McReynolds says audio recording of Council working groups a major win for ratepayers

Alliance Councillor Peter McReynolds has said the audio recording of Belfast City Council working groups is a “major win” for ratepayers. East Belfast Councillor Mr McReynolds was speaking after the first recordings of the working groups were uploaded to the Council website. It marks a successful campaign by Councillor McReynolds, who said it was an […]

Carve-up scheme between DUP and Sinn Féin should be halted, says Long

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has called for a controversial scheme which handed out hundreds of thousands of pounds of ratepayers’ money without proper checks to be halted. Last month, the DUP, Sinn Féin and PUP agreed to give £400,000 to community groups for diversionary activities related to July and August bonfires. However, no process appeared […]

Dickson welcomes Electoral Commission investigation of DUP event money

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed Electoral Commission confirmation it is investigating money paid by Mid and East Antrim Council to sponsor a table at a DUP constituency dinner. DUP MP Ian Paisley hosted the event at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena last September, at which Environment Secretary Michael Gove was guest speaker. […]

McDonough Brown: DUP and Sinn Féin have questions to answer over latest funding carve up

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has criticised the DUP and Sinn Féin for allocating public money to a group with alleged paramilitary links. The South Belfast Councillor said that not only did the two parties again manage to put their differences aside when it comes to carving up public money, but that they actively blocked […]

Audit Office agrees to investigate Alliance concerns over funding method

The Northern Ireland Audit Office has agreed to investigate ongoing Alliance concerns over a controversial fund for community projects. The party delegation, led by Belfast City Councillor Michael Long, met the Audit Office today to raise worries over the lack of openness and transparency surrounding the Local Investment Fund (LIF). The fund, which was not […]

Long disappointed as full transparency ignored at Westminster

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has expressed disappointment after it was confirmed political donations dating back to 2014 will not be published, despite the Transparency of Donations and Loans Order 2018 passing at Westminster. Mrs Long secured the legislation while an MP, meaning any large donor to a local party after January 2014, meeting the […]