Tennyson expresses disappointment after fossil fuel divestment vote

Alliance Party Councillor Eóin Tennyson has expressed his disappointment after the DUP and UUP groups on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council teamed up to defeat his motion calling for the Local Government pension scheme to be divested from fossil fuel companies. This comes after the DUP, UUP and SDLP voted to defer an […]

Our way of life reliant on sustainable environment, says McReynolds

Our way of life is reliant on having a sustainable environment, Alliance Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor Peter McReynolds has told a major event designed to highlight the growing impact of climate change and calling for action to mitigate against it. The global climate strike took place at locations around the world today (Friday), with local […]

Blair welcomes DAERA natural environment push

Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has welcomed the creation of a new £400,000 environment fund by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), aiming to more easily connect people to the natural environment. The Environmental Challenge Competition is open to local councils and not-for-profit organisations who want to apply for funding for […]

“We must stand up for our environment” says Mathison

Alliance Councillor Nick Mathison has said he is delighted Ards and North Down Councillors unanimously backed his calls for the local authority to oppose all Oil and Shale Gas Exploration License Applications.   The decision was ratified at Wednesday night’s full Council meeting, after Nick had raised the issue at the Community and Wellbeing Committee […]

Alliance proposal to oppose Oil Extraction defeated

Alliance Councillor Peter Lavery has said he’s “extremely disappointed” after Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council failed to oppose the awarding of petroleum licenses, despite both the SDLP and Sinn Féin previously speaking against these licenses. If allowed to continue, the move could see oil exploration in the South Lough Neagh Basin – something Alliance is […]

McMullan seeks cross-party support to end reliance on plastic bottles in Belfast

Alliance Councillor Ross McMullan is calling for Belfast City Council to introduce water refill stations across the city, as he backed #NationalRefillDay ahead of bringing a motion on the issue to Belfast City Council. Citing the importance of encouraging local people to reuse water bottles, Ross said the move would aid attempts to end our […]

Muir welcomes news Cairn Wood now safely in public ownership

Ards and North Down Borough Council Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed news that Cairn Wood has now transferred into public ownership with NI Water recently writing to Councillor Muir to confirm that it was transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on 1 April 2019. Commenting on the development, Councillor […]

Alliance calls for public consultation into gas storage process

Alliance has called for a public consultation into a controversial plan for underground gas storage caverns in East Antrim. The letter to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, from Alliance MLAs John Blair and Stewart Dickson, outlines the party’s concerns about the proposals for Islandmagee, saying they could have ‘a disastrous effect’ on […]

Blair reiterates call for independent EPA after new pollution figures

Alliance South Antrim MLA John Blair has reiterated his call for an independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after new figures revealed the extent of the pollution problems of a local river. Following a request from Mr Blair, the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency stated since records began in 2012, there have been 676 reported incidents of […]