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Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly is taking a strong interest in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and its implementation. At plenary sessions of the Assembly, the Protocol and related issues are regularly debated. Links to key plenary debates regarding implementation of the Protocol are included below.

Most of the scrutiny of the Protocol’s implementation is being undertaken by Northern Ireland Assembly Committees. Given the breath of devolved policy areas impacted by the Protocol a range of Committees are involved in this work, including the Committee for the Executive Office (CEO); the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (CAERA); the Committee for Health (CH); the Committee for Justice (CJ); the Committee for the Economy (CE); the Committee of Finance (CF); the Committee for Infrastructure (CI); and the Ad Hoc Committee for Bill of Rights (CBR). The work of all of these Committees can be accessed here. Key activities relating to the Protocol are listed below.

The Assembly also has a dedicated Brexit Scrutiny webpage that provides links to relevant evidence sessions, correspondence, briefing and research papers, and official and other reports. It also produces a weekly Brexit and Beyond newsletter.

 January 2022+

DATECOMMITTEE/ PLENARYACTIVITYISSUES COVERED
22.03.2022 Plenary Oral Questions: DfE Dual Market Access
16.03.2022 CEO Oral Evidence: EU Affairs Committee heard from NI Assembly EU Affairs Manager, Shauna Mageean on UK-EU talks, the Protocol and related matters. 
16.03.2022 CI Oral Evidence: Freight and Haulage  Committee heard from the Road Haulage Association about issues facing the freight and haulage sector including those related to the implementation of Brexit and the Protocol.
15.03.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DH

'To ask the Minister of Health for his assessment of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the supply of medicines'
Answered: AQO 3286/17-22

10.03.2022 CJ Oral Evidence: EU Exit Matters Committee received an update on matters related to EU Exit and relevant to the work of the Department of Justice.
02.03.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA

'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on discussions on a veterinary agreement between the UK and the EU'
Answered: AQO 3215/17-22

01.03.2022 Plenary Oral Questions: DAERA and DOJ Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Agri-food Impact / Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation on Criminal Justice Matters / SPS Checks: Cost of Legal Advice
01.03.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DfE 'To ask the Minister for the Economy to detail the import duty differences between Great Britain and Northern Ireland following the application of anti-dumping measures by the European Union on certain products from China.' 
Answered: AQW 30221/17-22
22.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Question: DfE
'To ask the Minister for the Economy for a list of all active remaining grace periods of the NI Protocol pertaining to trade.'
Answer: AQW 29567/17-22
22.02.2022  Plenary Oral Questions: DfE
15.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (i) whether Regulation (EU) 2017/625 has current authority in Northern Ireland; (ii) how, when and by what means this extent authority was obtained; and (iii) what operative regulations have been made and by whom under EU 2017/625.'
15.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to set out the legal basis of his stated intention to halt border checks at Irish Sea ports required by the Withdrawal Agreement.'
15.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the total cost of legal advice he received in relation to halting checks at ports.' 
Answer: AQW 29510/17-22
14.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DfE
'To ask the Minister for the Economy whether his Department will carry out an economic impact assessment on the administrative changes for conformity markings on manufactured products delivered to or from Great Britain after 1 January 2023'
Answer: AQW 29194/17-22
14.02.2022 Plenary Members' Statements Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland: Human Rights
09.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether the reported legal advice he received from the former Attorney General, in relation to checks at ports, was compensated from public or private funds.'
Answer: AQW 29260/17-22
08.02.2022  Plenary  Oral Questions: DAERA 
07.02.2022  Plenary  Members Statements 
03.02.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether all articles under the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive apply to Northern Ireland.'
01.02.2022 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: TEO
'To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what discussions they have had with British Government representatives regarding the current negotiations with the European Union.'
01.02.2022 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the implementation of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive.' 
Answer: AQO 2962/17-22
25.01.2022 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: DfE 'To ask the Minister for the Economy for his assessment of the overall cost to local businesses arising from the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.'
Answer: AQO 3006/17-22
25.01.2022 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: DfE 'To ask the Minister for the Economy how his Department will promote the benefits of dual market access for trade and investment.'
AQO 3003/17-22
24.01.2022  Plenary  Oral Questions: TEO and DfE
17.01.2022  Plenary  Members Statements Brexit: Loss of EU Funding 
12.01.2022 CEO Oral Evidence: EU Matters
Committee heard evidence and received a written briefing from Junior Executive Ministers, Declan Kearney and Gary Middleton on UK exit from the EU and related issues. 
12.01.2022 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (i) why Part 5 of Schedule 7 of The Agriculture Act 2020 has not been commenced; and (ii) when it is planned to do so.'
10.01.2022 CEO Correspondence: EU Exit Issues - TEO Department Officials' Oral Evidence Session
Letter from Executive Office officials to Clerk of the Committee providing further evidence on various issues including replacement EU funding the Office of the Internal Market and Areas of Agreement reached between the UK and EU in ongoing talks about the implementation of the Protocol.
06.01.2022 CEO Written Briefing: TEO Committee - Update on EU Exit Matters - January 2022
Letter from Executive Office officials to Clerk of the Committee providing further evidence on various issues regarding EU Exit including on governance of the Protocol, the wider UK-EU relationship, relevant developments in EU legislation.

