Minister must act on Disability Strategy, says McMullan

Belfast City Council has backed an Alliance motion to call on the Minister for Communities for Northern Ireland to bring forward the Disability Strategy to improve enforcement of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 25 years on since it came into law. Speaking after his motion passed at Belfast City Council to note the 25th anniversary […]

Nicholl welcomes cross-party effort to tackle poverty this Christmas and beyond

Alliance Belfast City Councillor Kate Nicholl has welcomed a cross-party commitment to supporting local organisations aimed at tackling poverty and helping those in need throughout the festive period. Speaking after a special meeting, which saw a proposal pass to enable the Council to direct funds to leading charities struggling to cope with demand this Christmas, […]

O’Lynn accuses Council of attempting to block key questions about fundraising dinner

Alliance Councillor Patricia O’Lynn has said Mid and East Antrim Borough Council “made repeated attempts” to block Councillors asking key questions regarding the Council’s appearance at a fundraising dinner for Ian Paisley MP. Councillor O’Lynn, who was speaking after a special Council meeting brought by Alliance to seek answers for ratepayers due to the recent […]

Mulholland highlights plight of arts sector still waiting on funding

Alliance Councillor Sian Mulholland will highlight the plight of the creative industries across Belfast at a Council meeting tonight, as the pandemic, lockdown and subsequent restrictions have left the sector in crisis. Speaking as the delay in rolling out an allocated £29 million in funding continues, Sian added the potential loss of knowledge, skills and […]

McReynolds secures support for Universal Basic Income

Alliance Councillor Peter McReynolds has said he is “absolutely delighted” to secure support from Belfast City Council for a Universal Basic Income and a feasibility study into what a trial would look like here. Peter was speaking after the latest meeting of Belfast City Council saw all Party’s but the DUP – whose members abstained […]

Kelly: New funding aiming to upgrade local alleyways

Belfast City Council is to assess how it can provide a new funding stream aimed at helping local communities hoping to transform their alleyways, thanks to Alliance Councillor Michelle Kelly. The move follows the previous success of projects including the Wildflower Alley, with Council now set to liaise with the Department for Communities, Infrastructure and […]

Those behind East Belfast security alert an absolute disgrace, says Hanvey

Those behind a security alert at the training ground of East Belfast GAA are an “absolute disgrace,” Alliance Councillor Eric Hanvey has said. Police are currently at the ground – Henry Jones Playing Fields on the Church Road in Castlereagh – after receiving an anonymous call stating a number of explosive devices had been left […]

McMullan: Belfast City Hall marks national day of mourning following Beirut tragedy

Alliance Councillor Ross McMullan has confirmed Belfast City Hall will be lit in the colours of the Lebanese flag tonight, after he made the request following yesterday’s devastating explosions in Beirut. Ross – who lived in Lebanon for a time almost ten years ago – secured the move after the tragedy which saw at least […]

McMullan glad costs associated with high hedges complaints dropped in Belfast

Belfast City Council residents now won’t have to overpay when it comes to making a high hedges complaint, after Alliance Councillor Ross McMullan ensured the cost was brought into line with elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Previously bringing a motion to Council, Ross said it was “absolutely appalling” Belfast residents faced payments around £350 to make […]