Sunday, 9 October 2011

Time for talks on the past

Tomorrow the Alliance Party will table a motion at the NI Assembly calling for the Secretary of State to convene all party talks to find a way to deal with the legacy of the past. More details can be found at this link.

The Assembly motion follows the recent call by Alliance Deputy Leader Naomi Long MP for the Secretary of State to convene all Party talks to broker agreement on how to deal with the legacy of the past. 


The appointment of Mary McArdle as Special Advisor, Martin McGuinness’s Irish Presidential Bid and the recent death of Gusty Spence have yet again highlighted the need to devise an inclusive means to deal with the past. 


Rather than ignoring the past, seeking to re-write history or leaving the issue with the Historical Enquiries Team, Police Ombudsman and special inquires we need to devise a comprehensive and inclusive way to address the needs of victims and survivors. 


Locally, the Alliance Party in North Down recently held a Talk and Discussion entitled concerning the past with Guest Speaker Lord Eames outlining key issues to be considered.


Alliance will continue to provide leadership on this important issue until an adequate means is found to address the legacy of the past since the Shared Future we all yearn for must be built upon stable foundations.

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