September - December 2021

DATECOMMITTEE/ PLENARYACTIVITYISSUES COVERED
21.12.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether the newly announced UK ban on the import of hunting trophies from many endangered and threatened species automatically extends to Northern Ireland'
17.12.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what work he is undertaking to support sheep breeders who are having difficulty as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in selling their livestock in the rest of the UK.'
Answer: AQW 26799/17-22
15.12.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: Article 2 (individual rights) 
Committee heard from: Chief Commissioner of Northern Ireland Humand Rights Commission, Alyson Kilpatrick; Chief Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Geraldine McGahey; and Chief Commissioner for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Sinéad Gibney regarding the implementation of Article 2 of the Protocol on individual rights.  
13.12.2021 Plenary Oral Questions: TEO Nationality and Borders Bill: Non-Irish EU Citizens / Protocol: DUP Leader
07.12.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DfE
'To ask the Minister for the Economy for his assessment of how e-commerce and logistics firms, such as Selazar, could ease some of the issues faced by online retailers seelling to Northern Ireland, post-Brexit' 
Answer: AQW 26551/17-22
02.12.2021 Assembly Questions  Written Questions: DHSC 
'To ask the Minister of Health whether there have been any further delays experienced in medicines coming into Northern Ireland as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.'
Answer: AQW 26189/17-22 
01.12.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: UK Exit from EU
Committee briefed by European Commission Vice-President and Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee, Maroš Šefčovič regarding the current and future working of the Protocol.
30.11.2021 Plenary Ministerial Statements: DAERA Minister British Irish Council: Summit
30.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA 'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline any disruption being caused to Northern Ireland's food supply by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland' 
Answer: AQW 25624/17-22
29.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DfE
'To ask the Minister for the Economy (i) to detail the rise in foreign investment enquiries since the Protocol came into effect, in comparison to the previous three years; and (ii) for his assessment of the reasons for this rise.'
Answer: AQW 25899/17-22
29.11.2021 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: TEO and DAERA
25.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail the firms and companies paid a total of £361,000 by his Department in compensation for lack of progress in developing ports of entry infrastructure' 
Answer: AQW 25782/17-22
25.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DfI
'To ask the Minister for Infrastructure what plans there are to introduce legislation to exclude Northern Ireland drivers from the additional motor insurance cost implications arising from the Vnuk case.' 
Answer: AQW 25543/17-22
24.11.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: UK Exit from EU
Committee heard from The Executive Office officials on Brexit and related matters. 
19.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC
'To ask the Minister of Health whether his Department is aware of pharmacies and pharmaceutical suppliers based in Northern Ireland are stockpiling particular medicines to prepare in the event of no easements being made to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland restrictions on the movement of medicines from Great Britain.'
Answer: AQW 25655/17-22
18.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA
'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether, subject to the European Commission communication Tackling Rising Energy Prices: A Toolbox for Action and Support, there is revenue through the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for fuel poverty measurres due to the continues participation in the EU ETS under the Protocol.'
Answer: AQW 26033/17-22
18.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC
'To ask the Minister of Health whether the Health Service is stockpiling particular medicines to prepare in the event of no easements being made to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland restrictions on the movement of medicines from Great Britain'.
Answer: AQW 25654/17-22
17.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA 'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for his assessment of (i) the European Commission's regulation on carbon border adjustment mechanism as a means of addressing carbon leakage; and (ii) what this means for the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.' 
Answer: AQW 25559/17-22
15.11.2021 Plenary Ministerial Questions: TEO Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
11.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC 'To ask the Minister of Health what implications the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland will have for approval and supply of the antiviral 'molnupiravir', now that it has been approved by the UK regulator' 
Answer: AQW 25484/17-22
10.11.2021  Assembly Questions  Written Questions: DfE 
'To ask the Minister for the Economy for his assessment of the current figurers for trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland' 
Answer: AQO 2706/17-22
9.11.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DoJ
'To ask the Minister of Justice to detail (i) what the £3.4 milion bid in the October Monitoring Round for the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland entailed; and (ii) how this sum was determined'
Answer: AQW 24946/17-22
9.11.2021 Motion Private Members Motion
22.10.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC
'To ask the Minister of Health how the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland will impact on Northern Ireland's participation in the UK early access to medicines scheme, post-grace period.'
20.10.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: Impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Committee heard from Members of Seanad Éireann Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union - Malcolm Byrne, Lisa Chambers, Róisín Garvey and Niall ó Donnghaile - on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 
