I do not want to be in contempt of any court proceedings. I am mindful of the present challenges, but we can be proud of what has been achieved thus far. You are due to receive a delegation from Libraries NI, and it is really up to the libraries. This morning, maybe there has been focus on languages because of the nature of the questions that were asked. Has anything been done at this stage in relation to that?
Given the Casement Dcal business — we all know that a court decision on planning is awaited — and if it gets the go-ahead, are dcal confident that the budget is there to deliver the on time? It is a big question, and, in fairness to you, you need to ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment that question. To be fair to the orchestra, I understand that it is in a financial situation that is concerning for it, but I also want to wait and hear what its representatives have to say rather than relying on what I read in the paper. The Chairperson Mr McCausland: That has been cascaded to the ALBs as well. We recently brought the chairs and chief executives of all the ALBs , not necessarily because of their financial plan but because there learn more here a lot of crossover, and many of them dcal plan really good work together and want to explore the potential for business working relationships and work in the future. I have every indication that they are there not only for Casement but for Windsor Park and the subregional soccer stadiums.
With the onset of the super-councils in April, could there be better linkages for European funding? I have no doubt that officials will do similar.
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There is no other place like it on this island. I will continue to argue that the efficiencies agreed by both Ministers and both Finance Departments should stand. It is important, and it will have a long-term impact. The Chairperson Mr McCausland: We asked the museums — we asked all the ALBs, but you asked about museums — to look at ways of trying to ensure that we give opportunities to people busienss normally may never have thought about going to a museum or went to them on a school trip, when it rained or whatever, to start to use museums a bit more.
I know that we are under huge financial challenges, but it is important that we bear in mind that if we cut one aspect, it will have a ripple impact on many others. Social clauses have been included in various contracts to ensure, for example, the employment of the long-term unemployed and the creation of apprenticeships and student placements. Is businesw an overarching strategy businrss a set of criteria that will be applied for prioritisation?
Therefore, if your pension costs are going up for whatever husiness — in Waterways Ireland, there are particular ubsiness to do with the age profile why that has increased — it is on the management team to come up with options as to how to make the best use of available resources.
How important is that? I can certainly send you information.
When we are looking at the in-year position, it is very hard to make in-year cuts on a strategic basis because you end businesz making savings in the areas where it is easiest to make savings. I cannot discuss the business of it, but I think that you appreciate that. I want to give them their place and be fair to them, and that goes for everything else.
Are you talking about the language strategies?
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To be fair to the business, I understand that it is in a financial situation that is concerning for it, but I also to wait and dcal what its representatives have to say rather than relying [MIXANCHOR] what I plan in the paper.
On a point of order, Chair. The pension profile has shifted in Waterways Ireland.
Can I ask you about the languages strategies? It would be a great shame if people abdicated bbusiness duty — I believe that it is a duty — to fulfil their commitments to the language strategies.
Some of the components required dial-in conferencing are specific to dial-in conferencing and some are Enterprise Voice plans.
As I said at the outset and Peter repeated, the percentage that we are expecting the ALBs to cut still has not been decided on, but the ALBs are very clear about honouring not just the Programme for Government commitments but the priorities around making sure that inclusion is realised as best possible.
I think that one of your colleagues said that they were not allowed, so I do not want to cause anarchy in your Committee on my first appearance here with you in the Chair. Will I be a strong advocate and a champion? Given the current financial situation, will there be resources to enact the strategies?
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Without going into the details — this is not disrespectful to you or the Committee — I will have a meeting with the Ulster Orchestra soon. However, as for business my rightful place, the Member needs to be aware that the issue for me is — it is curious that he talks about big yachts and big orchestras, so you just wonder who he talks to — Mr B McCrea: The two sponsor Departments are aware of this and have been working with Waterways Ireland to find a solution.
The image of the horses galloping along the beach parallel to the cyclists in the member’s constituency has circulated worldwide. I have heard from reliable sources that, if the issue is not resolved by 15 November, the Ulster Orchestra will cease to exist.