McGlone: Irish Language should not be used as a political weapon

Reacting to the news that the Department for Communities failed to carry out necessary equality tests before cutting the Líofa funding bursary, SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has said that Ministers and Departments should not play party politics with people’s lives and languages. The Mid Ulster MLA said, “When the Líofa bursary was cut, it was … Continue reading McGlone: Irish Language should not be used as a political weapon

McGlone Demands Equality for Sign Language Users

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has said that it is disappointing that two years after proposals to grant Irish and British Sign Language official recognition were consulted upon, these proposals have been stopped in their tracks due to the political deadlock. The SDLP MLA said that the current political standoff is not delivering language … Continue reading McGlone Demands Equality for Sign Language Users

McGlone: Urgent Action Needed to Address Failure to Meet Patient Demand

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called for urgent action to address the failure of the Health Service to meet patient demand for treatment. The Mid Ulster MLA was speaking after the Western Trust admitted in correspondence that a lack of resources meant they were unable to see or treat all patients referred … Continue reading McGlone: Urgent Action Needed to Address Failure to Meet Patient Demand

McGlone Welcomes Planned Repair of Local Roads

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has expressed concern that a lack of resources is continuing to cause delays in implementing necessary repairs on rural roads. The Mid Ulster MLA recently contacted Infrastructure NI to report problems on the Killybearn Road, Mullan Road, Killycolpy Road and Sunnyside Road. In their response the Department acknowledged … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Planned Repair of Local Roads

McGlone Welcomes £15million Roads Recovery Plan

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed the allocation of £15million for a ‘roads recovery plan’ by the Department for Infrastructure. The plan was revealed in response to the Mid Ulster MLA’s recent letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Department, Peter May, highlighting the dangerous state of the rural road network in … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes £15million Roads Recovery Plan

McGlone: More support for families facing benefit sanctions is needed

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has said that more support is required for families facing benefit sanctions, including home visits for families with children before any sanctions are imposed. The Mid Ulster MLA said, “The regressive Universal Credit sanction regime is much harsher than before. The Department for Communities is trying to put … Continue reading McGlone: More support for families facing benefit sanctions is needed

McGlone Highlights Rural Roads in Need of Repair

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has highlighted the poor condition of a number of rural roads in the constituency. The Mid Ulster MLA has written to the Divisional Manager at Infrastructure NI to report problems on the Killybearn Road, Mullan Road, Killycolpy Road and Sunnyside Road. The move follows the recent announcement that … Continue reading McGlone Highlights Rural Roads in Need of Repair

SDLP reaffirms commitment to an Irish Language Act

SDLP members today reiterated their support for the Irish Language and an Irish Language Act after voting for a motion that supports the establishment of a rights-based Irish Language Act, which would include the establishment of the Office of an Independent Irish Language Commissioner. The motion was proposed by Mid Ulster MLA, Patsy McGlone, and … Continue reading SDLP reaffirms commitment to an Irish Language Act