International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers a reminder that no one should receive second-class treatment

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said that the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is a reminder that no one should receive second class treatment when accessing public services. The South Belfast MLA said: “No one should experience physical harm or discrimination in accessing the public services they require, and this […]

Domestic abuse victims collateral damage of those playing games with vital legislation, says Bradshaw

Domestic abuse victims are the collateral damage of “playing political games” with vital legislation, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said. Ms Bradshaw was speaking after Justice Minister Naomi Long was forced to postpone the Further Consideration stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill in the Assembly. It comes after Ms Long, alongside Finance Minister Conor […]

Alliance: No woman should suffer abuse in silence

Alliance Party MLAs have come together to say enough is enough on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as concerns continue to grow on the impact on women throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Kick starting 16 days of activism, MLAs Naomi Long, Paula Bradshaw and Kellie Armstrong have said it is up to […]

Support service for victims of historical institutional abuse vital next step, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed news a support service for victims of historical institutional abuse (HIA) will be in place for the arrival of the new Commissioner into post in December. The South Belfast MLA stated: “This is a vital next step towards the recognition and justice HIA victims have waited for […]

Measures to strengthen laws protecting children from sexual exploitation to be taken forward by Long

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA has announced her intention to strengthen the existing law to provide greater protection for children from sexual exploitation, and to introduce a specific offence banning upskirting following the Review of the Law on Child Sexual Exploitation. Naomi Long said: “The sexual exploitation of children is an issue which is, and […]

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 […]