Coade says city park being closer is tribute to work of campaigners

A city park for Newry moving a step closer is tribute to the hard work of campaigners, Alliance Newry and Armagh spokesperson Jackie Coade has said. Ms Coade said the proposal for £16.2 million to be provided towards creation of the Albert Basin Park was a move in the right direction. It is part of […]

Alliance calls for long-term plans to protect and enhance landscapes

Alliance representatives John Blair MLA and Councillor Patrick Brown have called for long-term plans to protect and enhance Northern Ireland’s treasured landscapes following a visit to the Mourne Mountains. Speaking after they attended a meeting in Silent Valley with the Mourne Heritage Trust, Mr Blair and Councillor Brown said they would continue to work both […]

Brown expresses sadness at death of Denis Lynn

Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has expressed his condolences after the tragic death of local businessman Denis Lynn. The Finnebrogue Artisan founder and chairman was killed in a quad accident over the bank holiday weekend. Patrick said: “This is devastating news for anyone who knew Denis Lynn, both personally and professionally. “As the founder of Finnebrogue […]

Brown secures first local Council backing for universal basic income

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has backed an Alliance motion calling for a universal basic income (UBI), the first Council in Northern Ireland to do so. The motion by Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown calls on the Departments of Communities and Finance, alongside the UK Treasury, to design and deliver a UBI for Northern Ireland […]

Brown hits out at attempts to silence party

Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has hit out at attempts by others to “silence” the party on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, after two important motions were sent to committees instead of being discussed in the Council chamber. Councillor Brown was speaking after yesterday’s Council meeting, where he and others proposed and seconded motions on […]

McMurray appeals to those behind memorial vandalism to stop

Alliance Councillor Andrew McMurray has appealed to those behind a series of attacks on a memorial at Narrow Water to stop. Councillor McMurray as speaking after poppy wreaths at the site were damaged again. It follows an two attacks over the previous three weeks, including one only days ago. The Co Down memorial commemorates 18 […]

McMurray says memorial attack a despicable act

Alliance Councillor Andrew McMurray has said the second attack in three weeks on poppy wreaths at Narrow Water was “a despicable act”.Councillor McMurray was speaking after the Co Down memorial was damaged again, the latest in a number of attacks over the past year. Poppy crosses, wreaths and flowers were destroyed. The memorial commemorates 18 […]

Alliance secures People’s Vote support in two key Councils

The Alliance Party has given the growing momentum around a People’s Vote on the outcome of the current Brexit negotiations a voice in Northern Ireland, after successfully securing support for the idea across both Belfast and Newry, Mourne and Down Councils. An Alliance-led initiative in City Hall, Councillor Kate Nicholl said she was especially glad […]

After wildfires, Council must plan for future, says McMurray

Newry, Mourne and Down Council has unanimously backed Alliance Councillor Andy McMurray’s calls to recognise the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the Irish Air Corps for their hard work in tackling recent forest fires in the area. A number of fires were reported in the vicinity of both Tollymore and Donard Forests after […]