UK Government’s shameful course of action will see paramilitaries no longer held to account, says Farry

The UK Government’s intention to prevent prosecutions of soldiers who committed crimes during the Troubles is a “shameful course of action” which will see paramilitaries no longer held accountable for their actions, Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has said. Reports suggested the legislation will be announced in the Queen’s Speech next week, which could […]

Long says there is a need to recapture spirit of Good Friday Agreement on anniversary

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said there is a need to recapture the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement, on the 21st anniversary of the signing of the document. Mrs Long said while the structures of the Agreement needed reform for the current day, its values remained key to restoring the political institutions. “Since […]

Long calls on Foster to clarify Good Friday Agreement comments

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has called on Arlene Foster to clarify her comments after she said the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was “not sacrosanct”.Ms Long said there was a difference between reforming structures with the consent of the population, and undermining the spirit of the GFA against the wishes of the NI electorate. “While […]

Ford says values of Good Friday Agreement remain best way to move society forward

Alliance MLA David Ford has said the values of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) remain the best way to move Northern Ireland forward. Mr Ford was speaking on the 20th anniversary of the GFA referendum, which saw over 71 per cent of voters in Northern Ireland back the yes campaign. “There is no doubt our […]

Armstrong: One week on from GFA anniversary, new talks process essential

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said last week’s anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement should provide fresh impetus to get power-sharing talks established again immediately. The Strangford MLA has challenged the Secretary of State to inject fresh momentum into the talks process by quickly moving beyond the DUP-Sinn Féin dynamic, adding the Alliance Party’s clear […]

Vision and values of Good Friday Agreement more important than ever 20 years on, says Long

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said the vision and values of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) are more important than ever, 20 years after it was signed. Mrs Long was speaking as the GFA celebrated its 20th anniversary. She said while many were dismissive of the agreement and what it achieved, its full potential was […]