Blair: Policing recommendations are not without challenges

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the recommendations within the South Armagh Policing Review are not without future challenges. Mr Blair, the Alliance Party’s representative on the Police Board, was speaking after further details had been revealed on Tuesday morning, which included wide-ranging ideas for future operations. He added: “This remains a challenging situation which […]

Minister must outline plan to provide protection from triple hit end of financial aid, says Armstrong

The Communities Minister must outline how individuals and families will be protected once a number of support provisions close at the end of September, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Speaking as the “triple hit” of the end of the emergency notice to quit provision, contained in the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill, the end […]

Shambles of electric vehicle charging network forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel, says Muir

The “shambles” of the electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland is forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel cars, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after contacting the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which maintains the network here. It followed complaints from constituents, who having […]

Dickson disappointed but not surprised by Ryanair announcement

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said he is disappointed but not surprised after Ryanair announced it would be ceasing its operations at local airports by the end of October. The airline, which only recommenced flights at Belfast City Airport in May, currently flies to routes including Krakow and Milan from Belfast International Airport. […]

City Hall to light up purple to support We The 15 campaign

East Belfast Alliance Councillor Ross McMullan has welcomed the launch of the ‘We The 15’ campaign which has launched ahead of the Paralympic Games. The campaign – led by the International Paralympic Committee and International Disability Alliance – aims to be the ‘biggest human rights movement’ in history, transforming the lives of the 1.2 billion […]

Farry says UK Government’s new scheme for Afghan refugees “woefully inadequate”

The UK Government’s scheme to resettle Afghan refugees is woefully inadequate, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. The proposals are to resettle 20,000 Afghans, with only 5,000 places available this year. In addition, the Home Secretary has warned Afghans using illegal means to cross the English Channel “will claim asylum in the way in which […]

Muir launches public petition for rapidly improved Electric Vehicle charging

Alliance Party Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has launched a public petition calling for the Minister for Infrastructure to rapidly improve the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networking in Northern Ireland. The online petition notes that while Northern Ireland’s EV charging network was world-leading when it was established back in 2010, a decade of decay and […]

Farry demands urgent large-scale resettlement scheme to protect Afghans civilians – especially women and girls

“Millions are at risk in Afghanistan. The Government has a responsibility to protect Afghan civilians, not just those who have assisted British forces”, Stephen Farry MP has said, following news that Parliament will be recalled next week to urgently discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The recall of Parliament follows announcements that the Taliban have reached […]