Armstrong says pandemic may kill arts here unless financial package released

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said the pandemic could kill off the arts in Northern Ireland unless a multi-million-pound rescue package is released. The £33 million for theatres, arts, music venues and museums was given to the Executive during the summer. However, the money has still to be released. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong […]

Always follow government health advice, says Grehan, after leaflet distributed

Alliance Lisburn South Councillor Amanda Grehan has reminded the public to always follow government health advice on COVID-19 to keep themselves and their family safe. Alderman Grehan was speaking after being contacted by a constituent who had received a leaflet through their letterbox claiming the government and NHS were not telling the full facts about […]

Northern Ireland’s youth are being denied opportunities, says Eastwood

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said a youth employment scheme is urgently needed in Northern Ireland, after young people across the rest of Great Britain start benefiting from similar schemes today. The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor on July 8, allowing young people a chance at gaining work and experience, while young people […]

Lyttle: Those responsible must find a better way for P7 pupils

Alliance Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said a decision to postpone academic selection tests until January 2021 quashes the Education Minister’s assertion that he has no control over the testing process. Announced on Wednesday, the move saw the Education Minister, the Association for Quality Education (AQE) and the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) join […]

Staff must be given resources and support needed to make school restart safe, says Lyttle

Teaching and non-teaching staff must be given the resources and support needed to restart schools safely, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle was speaking as many pupils in years seven, 12 and 14 had their first day back at school since lockdown, although several schools have remained closed due to positive […]

Tighter restrictions welcome and should apply immediately, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed moves by the Executive to tighten restrictions on social gatherings, but said they must apply immediately and more work should be done to ensure staff safety in food processing plants. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann outlined new restrictions, with outdoor gatherings […]

People need to take COVID-19 seriously again or risk lockdowns, says Bradshaw

Everyone needs to “take COVID-19 seriously again” or else we will likely see localised lockdowns introduced during the pandemic, Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said. She was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann warned Northern Ireland was ‘in danger of sliding down a very slippery and treacherous slope’ during the pandemic. Almost 300 […]

GCSE grades news means Minister’s refusal to do same for A-Level and AS-Level is untenable, says Lyttle

News GCSE grades will be awarded on teacher assessment means the Education Minister’s refusal to do the same for A-Level and AS-Level is untenable, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Assembly Education Committee Chair Mr Lyttle was speaking following Peter Weir’s decision, which came in the wake of the East Belfast MLA securing […]

Lyttle delighted for A-Level and AS-Level students after Education Minister U-turn

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said he is delighted for A-Level and AS-Level pupils, after the Education Minister announced a U-turn to award them the highest grade from either teacher predictions or awarded by CCEA. Peter Weir’s reversal came in the wake of an earlier announcement that GCSE students would be based on […]

Decisive action needed to deliver fair grades for all pupils

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA, Assembly Education Committee Chair, has said the Minister must act immediately to ensure fair grades for all pupils. Mr Lyttle was speaking after he convened a special meeting of the Committee on Friday morning, allowing an opportunity for Education Minister Peter Weir and exams body CCEA to be quizzed […]