Lyttle submits Assembly recall petition, urging Education Minister to give statement on school issues

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has submitted an Assembly recall petition for the Education Minister to give an urgent statement on the safety of and contingency for school restart, transfer tests and examinations in January. The Chair of the Education Committee has submitted a recall petition, which 30 MLAs must sign in order to […]

Alliance: No woman should suffer abuse in silence

Alliance Party MLAs have come together to say enough is enough on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as concerns continue to grow on the impact on women throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Kick starting 16 days of activism, MLAs Naomi Long, Paula Bradshaw and Kellie Armstrong have said it is up to […]

Bradshaw: Terms of Reference for research into historical clerical child abuse taking too long

Alliance Party MLA Paula Bradshaw has said she is disappointed after it was revealed the Terms of Reference for research into Historical Clerical Child Abuse have not been signed off to date. The MLA for South Belfast questioned the Executive Office on Monday, when it became clear the Terms of Reference had not been dealt […]

Long announces new Alliance spokespersons

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has announced the party’s spokespersons for the new Assembly mandate, saying the party’s representatives will continue working to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.   Chris Lyttle will continue as Alliance Education spokesperson, chairing the Assembly’s Education Committee, while Paula Bradshaw will remain as Health spokesperson and also take up […]

Any restored Assembly needs serious reform to deliver for people, says Long

Any restored Assembly needs serious reform to make it deliver fully for the people of Northern Ireland, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long said while the key issues of difference between the parties remained, she believed progress could and should still be made on other issues to prepare for any future return […]

Long says time for Secretary of State to stop creating new barriers to devolution restoration

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said it is time for the Secretary of State to stop creating new barriers to the restoration of devolution and convene all-party talks with an independent facilitator immediately. Mrs Long was speaking following a meeting with Karen Bradley, in which the Secretary of State briefed Alliance and other parties […]

Long says Civil Service legislation ‘sticking plaster on a broken leg’

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said legislation giving civil servants enhanced powers to take decisions is only “a sticking plaster on a broken leg”.Mrs Long was speaking after Karen Bradley brought the Bill to Westminster which lets civil servants act in a Minister’s absence if they are satisfied the decisions are in the ‘public […]

Foster’s anti-mediator stance shows lack of concern for NI, says Long

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said DUP Leader Arlene Foster is living in a dream world if she genuinely still believes Northern Ireland’s growing political problems can be solved without the aid of an outside mediator. Mrs Long was responding to comments made by the DUP Leader following her meeting with the Secretary of State […]