DUP’s Paul Givan wrote to AG in June asking if NI Assembly had legislative competence to pass Protection of Unborn Child Act at its sitting on 21 October 2019

21 Oct

Correspondence between the DUP and the Attorney General suggests that the DUP have been planning to bring a last minute Private Members Bill before the NI Assembly using Standing Order 77 for four months. A letter dated 20 June 2019 in June asked the Attorney General to “confirm the Northern Ireland Assembly has the legislative competence to pass the proposed legislation at its sitting on Monday 21st October 2019?”

Now and Then

21 Oct

TW: This article contains references to sexual and domestic violence. On the 24th October 2017, the UK Supreme Court considered Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. In its judgment on the 7th June 2018, the Court found that the Commission did not have standing to take the case but found, obiter, that Northern Ireland’s laws breached Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The High Court in Belfast made … Read more

Total Recall: Assembly Edition

20 Oct

Last week 31 MLAs including the DUP, TUV and UUP signed a petition and sent it to the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. That petition has led to a recall of the institutions. Tomorrow, the Assembly will sit for the first time since the death of Martin McGuinness. The prospect of the Assembly meeting again has many people raising questions. Can MLAs stop the introduction same sex marriage and abortion reform? Is there any prospect of a government being … Read more