18.10.2021 Plenary Matter(s) of the Day Brexit: Impact on EU Funding / PEACE PLUS Update / Inter-parliamentary Dialogue / Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: EU Commission Proposal
18.10.2021 Plenary Private Members Motion: Interparliamentary Dialogue 'That this Assembly welcomes Vice President Maroš Šefcovic’s support for formal dialogue between this Assembly and the European Parliament; supports this effort to include the perspectives of local elected representatives and stakeholders on matters relating to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the broader peace process; and calls on the President of the European Parliament to undertake, immediately, work to set up direct interparliamentary dialogue between the two institutions.'
Division 46 AYE to 39 NO - Motion Carried
18.10.2021 Plenary Private Members Motion: Interparliamentary Dialogue, Amendment 1 'Leave out all after the first ‘Assembly’ and insert: ‘notes Vice President Maroš Šefcovic’s support for formal dialogue between this Assembly and the European Parliament; supports efforts to include the perspectives of local elected representatives and stakeholders on matters relating to the future UK-EU relationship and the broader peace process; and calls on the President of the European Parliament, subject to wider agreement on arrangements which replace the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and restore the democratic legitimacy of the devolved institutions, to undertake work to enhance dialogue between the two institutions in areas of mutual interest and in the context of the new UK–EU Parliamentary Assembly established under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.’
Division 39 AYE to 46 NO - Motion Fell
15.10.2021 Assembly Questions Oral Questions: TEO
'To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the impact the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland has had on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.'
Answer: AQO 2038/17-22
14.10.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC
'To ask the Minister of Health how much of his departmental budget has been needed for administering or preparing for the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland regulations in realtion to health; and how many departmental staff are involved in this work.' 
Answer: AQW 23475/17-22
11.10.2021 Plenary Ministerial Questions: TEO
08.10.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DHSC 'To ask the Minister of Health how many medicines will not be available should the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland continue in its present form.' 
Answer: AQW 23582/17-22
06.10.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA 'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for his assessment of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the accessibility for local farmers and breeders to take livestock to agricultural shows in Great Britain.'
Answer: AQW 22873/17-22
05.10.2021 Plenary Ministerial Questions: DAERA Cattle: NI to UK [sic] Movement 
05.10.2021 Assembly Questions Written Questions: DAERA 'To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline any benefits, economic and otherwise, of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland for the agricultural sector'
Answer: AQW 23267/17-22
04.10.2021 Correspondence Dept for Communities: Article 2 and European Commission Proposal on Pay Transparency
Department for Communities Assembly Liaison Officer provided response to Committee for the Executive Office Clerk concerning Article 2 of the Protocol on individual rights and the European Commission proposal on pay transparency. 
04.10.2021  Plenary  Members' Statements 
04.10.2021 Plenary Private Members Motion: Bespoke Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards Agreement 'That this Assembly supports a comprehensive and bespoke agreement between the European Union and the British Government to align sanitary and phytosanitary standards, with the aim of reducing checks and paperwork on goods being imported from Britain; recognises that this is the only realistic and practical way of reducing checks within the framework of existing international agreements; acknowledges that there is widespread support from businesses here for such an agreement; and calls on the European Union and the British Government to negotiate a bespoke agreement to align sanitary and phytosanitary standards.'
Division 48 AYE to 29 NO - Motion Carried
04.10.2021 Plenary
Private Members Motion: Bespoke Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards Agreement - Amendment 1
'Leave out all after ‘sanitary and phytosanitary standards’ and insert: ‘for goods at risk, with the aim of reducing checks and paperwork on goods being imported from Great Britain; recognises that this is a realistic and practical way of reducing checks within the framework of existing international agreements; acknowledges that there is widespread support from businesses here for such an agreement; and calls on the European Union and British Government to negotiate a bespoke agreement to align sanitary and phytosanitary standards for goods at risk.'
Division 9 AYE to 75 NO - Motion Fell
29.09.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: 
Committee heard from Junior Executive Ministers, Declan Kearney and Gary Middleton on UK exit from the EU and related issues. 
28.09.2021  Plenary 
Members' Statements
27.09.2021  Plenary  Ministerial Questions: TEO and DF 
21.09.2021  Plenary  Ministerial Questions: DfE
20.09.2021  Plenary  Ministerial Questions: DfE 
15.09.2021  CF 
Oral Evidence: 
Committee heard from the Road Haulage Association and Ulster Farmers' Union on matters relating to EU Exit and the Protocol.  
14.09.2021
Assembly Questions
Oral Questions: TEO
'To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what engagement they have had with the UK Government regarding the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland'
Answer: AQO 2377/7-22
14.09.2021
Plenary 
Members' Statements and Ministerial Questions: DAERA 
Brexit / Customs Checks / Protocol Difficulties: North/South Discussions / NSMC: DUP Boycott
13.09.2021
Plenary 
Members' Statements and Ministerial Questions: TEO 

