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 […]

High Court ruling a vindication for Omagh families, says Donnelly

A High Court ruling there was a ‘real prospect’ the Omagh bombing could have been prevented is a major vindication for the families, Alliance Councillor Stephen Donnelly has said. Mr Justice Mark Horner also called for an investigation on both sides of the border over the 1998 bombing, after a case brought by Michael Gallagher, […]

Ombudsman findings illustrate why amnesty proposals are bad idea, says Blair

The findings of a Police Ombudsman report into the murder of a Catholic teenager by the UDA is further evidence why the UK Government’s amnesty proposals are a bad idea, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. The Ombudsman found ‘significant failures’ in the police investigation into the killing of Damien Walsh in 1993, who died […]

Alliance will engage in legacy discussions but to fight against amnesty proposals, says Long

Alliance will engage in any discussions about the legacy process but with the desire to fight against the UK Government’s proposals for a Troubles amnesty, party Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. She was speaking during an Assembly debate on the UK Government’s legacy proposals, which would see an end to prosecutions for Troubles-related murder, […]

Alliance will continue to fight to ensure victims are focus of process, says Long

Alliance will continue to fight to ensure victims are the focus of the legacy process, party Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting Secretary of State Brandon Lewis and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney alongside other Executive leaders to discuss legacy matters, including UK Government proposals for an amnesty […]