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 […]

Universal basic income could get people back on feet financially, says Brown

A roll-out of universal basic income (UBI) could get people back on their feet financially in the recovery from the COVID pandemic, Alliance South Down representative Patrick Brown has said.   Councillor Brown, recently selected as Alliance’s representative for the constituency, said a new group established to explore the feasibility of UBI trials in Northern […]

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 says welfare system letting down those who need it most

Alliance South Down Westminster candidate Patrick Brown has said the welfare system is not working and letting down those who need it most. Councillor Brown said while the welfare system was set up to help the most vulnerable in our society, successive governments have introduced changes and cuts, leaving people in poverty. “Alliance was steadfast […]

Gas storage is yet another assault on the environment and transparency, says Brown

Alliance South Down Westminster candidate Councillor Patrick Brown has said major questions have to be asked regarding the future development of Carlingford Lough, following the installation of a new gas storage facility at Warrenpoint Port. Plans by Japanese gas company Nippon to store up to 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide in an under-construction facility in […]

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 […]

Brown disappointed as Church to show ‘gay cure’ film

Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has criticised the decision of a County Down Baptist Church to screen a controversial movie billed as a ‘gay cure’. Speaking of his disgust at the move to show the film, the Rowallane Councillor appealed for local people to come out and support the LGBT community by opposing the showing at […]