Blair welcomes commitment to increased forest cover

Alliance spokesperson on the environment, John Blair MLA, has welcomed a statement from the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to increase forest cover significantly over the next decade. John Blair said: “I welcome the commitment from Minister Poots to the new afforestation programme, Forests for our Future, which will see 18 million trees […]

£4.3M funding for climate change a good start – Blair

Alliance spokesperson on the Environment, John Blair MLA, has welcomed news from the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, DAERA, that they have identified £4.3M towards tackling climate change. Speaking after receiving the information at a meeting of the DAERA Assembly Committee John Blair said: “In a recent Assembly debate, members recognised that we […]

Long announces new Alliance spokespersons

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has announced the party’s spokespersons for the new Assembly mandate, saying the party’s representatives will continue working to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.   Chris Lyttle will continue as Alliance Education spokesperson, chairing the Assembly’s Education Committee, while Paula Bradshaw will remain as Health spokesperson and also take up […]

Egan disappointed after Councillors vote to slash community recycling fund

Alliance Councillor Connie Egan has said she is disappointed after some Councillors on Ards and North Down Borough Council voted to cut a community recycling fund in half. The Recycling Community Investment Fund has funded projects such as sea bins, beach cleaning, community gardens and cigarette ballot boxes among others across the borough. Councillors from […]

Gas storage is yet another assault on the environment and transparency, says Brown

Alliance South Down Westminster candidate Councillor Patrick Brown has said major questions have to be asked regarding the future development of Carlingford Lough, following the installation of a new gas storage facility at Warrenpoint Port. Plans by Japanese gas company Nippon to store up to 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide in an under-construction facility in […]

Government needs to reduce UK’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, says Blair

The Government needs to reduce the UK’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, while embedding climate action at the heart of Government planning and delivery, Alliance South Antrim Westminster candidate John Blair has said. Mr Blair said while the while the climate crisis was well established, not enough was being done to lessen […]