There should be no more delay for apology for victims and survivors, says Bradshaw

The First Minister and Deputy First Minister need to avoid any further delay in issuing an apology to the victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said. South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw said while First Minister Arlene Foster had stated last week the Executive Office was close to appointing a […]

Farry welcomes victims’ pension judgement but says issue should never have had to go to court

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has welcomed a High Court judgement saying the Executive Office is acting unlawfully by delaying the introduction of a pension for victims of the Troubles, but added the issue should never have had to go to court. Dr Farry was speaking after Mr Justice McAlinden made the ruling on […]

Long announces vital funding for voluntary search and rescue groups

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced £100,000 funding for voluntary search and rescue groups in Northern Ireland. The voluntary search and rescue groups deliver assistance to the emergency services and directly to the community. They provide lifesaving search and rescue on inland waterways, mountains and caves. They also provide a specialist search dog facility […]

Long launches Adult Restorative Justice Strategy consultation

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a consultation for a proposed Adult Restorative Justice Strategy. The consultation will consider the development of a strategic approach to restorative practices at all stages of the criminal justice system, from early intervention in the community, formal diversion by statutory agencies, court-ordered disposals, custody and reintegration. Naomi Long […]

Long announces changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA today announced the removal of the same household rule contained within the Northern Ireland Criminal injuries Compensation Scheme 2009. This change in legislation allows access to the scheme for victims of abuse and violent crime who were previously prevented from applying for criminal injuries compensation because of the long-standing rule. […]