The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now, says Blair

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said.   Mr Blair was speaking in the Assembly chamber, ahead of his attendance at COP26 in Glasgow. A summit to bring together political figures from across the globe to discuss actions […]

Lavery and Tennyson express disappointment after other parties reject fracking opposition proposal

Alliance representatives have expressed their disappointment, after members of the DUP, UUP and SDLP rejected a proposal for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to oppose fracking. The Alliance proposal, brought by Councillor Peter Lavery and seconded by Councillor Eóin Tennyson, would have seen the Council write to Environment Minster Edwin Poots to call […]

Dickson: Gas caverns decision is devastating for local area

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said the decision by DUP AERA Minister Edwin Poots to green light plans for under sea gas storage at Islandmagee as a ‘devastating blow’. Speaking after the Marine Construction Licence for the Larne Lough area was granted, Mr Dickson said it was time for all local representatives to come together […]

Muir: Full financial transparency needed over future schemes

Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said full financial transparency is needed over future renewable energy schemes after a report into generating electricity from renewable energy was unable to determine if one was delivered at the lowest cost to the consumer. The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme was introduced in 2005 by the Department of Enterprise, […]

Blair: We need to restore our damaged eco systems now

Northern Ireland is in urgent need of policies to restore our damaged ecosystems, Alliance Environmental spokesperson John Blair MLA has said. Mr Blair was speaking during an Assembly debate on the UK Government’s Environment Bill, which was designed to bring in legislation and provide environmental governance following changes after Brexit. “Our exit from the EU […]

Shambles of electric vehicle charging network forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel, says Muir

The “shambles” of the electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland is forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel cars, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after contacting the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which maintains the network here. It followed complaints from constituents, who having […]

Muir launches public petition for rapidly improved Electric Vehicle charging

Alliance Party Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has launched a public petition calling for the Minister for Infrastructure to rapidly improve the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networking in Northern Ireland. The online petition notes that while Northern Ireland’s EV charging network was world-leading when it was established back in 2010, a decade of decay and […]

A green recovery is the only way to tackle the climate crisis, says Blair

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now. Yet we prevaricate and this refusal to act at the pace the science demands is deadly, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. He added: “In 2020, extreme weather events uprooted 30.7 million people from their homes, the highest figure […]

IPCC report stresses the overwhelming urgency for action on climate change, says Farry

The report by the International Panel on Climate Change stresses the “overwhelming urgency” for action on tackling the climate crisis, Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry has said. He added: “The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now – and further delay will be deadly. “The report’s stark […]