Secretary of State now needs to show actions and not just words, says Long

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said the Secretary of State has to now show “actions and not just words” to restore confidence in her, after she apologised for her comments around legacy. The apology followed Karen Bradley’s statement yesterday, in which she said killings by the police and military during the Troubles were not […]

Secretary of State comments unwarranted and unjustifiable political interference, says Long

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said comments by the Secretary of State represent an “unwarranted and unjustifiable act of political interference” in the justice system, and undermine the rule of law, after she said killings at the hands of security forces during the Troubles were not crimes. Speaking in the House of Commons today, […]

Dickson says legacy inquest funding welcome but process should have begun years ago

Alliance Justice spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said while he welcomes the announcement of additional funding for legacy inquests, the process should have begun several years ago. Mr Dickson was speaking after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced new funding to deal with outstanding legacy cases over the next six years. It follows work carried […]

Stormont House legacy proposals best and last opportunity to deal with the past, says Farry

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has said the Stormont House Agreement (SHA) proposals are the best and last opportunity to deal with the legacy of the past.Dr Farry was speaking as Alliance finalised its response to the UK Government’s consultation on addressing the past. However, he indicated there still needed to be some changes […]

Ford warns aspects of dealing with past still need urgently resolved

Alliance MLA David Ford has welcomed publication of the UK Government’s consultation on legacy aspects of the Stormont House Agreement but warned vital aspects of dealing with the past are still to be resolved. Mr Ford was speaking after the Government announced the document, entitled Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past, will be released […]

Vital Government proceeds with legacy consultation, stresses Farry

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has said it is vital the UK Government proceeds with its proposed consultation on the legacy aspects of the Stormont House Agreement. Dr Farry said a renewed discussion around a potential statute of limitations for soldiers accused of illegal killings here during the Troubles was inappropriate and at odds […]

Ford welcomes High Court ruling on former First Minister’s legacy funding decision

Alliance MLA David Ford has welcomed a High Court ruling that the former First Minister’s decision to block funding for a plan to deal with legacy inquests was “unlawful and flawed”. Ex-Justice Minister Mr Ford was speaking after a High Court judge said Arlene Foster’s decision, that £150 million allocated as part of the Stormont […]