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 […]

Lavery says UVF facades attempt to intimidate residents

Alliance Lurgan Councillor Peter Lavery has said the erection of UVF facades on a building is simply an attempt to intimidate local residents. The signs, from the Mid-Ulster UVF and associated other paramilitaries, replaced facades of Edward Carson and the Somme among other historical events on the side of the Housing Executive property in Pollock […]

No place for guns on our streets, say Alliance representatives, after town shooting

Alliance representatives have said there is no place for guns on our streets, after a shooting incident in Bangor. A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital after being shot in Balligan Gardens in the town around 9pm yesterday (Monday). He suffered injuries to his lower right leg. “There is no place in […]

Time for cool heads and calm consideration after Lower Ormeau policing incident, says Blair

It is time for cool heads and calm consideration, Alliance Policing Board representative John Blair MLA has said, following the incident at the anniversary of the Sean Graham’s bookies’ killings. During a matter of the day at the Assembly today (Monday), Mr Blair said accountable and representative policing was vital, adding it was time to […]

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 […]