Canlyniadau 121–140 o 3679 ar gyfer speaker:Conor Murphy

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

Conor Murphy: A report was published, I believe, when the Assembly was down, from which flowed an implementation plan. I think that that is what the Member is referring to. That was used for internal guidance for officials on how they brought that work forward. I understand that there were no plans to publish that, but I am sure, given that the officials came before both Committees, that they are keen to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Climate Change Targets ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: I recognise the need to assist businesses to meet our climate change targets. My Department is working with Invest NI to deliver financial support for businesses through a new scaled phase of its energy and resource efficiency programme. The main part of that programme is the energy efficiency capital grant scheme, which was announced in early May and is open for applications across a wide...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Climate Change Targets ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: As I said, the primary focus of that programme is the energy efficiency support grant. In the region of 600 applications have been received, a couple of hundred of which have already been processed. That scheme only opened in May, so you can see that there is a wide range of interest in it. We also are engaging with the British Government on the investment zone, and we have already indicated...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Climate Change Targets ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: As I mentioned, we are working with Invest NI and the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) to develop the net zero accelerator fund. It is intended to be a catalyst for attracting and complementing private investment in the green economy. We are also working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to establish the enhanced investment zone, which, as I said, is a fund...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Climate Change Targets ( 3 Meh 2024)

Conor Murphy: The high street task force, which is responsible for a lot of those matters, is led by another Department, and the Department for the Economy makes a contribution to it. We are keen to work with all Departments to help the high street, particularly in areas that have been unexpectedly damaged. High streets are struggling in general with the economic conditions that we have, and Newry and...

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

Conor Murphy: I agree that our universities and colleges should work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for learners. It is also important to recognise that schools and community-based providers play an important role in ensuring a joined-up and effective education sector. In order to ensure that colleges and universities in particular work together in a complementary and not competitive manner,...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Private Members' Business: Ban Petroleum Licensing and Fracking (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I welcome the opportunity to speak about this important issue. Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time, and moving away from fossil fuels will be a vital part of the transition towards a greener economy and a more sustainable way of life. Reducing carbon emissions is one of my four key objectives. Reaching net zero by 2050 is both a legal requirement and a moral...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Private Members' Business: Ban Petroleum Licensing and Fracking (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: First, if it is a planning application, it is a matter for the Department for Infrastructure. Secondly, if it is the same issue as the one that, I think, the Member is raising, that is being decided by the council in relation to the application. As I was saying, it is time for us to act, and I intend to ban all forms of petroleum exploration and production, including fracking. That will help...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Non-domestic RHI: Proposals (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: Costings have been done, but they need to be bottomed out. Part of the paper that we brought to the Executive will do that. The Executive need to be agreeable to bringing the scheme to a close, and we will then put that forward. We have no doubt that it will be a matter of some debate and discussion. We have a sense of the cost. Bear in mind that the scheme was funded through annually managed...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Renewables Targets (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I did not set the targets, so it is nothing to do with my ambition. The Executive in the previous mandate agreed the targets, and we all have to bend our will to make sure that we meet them. It is not just a legal obligation to meet them; it is a moral obligation. I understand that other jurisdictions are struggling, and I have no doubt that the targets are incredibly challenging. I also have...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Renewables Targets (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: As I said, that is a matter for the Executive as a whole. We have a responsibility there and we have a responsibility to work with others on it, and we certainly will not slack. That is why I made net zero one of the four priorities for the Department. When a strategic focus was being provided to the Department, I identified that a net zero approach as one of the four targets. We will do...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Shared Prosperity Fund (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: A lot of the funding that we provided to the sector came directly from European funding. That European funding was lost. We managed to plug the gap over COVID, but that funding came to an end in the last round. The funding was not replaced, despite the Government's promises. We have moved from a process where the Executive had funding that could be used through the Department for the Economy,...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Shared Prosperity Fund (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: Yes. I am more than happy to meet the Minister for Communities, as we have a shared interest in the matter. When we talk to people abroad and here, the big attraction for investment is the people and their skills. That is the number-one attraction that people refer to. Our biggest challenge is getting more people and more skills because of the way that that support has been removed from...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism: Economic Potential (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I agree with the Member that we could do much more. Some 70% of people employed in the tourism industry are outside Belfast, so support for it certainly adds to regional balance. A consultation document was out, and there has been a lot of feedback on that. We are now setting up a tourism implementation group, which will involve people from tourism, hospitality and other sectors to make sure...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism: Economic Potential (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: A large brand attracts people. They become interested in the overall attraction — it might be the Wild Atlantic Way, which runs the full length of the west coast — and then, when people are interested in going there because of the large brand, you get into the local sectoral offer and what is available. That is what attracts any of us who plan a holiday. You look at an area that you might...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism: Failte Ireland’s Brands (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I have already had conversations with officials. A piece of work is already agreed and funded by the Shared Island Fund to consider linkages in relation to the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway coast. There is scope for looking at the other major brands, Ireland's Ancient East and the Hidden Heartlands. We are in a conversation about those, and I hope to see some movement there. Of course,...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Tourism: Failte Ireland’s Brands (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: Local political and cultural tours are opportunities to bring tourism benefits, including those from tourism spend, into areas that have not necessarily had a peace dividend. Things like the black taxi tours on the Falls and the Shankill are, I think, the second-biggest attraction in Belfast, without having been seriously promoted. I am sure that, in Derry, the experience of the walls and the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Apprenticeships (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: There is a range of programmes that deal with apprenticeships. They are critical. As I said in response to one of your colleagues, when you go internationally in particular, you hear people saying that the attraction of here is the people and the skills. We need to ensure that we have sufficient skills. We used European funding for programmes to bring people into, and back into, the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Apprenticeships (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: The Member correctly identifies that not only are those good jobs and good skills to have but that they are transferable, wherever you go. We are also now in a situation in which people cannot get apprentices or skilled workers, such as people with construction skills and a whole range of others. There is a greater sense from employers — we need to keep encouraging this — that they value...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Non-domestic RHI: Proposals (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: The Member will be aware that a previous Executive committed, as part of an agreement, to closing the RHI scheme. I have put forward proposals to the Executive to do just that. I hope that the Executive will deal with that in the not-too-distant future. We have a situation where the scheme is not delivering its intended outcomes in carbon reduction. As I said, there was an agreement among the...


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