Needs of families should be at forefront of any Executive decisions around Omicron, says Hackett

The needs of families should be at the forefront of decisions from the Executive when it meets next week to discuss the potential for any further action in light of the Omicron variant, Alliance’s Claire Hackett has said. The Mid-Ulster representative, recently appointed as Alliance’s Families spokesperson, was speaking ahead of the next Executive meeting, […]

From this day we can say we in Northern Ireland trust women, says Bradshaw

Paula Bradshaw MLA has said today is a “significant day for trusting women” after a DUP Private Member’s Bill seeking to restrict women’s right to choose was defeated in the Assembly. The South Belfast MLA stated: “This was a highly sensitive Bill but ultimately it contained one clause other than its commencement date, and that […]

Alliance MLA urges public to sign petition to ban hunting with dogs

Alliance MLA, John Blair has encouraged the public to sign a petition calling for a ban on hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland. The call comes after his historic Bill, to ban the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, was blocked by Stormont. The proposed legislation was debated in the Assembly on Monday 6 December, […]

Government assault on human rights undermines Good Friday Agreement, says Farry

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has criticised UK Government plans for a public consultation which would lead to significant changes to human rights protections. The Independent Human Rights Act (HRA) Review was established in December 2020 to examine the framework of the HRA, how it operates and whether any change is required. Specifically, the review […]

Vital local people have say in financial investment in their areas, says Armstrong

It is vital local people have a say in financial investment in their areas, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. The Strangford representative was speaking after the Department for Communities announced a £20 million programme designed to support smaller communities recover from the pandemic, in conjunction with several other Departments. The scheme also […]

Crucial UK-EU talks reach comprehensive outcome soon, says Long, after Sefcovic meeting

For the good of Northern Ireland, it is crucial talks between the UK and EU reach a comprehensive outcome early in the new year, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting EU Vice-President Maros Sefcovic alongside an Alliance delegation, including Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP and Brexit spokesperson Sorcha […]

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 […]

Bradshaw says preparation should already be underway for boosters for over-18s here

Alliance Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said preparation should already be underway by the Department of Health to offer the booster vaccine to over-18s here. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after it was announced the programme would be accelerated here, with walk-in jabs available for the over-30s over concerns due to the […]

Muir says draft Budget proposals may mean Departments not being able to fund essential services

The proposals in the draft Budget may lead to Departments not being able to fund essential services, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking after the three-year plan was announced to be going to public consultation from next week. Mr Muir said while that was a welcome move, Alliance could […]