 December 2020 - July 2021

DATECOMMITTEE/ PLENARYACTIVITYISSUES COVERED
09.07.2021  CEO  Oral Evidence: Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Committee briefed by Cabinet Officer Minister and UK Co-Chair of the Joint Committee, Lord Frost on the current and future workings of the Protocol. 
05.07.2021 Plenary Assembly Business: Matters of the Day EU-UK Relations and Solutions to the Implementation of the Protocol
30.06.2021 CF Oral Evidence: Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Committee heard from: Professor Katy Hayward of Queen's University Belfast; Dr Anna Jerzewska, Director of Trade & Borders consultancy; Barrister Martin Howe QC; and David Henig, Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the European Centre for International Political Economy on the implementation of the Protocol and its implications.
30.06.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: UK Exit from the EU
Committee heard from Junior Executive Ministers, Declan Kearney and Gary Middleton on UK exit from the EU and related issues.
28.06.2021 Plenary Ministerial Questions: TEO and DfE
28.06.2021 CEO Oral Evidence: Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Committee held extra-ordinary meeting with European Commission Vice-President and Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee, Maroš Šefčovič, to discuss the current and future workings of the Protocol. 
23.06.2021  CF 
Committee heard from University of Cambridge’s Graham Gudgin; University College London’s, Professor Ronan McCrea, and Queen’s University Belfast’s Professor David Phinnemore on the implementation of the Protocol and its implications.   
16.06.2021
 
Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DH
03.06.2021 
CAERA 
Committee heard from Minister of Agriculture, Edwin Poots, and DAERA official, Robert Huey on the decision to withdraw DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports where checks on goods take place due to security concerns. 
26.05.2021
CEO 
Oral Evidence: EU Exit & SEUPB 
Committee heard from Junior Executive Ministers, Declan Kearney and Gordon Lyons on Brexit and related issues. Committee also heard from the Special EU Programmes Body Director, Gina McIntyre, and Programme Manager, Declan McGarrigle on PEACE PLUS programme.   
19.05.2021 CE  Oral Evidence: EU Exit
Committee heard from Department for Economy officials, from the EU exit preparation and transition group - Shane Murphy (SO), Alan Ramsey and Giulia Ní Dhulchaointigh. 
18.05.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DH
17.05.2021
Plenary
Ministerial Questions: TEO and Members' Business
10.05.2021
Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DfE
06.05.2021
CAERA
Committee heard from PSNI Chief Constable Mark McEwan and Chief Constable Bobby Singleton on the withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports due to security concerns. 
05.05.2021 CI Oral Evidence: EU Successor Funding Committee heard from NILGA Chief Executive, Derek McCallan, and head of performance and partnerships at NILGA, Lisa O’Kane and the Director of SOLACE, John Tully.   
04.05.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: TEO 
29.04.2021 CBR 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and Human Rights 
Committee heard from NIHRC Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby; NIHRC Head of the Dedicated Mechanism EU Withdrawal Team, Ellis Haughey; Equality Commission Chief Commissioner, Geraldine McGahey; and Equality Commission Director of the Dedicated Mechanism Unit, Roisin Mallon about Article 2 of the Protocol concerning rights.
29.04.2021  CAERA 
Committee heard from Siobhan Toland and Suzanne Wylie from Belfast City Council and Eoin Devlin and Marie Ward from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on the withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports due to security concerns. 
28.04.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: Brexit Issues
Committee heard from Junior Executive Ministers, Gordon Lyons and Declan Kearney on Brexit and related issues. 
22.04.2021  CAERA
Committee heard from Anne Donaghy and Peter Johnston from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council about the withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports due to security concerns. 
19.04.2021  Plenary 
Private Members Business: Caoimhe Archibald MLA
15.04.2021  CAERA 
Oral Evidence: Withdrawal of Staff from Ports (PSNI / DAERA) 
Committee heard from Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton from the PSNI and from Robert Huey, Mark Livingstone and Denis McMahon from DAERA on the withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports due to security concerns. 
14.04.2021  CH 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and Health 
Committee heard from Department of Health officials – Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Cathy Harrison; Senior Principal Officer in the EU Exit Transition Unit, Eimear Smyth and EU Exit Lead on Reciprocal Healthcare and Workforce Issues, Patricia Quinn-Duffy – about the implications of Brexit on health. 
14.04.2021  CEO  Oral Evidence: Protocol Article 2
 
Committee heard from NIHRC Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby; Equality Commission Chief Commissioner, Geraldine McGahey; and Michael Finucane from the IHREC about the implications and implementation of Article 2 of the Protocol regarding rights.
24.03.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: UK Exit from EU 
Committee heard from Angela McGowan of the Confederation of British Industry NI; Fergal O’Brien of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation; and Michael D’Arcy of the IBEC-CBI Northern Ireland Joint Business Council regarding UK exit from the EU and business adjustment in the post-Brexit period. 
24.03.2021 
Concurrent CAERA, CE, CI 

Oral Evidence: Impact of Protocol 

Concurrent Committee for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs, Committee for Economy and Committee for Infrastructure regarding the implementation of the Protocol. Committee heard from Aidan Reilly and Julie Etheridge from HMRC, Christian Benson from Fujitsu, Trader Support Service (TSS) and Mary Scullion from Fujitsu TSS about the implementation of the TSS. 
22.03.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: TEO 
11.03.2021  CAERA 
Committee heard from Alan Perry from GMB union, Alan Law from NIPSA union and Kieran Ellison from Unite union about the withdrawal of DAERA and Local Authority staff from ports due to security concerns. 
09.03.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DfE
08.03.2021  Plenary 
Matter of the Day: Declan McAleer MLA 
04.03.2021 
CAERA 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and Ports 
Committee heard from DAERA staff – Norman Fulton, Robert Huey, Mark Livingstone and Denis McMahon – about the building of permanent border control post facilities and regarding checks on goods at ports and points of entry.
25.2.2021
CAERA
Oral Evidence: EU Exit and TCA 
Committee heard from DAERA officials: Seamus McErlean, Chief Economist; Mark McLean, principal agricultural economist; and Tommy McNamara, Staff Officer in the environmental farm branch, on the impact of EU Exit and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. 
24.02.2021
CE Oral Evidence: EU Exit and Protocol
 
