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2017

March

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