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 […]

Gray welcomes passing of legislation allowing for remote Council meetings to continue

Alliance Councillor Lauren Gray has welcomed the passing of Assembly legislation allowing for remote Council meetings to continue. The Department for Communities had allowed the legislation letting Council meetings to take place online or in a hybrid model to lapse at the end of May, meaning for the past six weeks Councils across Northern Ireland […]

Statement from Councillor Billy Webb on successful court judgement

Alliance Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb has said he is pleased the High Court has dismissed an appeal by an Antrim resident against a county court harassment injunction relating to false claims about him. The initial case was taken by Councillor Webb following the allegations about him on Tracy Bell’s Facebook page. The injunction […]

Questions remain over Council involvement in DUP fundraiser

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said two local Councils involved in the latest DUP financial scandal now have questions to answer. Stewart Dickson, MLA for East Antrim, was speaking after it was confirmed DUP MP Ian Paisley would be forced to pay back money acquired from two local government authorities for a dinner which has […]

Meat factory outbreak entirely predictable – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has expressed frustration at the lack of comprehensive preventative action in meat factories, as a cluster of infections linked to factory in Ballymena. The danger in meat factories was already well established. The South Belfast MLA stated: “I raised publicly, including in an Assembly Question exactly a month ago, the […]

Gray disappointed Council won’t resume virtual Council Committee meetings until August

Alliance Councillor Lauren Gray has said she is extremely disappointed Mid and East Antrim Borough Council won’t resume virtual Committee meetings until August – with a lack of clarity remaining over when all meetings will return. The Council has already resumed full Council meetings, agreeing to an earlier Alliance push to get these up and […]

Mulvenna welcomes backing for her virtual Council meeting proposal

Alliance Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna has welcomed plans for Mid and East Antrim Council to begin meeting virtually in June, a move she says will continue full openness and transparency in the local authority. Having raised the issue again at the recent Party Group Leader’s meeting in the Council, Gerardine said she was pleased all other […]

O’Lynn calls for DUP to suspend Councillor who made coronavirus claims

Alliance Ballymena Councillor Patricia O’Lynn has called for the DUP to suspend a Councillor who claimed the coronavirus pandemic is ‘the judgement of God’ following the the introduction of equal marriage and abortion reform here. Councillor John Carson stated in a social media post “You reap what you sow and our nation is now reaping […]