Tennyson welcomes over 1,000 new Almac jobs

Alliance Councillor and Assembly candidate for Upper Bann, Eóin Tennyson, was welcomed the creation of more than 1,000 new job by pharmaceutical company Almac, which is headquartered in Craigavon.  Councillor Tennyson said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news that Almac is to create over 1,000 highly-skilled jobs in the next few years.   “The investment in Craigavon […]

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 […]

Dickson expresses concern at potential winter energy affordability crisis

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has called for urgent action from the Department for the Economy and the Department for Communities to tackle the increasing pressures of energy costs on vulnerable households. Mr Dickson was commenting following a further announcement from the Utility Regulator that energy prices will likely continue to rise sharply as wholesale fuel […]

Department needs to outline support measures it will provide after furlough ends, says Dickson

The Department for the Economy needs to outline what steps it is taking to support businesses once furlough ends this week, Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said. The financial support scheme was introduced at the start of the pandemic, to pay 80 per cent of an organisation’s wage bill, to keep staff on […]

Minister needs to explicitly state when High Street voucher will launch, says Dickson

The Economy Minister needs to explicitly state when the High Street voucher scheme will launch, Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said. The Department for Economy announced the scheme would begin on a date after September 12, however as of Monday there was no definite date as to the launch. “Our high streets have […]

Dickson disappointed but not surprised by Ryanair announcement

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said he is disappointed but not surprised after Ryanair announced it would be ceasing its operations at local airports by the end of October. The airline, which only recommenced flights at Belfast City Airport in May, currently flies to routes including Krakow and Milan from Belfast International Airport. […]

Muir welcomes Executive commitment to Infrastructure Commission

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has welcomed the Executive’s commitment to establishing an Infrastructure Commission in the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Last year a Ministerial Advisory Panel established by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon recommended the establishment of a commission, similar to a body which already exists in Scotland. It is designed to set a 30-year […]

Dickson welcomes high street voucher scheme but says questions remain

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an announcement the high street voucher scheme will finally open in September. Economy Minister Gordon Lyons made the announcement after revealing the contract had been awarded to Prepaid Financial Service. The £145 million scheme is expected to open to everyone aged 18 and over, who will be […]