Introduction of retired prison officer services is repaying small part of debt, says Lyttle

The introduction of health and well-being support services for retired prison officers is repaying a small part of the debt our society owes to them, Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said. The East Belfast MLA was speaking after the announcement of the service for retired officers by Justice Minister Naomi Long. In conjunction with the […]

Long: Practical help being delivered in communities thanks to assets recovery funding

Practical help is being delivered in the heart of local communities thanks to the Department of Justice Assets Recovery Community Scheme, Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. The Minister was speaking at an event in Belfast hosted by the Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) project, which was granted Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) funding from […]

Lyttle welcomes vital support for former prison officers

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said the introduction of support services for prison officers by the Justice Minister is a vital move. It comes after Naomi Long announced former prison staff would benefit from the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust services, following a report commissioned by the Alliance Minister in January had made the recommendation. […]

Blair welcomes creation of new victims role by Justice Minister

Alliance MLA John Blair has welcomed the creation of a new role by the Justice Minister to support victims of crime. The Victims of Crime Commissioner Designate will carry out a series of tasks, including reviewing the effectiveness of laws and practices around victims, and making recommendations to better improve services to the Department of […]

New legislation will protect the most vulnerable, says Long

Up-skirting, down-blousing and adults masquerading as children online are among the new offences that are one step closer to becoming law, following the introduction of the second stage of legislation by Alliance Justice Minister, Naomi Long. Provisions within the Bill include the exclusion of the public from all serious sexual offence hearings and the introduction […]

Farry welcomes intervention of UN on Government’s legacy proposals

Alliance Party Deputy Leader, Stephen Farry MP, has welcomed the intervention of United Nations Human Rights experts in which they express concern at the UK Government’s legacy proposals. Following the intervention of the two experts – Fabián Salvioli, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and Morris Tidball-Binz, Special […]