Racial Equality Strategy has been stalled long enough, says Blair

Alliance MLA John Blair has said Covid-19 cannot be the reason the Racial Equality Strategy gets even further behind. Questioning the Junior Minister Gordon Lyons in the Assembly this week, Mr Blair said the initiative was already running too far behind before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. He added: “Covid-19 has engulfed every aspect of our […]

Public sector must be empowered to address levels of sickness absence, says Blair

Public sector leaders must be empowered to address levels of sickness absence in the Northern Ireland public sector, Alliance MLA John Blair has said, following a report on attendance in central and local government released today. The report from the Audit Office found the Northern Ireland Civil Service lost almost 13 days per employee to […]

End of Brexit transition period shows pressing need for independent environmental protection agency, says Blair

The impending end of the Brexit transition period shows the pressing need for an independent environmental protection agency for Northern Ireland, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said. The South Antrim MLA was speaking after Environment Minister Edwin Poots updated the Assembly on the latest North-South Ministerial Council meeting, focusing on environmental matters. The […]

Alliance welcome NI’s first Clean Air Strategy document

Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has welcomed the announcement of Northern Ireland’s first clean air strategy document by the Environment Minister. The member of the APG on Lung Health at Stormont said: “This announcement fulfils a significant commitment from the New Decade New Approach and I welcome the announcement of the Clean Air Strategy […]