Alliance holds meeting with PSNI over bonfires and flags

The Alliance Party met with senior PSNI officers at Police Headquarters on Friday morning, outlining a range of concerns about the recent issues around bonfires and flags. The delegation included Councillor Michael Long, Councillor Michelle Kelly and Councillor Eric Hanvey as well as Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA and Policing Board member John Blair MLA. […]

PSNI must take action against threats and intimidation in Avoniel, says Alliance

The Alliance Party has backed Belfast City Council’s calls for the PSNI to take robust action against those who continue to be involved in aggravated trespass at the Avoniel Leisure Centre site, ensuring reports of intimidation and threats are properly investigated. The Party made the call as the Leisure Centre entered into another day of […]

Rainbow flag flying from City Hall a show of support for LGBTQ+ community, says Long

Flying the rainbow flag from Belfast City Hall would be a strong show of support for the local LGBTQ+ community, Alliance Councillor Michael Long has said, after bringing a successful proposal to Belfast City Council calling for it. The flag will fly from the building on August 3, the day of the Belfast Pride parade, […]

Alliance meets Audit Office over BCC funding

The Audit Office is to look into if Belfast City Council and its Councillors have followed recommendations in relation to funding, after an Alliance team met with representatives from the body on Friday. Councillor Nuala McAllister described the meeting as “essential” as she argued the DUP and Sinn Féin had largely ignored calls to see […]

Long backs calls for a million new trees for Belfast

Alliance Councillor Michael Long is backing the call for a million new trees for Belfast – a proposal put forward by Belfast Metropolitan Resident Group. Set to second a motion tonight, the proposed plan will build on the amount of new trees already pledged in the Draft Belfast Local Development Plan. Councillor Michael Long said: […]

Long welcomes naming of new leisure centre

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has welcomed the decision to name the new East Belfast leisure centre Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre. After a DUP proposal to keep the location’s name as the Robinson Centre was defeated at today’s Belfast City Council Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, Alliance proposed an immediate renaming, going against Sinn Féin’s proposal to […]

Alliance slams Sinn Féin council boycott

Councillor Michael Long, Alliance Group Leader at City Hall, has slammed Sinn Féin for boycotting the Council’s Budget Panel and Party Group Leaders’ Forum after having lost a series of votes on the City Hall grounds issues in recent weeks. The Committees are attended by group leaders and give them an opportunity to discuss issues […]

Long: Sinn Féin has bailed on memorabilia agreement

Alliance Group Leader Michael Long has criticised Sinn Féin’s decision to stall a decision aimed at making the grounds of City Hall more inclusive, after they called in the previously agreed changes to memorabilia. With a deal in place to recognise greater numbers of women, Irish Nationalists and ethnic minorities, Michael said Sinn Féin had […]