McGlone: Minister has missed opportunity to set out vision for future of farming

SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has branded statutory rules introduced by the AERA Minister today as a ‘missed opportunity’ to set out a bold new vision for farming and rural communities. The Mid Ulster MLA said that Brexit has already cost farming communities £50m in loss of Rural Development and Bovine TD eradication funds. … Continue reading McGlone: Minister has missed opportunity to set out vision for future of farming

McGlone Calls on Minister to Support Special Education Sector

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Minister to provide extra resources to special education schools to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The Mid Ulster MLA questioned the Education Minister on the level of support provided by his Department during the Assembly ad hoc meeting last week. Mr McGlone said, "The special … Continue reading McGlone Calls on Minister to Support Special Education Sector

McGlone Highlights Concern at Impact of Pandemic on Domiciliary Care

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has highlighted concerns at the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the provision of domiciliary care in the South Derry area. The Mid Ulster MLA questioned the Health Minister on the level of support provided by his Department during the Assembly ad hoc meeting last week. Mr McGlone said, … Continue reading McGlone Highlights Concern at Impact of Pandemic on Domiciliary Care

McGlone Welcomes Assembly Debate on Banning Onshore Petroleum Licencing

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed an Assembly debate on the banning of onshore exploration for, drilling for and extraction of hydrocarbons in Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr McGlone said, "The future is one of a decarbonised energy system. This Assembly debate is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Assembly Debate on Banning Onshore Petroleum Licencing

McGlone: Concern at Assembly ‘Rubber-Stamping’ of Brexit legislation

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has expressed concern at the Assembly being asked to ‘rubber-stamp’ legislation relating to Brexit without proper scrutiny. The Mid Ulster MLA is a member of the Assembly Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Mr McGlone said, "The Assembly is currently being asked to approve secondary legislation relating … Continue reading McGlone: Concern at Assembly ‘Rubber-Stamping’ of Brexit legislation

McGlone welcomes £21.4m COVID-19 support scheme

SDLP Agriculture and Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Patsy McGlone MLA has welcomed the opening of a £21.4m support scheme, which will benefit more than 11,000 local farms. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "I welcome this announcement today and I encourage all local farmers to apply for this support scheme when it opens on Monday 7th September. … Continue reading McGlone welcomes £21.4m COVID-19 support scheme

McGlone: DUP late to the party on implications of Brexit

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has said that comments at the Agriculture Committee this morning, from DUP MLA William Irwin, calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period are too little, too late. The SDLP Agriculture and Rural Affairs Spokesperson commented, "I could scarcely believe my ears when I heard DUP MLA William Irwin say … Continue reading McGlone: DUP late to the party on implications of Brexit

McGlone: there can be no doubt that we face a climate emergency

SDLP Environment Spokesperson, Patsy McGlone urged senior Departmental officials to treat the climate crisis with the severity it deserves and not to play to the flawed politics of a DUP Minister. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "Minimisation of the climate crisis and the confusion that ensued from Minister Poots, based on an official briefing, is … Continue reading McGlone: there can be no doubt that we face a climate emergency