Capital Grant ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: I thank the Member. I want to record my gratitude to my colleague Deirdre Hargey for stepping up in my absence and keeping momentum going in the Department. On the question of regional balance for this scheme in particular, Invest NI will use the portal and closely monitor the enquiries and applications that are being received and approved across the region. That includes capturing and...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Flood Compensation Payments: Update ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: Local councils are responsible for making payments under the flood relief schemes funded by the Department for the Economy. There were 108 applications to the enhanced flood scheme across two councils. As of 3 June, the councils have issued letters of offer to 27 businesses, with a value of £1·601 million. To date, payments of £310,000 have been made to 22 businesses. Further payments will...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Flood Compensation Payments: Update ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: Like the Member, I represent one of the areas where flooding occurred, so I know of the urgency of getting funding out to businesses. I hope that councils can make every effort to ensure that that happens quickly. I understand that there is a complex process of assessment and verification and a need to protect public funds. Ten million pounds was set aside for support. We hope to see as much...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Flood Compensation Payments: Update ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: Of course, councils have a responsibility to protect public funding and make sure that funds are distributed appropriately. I would also like to ensure, however, that there is a degree of flexibility. At the outset of our engagement with the councils, we asked them to apply a degree of flexibility to ensure that they understand the real challenges that businesses have suffered as a...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: 14-19 Landscape: Success ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The 14-19 framework is a joint endeavour between my Department and the Department of Education. The Minister of Education and I have met to discuss our approach to the work and our shared priorities, taking account of the current education and skills environment. As a first step, we have prioritised careers as a priority area for delivery and have tasked officials from our Departments to...


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