Blair: Policing recommendations are not without challenges

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the recommendations within the South Armagh Policing Review are not without future challenges. Mr Blair, the Alliance Party’s representative on the Police Board, was speaking after further details had been revealed on Tuesday morning, which included wide-ranging ideas for future operations. He added: “This remains a challenging situation which […]

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 […]

Blair urges public to sign petition to stop badger cull

Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has encouraged the public to sign a petition opposing a badger cull proposed by an Executive Department. The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently announced the plan as part of its bovine TB eradication strategy. It would see the introduction of an indiscriminate badger cull, using […]

Alliance calls for long-term plans to protect and enhance landscapes

Alliance representatives John Blair MLA and Councillor Patrick Brown have called for long-term plans to protect and enhance Northern Ireland’s treasured landscapes following a visit to the Mourne Mountains. Speaking after they attended a meeting in Silent Valley with the Mourne Heritage Trust, Mr Blair and Councillor Brown said they would continue to work both […]

Ombudsman findings illustrate why amnesty proposals are bad idea, says Blair

The findings of a Police Ombudsman report into the murder of a Catholic teenager by the UDA is further evidence why the UK Government’s amnesty proposals are a bad idea, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. The Ombudsman found ‘significant failures’ in the police investigation into the killing of Damien Walsh in 1993, who died […]

Blair considers proposals for badger cull morally indefensible

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the proposed culling of badgers, as part of a strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from Northern Ireland, is “morally indefensible”. He was speaking after the launch of a consultation into the strategy by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Mr Blair said whilst he was supportive of […]

Blair: Issues for MEA to address after report into Larne Port released

Alliance MLA John Blair has said an AERA committee report into the removal of staff at Larne Port has shown serious inconsistencies in the actions of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Mr Blair was speaking after the Committee report was published on Friday, adding the decision to remove staff without a clear readout from […]

Blair welcomes consultation on protections for service animals

Alliance MLA John Blair MLA has welcomed the launch of a consultation on proposals to protect service animals whilst on active duty. Mr Blair, Chair of the Assembly’s All-Party Group on Animal Welfare, said the animals carried out invaluable work putting them in unpredictable and often dangerous situations. “The service animals play an essential role […]