Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea has welcomed the debate in the Assembly today to ask the Department of Arts, Culture and Leisure to deliver an action plan to improve the sustainability of relevant fish stocks, especially salmon in the forthcoming and subsequent seasons.
Speaking after the debate Ian McCrea said,
“I welcome this motion that was brought before the Assembly today I was delighted to get the opportunity to speak in the Assembly today voicing my support for the motion which called on the Minister to develop an action plan to help tackle this problem and I was happy that the Minister accepted there is a problem and assured the Assembly of committed efforts to replenish our salmon stocks.
I was glad that members of the lobby group where at Stormont for the debate and I want to commend everyone involved with the group that have worked tirelessly and passionately to raise the awareness of the depleting salmon stocks in Northern Irish waters with us as MLA's but more importantly who worked to secure the support from all parties.
It is important that as we move forward on this issue that everyone involved works together to ensure that the salmon populace can be increased sustained and maintained as one of the iconic fish in Northern Ireland waters.”
Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea has welcomed the decision by Cookstown born, Aaron Hughes to reverse his decision to retire from international football.
Welcoming the decision Ian McCrea said:
“I whole heartedly welcome the decision by Cookstown’s own Aaron Hughes to reverse his retirement from playing for the Northern Ireland team following discussions with new Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill.
I for one was extremely saddened when Aaron announced his retirement from international duty which left him at 79 caps. He is a born leader on the field and with his return for the friendly against Norway at Windsor Park on 29 February, it will be a massive boost to the squad.
I am sure I speak for all Northern Ireland fans when I welcome Aaron back and look forward to watching him and the rest of the squad in their bid to qualify for the next World Cup.”
Mid-Ulster DUP Assembly MLA, Ian McCrea, has tabling a motion on surety bonds for new housing developments.
Speaking after the debate, Ian McCrea said:
"The motion that my party colleague Michelle McElveen and I tabled before the Assembly calls on Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to carry out a review of the bond system in relation to roads, footpaths and sewerage systems in new developments.
Having been contacted by many constituents over the years regarding properties they have bought in new housing developments that the Roads, footpaths and sewerage systems have been left un-adopted. I was delighted to join with my party colleague in bringing this motion for debate before the Assembly to highlight the problems that many people suffer across Mid Ulster and across the Province day and daily.
As an elected representative I am more than aware of many developments across the constituency that for many years have been left un-adopted and this debate gave us the opportunity to highlight our concerns to the minister the problems in our constituencies to request him to carry out a review of the process of releasing surety bonds for private developments.
The Regional Development committee has recently agreed to carry out an inquiry into surety bonds for un-adopted roads and as a member of the committee I will play an active part in it and it is vitally important that people who live in developments with un-adopted roads come forward and have their voices heard."