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 […]

Donnelly criticises other parties for not recognising impact of political impasse on health provision

Alliance Mid and East Antrim Borough Councillor Danny Donnelly has criticised other parties on the Council for failing to recognise the impact the current political impasse at Stormont is having on local health provision. Speaking at the Council meeting last night (Monday) Councillor Donnelly – Alliance’s East Antrim candidate for Westminster – said Councillors wanted […]

O’Lynn questions urgency of others to change how some Council events are funded

Alliance Ballymena Councillor Patricia O’Lynn has questioned the apparent urgency of some representatives on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to change how some special events are funded. In November, Councillors approved funding for an Ulster-Scots event, yet on Monday night’s Council meeting, the TUV, backed by the DUP, sought to make a change when […]