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  1. MLAS approve an SDLP motion demanding "urgent, renewed effort" to conclude Troubles legacy cases
  2. Assembly rejects DUP call for "significant" reduction in on-street car parking fines
  3. First Minister Arlene Foster and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton face Question Time

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Iain McDowell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today...

    Danny Kennedy adjourns the assembly.

    Parliament Buildings at Stormont

    Join us tomorrow morning at 10:30 for more live coverage from Stormont.

    Tuesday's business includes debates on legacy inquests and ending paramilitarism.

  2. SDLP motion on addressing Troubles legacy passes

    The DUP amendment is defeated by 93 votes to 34.

    The Sinn Féin amendment also falls, this time by 47 votes to 46.

    MLAs inside the assembly chamber

    The substantive SDLP motion passes on an oral vote.

    Chris Lyttle of the Alliance Party raises a point of order concerning the non-attendance of the first and justice ministers to reply to the debate.

    Deputy Speaker Danny Kennedy says it is a matter for ministers how they respond to debates.

  3. 'Too many still seeking truth and justice'

    Daniel McCrossan of the SDLP concludes the debate.

    He says "too many families are still seeking truth and justice for the deaths of their loved ones 18 years after peace has been delivered".

    Colum Eastwood carrying an INLA man's coffin

    Mr McCrossan strongly objects to a comment made earlier by the DUP's Edwin Poots concerning SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, who carried the coffin of a friend at a paramilitary-style funeral (above) in 2012.

    Mr McCrossan says that "in the SDLP's entire existence we have never supported violence, we have never supported any violent organisation".

  4. 'Put victims at forefront of plans for progress'

    Sammy Douglas rises to sum up the DUP amendment and thanks members for "a relatively constructive debate".

    Sammy Douglas

    He calls for the interests of victims and survivors to be put "to the front of how we progress".

  5. 'That's not how we should approach this'

    Raymond McCartney winds the Sinn Féin amendment.

    He says some members have said "the people who they represented were the good guys, or the bad guys, or whatever they want to put them, can step outside the law".

    Raymond McCartney

    "That's not the way we should approach this," Mr McCartney says.

    The Foyle MLA reminds members that his party's original preference was for an independent truth commission to deal with the past.

    He calls on members not to divide over the matter.

  6. 'Truth for most victims ain't going to happen'

    The DUP's Edwin Poots predicts that "there will be an obsession, and a drive, and a push that we recover all of the information that is available on the side of the security services but there will be none on the side of the paramilitaries".

    Edwin Poots

    He says that 90% of the victims will not get any truth.

    "I have to tell you folks, that ain't going to happen," he adds.

  7. 'Brokenshire couldn't care less about victims'

    The UK government is never going to "tell the truth about the behaviour of its secret forces in colluding with murder for 40 years", People Before Profit's Eamonn McCann says.

    He is scathing in his criticism of Mr Brokenshire's approach to legacy matters, saying he did not show "a flicker of concern" during a recent hour-long meeting with relatives of the victims of the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre.

    Eamonn McCann

    He describes him as a "despicable individual who couldn't care less about the people of the north of Ireland".

    Deputy Speaker Danny Kennedy intervenes to caution Mr McCann on his use of language in his reference to the Northern Ireland secretary, and Mr McCann says he withdraws his remark.

    "You can stop me saying it, but you can't stop me thinking it," he adds.

  8. 'Failure on legacy issues a stain on peace process'

    It is "real stain on our political and peace process" that the legacy of the Troubles has yet to be resolved, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says.

    He asks: "How much longer do we need to leave the victims outside the room?"

    Colum Eastwood

    "We owe the biggest debt to those people who have been left behind by our peace process," he says.

    Mr Eastwood accuses Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire of having "gone quiet" on the matter.

    He adds that disclosure "goes both ways", saying: "Everybody, whether they were state or non-state actors have a responsibility to come forward with truth and information."

  9. 'Governments must dispense with delay on proposals'

    The DUP's amendment to the motion "adds no value whatsoever to this debate", Alliance Party MLA Chris Lyttle says.

    He says he would challenge any MLA to meet with "inspirational victims and survivors" and "not conclude that we have to urgently redouble our efforts" to implement the framework for dealing with the past.

    Chris Lyttle

    He adds that the executive, the UK and Irish governments have "a moral obligation to dispense with the delay" and deliver on the proposals.

    "It's urgent for our society," he adds.

  10. 'More than happy to back motion's proposals'

    UUP leader Mike Nesbitt says his party supports the SDLP's motion, but has some reservations on definitions within it.

    The former victims' commissioner tells the chamber that his party's interpretation of part of the motion is that the SDLP "wish to reject the use of public interest as an excuse not to tell the truth".

    Mike Nesbitt

    "If that is the meaning of what they are proposing in this motion, we are more than happy to support that," he adds.

    Mr Nesbitt says he will not give his support to the DUP or Sinn Féin amendments.

