Muir says draft Budget proposals may mean Departments not being able to fund essential services

The proposals in the draft Budget may lead to Departments not being able to fund essential services, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking after the three-year plan was announced to be going to public consultation from next week. Mr Muir said while that was a welcome move, Alliance could […]

Local projects could benefit from money intended for ‘Boris bridge,’ says Muir, after report confirms costs impossible to justify

A number of local infrastructure projects could benefit from the money intended for a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said, after a Government-commissioned report said the costs would be impossible to justify. The official report by Sir Peter Hendy said the cost of building a bridge could be as […]

Muir calls for action by Finance Minister to replicate support for local businesses dealing with COVID-19 related rental disputes

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called on the Minister of Finance to move swiftly to replicate in Northern Ireland support due to be provided to local businesses in England who are still dealing with issues over accrued rental debt due to the pandemic, once the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill passes through UK Parliament. […]

Muir calls for urgent action by Infrastructure Minister to secure finances of key public services

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called on the Infrastructure Minister to urgently attend a meeting of the Assembly Infrastructure Committee to outline her plans to secure the future of key public services such as NI Water and Translink. Mr Muir made the call after the Minister recently wrote to the Committee detailing the […]

The COP26 climate change event must have tangible outcomes, Alliance representatives have said.

The COP26 climate change event must have tangible outcomes and not just be a case of the UK Government ‘greenwashing’ its commitments to tackling the climate crisis, Alliance representatives have said. Speaking as the UN’s COP26 climate change conference kicked off in Glasgow, Stephen Farry MP, Andrew Muir MLA and John Blair MLA said “real […]

Muir calls for Finance Minister to answer Assembly questions on late night funding allocation announcement

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called for the Finance Minister to come to the Assembly on Monday to answer questions on the latest allocation of money from his Department, after a detailed statement outlining how hundreds of millions of pounds would be spent was issued late on Friday. The Department of Finance put […]

Money allocated to Northern Ireland not enough to drive sustainable, green recovery, says Muir

The money allocated to Northern Ireland under the UK Government’s Budget is nowhere near enough to drive a sustainable, green recovery for our economy, support households facing a massive rise in the cost of living or create the jobs and skills needed to navigate out of the pandemic, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has […]

Wastewater and Sewerage Capacity reaches crises point in NI

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has highlighted the need for urgent action on wastewater and sewerage capacity in Northern Ireland, describing the current situation as “reaching crisis point”. Mr Muir was speaking after the Assembly backed a motion calling on the Minister for Infrastructure to bring forward a new strategy to enhance and expand […]