Local News for Tuesday 17th July 2018

UK Government must get on with the day job for fishing
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is calling on the UK Government to get on with the day job and ensure that much needed non-European Economic Area (EEA) workers are granted the necessary visas to work on island fishing boats.
Mr MacNeil has continued to raise at Westminster the need for urgent action to address crew shortages by allowing non-EEA workers to fill the labour gaps which have left local boats tied up at the pier.
Mr MacNeil said:
"Our fishing industry is crying out for help, yet the UK Government continues to refuse non-EEA crew the necessary paperwork to enable them to come to Scotland to work on our fishing boats

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 17th July 2018

Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

MSP Alasdair Allan Backs Marie Curie Call
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Alasdair was interested to hear about efforts to encourage people to think about their wishes for the end of their life and discuss preferences with loved ones. The charity has published a free information resource to support conversations called ‘You Matter’, available to download from www.mariecurie.org.uk/youmatter

Read more: Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

MSP Alasdair Allan Backs Marie Curie Call
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Alasdair was interested to hear about efforts to encourage people to think about their wishes for the end of their life and discuss preferences with loved ones. The charity has published a free information resource to support conversations called ‘You Matter’, available to download from www.mariecurie.org.uk/youmatter

Read more: Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

Local News for Friday 13th July 2018

University Lecturer is first to swim the North Minch
3 hardy scots took on an incredible challenge this week when they decided to swim the North Minch!
Colin MacLeod from Stornoway, Colleen Blair from Perth and offshore worker Norman Todd delayed the big swim from the original start day of Saturday till 4am on Sunday morning when the weather was considered more swimmer friendly.

Read more: Local News for Friday 13th July 2018

Local News for Thursday 12th July

Leanne Fund Founder From Stornoway Honoured With British Citizen Award
Chrisetta Mitchell from Stornoway lost her daughter, Leanne at the age of 21 to Cystic Fibrosis (CF) 9 years ago. Together with her husband William, she set up The Leanne Fund, to provide support to CF sufferers and their families across the Highlands and Islands, because throughout Leanne’s illness, no such support had been available to them. Living with CF impacts daily on the lives of sufferers and their families, now for her work to help those affected by the illness Chrisetta has been recognised nationally with a British Citizen Award for Volunteering.

Read more: Local News for Thursday 12th July