Muir welcomes financial package for local airports

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir has welcomed the announcement of a £5.7 million support package for Northern Ireland’s airports as the Coronavirus crisis continues. The MLA for North Down described it as an “an important intervention” to help local airports as the pandemic continues. He said: “I welcome this important intervention to ensure local Airports […]

A platform piece in today’s News Letter by Stephen Farry MP on stimulating our economic recovery from Covid-19

We are far from clear of the COVID-19 crisis, but once it eases, Northern Ireland, alongside much of the world, will face enhanced, ongoing economic challenges for businesses and people. I am sceptical we will automatically see a V-shaped economic slump followed by a sharp recovery. While this economic recession doesn’t arise from demand-related problems, […]

Armstrong calls for fair play for sports clubs

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on two Executive Ministers to change the current system to ensure sports clubs can qualify for financial support to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. It follows the suspension of the Department for Communities’ Hardship Fund for Sport. Under the current regulations, sports clubs cannot apply for […]

Bradshaw welcomes end of discrimination against gay men in blood donation

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the Health Minister’s announcement that rules on blood donation will now come fully into line with the rest of the UK, removing the effective discrimination against gay men. Robin Swann announced the changes, which will come into effect on June 1, which will mean a three-month deferral […]

Armstrong: Openness and transparency at Councils must transcend pandemic

The Alliance Party is pushing to ensure local government remains fully open and transparent as the covid-19 pandemic continues, as the party backs plans for Councils to meet remotely. Chief Whip and Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA, said it was important at this uncertain time that good governance was able to be maintained, along with […]

Not using transfer tests must be given consideration, says Lyttle

Not using transfer tests for post-primary admission must be given serious consideration by the Education Minister, Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said, after the AQE organisation postponed the registration date for its transfer test. Registration for P6 pupils has been delayed until May 14, with AQE saying it is to provide clarity for paretns due to the […]

Long introduces Second Stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill to Assembly

Northern Ireland can take a giant leap forward in the fight against domestic abuse if new legislation is agreed, Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. She was speaking as she moved the Second Stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill in the Assembly. She said progressing domestic abuse legislation had been a […]