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Naomi Long proposes forum to tackle online abuse of politicians

Justice Minister Naomi Long has suggested a forum with other parties should be held to discuss how to tackle online abuse of politicians. She has written to them sharing her "growing concern", citing intimidation during May's election campaign. The letter, seen by BBC News NI, suggests assembly members should meet...
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Naomi Long says UK Government has used Northern Ireland as ‘bit of a play thing’

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said the UK Government has sometimes used Northern Ireland as “a bit of a play thing” which is “damaging” relations and devolution.“I understand [the DUP’s] lack of trust in the UK Government because I think at times the UK Government have used Northern Ireland as a bit of a play thing when it comes to maintaining a grievance with Europe,” Ms Long told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme.“They’re willing to continue to have this constant grievance with the European Union and Northern Ireland is a useful lever for them.“But it’s very damaging for...
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NI election results 2022: Who is Alliance leader Naomi Long?

Naomi Long is now the leader of the third largest party at Stormont. She has led Alliance to repeated election successes in recent years but the 2022 assembly election will go down in history. The centre-ground party has taken 17 seats, more than doubling its previous number in 2017. Long,...

Naomi Long dedicates Stormont re-election to her late father-in-law

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has dedicated her re-election to the Stormont Assembly to her late father-in-law. Ms Long topped the poll in East Belfast with 8,195 votes and was elected on the first count in the constituency. She described an emotional campaign and revealed her father-in-law’s funeral had taken...
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Naomi Long: Absence of Stormont Executive is making people’s lives harder

The lives of people in Northern Ireland are being made harder by not having a functioning powersharing Executive at Stormont, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has said.She delivered a sharp criticism of DUP tactics as she accused the party of having no solutions to longstanding issues and instead using Stormont as leverage to force the UK Government to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol, which she said “no-one is losing sleep over”.In an interview with the PA news agency ahead of Thursday’s Assembly elections, Mrs Long also spoke about the need to reform Stormont, saying it is not representative of many...
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Naomi Long: Alliance 'can end Stormont political soap operas'

The assembly election in May will be a chance to say no to "political soap operas" and deliver politics that works, Naomi Long has said. The Alliance Party leader said it was not a time to walk away from government, but "lead in government". Mrs Long is leading the party...
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Alliance Party leader Naomi Long's speech

'Guard against the flow of dark money infecting our politics'. Naomi Long calls for “stronger, swifter economic sanctions against Russia and in particular the oligarchs who support the Putin’s regime”. The Alliance leader says: “Whilst welcoming what the UK and other countries have done thus far, we...
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We need to call time on wild west of social media abuse – Naomi Long

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has said more action is needed to call time on the “wild west” of social media abuse.Naomi Long was speaking in the Assembly, weeks after DUP MLA Diane Dodds was targeted by trolls over the death of her young son.A cyber-flasher who exposed himself on video call software Zoom during an online vigil for murdered jogger Ashling Murphy 23, was also condemned.SDLP MLA Mark Durkan asked Ms Long if she had plans to engage with social media organisations over trolling and abuse on their platforms.He described the targeting of Mrs Dodds as a “new all-time...
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Naomi Long: DUP threats to collapse Stormont are ’embarrassing’

DUP threats to collapse the Stormont Assembly in protest at the Northern Ireland Protocol are “embarrassing”, the Justice Minister has said.Naomi Long said it was frustrating for people in the region to be starting another year with further questions about the future of the Assembly.This week, Northern Ireland First Minister, Paul Givan, said it was “inevitable” that Stormont will collapse if issues around the protocol are not resolved.Mr Givan said that while he is committed to devolution and wants the Assembly to work, the current situation is not “a tenable position”.His DUP party leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, has repeatedly threatened...
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Police to lead Covid-19 passport enforcement - Naomi Long

Police will visit licensed premises to make sure they comply with Covid-19 passport rules, Northern Ireland's justice minister has said. Naomi Long said police will be "leading enforcement". Regulations are now legally enforceable and venues who breach them could face fines of up to £10,000. Customers must show either...
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South Armagh: Naomi Long asks, 'What inroads have unionists made?'

Unionist leaders need to give the chief constable "space and time, but also support" to build confidence in policing, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. On Wednesday, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons, a DUP MLA, called for Simon Byrne to resign. It followed the publication of a review into policing in...
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