1. The Dublin Lock-out


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    The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted an event in Parliament Buildings entitled 'Perspectives on the Dublin Lock-out and the Rise of the Labour Movement' as part of the 'Perspectives On...' series marking a decade of centenaries. The lecture was delivered by Dr Emmet O'Connor, senior lecturer in history at the University of Ulster. In attendance at the event were MLAs from a range of parties and trade union representatives. The Speaker said: "It was a great pleasure to host this lecture in Parliament Buildings to mark this important event. The Dublin lock-out is a significant event in our labour history, and one that had far-reaching consequences for the labour movement. The lecture highlighted the role that trade unions have played over the past 100 years and, indeed, continue to play in society today. "This is one of a number of anniversaries that the Assembly is marking as part of its 'Perspectives on...' series. It is important that we take time to reflect on the events that have shaped our history; it is through this reflection that we gain an understanding of the many different perspectives on events that have played a defining role in our past."

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    • Pensioners' Parliament


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      Over 60 older people debated the issues of health, crime and fuel poverty at a Pensioners’ Parliament last week on Friday 25 November. The debate, chaired by the Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay MLA, was run in the same way as an Assembly debate with older people proposing three Motions and Ministers responding to the issues. The debate was organised with Age Sector Platform.

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