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 […]

Dickson says urgent action needed to support local travel agents

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has called on some Executive Departments to take urgent action to support local travel agents, who have been impacted severely by the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson held a meeting with the Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents today, alongside Alliance colleague John Blair MLA, to […]

Dickson voices dismay over Minister’s inability to accept share for consequences of Brexit on community schemes

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has voiced his dismay at the Economy Minister’s inability to accept his share of responsibility for the consequences of Brexit on funding for community schemes. Mr Dickson was speaking after asking Gordon Lyons for his assessment of the recently launched UK Community Renewal Fund and to detail the Department’s engagement with […]

Incoming Economy Minister needs to seek urgent meeting with airport and airline, says Dickson

Incoming Economy Minister Paul Frew needs to seek an urgent meeting with Belfast City Airport and Aer Lingus, after the airline announced it had stopped flights from the airport to several UK destinations. The news came after Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus’ regional services, moved into liquidation. Flights to a number of British cities […]

We have opportunity to develop local producers into tourist attractions with Licensing Bill, says Armstrong

We have an opportunity to develop more local craft brewers, distiller, cideries and wineries into tourist attractions, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking ahead of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill reaching its consideration stage in the Assembly. It is designed to extending opening hours for pubs […]

Dickson expresses concern after Thompson Aero Seating announcement

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has expressed his concern after Thompson Aero Seating announced plans for up to 180 redundancies across its sites. The engineering company will cut the jobs jobs at locations in Portadown and Banbridge. It marks the latest announcement of job losses by the company, which makes seats for commercial airlines, […]