Mr Mackay's visit came as a petition calling for a transitional relief scheme to be established reached almost 2,000 signatures just 48 hours after being started.
One of Holyrood's most influential committees has chastised the economy secretary amid claims officials "did not provide ... full information" about delays to the Aberdeen by-pass.
NHS Grampian has spent nearly £45million paying for patients to be treated outwith the region in the past three years.
Opposition politicians have blamed the dire state of education in the north of Scotland on a "chronic shortage" of teachers.
Scottish Conservative MSP, Ross Thomson, has criticised Banff and Buchan MP, Eilidh Whiteford, for voting against the UK Government's timetable for triggering Brexit.
The number of obese people needing specialist transport to get them to medical appointments has more than doubled in five years.
Pressure is mounting on Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to make an "urgent statement" on the report into Bailey Gywnne's death.
The SNP has been accused of "deflecting genuine concerns" about its council tax plans.
An Aberdeen councillor who was elected as an MSP for the north-east has donated his local government salary to charity.
A toddler was taken to hospital amid fears she had swallowed potentially lethal drugs.
Calls have been made for Aberdeen City Council to hold an independent inquiry into the baby ashes scandal.
North-east Conservative MSP Ross Thomson has hit out at Scotland's surviving first ministers, claiming they are out of touch with ordinary people in their homeland.
A north-east MSP has backed more than 1,500 residents who have signed a petition calling for the preservation of the historic Deeside Way.
The SNP's flagship scheme to help redundant oil and gas workers retrain as teachers has been branded "little more than a publicity stunt" amid reports that jobseekers are being turned away.
The Scottish transport minister has once again been accused of snubbing north-east residents whose lives have been made "a misery" by the Aberdeen bypass construction.
David Cameron has insisted that being a member of the European Union does not diminish Scotland's identity.
Aberdeen's finance chief Willie Young today called on the Scottish Government to invest a further £1.25billion in the north-east.
A senior city councillor has called for an overhaul of the national planning system.
An Aberdeen councillor has urged the local authority to use drones to scare problem gulls from the city.
Aberdeen councillor Ross Thomson has been selected by the Conservatives to stand in next year’s Holyrood election.
Fears have been raised that an emergency summit on North Sea oil will "fall flat on its face".
New parking restrictions have been recommended in Aberdeen's west end following disputes over spaces between local residents and staff from neighbouring oil company offices.
The Scottish Government has rejected a call from an Aberdeen councillor to set up a national pothole repair fund.
A Conservative councillor in Aberdeen has called for more to be done to help the armed forces community in the city.
An Aberdeen councillor has called on the Scottish Government to back a national pothole repair fund.
A north-east campaigner has called for an outright ban on all so-called legal highs.
Aberdeen's former council leader has hit back at claims from his Conservative coalition partners that the ruling Labour group's urge to spend had to be "reined in".
It is now more than two years since the Conservatives entered into an unlikely alliance with Labour and a trio of Independents on Aberdeen City Council.