Muir welcomes additional help to address taxi driver hardship

Alliance Infrastructure and Finance spokesperson has welcomed news the Infrastructure Minister will bring proposals for a second financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers to an Executive meeting tomorrow. Mr Muir, along with other members of the Infrastructure Committee, had raised concerns with the Minister that the initial support scheme for taxi drivers excluded those who […]

Muir disappointed by road safety grant rejections

Alliance Finance and Infrastructure spokesperson, Andrew Muir MLA, has said he’s disappointing that more than three-quarters of applications submitted by community groups for the Department for Infrastructure’s Road Safety Grant Scheme had been rejected. Mr Muir was speaking after he received confirmation from the Department that of the 61 applications submitted, 47 were rejected. A […]

Alliance will continue to build bridges, not borders in Brexit aftermath

Alliance MLAs Stewart Dickson and Andrew Muir say they remain proud Europeans, as they addressed the profound worry as the UK’s divorce from the EU moves to completion. Speaking during a special debate in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Dickson said the Alliance Party would work to build bridges, not borders in the aftermath of […]

Finance Minister needs to urgently provide financial support for licensed premises at sports clubs, says Muir

The Finance Minister needs to urgently provide financial support for licensed premises at sports clubs, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after enquiring about the eligibility of premises operated by and contained within sports clubs under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme. The response from Conor Murphy stated such premises […]

Muir frustrated ‘vulnerable’ reservoirs still not revealed

Alliance MLA Andrew Muir MLA has said he is frustrated the Infrastructure Department has again refused to reveal details of reservoirs in urgent need of intervention works. In a response to a question asked by Mr Muir, the department said it was concerned over revealing ‘vulnerabilities’ in the reservoirs – despite the failure to properly […]

We must keep pushing for funding for Transport Hub, says Ferguson

Alliance Councillor Rachael Ferguson has said she hoped funding would soon be available to advance the planned Transport Hub project in the North West. The local Councillor was speaking after her colleague Andrew Muir MLA raised the issue with the Infrastructure Minister directly. Rachael said: “I’m delighted to hear plans are still in place for […]

Muir shocked at lack of parking enforcement in problem hotspots

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said he is shocked at the lack of parking enforcement in popular tourist spots within his constituency. Mr Muir was speaking after receiving figures from the Department for Infrastructure detailing the low number of parking ticket notices issued in Seapark, Helen’s Bay and near Crawfordsburn Country Park. He […]

Muir calls for Supermarket rates relief returns to be used to support local businesses

Alliance Finance spokesperson, Andrew Muir MLA, has called for the millions of pounds set to be returned by supermarkets to be used as part of a local recovery fund dedicated to supporting local jobs, skills and businesses. Last week, a number of large national supermarkets and discounters announced that they would return the rates relief […]

Alliance representatives call on Ministers to agree support package for taxi drivers and operators

Alliance representatives have called on the Economy and Infrastructure Ministers to urgently agree a support package for taxi drivers and operators in need of assistance during the pandemic. Andrew Muir MLA and Stewart Dickson MLA were speaking after meetings of the Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committees today (Wednesday) where the issue was discussed. A support […]

Muir calls for introduction of gift card regulations in Northern Ireland

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called for legislation on gift cards to be introduced in Northern Ireland to protect consumers, after it emerged Topshop, part of the Arcadia group, has introduced new rules restricting the use of vouchers for shoppers, having gone into administration. The Arcadia group of shops, which includes Topshop, Dorothy […]