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2017

July

17th July 2017

Mid Ulster SDLP Meets Infrastructure NI on Improving Road Safety at Schools

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has met with Infrastructure NI to promote the introduction of measures to improve road safety near schools and in built-up areas. The meetings took place this week in a number of locations across the constituency. The Mid Ulster MLA met with Infrastructure NI in Moortown; and was accompanied by SDLP Councillor Martin Kearney at meetings in Clady and Portglenone; and in Lissan, Moneymore, Loup, Ballylifford, and Derrychrin by SDLP Councillor Christine McFlynn...more

17th July 2017

MCGLONE WARNS ABOUT BOGUS HMRC TELEPHONE CALLS

SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster, Patsy McGlone has warned people to be very wary of bogus telephone calls from people claiming to be from HMRC.

Mr McGlone continued: "I have been speaking to a number of people over the weekend who have had phone calls from people claiming to represent HMRC/Inland Revenue. These callers either leave a message on the answerphone or ask the person who answers that an amount of tax is now payable to the Inland Revenue and that a call should be made to a particular telephone number...more

3rd July 2017

McGlone: Language protection no threat

The protection of language speakers is no threat to any community or any culture says SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone.

He said:  “As another deadline for reaching resolution to the challenges we face passes, the public has become more and more frustrated with the deadlock at Stormont...more

June

23rd June 2017

McGlone: Transport NI Needs to Up its Game on Grass Cutting

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has said that Transport NI must improve its engagement with the public after the organisation failed to act following complaints about the condition of the grass at an estate in Cookstown. The Mid Ulster MLA and local residents have made several requests to Transport NI to maintain the grass verge at the entrance to Old Rectory Park...more

20th June 2017

Agri-food critical in Brexit talks

SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has said that Ireland’s Agri-food industry must form a critical element of the Brexit negotiations.

Speaking after the first day of Brexit negotiations, Mr McGlone said: “Ireland’s agri-food industry is a critical economic driver, not just in the North but across the island. The influence of the European Union and the flow of agricultural subsidies has been key to the success of farming and rural communities...more

19th June 2017

McGlone welcomes Planning Approval for ‘Gas to the West’ project

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has welcomed planning approval for SGN Natural Gas and Mutual Energy’s ‘Gas to the West’ project. The £250 million investment in infrastructure will connect Cookstown, Magherafelt, Dungannon, and Coalisland to the existing natural gas network. The Mid Ulster MLA attended a ‘Gas to the West’ update presentation by SGN Natural Gas and Mutual Energy in Dungannon on Tuesday 14th June...more

12th June 2017

McGlone: Focus must be on Restoring Executive

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that the political parties must now focus on restoring the Executive as a priority. The Mid Ulster MLA was commenting on the political situation ahead of resuming talks at Stormont as part of the SDLP team...more

5th June 2017

McGlone: Unacceptable that some NHS Staff paid less than Living Wage

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has said that it is unacceptable that some Band 1 NHS staff in the Northern Trust are paid less than the legal Living Wage of £7.50 per hour. Band 1 typically includes those employed as domestic support workers, housekeeping assistants, drivers and nursery assistants...more

May

22nd May 2017

McGlone: Cyber Security a Priority in 21st Century

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that cyber security should be a priority for both public and private organisations operating in the 21st Century. The SDLP MLA was speaking after receiving assurances from the Northern Health Trust Chief Executive Dr Tony Stevens that the Northern Trust was not affected by the recently reported ransomware attack...more

19th May 2017

McGlone Highlights Mobile Signal Issues at Ofcom Summit

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has met with senior O2 managers to discuss signal issues in Mid Ulster at an Ofcom conference in Belfast on mobile phone coverage across Northern Ireland. The conference heard from representatives of all the major networks responding to Jonathan Rose, Director of Ofcom NI, outlining the needs of local customers around mobile phone coverage...more

April

10th April 2017

McGlone: North Risks Failure to Prepare for Brexit

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that, without an Executive in place, Northern Ireland will fall further behind in the preparations for the impact of Brexit. The Mid Ulster MLA is part of the SDLP team taking part in discussions at Stormont on restoring the Executive.

