O’Neill: Department must consult on what a pedestrianised Belfast would look like

Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill has called for a full consultation to be undertaken before the re-opening of the road network close to Primark gets the go ahead. With Belfast City Centre being effectively pedestrianised through the cordon in the wake of the Primark fire, the East Belfast Councillor said it was essential the right decision […]

Plans to tackle period poverty move to next step, says O’Neill

Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill’s drive to see Belfast City Council end period poverty has moved a step closer, after she secured committee support to commission a report on the issue. Having raised the subject at November’s Council meeting, Sian said the decision of the Strategic, Policy and Resource committee to take the next step could […]

Free sanitary products should be provided by Council, says O’Neill

Free sanitary products should be provided throughout Belfast City Council premises, Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill has said. Councillor O’Neill was speaking as she brought a motion to Council calling for the move. The motion called for support for the On the Ball campaign, which aims to combat ‘period poverty’ by providing free sanitary products in […]

O’Neill calls for all children to be included on funeral charge waiving scheme

Alliance East Belfast Councillor Sian O’Neill has called for refugee and asylum seeker children to be included in a scheme which will see funeral charges waived for anyone under 18 in Belfast. Councillor O’Neill was speaking after a meeting of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Cemeteries and Crematorium Working Group, at which a paper was presented […]

O’Neill: Misogynistic and sexist abuse is never acceptable

Belfast City Council is to press social media companies to better address incidents of misogynistic or sexist abuse online, with Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill set to raise the issue on Tuesday night. The Councillor for East Belfast said the Council must lead by example, calling out the failings of companies including Facebook and Twitter after […]

O’Neill backs childcare strategy for Belfast

Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill has said she’ll work closely with all involved to ensure Belfast creates a workable childcare strategy. Speaking as she backed a proposal at the latest meeting of Belfast City Council, Councillor O’Neill alluding to the “frustrating” situation women find themselves in around this issue, adding they are yet another section of […]

Armstrong: #PressForProgress and make change happen

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said we must continue to #PressForProgress as women across Northern Ireland stand together to mark International Women’s Day. The MLA for Strangford, and newly appointed Alliance Chief Whip, added that despite it being 100 years since the Representation of the People act gave some women the right to vote, in […]