Canlyniadau 161–180 o 3679 ar gyfer speaker:Conor Murphy

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Hospitality Sector: Challenges (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: In the context of the Budget that we have available to us, that will always be very challenging, but there are things that we can do. As I said, one of the key elements of the increasing cost of doing business is energy costs. Through the path to net zero energy strategy, there are supports for energy, being more efficient and having access to renewable energy for businesses through Invest...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Hospitality Sector: Challenges (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I am a firm believer that policies and strategies must be co-designed with the people who are at the working end of them in those sectors. Clearly, when we are designing a strategy for the tourism and hospitality sector, we want people who are in that sector to be engaged in it. I think that that will lead to the best outcome. As I said, in a space where we have limited resources, we need to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Hospitality Sector: Challenges (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I am not. We do not have access to the agenda for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. I am not sure whether that issue is on it, but I know that, if part of that is to support the arrangements from the Good Friday Agreement, both Governments need to ensure that what they are doing collectively supports the general direction that we are trying to develop to grow the economy. As I...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Hospitality Sector: Challenges (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: Yes, I do understand that fully, and that is an ongoing challenge. The rates that we collect fund about 10% of the Executive's available resources, and that goes into health, education and all the other priorities that Members in this Chamber stand up and say we need to spend more money on. That is the balance between trying to raise money and doing so in a way that tries to ensure that...

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

Conor Murphy: The responsibility for establishing Intertrade UK sits with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and is in the planning stage. As part of my plans to grow the economy, we will be engaging with all relevant partners and bodies to ensure that trade moves smoothly and businesses are kept informed of new trading arrangements. We look forward to working with all stakeholders,...

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

Conor Murphy: As I said, Intertrade UK is a creation of Whitehall. Its ownership stays in Whitehall with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, so we do not have any funding input to it. InterTradeIreland, as you know, is a creation of the Good Friday Agreement and the North/South bodies that flow from that, and the arrangements for funding — our contribution and Dublin's contribution...

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

Conor Murphy: As I have been saying in response to previous questions, there is a real challenge for all Departments with the budgets that are available to us. There was an acknowledgement by the Government, prior to the Executive's coming back, that we had been underfunded. We continue to suffer from the legacy of that underfunding, which has not been properly addressed by the Treasury as yet. On the...

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

Conor Murphy: The Member has made his own commentary on 10X. We have a three-year mandate. If we were to go back to starting all these strategies from scratch and going out to consult on them, the mandate would be over by the time that that was complete. Therefore, we decided, with the agreement of the Department and of Invest NI, to put in place a strategic focus. One of the criticisms of Invest NI in the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Executive Committee Business: Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension — The draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I thank Members for their contributions and the Business Committee for scheduling the debate. I share in the acknowledgement of the initiation of the legislation by Pat Catney and the good work that was done at local government level by Sandra Duffy and others to advance the issue. As others have said, it is important legislation where society is progressive and is an example of the positive...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Executive Committee Business: Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension — The draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I beg to move That the draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 be approved.

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Executive Committee Business: Standing Orders 10(2) to 10(4): Suspension — The draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024 (29 Ebr 2024)

Conor Murphy: I seek the Assembly's approval for the draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024. These regulations were laid before the Assembly on 29 March 2024 and will come into operation once they are approved by the Assembly. Period poverty is the inability of some women or girls to access sanitary products and/or the...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Private Members' Business: Job Creation: Ambitious Targets (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I thank the Members for the debate. It was very informative, and a lot of very good points were made. I apologise that I missed the debate last week, when I was away on travels, but the nature of the debates, particularly on the economy, has been very constructive. I hope that we continue in that vein and collectively realise that, if we pull together, we can make a distinct improvement on...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Economic Productivity (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: There is an element of attracting inward investment here, but there is also an element, which we were involved in over there, of allowing our firms to be involved in export to the States. A growing number of them are doing that now. In that regard, the economic adviser, Joe Kennedy, has been very helpful in making sure that the firms that go over get access to the people that they want to...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Lecturers: Pay Parity (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I had an opportunity to meet the trade unions in the first week that I was in office. I told them that I shared their ambition to get further education lecturers on a trajectory where their pay is linked to teachers' pay. What we are trying to do with the amount of money available is get a settlement for this year to try to give people some support and agree together to set the trajectory of...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Lecturers: Pay Parity (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I fully understand their frustration with how things have developed over the years. I have seen people from my local college on picket lines over the years. Their demand is legitimate. What we are trying to do is get, with the envelope that is available to us, an award made to them that will improve circumstances for this year and then work closely with them to get them on the right...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: BT/EE: Enniskillen Site (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I have not met them directly, but my officials and my special adviser have. He is aware that I have written to them. They have also engaged with the trade unions representing people there. I understand the concern in the Enniskillen and Fermanagh area about potential job losses. BT is in an international downsizing exercise, and there is serious concern. It is not simply about the potential...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: BT/EE: Enniskillen Site (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: No, I have not. As I said, following our intervention — the day after I wrote to them — they extended the consultation process by a further two weeks. That is due to end next week; on the 28 March, I think. We will have no insight before that on what propositions may be put on the table. We will keep a close eye on the situation, and we are determined to support the people from...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: USA Trip: Engagements (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: We had a number of engagements in New York, which were primarily business-focused, before we went to Washington for the events there. Some of those were with businesses from here that were out there, such as First Derivative, but others were with businesses that may be considering investing here. Some of what was discussed is commercially sensitive, so they were private discussions. The...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: USA Trip: Engagements (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: I find that most businesses want as much certainty as they can get for their investment decisions. Of course, the United States has been a critical trading and inward investment partner for us. A debate is ongoing in the Assembly today in relation to these matters, but anything that undoes the certainty that currently exists does a disservice to our ability to grow the economy here, attract...

Cynulliad Gogledd Iwerddon: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Further Education Delivery Model: Review (19 Maw 2024)

Conor Murphy: If I took the Member up right, that is the same question that Sinéad McLaughlin asked in relation to pay matters. Is that correct? I beg your pardon; I did not catch the first part of the question.


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