Armstrong calls on Department Permanent Secretary to meet MLAs immediately over welfare reform mitigation

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has called on the Department for Communities Permanent Secretary to meet MLAs immediately over welfare reform mitigation measures, after she said she wouldn’t until after May’s Council election. Ms Armstrong was speaking after receiving a letter from Tracy Meharg, following her Department’s review of welfare mitigation funding. Mitigation measures are currently […]

Armstrong says death of teenagers heart-breaking

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said the death of three teenagers following an incident at a hotel in Cookstown is “heart-breaking”. Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old died following reports of a crush among young people waiting to get into a St Patrick’s Day party at the Greenvale Hotel. A number of others have also been […]

Armstrong celebrates #BalanceforBetter this International Women’s Day

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has praised the efforts of women in politics across Northern Ireland in keeping dialogue open between all parties. Celebrating International Women’s Day, Kellie – the newly elected Deputy Chair of the NI Assembly Women’s Caucus – said that while today places a focus on women, it’s the ongoing work of women […]

Alliance Seeking Assurances around Local Post-Primary Transfer

A local Alliance Party delegation this week met with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education, Derek Baker, and senior officials to discuss preparations for the post-primary transfer in North Down this year and a range of other education issues. The delegation comprised Stephen Farry MLA, Kellie Armstrong MLA, Chris Lyttle MLA, Cllr Karen […]

Welfare of people replaced by operational performance on benefits, says Armstrong

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said welfare of people has been replaced by operational performance, following a meeting with the Department for Communities. The Strangford MLA was speaking after meeting with the Permanent Secretary and senior members of the Department for Communities about both PIP and Universal Credit. She said she was disappointed the Civil […]

Alliance meets Roads representatives over safety concerns in Ards

Alliance Alderman Alan McDowell and Kellie Armstrong MLA have this week met with Department For Infrastructure Road Service representatives and the PSNI to discuss mounting road safety issues on the Movilla Road and the Bowtown Estate. Attended by representatives from all parties, the cross-party meeting highlighted a desire to see the current 40mph limit reduced […]

Flybmi announcement ‘more than a warning sign over Brexit’ says Armstrong

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said Flybmi’s announcement that it has gone into administration should be more than a warning sign over the continued ambiguity around Brexit. The airline announced on Saturday night it had ceased operating, cancelling all flights with immediate effect, citing rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over […]

Armstrong welcomes airport funding for flight

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has welcomed UK Government funding for the City of Derry Airport, securing its direct flight to London. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the route, which has been subsidised since May 2017, would be secure until 2021. “This route has been threatened with closure in the recent past, so it […]

Armstrong says Alliance will continue to hold airport to account

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said her party will continue to hold Belfast International Airport to account over recent problems with the length of security queues there. Ms Armstrong was speaking after a meeting with management at the airport, alongside her colleagues Stewart Dickson MLA and John Blair MLA, who arranged the meeting […]