South’s Law Change For Craft Breweries Will Hurt NI Hospitality Sector

Matthew Morrison Public Affairs

Commenting on the Irish government’s decision to allow craft breweries to sell their products to their visitors, Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster, said it is a further blow to the sector in Northern Ireland. “This latest decision by the Irish government to allow craft breweries to sell their products to visitors is further evidence, if it were needed, …

Dalradian Hires 24 Workers as Drilling Resumes on Tyrone Gold Project

Matthew Morrison Public Affairs

Dalradian Gold, which has been exploring the high-grade gold deposit at Curraghinalt for the past seven years, has engaged 24 people as drilling recently resumed at the site with five drill rigs. A total of fourteen local drillers and drill helpers are employed at the Curraghinalt site in West Tyrone as exploration drilling resumes. It brings to more than 85 …

Hospitality Ulster Calls for Inquiry Into Sky TV Pricing Practices For NI Pubs

Matthew Morrison Public Affairs

Hospitality Ulster is calling for a full investigation by Westminsters’ Northern Ireland Affairs Committee into Sky TV’s pricing practices for pubs in Northern Ireland, saying the company is operating an unfair regime which puts pubs in NI at a disadvantage from their counterparts in the rest of the UK. Hospitality Ulster Chief Executive, Colin Neill, made the call as he …

The Conservative-DUP Deal: First Impressions

Matthew Morrison Blog, Public Affairs

At first glance, what the Conservative-DUP deal means: 1. The Conservative Government can now rely on a majority in the House of Commons not just for the Queen’s Speech, confidence votes and the Budget, but also on Brexit related legislation and legislation related to national security. Assuming the Government can keep its own backbenchers in line and the agreement is …

Hospitality Ulster Launches Brexit Policy Paper

Matthew Morrison Public Affairs

Hospitality Ulster has today launched a policy paper calling on the UK Government and NI Executive to recognise the unique circumstances faced by the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland by Brexit and introduce measures to support and protect the sector. The hospitality sector is worth more than £1.1 billion to the NI economy annually and is a key area for long-term …

MCE Public Affairs News

MCE Makes Two Key Appointments To Public Affairs Team

Kirsty Winter Public Affairs

MCE has made two key appointments to its Public Affairs team. Joining as the new Head of the Public Affairs is Richard Bullick, who previously served as Special Advisor to the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2008-2017, working for Peter Robinson and more latterly Arlene Foster. He has also worked as Special Advisor to the Minister for Regional Development …

Dalradian Announces Pre-application Community Consultation

Gabes Public Affairs

Dalradian Gold Ltd. (Dalradian) has announced further consultations on its plans to build a gold mine in Co. Tyrone. If approved, the project will create over 400 well-paid jobs across a range of skill sets in both the construction and operation phases. To date, the company has invested £56 million into the Curraghinalt Gold Project. Total projected capital investment is …

TEDxStormont is Back!

Gabes Public Affairs

TEDxStormont is back, taking place on Saturday, 17 September from 11am to 3pm at the MAC in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Organised along the theme of “Imagine” and supported by Ulster Bank, the event will feature 12 leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers from the UK, Ireland and the United States representing such diverse fields as technology, entertainment, visual and …

NI Eyes On The China Prize

Gabes Public Affairs

Last year the Chinese government set up a consulate in Belfast to cement closer ties with Northern Ireland. We should regard this as an honour as the super power has the world at its feet and can call all the shots it want. At the start of December the First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will …