My Orcadian Column 06.06.19

At long last, good news on the European front. I speak, of course, of Liverpool’s historic victory in the Champions League final on Saturday night. The performance may have been a pale shadow of the scintillating football that has characterized Jurgen Klopp’s team over the course of an outstanding season, but that matters little as Liverpool secured a six triumph in Europe’s premier footballing competition.

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McArthur Responds to Hamnavoe Hub Project Announcement

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has warmly welcomed the Hamnavoe Hub Project, which will see locally produced green electrical power used to supply MV Hamnavoue while she is docked in Stromness.

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McArthur Welcomes Decision to Call Off Strike Action

Responding to news that strike action affecting airports across the Highlands & Islands, scheduled for next week (12th June), has been called off following a revised offer from HIAL to the Prospect union, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur Urges Government Action on Dementia Care

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has voiced concerns around access to health and social care for those with advanced dementia.

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McArthur urges First Minister to help bring an end to airport strike action

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has urged the First Minister to do everything possible to help bring an end to industrial action by air traffic control staff at airports across the Highlands and Islands.

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McArthur maintains the pressure for introduction of RET

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has urged the Scottish Government to reinforce with the European Commission the urgent need for a decision that would enable RET to be implemented on ferry routes serving the Northern Isles.

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McArthur responds to new licence for goose management

Responding to the news that Scottish Natural Heritage will issue a new licence for greylag goose control in Orkney, local MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur calls for strike compromise to avoid disruption to Orkney Folk Festival

Responding to news that a strike date set by Air Traffic Controllers working for HIAL, following a breakdown in the talks set up to resolve the pay dispute, coincides with the first day of the Orkney Folk Festival, local MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur: R100 programme delivery plan gives “cause for concern”

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has voiced concern over delays in the Scottish Government’s programme for delivering high speed broadband to 100% of properties across Scotland. The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, has admitted in response to a Parliamentary Question that the tendering process for delivering the so-called R100 programme will only be complete by the end of 2019, a full two years after it was first launched.

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McArthur responds to Northern Isles ferry tender update

Responding to confirmation by the Scottish Government that the tendering of the Northern Isles ferry contract will proceed as set out in the original documentation, following the Court of Session ruling earlier this month, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur appealed for 'real improvements' to the service. 

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