  11. 'No serious attempt to resolve outstanding legacy issues'

    Back now to the debate on the SDLP's motion on addressing the past, and Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly outlines his party's amendment.

    His party has called on government to "resolve key outstanding issues prior to any public consultation" on dealing with the legacy of the Troubles.

    Gerry Kelly

    "To date, we have not experienced any serious attempt by the British government to do so," he says.

    "The purpose of putting in the short addition," he adds, "is to make that point."

    He says the DUP's amendment should be rejected as its effect will be one of "watering down the proposal", which would "further demoralise the long-suffering families".

  12. 'Stands in support of Belfast violence victims'

    A matter of the day relating to recent violence in West Belfast is raised by the SDLP's Alex Attwood.

    He refers to the murder of 62-year-old Jim Hughes last night at Divis flats in the constituency, as well as other paramilitary-style attacks that have happened over the past few weeks.

    Police Land Rovers

    He says the assembly stands in "support and solidarity" with the families of the victims of the violence, and he lauds the people of West Belfast for the "resilience and fortitude" they have shown in the face of recent criminal activity in the area.

    Sinn Féin's Fra McCann says those who carry out the attacks "represent nobody".

    Gerry Carroll of People Before Profit says the "condemnation of paramilitarism in the chamber today runs hollow" unless the assembly also condemns "the continued existence of state paramilitaries".

  13. 'United cash complainant is no friend of NI'

    The executive is "not privy" to who lodged a complaint with the European Commission about the £9m rescue package that was given to United Airlines to save the Belfast to New York route in August.

    But he says: "Whoever they are, they're no friend of Northern Ireland."

  14. 'Minister raised unrealistic expectations over air route'

    Steve Aiken of the UUP refers to "what is being seen to be a Dublin Airport Authority cartel and the attempts to stifle Northern Ireland air traffic".

    United Airlines planes at Newark Airport

    The Alliance Party's Stewart Dickson says the minister "raised unrealistic expectations" with both United Airlines and the airport, but that allegation is quickly rejected by the minister.

    DUP MLA Trevor Clarke says some of those who have already spoken would have recently been expressing support for "the faceless dictators and bureaucrats of Europe".

  15. 'There was no room for blunder but it's happened'

    An urgent question about the cessation of the United Airlines air route from Belfast to New York's Newark airport is asked by the SDLP's Sinéad Bradley.

    She says she understands from the minister's reply that there was no communication by the executive with the European Commission before the support for the service was put in place and she finds this "quite disturbing".

    Pilots in a United Arlines plane

    "There was no room for blunder, and yet blunder has happened", Ms Bradley says.

    Mr Hamilton says his job is to "stand up for Northern Ireland, to do my best for Northern Ireland", and that he would do the same again.

    He says the £1m payment made to United Airlines "is coming back to us with interest today" and Ms Bradley should bear this in mind when she describes his attitude as "reckless".

  16. 'Executive broadly on track for climate target'

    The SDLP's Mark H Durkan asks the minister if he sees the need for "Northern Ireland-specific" legislation on climate change.

    His question comes in the wake of the Paris agreement on climate change coming into force last week.

    A smoking industrial chimney

    Mr Hamilton says he does not think there is a need for such legislation as it is "already in place in the form of the UK's Climate Change Act".

    The minister says the executive is "broadly on track" to achieve the programme for government target of a reduction of 35% in emissions by 2025.

    He says he certainly does not want to see any piece of legislation passing "that would impede on our economic development".

  17. 'I disagree with controversial farm remarks'

    First up is a question about whether he or Miss McIlveen agree with Tony O'Neill (below), the chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, who said there are too many farmers in Northern Ireland.


    Mr Hamilton says the minister is "focused on championing and strengthening the position of all farmers in Northern Ireland".

    Speaking on his own behalf, he says he disagrees with Mr O'Neill's comments but says his heart "clearly lies" with helping to expand the agri-food sector.

  18. Question Time on agriculture and environment

    Simon Hamilton

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton is standing in for the absent Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill to field questions from MLAs on the work of her department.

  19. 'United Airlines would've stayed if we'd been out of EU'

    Coming up after Question Time is an urgent question for the economy minister on United Airlines' withdrawal of its Belfast to New York air route, but Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt raises the issue with the first minister now.

    The executive had provided United Airlines with a £9m rescue package to save the route in August, but that was blocked by the European Commission over rules on state aid.

    A United Airlines plane

    The funding had been "the right thing to do", Mrs Foster says, and she adds: "If we hadn't been in the European Union, we would have been able to do it.

    "If I was to look for a very practical expression of state aid bureaucracy, here it is."

    "It is deeply regrettable that it has happened," she says. "[Newark] was really our entry into the whole of North America"

  20. 'NI's been very welcoming to refugees'

    A fifth group of refugees arrived in Northern Ireland four days ago under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Junior Minister Alastair Ross tells the assembly.


    In total, just short of 300 people have been settled in the region as a result of the scheme, he says.

    "People here have been very welcoming to those families in their time of need," he adds.