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 […]

Alliance welcomes deal on City Hall grounds

Councillor Michael Long, Alliance Group Leader in City Hall, has welcomed the decision to support a deal to make the grounds of the City Hall more inclusive, alongside addressing a number of other issues across the city centre. He expressed disappointment that Sinn Féin had opposed the deal – which was backed by Alliance, DUP, […]

Alliance will oppose DUP, Sinn Féin driven rates increase

The Alliance Party will again oppose a £500,000 increase to Belfast’s 2019 rates at Monday night’s Council meeting, after arguing late last year it was simply unacceptable that the money had been designed to enhance the Summer Diversionary Programme – which includes providing diversionary activities for bonfires. The move follows consistent efforts by Alliance to […]

Alliance welcomes support for position on Robinson Centre renaming

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has welcomed the support from the SDLP and Sinn Féin to have the new East Belfast leisure centre renamed when it opens later this year. Councillor Long – Alliance Group leader on Belfast City Council – said that while Alliance had always opposed the “various Peter Robinson vanity projects” it the […]

Alliance opposes proposed rates increase to fund Community Diversionary Festival Programme

The Alliance Party has opposed a £500,000 increase to next year’s Belfast rates, designed to enhance the Area Based Festivals Fund which includes providing diversionary activities for bonfires. The decision follows the Alliance Party’s refusal to support an initial scheme in 2018, which saw the DUP and Sinn Féin carve up £400,000 for individual projects, […]

Long condemns East Belfast attack

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has condemned an attack on a man in East Belfast, leaving him with potentially life-changing injuries. The incident took place in the Gibson Park Gardens area of East Belfast on Friday night. Councillor Michael Long said: “It is extremely distressing to hear of such a brutal attack taking place within our […]

Long condemns attack on East Belfast housing site

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has condemned an overnight attack on a local housing development. The Clanmill Housing Association site in the Tudor Drive area of Lisnasharragh was targeted shortly before new tenants where due to take up residency. He said: “Those behind this attack are only serving to damage their own community and I would […]

Alliance to propose way forward on verge maintenance

Alliance Belfast Councillor Michael Long is to propose a motion which he hopes will deliver a way forward in tackling the issue of verge maintenance and grass cutting across the city. In 2014, the UUP Minister at the Department for Regional Development axed the grass cutting budget, with the result that cuts went from five […]

Alliance to bring no confidence vote in Rodgers as Council Chair

A motion of no confidence is to be brought against UUP Councillor Jim Rodgers by Alliance after concerns were raised over his behaviour in relation to his role as Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, the main decision-making Committee on the Council. Alliance Councillor Michael Long said the concerns related to […]

Long: Department to stop abuse of call-in

The Alliance Party has secured confirmation the Department for Communities will consider issuing guidance aimed at halting abuse of the call-in procedure within local government. Alliance representatives secured the move at a meeting with the Department’s Permanent Secretary on Thursday morning – a meeting sought by the party as part of its on-going drive to […]