Committee heard from Head of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, Roger Pollen; NI Policy Manager for Logistics UK, Seamus Leheny; Director of NI Retail Consortium, Aodhán Connolly; and Chief Executive of Retail NI, Glyn Roberts on the impact of Brexit and the Protocol on the NI economy. 
24.02.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: Brexit Issues 
Committee heard from Junior Executive Ministers, Gary Middleton and Declan Kearney on Brexit and related issues. 
17.02.2021  CI  Oral Evidence: Brexit and Ports
Committee heard from Maurice Bullick from Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Riccardo Tonelli from Larne Harbour Ltd, Brian McGrath from Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners and David Holmes from Warrenpoint Harbour Authority regarding the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland ports. 
16.02.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DfE 
10.02.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: Protocol Article 2
Committee heard from Executive Office officials – Head of Equality, Rights and Identity Division, Siobhan Broderick, and Head of the Equality, Human Rights and Delivering Social Change Division, Janet Johnson – about the implications and implementation of Article 2 of the Protocol regarding rights.
10.02.2021  CEO 
Committee heard from members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement on various issues including the impact of Brexit and the Protocol. 
08.02.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: TEO  
04.02.2021  CAERA 
Committee heard from DAERA staff, Ciaran Cunningham and Owen Lyttle, on the implications of Brexit for local fishing fleet.   
02.02.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DAERA 
01.02.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DF 
27.01.2021  CEO 
Oral Evidence: Brexit Issues 
Committee heard evidence from Junior Executive Ministers, Gordon Lyons and Declan Kearney on Brexit and related issues. 
27.01.2021  CI 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and Protocol 
Committee heard from Department of Infrastructure officials – Head of Brexit Planning, Ciaran Crosbie; Acting Deputy Secretary for Resources, Governance and EU Group, Linda MacHugh; official from Gateways and EU Relations, Graeme Banks; and official from Safe and Accessible Travel Directorate, Chris Hughes – on issues arising from UK exit from the EU and the Protocol. 
20.01.2021  CI 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and Protocol 
Committee heard from Patrick Derry from Derry Refrigerated Transport, Seamus Leheny from Logistics UK, Chris Slowley from Manfreight, Paul Jackson from McBurney Transport, Darry Morgan from Morgan McLernon, Aodhán Connolly from NI Retail Consortium and John Martin from the Road Haulage Association on issues facing the transport and retail sectors as a result of Brexit. 
20.01.2021  CE 
Oral Evidence: TCA and Protocol 
Committee heard from Queen’s University Belfast Professors Katy Hayward and David Phinnemore on the impact of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the implementation of the Protocol. 
19.01.2021  CAERA 
Committee heard from Alan McCulla from the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation and Harry Wick from the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation on the impact of EU Exit on the fishing industry. 
18.01.2021  Plenary 
Ministerial Questions: DAERA, DOJ, DfE. 
13.01.2021  CEO  Committee heard from joint secretary of the North South Ministerial Council, Tim Losty, and Executive Office official lead on EU future relations, Lorraine Lynas about the impact of Brexit on North-South and East-West relations and institutions.
 
07.01.2021  CAERA 
Oral Evidence: Brexit and the Protocol 
Committee heard from DAERA officials – Norman Fulton, Robert Huey, Nicole McArthur, Denis McMahon and David Small - about operational and practical issues arising from EU Exit and the Protocol. 
31.12.2020 Plenary 
Executive Committee Business