Alliance condemns paramilitary style attack

Alliance Councillors Nick Mathison and Alan McDowell have condemned reports of a paramilitary style attack in Newtownards. Police have revealed they are investigating reports a man was attacked by a gang of masked men in the Bangor Road area on Thursday night. Nick said: “It is extremely disappointing to hear of this alleged incident taking […]

Paramilitaries should not be in control in 2019, says Alliance

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has said it is unacceptable for a paramilitary group to be holding a community to ransom in 2019. The Belfast Councillor made the comments after a special meeting of the Strategic, Policy and Resources Committee on Wednesday afternoon heard PSNI concerns that the UVF was threatening violence if the bonfire […]

Paramilitaries should not be in control in 2019, says Alliance

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has said it is unacceptable for a paramilitary group to be holding a community to ransom in 2019. The Belfast Councillor made the comments after a special meeting of the Strategic, Policy and Resources Committee on Wednesday afternoon heard PSNI concerns that the UVF was threatening violence if the bonfire […]

Paramilitary imagery needs to be removed, say Alliance candidates

All paramilitary imagery in public spaces across Mid and East Antrim needs to be removed, Alliance representatives have said. Alliance Councillor Robert Logan and representative Danny Donnelly, who will be standing for Alliance in the Larne Lough District Electoral Area in May’s local government election, said the removal of murals, flags and other paraphernalia would […]

Political deadlock undermining fight against paramilitaries, says Farry

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry has said it is deeply concerning after a major report revealed key reforms tackling paramilitarism have stalled due to the lack of an Executive. His comments came as the Independent Reporting Commission, the body set up to monitor the implementation of the Executive’s Paramilitary Action Plan, issued its first report. […]

Campaign welcome but more needs done to combat paramilitarism, says Dickson

Alliance Justice spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed the launch of a new campaign highlighting paramilitary-style attacks but added more needs done to combat the groups behind them. The Ending the Harm campaign, which is part of the Executive’s Tackling Paramilitarism programme, is aimed showing the impact of the attacks on victims, their loved ones, […]

Long condemns vicious paramilitary-style attack

Alliance MLA Naomi Long has condemned those behind what police are investigating as a punishment style assault that took place close to the Comber Greenway on Tuesday night. Naomi Long said: “This was a vicious paramilitary-style attack, carried out by those who are determined to maintain their illegal control over communities through violence and intimidation. […]

Farry: Commemorations of the past must not cause further hurt in the present

Alliance MLA Stephen Farry has said it is essential both Unionists and Nationalists commemorate the past in a way which causes no further hurt to others. Stephen Farry was speaking after those promoting the use of a UVF banner displayed over My Lady’s Road defended their actions as those of a legitimate band, despite reports […]

Armitage calls for paramilitary banner to be taken down

Alliance Councillor David Armitage has called for a newly-erected paramilitary banner in East Belfast to be taken down. The UVF banner was displayed over My Lady’s Road. Councillor Armitage, who has reported it to police, said it should not have been put up in the first place. “This banner is nothing more than an act […]