Mr McGlone said, “Since the referendum vote last year, the last Executive of Sinn Féin and the DUP failed to make any meaningful preparations for the impact of Brexit...more

10th April 2017

McGlone Welcomes Proposed Changes to Affordable Warmth Scheme

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has welcomed proposed changes to the income threshold for the Affordable Warmth Scheme. The proposals were revealed by the Department for Communities in a response to concerns raised by the Mid Ulster MLA that the current threshold was excluding many people in real fuel poverty. The Affordable Warmth Scheme was set up by the Department for Communities to address fuel poverty in the private housing sector. It is administered by the Housing Executive and the local Councils on behalf of the department...more

3rd April 2017

McGlone: Affordable Warmth Scheme Failing to Address Real Fuel Poverty

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that the current £20,000 income threshold for the Affordable Warmth Scheme is excluding many people in real fuel poverty. The Affordable Warmth Scheme was set up by the Department for Communities to address fuel poverty in the private housing sector. It is administered by the Housing Executive and the local Councils on behalf of the department...more

March

28th March 2017

McGlone welcomes A6 decision

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed a High Court judgment which will see work on the A6 progressed.

He said: “Today’s judgment is a positive development and should see immediate progress on developing the A6...more

28th March 2017

McGlone Warns on New Guidelines on Mobility Assessments for PIP

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that new guidelines from the British Government on applications for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit should not be adopted in Northern Ireland. The guidance, from the Department of Works and Pensions, has caused controversy by appearing to discriminate against people with mental health conditions compared to those with physical problems...more

27th March 2017

McGlone: Lack of Executive Delaying Health Care Reform

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that the absence of a functioning Executive will delay necessary reforms in health care. The Mid Ulster MLA was speaking after the Independent Health and Care Providers warned that without the reforms “local quality of care will plummet and the system risks collapse”.

Mr McGlone said, “The warning from the Independent Health and Care Providers is a reminder of the need for the restoration of the Executive and political stability...more

21st March 2017

McGlone expresses condolences following passing of Martin McGuinness

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has expressed his condolences to the family of Martin McGuinness following news of the former deputy First Minister’s passing...more

20th March 2017

McGlone Warns ‘Clock Ticking’ on Forming Executive

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has warned that ‘the clock is ticking’ on efforts to form a power sharing Executive at Stormont. The Mid Ulster MLA is a member of the SDLP delegation taking part in discussions with other parties.

Mr McGlone said, “There is only a short time left in which an Executive can be formed under the current legislation. The clock is ticking and unless we see a concerted effort by all parties, and both governments, time may run out before agreement can be reached...more

13th March 2017

McGlone Welcomes Referendum on Irish Presidential Vote

The re-elected SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has welcomed the Irish Government’s announcement of a referendum to extend the voting in future Presidential elections to all Irish citizens, including those living in Northern Ireland...more

13th March 2017

McGlone: Language rights threaten no one

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has said that enhancing the rights of Irish Language speakers is a threat to no one and no community.

Mr McGlone said that language rights are an intrinsic element of our shared heritage and should be used as a tool to unite, not divide, communities...more

13th March 2017

Patsy McGlone takes Assembly seat following election

Patsy McGlone has officially signed in as an MLA for Mid Ulster following the Assembly election.

Speaking after signing in, the Mid Ulster MLA urged all parties to engage constructively in the current negotiations aimed at securing a return to power sharing government...more

February

23rd February 2017

Provisions for minority or regional languages in Wales, Scotland, the Council of Europe and the European Union

Assembly research paper on language provision in Wales, Scotland and Europe as part of preparation of Private Member's Bill on Irish Language...more

6th February 2017

McGlone slams Foster’s Irish Language comment

SDLP Mid Ulster candidate Patsy McGlone has slammed comments made by DUP Leader Arlene Foster about the Irish Language and has said that they underscore the need for statutory protection for Irish speakers...more

3rd February 2017

Patsy McGlone Nominated as SDLP Assembly 2017 Mid Ulster Candidate

Patsy McGlone has been formally nominated to contest the 2017 Assembly election in Mid Ulster on behalf of the SDLP.  Speaking after submitting his nomination papers at the Electoral Office on Wednesday 1st February, Mr McGlone said: “I am humbled to have been nominated once again to contest the 2017 Assembly Election, and by the vote of confidence given to me by my fellow SDLP members from across Mid Ulster.

