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 […]

UK Government amnesty proposals assault on rule of law and human rights, says Farry

UK Government proposals on legacy are an assault on the rule of law and human rights, Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has said. Dr Farry was speaking as the Secretary of State announced the statute of limitations, designed to end all prosecutions for Troubles-related cases pre-1998. The North Down MP said it was an […]

Bradshaw: Review into redress process must be urgently undertaken

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said an “insensitivity” to the emotional reality of what the victims of historical abuse experienced remains to this day, as she spoke in favour of a review into the redress process being urgently undertaken. The South Belfast MLA was speaking during a debate in the Assembly which urged the […]

Interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ in the justice system, says Blair

Alliance MLA John Blair has said interventions should be carried out to tackle ‘rape myths’ throughout the justice system, including in policing. The Policing Board member said incorrect beliefs about sexual crime impact upon policing, adding the police response to sexual assault reports and incidents should be regularly reviewed and assessed as a result. Mr […]

Long: Removing profits an important tool in fight against organised crime

Removing the proceeds of crime is a powerful tool when it comes to disrupting the activities of organised crime groups, Naomi Long has said. The Alliance Justice Minister was speaking as she begins the process of bringing Northern Ireland into line with legislative provisions elsewhere. Four Northern Ireland codes of practice issued under the Proceeds of […]