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  • Paula Bradshaw20172
    2 PM yesterday

    Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has described the High Court's failure to back a change to the law in Northern Ireland allowing equal marriage or recognition of marriages occurring in other parts of the UK as 'bitterly disappointing'.

    Speaking after the ruling was made on Thursday afternoon, Ms Bradshaw said that despite the 'absolute despair' many would be feeling, a majority at Stormont had the power to bring real change through reforming the petition of concern.

  • Stephen Farry
    9 AM yesterday

    Alliance Economy spokesperson Stephen Farry MLA has congratulated all students who received A-Level results on Thursday morning, encouraging students to look at all opportunities open to them in the days ahead.

    Results have again shown the number of top A-Level grades achieved by Northern Ireland students has risen significantly, with 30.4 percent of entries achieving A* or A grades and the overall A*-E pass rate now at 98.3%.

  • Paula Bradshaw20172
    11 AM Wednesday

    Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said a survey showing over 160 students stating they had been victims of sexual assault is a call to do far more on the issue of non-consensual sexual relations.

    Ms Bradshaw said: "It would be extremely alarming if just one student had reported they had been a victim of a sexual assault, but for nearly 6% of those surveyed to do so is frightening.

  • Stephen Farry profile pic 2
    10 AM Wednesday

    Alliance Party Deputy Leader and Brexit Spokesperson, Stephen Farry MLA, has said the Government is in denial on the Irish Border challenge, as he responded to the publication of UK Government proposals on Brexit, aimed at addressing issues relating to Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    Stephen Farry said: "Dismissing problems doesn't make them go away, nor does passing the buck to others. Everyone may wish to avoid a hard border, but any difference in the customs and tariff regimes between the UK and the European Union would require both a heavy administrative burden and some form of physical checks. Even light touch borders such as between Norway and Sweden have a physical frontier.

  • Stephen Farry profile pic 1
    2 PM Tuesday

    Alliance Party Deputy Leader and Brexit Spokesperson, Stephen Farry, has responded to UK Government proposals for a temporary Customs Union with the European Union.

    Stephen Farry said: "This is the first recognition of reality from the UK Government on Brexit. It cannot jump off a cliff in less than two years' time, in terms of trading links, and with no infrastructure in place to handle customs. But all the Government is doing is simply delaying going that cliff-edge. It is has no coherent economic plan.

  • Trevor Lunn20172
    10 AM Tuesday

    Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has condemned attacks on the PSNI close to a Londonderry bonfire on Monday night.

    Officers came under attack from bottles and petrol bombs in the Lecky Road area of Derry, as they policed what has become a controversial bonfire site in recent years.

    Trevor Lunn MLA said: "It is completely unacceptable for PSNI officers to be targeted in this way. They are carrying out their duty to keep the peace and protect the community and must be able to do so without hindrance.

  • Kellie Armstrong
    last Friday

    Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has congratulated local airports on achieving a 'good' rating in relation to accessibility for disabled passengers but warned more needs to be done to improve the ranking.

    Ms Armstrong said the Civil Aviation Authority's report on the accessibility of 30 UK airports for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility showed Belfast City, Belfast International and City of Derry airports were doing lots for disabled passengers but improvements were still needed.

    "I send my congratulations to these three airports for their rating of 'good' but I am disappointed none of the local airports achieved the highest rating," she said.

    "However, I am confident the management of each airport will work with disability groups to ensure accessibility and service standards are improved.

    "I worked in transport for 16 years, specialising in meeting the needs of passengers with disabilities, and ensuring the best standards of accessibility and customer care were developed with passengers. I look forward to hearing how all three Northern Ireland airports will work towards achieving improved standards."
  • Belfast Pride 2017
    last Saturday
    Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the numbers of people taking part in today's Belfast Pride parade show the desire for progress in our society.

    Ms Bradshaw was speaking after taking part in the parade through the city with, 8,000 believed to have participated. She was joined by Alliance Leader Naomi Long, Deputy Leader Stephen Farry and numerous Councillors from the party.

    "Belfast Pride has become one of the annual highlights of the local calendar, with thousands of people taking part in the parade itself, and thousands more lining the route," she said.

    "The sheer size of the parade today was breathtaking. The week leading up to the parade is also filled with fantastic events, showcasing the work and education which has gone on in relation to the LGBT community.

    "It was also particularly welcome to see the PSNI taking part in the parade today in their uniform for the first time. This move shows just how diverse and positive Belfast has become in so many ways, and how much of a stand we will take against prejudice.

    "But many challenges experienced by LGBT people here remain, and therefore Alliance will continue to fight against all forms of discrimination and lead the way in promoting equality for everyone."

  • Naomi Long
    4 August
    Alliance Leader Naomi Long has welcomed the Taoiseach's commitment to creation of a special deal for Northern Ireland in relation to Brexit.

    Mrs Long was speaking after a meeting with Leo Varadkar in Belfast. She said it was a positive get-together in which she also raised concerns on the need to separate Brexit and the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.

    "This was a constructive meeting, particularly given the Taoiseach's comments earlier today in which he called for "unique solutions" to the issue of Brexit. He was also correct in saying Brexit will affect every aspect of life in Northern Ireland.

    "Alliance also outlined our concerns around the need to decouple Brexit and the debate on Irish unity. While everyone is perfectly entitled to pursue their constitutional aspirations, it is important to keep the two issues separate.

    "The Taoiseach also made mention of the short timetable before the European Council reviews the progress of negotiations later this year. That is yet another reason why we need a functioning Executive, to articulate our position and unique circumstances clearly at the negotiating table."

  • Stewart Dickson profile pic 2
    3 August

    Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has helped secure ultrafast fibre-optic broadband to the Greenisland area.

    Following complaints from a number of constituents, Mr Dickson began talks with Virgin Media over the issue, with the organisation expressing their desire to set up an ultrafast broadband network in the area.

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