Focus needs to go back on restoring devolved institutions, says Long

The lack of focus on restoring the devolved institutions is intolerable, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said, on the anniversary of the collapse of the last talks process. One year ago today, discussions between the DUP and Sinn Féin to return to power-sharing broke down. Mrs Long said it was “disgraceful” no formal all-party […]

Long says onus on Secretary of State to inject urgency into devolution talks

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said the onus is on the Secretary of State to inject urgency into talks to get devolution delivering again for people. Mrs Long was speaking ahead of the two-year anniversary of the collapse of power-sharing following Martin McGuinness’ resignation as deputy First Minister. Mrs Long wrote to other party […]

Political vacuum negatively impacting victims, says Bradshaw

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the political vacuum is negatively impacting upon victims, after the head of the Civil Service confirmed draft legislation for compensation for survivors of institutional abuse has been completed. The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry concluded there should be a public apology to those who suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse […]

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 […]

Secretary of State needs to provide clear leadership on how to restore devolved institutions, says Farry

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has said the Secretary of State must provide clear leadership on how to restore the devolved institutions, with the current process only “treading water”.Dr Farry was speaking after meeting with Karen Bradley at Stormont. He said merely “managing the situation” was not enough for the UK Government to continue […]

Long calls for restoration intensification on talks deadline anniversary

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said there needs to be an immediate intensification in the UK Government’s attempts to restore powersharing, on the anniversary of the talks deadline last year. Then Secretary of State James Brokenshire set the deadline of June 29, 2017 to restore the Executive following the General Election earlier that month. […]

Armstrong challenges Secretary of State on impasse plan, as Northern Ireland reaches 500 days without a Government

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has challenged the Secretary of State to reveal how much longer she will let the political impasse continue, as Northern Ireland reached 500 days without a Government. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said the milestone was “shameful”, as budgets continued to be slashed, organisations faced closure and important decisions not taken. “The […]

Bradshaw concerned lack of Assembly will have impact on addressing neurology patient recall investigation

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said she is concerned the lack of an Assembly will mean the potential mass misdiagnosis of neurology patients is not adequately addressed. Ms Bradshaw was speaking after received a briefing from the Department of Health on actions being taken in response to the recall of over 3,000 neurology […]

Long urges all-party talks to enable key decisions to be taken again

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has urged the Secretary of State to end the current drift at Stormont, after planning permission for an incinerator in Co Antrim was blocked by the High Court due to lack of democratic scrutiny. The proposed facility in Mallusk was initially approved by the Department for Infrastructure but yesterday’s decision […]

Long says independent talks facilitator should be appointed without further delay

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said an independent facilitator should be appointed to chair all-party talks without further delay. The East Belfast MLA was speaking ahead of planned meetings with Secretary of State Karen Bradley and Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and the other party leaders this week to discuss the ongoing impasse. She said the […]