“It has been my great honour and privilege to represent all the people of Mid Ulster in the Assembly. As your representative I’ve seen communities across our constituency rally together in tough times to support each other. Make no mistake about it, the last ten years of DUP and Sinn Féin mis-rule has seen tough times visited on the people of this area...more

3rd February 2017

McGlone Warns of Bedroom Tax Confusion

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland. The warning came as letters from the Housing Executive explaining how the bedroom tax will be administered were sent to those in receipt of housing benefit...more

January

23rd January 2017

McGlone: Education Minister Abdicating Responsibility over Threat to Free School Transport

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has criticised the Education Minister for abdicating responsibility for policy following reports that the Education Authority are considering ending free school transport. The criticism came in response to an Assembly written answer to a question from the Mid Ulster MLA...more

23rd January 2017

McGlone Seeks Northern Trust Meeting on Home Care Package Delays

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, is seeking an urgent meeting with the Northern Health Trust Chief Executive, Dr Tony Stevens, on the continued delays in implementing approved home health care packages. The Mid Ulster MLA requested the meeting in response to increasing number of constituents reporting unacceptable delays in implementing approved domiciliary care packages. Mr McGlone has also sought updated figures from the Department of Health on delays across all Health and Social Care Trusts...more

16th January 2017

McGlone: Education cuts unfair on rural communities

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has criticised Education Chiefs following reports that the Education Authority are considering ending free school transport.  Mr McGlone said: “It appears that the Education Authority think that there are elements of our children's education that it is acceptable to charge for.

“News that they are not only considering ending free school transport, but are also considering increasing the cost of a school meal, as well as increasing the amount that children will have to pay for music tuition will all have an impact on parents and families. If these proposed cuts go through, children and their families are going to be penalised multiple times...more

16th January 2017

McGlone Welcomes Continued Use of Post Office Accounts for Benefit Payments

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Communities that people can continue to use a Post Office account to receive benefit payments. The Mid Ulster MLA had sought clarification of the situation on behalf of constituents who had received a letter from the Department asking them to open a bank account to ensure that their payments could still be made...more

12th January 2017

McGlone seeks security for rural communities and businesses amid political uncertainty

At today’s meeting of the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has raised the many issues faced by farmers, the agri- sector, environmental schemes and rural communities as a result of the current political uncertainty.

Mr McGlone said: “With the collapse of the Executive imminent, rural communities are seriously concerned that the funding streams they depend on will now dry up...more

12th January 2017

McGlone: Ham-fisted tribalism laid bare in Líofa U-turn

SDLP Irish Language Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has welcomed the Communities Minister’s decision to reverse his funding cut to the Líofa bursary that enabled children from low income families to attend An Ghaeltacht.

Mr McGlone said: “We welcome that the Minister has decided to reverse this shamefully bigoted decision that should never have been made in the first place...more

9th January 2017

McGlone Welcomes Intended Resurfacing on Killycolpy Road

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI that a section of the Killycolpy Road is to be resurfaced in the near future. The Mid Ulster MLA had contacted Transport NI to highlight the poor road surface on the Killycolpy Road near to Drumconvis Road...more

2nd January 2017

McGlone: Sinn Féin in disarray over RHI inquiry

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has called on Sinn Féin to back the SDLP call for an independent, judge-led inquiry into the RHI scandal. Mr McGlone made his comments amid contradictory positions from Sinn Féin on their plan to achieve transparency and accountability on the issue.

Mr McGlone said, “Sinn Féin are in complete disarray on how to respond to the biggest financial scandal in the history of devolution. At a time when the public needs strong leadership, they have met DUP arrogance with equivocation, confusion and weakness...more

2016

December

23rd December 2016

McGlone: SDLP will fight axing of Gaeltacht scholarships

SDLP Mid-Ulser MLA and Irish Language Spokesperson Patsy McGlone has criticised Communities Minister Paul Givan for his decision to axe scholarships for 100 children to attend An Ghaeltacht...more

20th December 2016

McGlone Welcomes Implementation of Pay Rise for Health Service Workers

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed the implementation of the 1 per cent pay increase Health Service workers. Confirmation that the payments had begun came in response to a priority Assembly question tabled by the Mid Ulster MLA on 14 November...more

13th December 2016

McGlone Highlights Poor Broadband Postcodes

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has identified a number of postcodes where there is poor broadband service for future intervention projects by the government at Stormont. The Mid Ulster MLA was responding to a public consultation by the Department of the Economy...more

12th December 2016

McGlone Seeks Update on Library Staff Pay Increase

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has asked the Minister for Communities when the 1 per cent pay increase agreed for Libraries NI workers will be implemented. The Mid Ulster MLA tabled a priority question on the topic in the Assembly on the 7th December...more

7th December 2016

McGlone: Foster cannot wash hands of RHI scandal

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA and former Chairperson of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee Patsy McGlone has criticised the Arlene Foster for her mismanagement of the Renewable Heat Incentive while she was Minister of Enterprise Trade and Investment. Mr McGlone was speaking after a Spotlight investigation into the scandal was broadcast detailing the flaws in the scheme along with the heavy cost it carried for the public purse...more

5th December 2016

McGlone Restates SDLP Opposition to 1967 Abortion Act

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has restated his party’s opposition to the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland...more