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Summary

  1. MLAs discussed Brexit and the impacts on Northern Ireland.
  2. Members debated the final stage of the Budget (No. 2) Bill.
  3. The First Minister, Arlene Foster, and the Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, took to the floor in question time.
  4. The communities minister brought a number of motions to the house on the draft welfare supplementary payment regulations.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Brooke Allen

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    Deputy Speaker Patsy McGlone adjourns the assembly. 

    Join us tomorrow morning for another plenary session starting at 10:30 BST.

  2. Draft Renewables Obligation Closure Order

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton introduces a motion calling on members to approve a statutory rule.

    He explains that the renewables obligation, or NIRO, has been the mechanism for incentivising renewable energy production in Northern Ireland since 2005.

    The order refers to small-scale onshore wind power generation.

    The minister says the threat to renewables industry is such that he felt the NIRO should close on 30 June.

    Economy Committee chairperson Conor Murphy supports the move.

    The motion is passed on an oral vote.

  3. Draft Landlord Registration Scheme Regulations

    Peter Weir introduces another motion on behalf of the Communities Minister.

    The Draft Landlord Registration Scheme Regulations are approved on an oral vote.

  4. Regulations agreed

    The Draft Discretionary Support Regulations are agreed. 

  5. Motion: Draft Discretionary Support Regulations

    Mr Weir introduces a motion on Draft Discretionary Support Regulations. 

    "Discretionary support is unique to Northern Ireland and will seek to assist those on low incomes, working or non-working, when an extreme, exceptional, or crisis situation arises, preventing a significant risk to the health, safety or well-being of either the person making the application, or their immediate family " he says. 

  6. Regulations approved

    Disability graphic

    Peter Weir responds to the debate and thanks members for their interest in the motions, "even when they have been opposing them". 

    The motion on the Draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Loss of Disability Living Allowance) is not agreed on an oral vote and the house divides. 

    The regulations are approved. 

    The motion on the Draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Loss of Disability-related Premiums) is agreed on an oral vote. 

    The final motion on the Draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Loss of Carer Payments) is also agreed on an oral vote. 

  7. 'Offends basic concepts of decency'

    Sinn Féin's Fra McCann rises to support the motions. 

    On the other hand, TUV Leader, Jim Allister, agrees with Andy Allen, that the perpetrator of a terrorist attack, who causes his disability out of his own act, is to be compensated and treated in the same way as an innocent victim. 

    "The is amoral and it is something that offends basic concepts of decency," he says. 

    "I am astounded that a minister from the DUP benches brings forward such an obscene proposal". 

  8. UUP objections

    Andy Allen
    Image caption: Andy Allen

    Colum Eastwood, the Communities Committee chairperson, says, on behalf of the committee, he recommends that the assembly approves all 3 motions. 

    However, Ulster Unionist Andy Allen, says the party "does not support the proposed mitigation for conflicted-related injury cases". 

    "This will see perpetrators who set out to cause death, and indeed left many with disabilities, to receive the same mitigation package as innocent victims," he says. 

  9. Welfare Supplementary Payments

    Peter Weir

    Education Minister Peter Weir brings three motions on Welfare Supplementary Payments on behalf of Communities Minister Paul Givan, who is unable to attend.

    The motions concern mitigating changes to payments following the introduction of welfare reform legislation.

  10. The Budget Bill passes

    The Budget No.2 Bill passes on a cross community vote

  11. The house divides

    The house divides for a cross-community vote.

  12. The minister responds

    The Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, makes his concluding remarks, responding to MLAs who spoke on the debate. 

    With Brexit dominating many of these remarks, the minister says we "must not be blind to the crisis that is unfolding". 

    "In this budget we have made choices and I stand by those choices," he says. 

    "I believe I present to the house, a budget that will meet our needs in the time ahead". 

  13. 200,000 jobs

    Declan Kearney

    Declan Kearney of Sinn Féin says it is "unacceptable that the democratic will of this region should be overruled by English voters".

    He says that "200,000 jobs in Ireland directly and indirectly depend on 1.2bn euros worth of trade north and south on the island every week".

    "Brexit directly weakens all of that and more."

  14. 'Pause and reflection' on corporation tax

    Purse

    Stephen Farry suggests that there should be "a pause and reflection on the way forward with corporation tax" as devolution of the taxation powers had been envisaged in the context of EU membership.

    He says the budget is "not sufficiently sustainable, or strategic".

  15. Finance minister should 'be vigilant'

    Claire Hanna

    The Finance Committee's deputy chairperson, Claire Hanna, says she does not share the enthusiasm of the "post Brexit world view" of the committee chair, Emma Pengelly. 

    She asks the finance minister what strategies he will put in place to "be vigilant" to avoid a "raid" from a new UK government who "will not consider the differing needs that this region has". 

  16. 'Significant work done' in last mandate

    Mr O'Dowd responds to Mr Smith's claim that there "has not been enough reform in the last 5 to 10 years". 

    He says in the last mandate, there was "significant work done" and makes reference to changes such as extra funding for education and the implementation of the voluntary exit scheme in the public sector

    Mr O'Dowd says he supports the Budget Bill. 

  17. Sun 'hiding behind a financial cloud'

    Philip Smith

    Ulster Unionist Philip Smith talks about the failure of the previous executive to "reform and drive change" and says that means that this budget "fails to meet the needs of the people of Northern Ireland".

    Sinn Féín's John O'Dowd says "the sun has been hiding behind a financial cloud for at least 7 to 8 years" and he talks about the idea of a "trickledown economy". 

    "When things go wrong, the trickle turns into a tide of austerity against those at the very bottom of the stream and from the economic crash in 2007/2008, we have been dealing with the consequences of that tidal wave coming down the stream," he says. 

  18. Northern Ireland 'needed a game-changer'

    Finance Committee chairperson, Emma Pengelly, says Northern Ireland "needed a game-changer" as before this, "we had the shackles of the European Union". 

    "Let us move on positively, working collaboratively to bring about the economic transformation we need and want to see. Let us see the opportunities, not the challenges," she says. 

  19. Final stage: Budget (No. 2) Bill

    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

    MLAs are now debating the final stage of the Budget (No. 2) Bill. 

    Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir emphasises the "critical importance of the bill", and says the EU referendum result does not change the bill. 

    He urges the young people who voted in "overwhelming numbers" to stay in the EU, not to be "downhearted" and not to be "forced from the path of creating a shared, diverse and prosperous society 

    "It is my intention to ensure that our young people are not denied the bounty of Europe," he says.