Alliance Mayor links Belfast with major cities in the fight against climate change

Alliance Lord Mayor, Councillor Kate Nicholl has hosted the Mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and Dublin, in the next step of the four cities commitment to working together to tackle climate change. The Dublin lord mayor Alison Gilliland, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool city region mayor Steve Rotheram joined Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl […]

Failure to help people through cost of living crisis would be morally unforgivable, says Honeyford

A range of measures could be taken in the near future to help people navigate the ongoing cost of living crisis, Alliance Assembly candidate David Honeyford has said. Lagan Valley candidate Councillor Honeyford said failure to help people get through the crisis would not only be morally unforgivable but would result in further wider economic […]

Government needs to tackle loyalist paramilitaries as it does dissident republicans, says Eastwood

The UK Government needs to tackle loyalist paramilitaries the same way it does dissident republicans, Alliance’s Sorcha Eastwood has said. Councillor Eastwood was speaking after media reports the UVF had issued a warning it was ‘actively planning’ on targeting Irish politicians and officials in Northern Ireland. It comes in the wake of a security alert […]

Alliance nominates Eastwood and Honeyford for Lagan Valley

The Alliance Party has nominated Sorcha Eastwood and David Honeyford as its candidates to contest the Lagan Valley constituency in the May Assembly Election. Both candidates were elected to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2019, having topped the polls in each of their electoral areas. Speaking after they handed in their nomination papers at […]

Incinerator refusal a result of community and political opposition, says Blair

The refusal of a planning application for the proposed waste incinerator in Mallusk is the right decision and is the result of community and political pressure, South Antrim Alliance MLA John Blair has said. Mr Blair was speaking after Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced the Arc21 facility in Hightown would not go ahead. “This is […]

McAllister says those behind security alert will not drag us back to the past

Alliance North Belfast representative Nuala McAllister has said those behind a security alert in North Belfast will not drag us back to the past, despite their actions. Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney was addressing an event at the Houben Centre on the Crumlin Road when the centre was evacuated. A funeral at the nearby […]

Planning report damning indictment of broken system, says Muir

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the recent Public Accounts Committee report on planning is a “damning indictment of a broken planning system”. The North Down MLA said the report, entitled Planning in Northern Ireland, showed the urgent need to implement all its recommendations. They include establishing an independent review alongside the need […]

Bradshaw welcomes progress on commissioning abortion services in Northern Ireland

Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement it will be preparing to ensure the availability of abortion services in Northern Ireland. Whilst changes to abortion laws came into force in March 2020, the Department of Health has not commissioned the service. The Government move comes as legislation to enable the introduction of safe access […]