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Foster pledges to ‘get Northern Ireland moving’ as Assembly sits again Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Three years after its collapse the Northern Assembly was formally back in business at lunchtime on Saturday following Thursday night’s publication of the British-Irish agreement to restore Stormont. And as the wheels of the powersharing administration slowly cranked back into gear after 36 months of paralysis the incoming DUP First Minister Arlene Foster pledged to “get Northern Ireland moving forward again”. “We won’t solve every problem immediately but local Ministers will get on with key reforms in schools and hospitals,” she promised. The session of the Assembly began at 1 pm with the election of a speaker and deputy speakers, with DUP East Derry DUP Assembly member, George Robinsons initially chairing proceedings. Before moving to those elections he went though the list of members who had resigned or been replaced since the last full meeting of the Assembly three years ago. There were three nominations for the position of speaker, … Continue reading

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Stormont defends ‘routine use’ of temporary promotions to plug staffing gaps at DfI

Concerns have been raised over staffing issues at a Stormont department after it emerged that hundreds of employees have been temporarily promoted over the last five years. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has 2,791 staff and, as of February 2020, 136 were temporarily promoted. By February this year, this had increased to 159. Of this figure, 69 promotions were in place for less than six months, 25 for six to 12 months and 65 for 12 months and over. Over the past five years, a total of 793 temporary promotions occurred within the department. Alliance infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir said DfI has been struggling with staffing shortages “for years”. “The Public Accounts Committee, of which I am a member, is currently considering a report into the capacity and capability of the civil service,” he said. “The issues identified by that report clearly apply to the Department for Infrastructure, especially the … Continue reading

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Stormont defends ‘routine use’ of temporary promotions to plug staffing gaps at DfI

Concerns have been raised over staffing issues at a Stormont department after it emerged that hundreds of employees have been temporarily promoted over the last five years. The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has 2,791 staff and, as of February 2020, 136 were temporarily promoted. By February this year, this had increased to 159. Of this figure, 69 promotions were in place for less than six months, 25 for six to 12 months and 65 for 12 months and over. Over the past five years, a total of 793 temporary promotions occurred within the department. Alliance infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir said DfI has been struggling with staffing shortages “for years”. “The Public Accounts Committee, of which I am a member, is currently considering a report into the capacity and capability of the civil service,” he said. “The issues identified by that report clearly apply to the Department for Infrastructure, especially the … Continue reading

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16% of Civil Service staff self-isolated during the pandemic

Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 3,603 cases of staff absences due to self-isolation from February 2020 to March 2021. Stormont’s largest department, the Department for Communities (DfC), saw 1,609 occurrences where a staff member was absent due to self-isolation out of its 6,951 employees. This represents around 23% of DfC’s workforce. The highest proportion of absences was in the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) at almost 30%. DfI employs 2,973 workers and registered 884 occurrences of absences due to Covid. Expand Close Questions: Roy Beggs said there will have been a variety of reasons for the leave /Questions: Roy Beggs said there will have been a variety of reasons for the leaveAt just less than 2%, the Department of Health had the lowest proportion of self-isolation absences. The department employs 498 civil servants and had only nine off due to self-isolation throughout the pandemic. Ulster Unionist … Continue reading

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David Burnside: Those of us who really knew Molyneaux will not let his reputation be besmirched

He was constantly bombarding unionist MPs like Jim Molyneaux, Martin Smyth, Roy Beggs, Willie Ross and me with letters, opinions and newsletters. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinion/david-burnside-those-us-who-really-knew-molyneaux-will-not-let-his-reputation-be-besmirched-1258588

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