Alliance Launches Manifesto for Election on 2 March

Alliance's Assembly Manifesto is a vision for all the people of Northern Ireland, not just part of it, Leader Naomi Long has said. Naomi Long today spoke at the party’s launch of the document, entitled How to Change Northern Ireland For Good. Mrs Long said the Manifesto showcased the need to change things to make our politics work better, a desire she said has been repeated by people she has talked to on the campaign trail. "This manifesto highlights Alliance's desire for good Government, good relations, good prospects, good services and good leadership, steps which we believe need to happen to help move Northern Ireland forward. “Vote for a party who has shown competence for Government, dil

Dickson delight at new GP services for Glenarm and Carnlough

East Antrim Alliance candidate, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight of the news that new GP services for Glenarm and Carnlough has been agreed. It has been confirmed that new GP services will be in place from April for Glenarm and Carnlough. The service will see a GP available four and a half days a week and a full time Treatment Room Nurse at a new base in Carnlough. The service will be a branch of the Glens of Antrim Medical Centre, at Cushendall, who will be seeking a permanent base for the service. Mr Dickson said: “I am delighted that Glenarm and Carnlough will be getting new GP services that will no doubt be a huge boost to those areas. It is good to see my lobbying pay off and

Independent Welfare Changes Helpline

The Welfare Reform Advice Services Consortium (Advice NI, Law Centre NI and Citizens Advice) have launched a new project to offer support to anyone needing help or advice relating to any of the changes to the welfare system. The new helpline will provide bespoke additional independent expertise and support on a range of welfare reform issues including: - Disability Living Allowance Personal Independence Payment Universal Credit Employment & Support Allowance Changes to Housing Benefit Changes to Social Fund Independent Welfare Changes Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0020

Newtownabbey Times: Anger over development at pig farm site

Residents opposed to a controversial pig farm have voiced concerns after work commenced at the Rea Hill Road site. The application for the facility, which could accommodate up to 15,000 animals, was approved by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Planning Committee in November 2016. Since plans were proposed for the development of a pig farm at the site, opposition has come from a number of quarters including local residents, environmentalists and animal rights campaigners. Members of the community, who are opposed to the facility have stated that since work began on January 23 2017, there have been a number of negative impacts on the area. A spokesperson for the Stop the Newtownabbey

Trump invite premature, says Dickson

Alliance East Antrim candidate Stewart Dickson has said inviting US President Donald Trump to Northern Ireland risks aligning us with the "appalling start" to his Presidency. The new President was invited by former First Minister Arlene Foster and former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in a letter congratulating him on his victory following the November election. In it, the pair assured President Trump of a "warm welcome". Mr Dickson said it was a premature move. "If the former First Minister and deputy First Minister chose to invite Donald Trump, that is a matter for them. However, to extend such an offer is at best premature and at worst risks aligning us with the appalling sta

Dickson criticises DUP for cutting Social Enterprise Hub funding

East Antrim Alliance candidate Stewart Dickson has criticised two DUP Ministers for cutting funding to Social Enterprise Hubs. Social Enterprise Hubs provide advice for new or existing Social Enterprises in Northern Ireland. There are nine hubs in Northern Ireland located across eleven locations. Mr Dickson said: “It is shocking that Social Enterprise Hubs have lost their funding due to no DUP/Sinn Féin budget. “DUP Ministers, Paul Givan and Simon Hamilton, only three weeks ago had been actively considering extending the funding to the Hubs. This demonstrated the value of Social Enterprise Hubs to Northern Ireland. “That funding will now not be extended shows the impact of the political cris

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