Deadline for EU residents should be removed urgently, say Long and Farry

The impending deadline for applications for EU residents and ‘frontier workers’ to remain in the UK should be removed urgently, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA and Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP have said. They have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel, urging them to scrap the deadline for applications, currently […]

Alliance seeks urgent meeting with Chief Constable over increasing tensions and paramilitary activity

Alliance has sought an urgent meeting with the PSNI Chief Constable to discuss increasing tensions and paramilitary activity in recent weeks. The party has already expressed serious concern about the ramping up of tensions across Northern Ireland, and the prevalence of paramilitary-style attacks, shootings and activity over recent months. Alliance and a number of other […]

Long says DUP proposals would do nothing except more pain on people

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said a DUP ‘five point plan’ opposing the Northern Ireland Protocol would do nothing except inflict more pain on people. The DUP’s proposed actions include stopping all North-South Protocol-related activity and opposing all Protocol-related measures in the Assembly. Ms Long said while there were clearly issues around the flow […]

Long introduces Protection from Stalking Bill

Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA has introduced legislative proposals for a stand-alone Protection from Stalking Bill to the Assembly. The 20-clause Bill will create a specific offence of stalking and include provision for the introduction of Stalking Protection Orders to Northern Ireland. Naomi Long said: “Today’s introduction of the Protection from Stalking Bill is a […]

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 […]

Executive compromise deal far from perfect but preferable to alternative, says Long

The alternative to tonight’s compromise Executive deal on coronavirus restrictions was to have the regulations fall and revert to the previous regulations in place during the start of October, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long said the compromise deal was “far from perfect” but was preferable to the alternative, which would have […]

Long disappointed by Health Minister’s refusal to reconsider visiting guidance for maternity services

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said she is disappointed by the Health Minister’s refusal to reconsider visiting guidance for maternity services during the pandemic. East Belfast MLA Mrs Long was speaking after receiving a response from Robin Swann to a letter she sent asking for current restrictions to be relaxed in order to allow the pregnant person to be […]