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Question Time: OFMDFM and Agriculture

The First Minister answered a number of questions about the Social Investment Fund, on 15 October 2012.

The fund is intended to aid areas blighted by dereliction and poor community services.

Peter Robinson said he was confident in the preparations being made for spending the fund.

He said that robust area plans and objective need were the focus, and felt the fund would make a real impact.

Robin Swann of the Ulster Unionist Party asked what steps the First and Deputy First ministers were taking about parades.

Mr Robinson said that he and Martin McGuinness had met various groups on both sides of the parades controversy.

They aimed to agree a process for "taking this forward" before the end of the year.

He said he hoped everyone would come together to find a solution to problems "which are toxic within our society".

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill was asked about the tree disease ash die-back.

She said this was a relatively new disease and had spread to County Leitrim.

The minister said she favoured a "fortress Ireland" approach, and she had declared an emergency, banning the importation of ash trees unless from a disease-free area.


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