Crucial UK-EU talks reach comprehensive outcome soon, says Long, after Sefcovic meeting

For the good of Northern Ireland, it is crucial talks between the UK and EU reach a comprehensive outcome early in the new year, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting EU Vice-President Maros Sefcovic alongside an Alliance delegation, including Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP and Brexit spokesperson Sorcha […]

People and businesses need stability more than anything, say Long and Eastwood

The people and businesses of Northern Ireland need stability more than anything else in relation to Brexit and ongoing negotiations between the UK Government and EU, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting Brexit Minister Lord Frost, alongside new Alliance Brexit spokesperson, Councillor Sorcha Eastwood. Mrs Long said she […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cynical party posturing failing our people, says Long

Cynical party political posturing is failing our people, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said, saying the emphasis must be on pragmatic solutions to concerns of the Protocol, rather than escalating political instability. Mrs Long was speaking following DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson indicating his party could quit the Assembly if its demands over the […]

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, […]