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McCann meets…David Ford MLA #AP2014

Mon 24 March 2014, 7:50am

Tweet In my second interview from the Alliance party conference, I was able to chat to the party leader, Justice Minister, David Ford. In the interview we chatted about the conference, his predictions for the future growth of the party and the On the Runs issue. I asked him about the comments made by Anna […] more »

Alliance Party urges society to step forward … while it deals with past week’s comments by Anna Lo #AP2014

Sat 22 March 2014, 11:46pm
Granni Trixie

Tweet Today’s Alliance Party conference came just days after Anna Lo’s perfectly valid – though politically thoughtless – comments about her personal views on Irish unification were reported as part of her interview with John Manley in the Irish News. It was hard to avoid the annual party member get-together being seen through an Anna […] more »

Ford accuses Peter Hain of telling “something less than the complete truth…”

Mon 3 March 2014, 9:57am

Tweet David Ford: The system is full of anomalies mostly because the way that the peace process was addressed by the British government making concessions and side deals with whoever was most difficult at the time so that lesser value in our living with those anomalies people like me try to actually get the justice […] more »

David Ford: #ShinnersList letters are not now and never have been a devolved matter…

Fri 28 February 2014, 11:03am

Tweet So in all the obfuscating fog of war, a little more clarity. It seems the Secretary of State was not correct to suggest this had something to do with the devolved institutions: Stormont Justice Minister David Ford said government officials told him five cases were currently being considered under the scheme, and the Northern […] more »

Policing board’s Epaphroditos to Ford’s Nero

Thu 6 February 2014, 7:38pm

Tweet Nero is said to have been killed (albeit at his own request – or he may have committed suicide) by his private secretary Epaphroditos. David Ford’s (aka little Nero) solo run to change the rules for appointing the new Chief Constable has been slapped down by the Policing Board. From the BBC: At a […] more »

NI Justice Minister: “I trust that the executive will recognise that it is the right decision, and that I was right to make it”

Fri 31 January 2014, 4:46pm

Tweet In the aftermath of the Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers/Executive/Assembly/Policing Board members semi-detached polit-bureau’s kerfuffle over the NI Justice Minister’s proposed changes to the criteria for the next Chief Constable, Liam Clarke reveals some significant correspondence on the matter.  Firstly, the Chief Executive of the NI Policing Board, Sam Pollock, tries his hand at […] more »

NI Justice Minister: “It is important to note that, in setting some minimum standards, I am not prohibiting the Board from adding to these minimum criteria…”

Tue 28 January 2014, 2:39pm

Tweet Whilst Brian may regard them as “surely sensible” changes to the criteria for the next Chief Constable, and they may well be, as I mentioned in updates to a previous post, no sooner had the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, the Alliance Party’s David Ford, announced those changes than the NI First and deputy First […] more »

No, the PSNI Chief Constable hasn’t “the toughest policing job in the world”

Tue 28 January 2014, 12:34pm

Tweet Here we are, still sold on the idea of how exceptional we are. Comment on Mick’s post on the appointment of a chief constable failed to notice that there’s  a wider world out there. It’s no longer the case that the PSNI have “the toughest policing job in in the world” and other superlatives. Try the […] more »

“given the particular operational emphasis of this year’s conference…”

Tue 17 September 2013, 2:04pm

Tweet According to a Belfast Telegraph report, unlike previous years, neither the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, David Ford, nor the Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, will attend this year’s cross-border police summit on organised crime co-operation.  From the Belfast Telegraph report Mr Shatter said that, given the particular operational emphasis of this year’s conference, it would […] more »

“The department of justice said discussions about the precise source of funding for the HET are continuing…”

Thu 21 March 2013, 8:45pm

Tweet The issue of funding the ongoing work of the Historical Enquiries Team, as well as its perceived independence, may be about to become a matter of political disagreement…  As the BBC NI home affairs correspondent, Vincent Kearney, reports Hundreds of families have co-operated with the team on the basis that it was acting independently. Many […] more »

Alliance Party Conference preview #apc13

Fri 1 March 2013, 12:15pm
Alliance For Everyone

Tweet The Alliance Party returns to La Mon Hotel on Saturday for its annual conference. Back at the beginning of December, Alliance’s role in the Belfast City Hall flag decision – and the subsequent intimidation of elected representatives and damage to property – perversely looked like overall it might boost the party’s support. However as […] more »

“Items not detected included drugs, mobile phone batteries, scissors and a knife.”

Wed 13 February 2013, 10:05pm

Tweet The BBC NI home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney seems to have gotten hold of a prison service evaluation report of the three month trial of electronic body scanners at Magilligan prison and Hydebank Wood -  as a suggested alternative to full-body searches.  The Assembly’s Justice Committee is due to discuss the report tomorrow [Thursday].  From the […] more »

David Ford: Ideological differences not being handled inside the SDLP…

Mon 28 January 2013, 10:48am

Tweet John Manley has an interview with David Ford in today’s Irish News. Much of it what you might expect, but Mr Ford is clearly taking the opportunity to throw out a long line for nationalist voters (traditionally an area of poor returns for the party). If there was ever a time for them to […] more »

Our Time? Our Place?

Thu 13 December 2012, 4:07pm
our time our place

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Governing alcohol consumption: Who are the winners?

Wed 30 May 2012, 2:10pm

Tweet “Excuse me mate, the only reason you could possibly want to go into this club is to get drunk as a skunk, so get back in the car.” A Belfast taxi man has confidently told me that people in his profession are the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to what’s happening on […] more »

NI Justice Minister: “While this area will obviously require careful handling in Northern Ireland…”

Wed 4 April 2012, 4:34pm

Tweet Some Northern Ireland MPs have united in opposition to suggested proposals to extend the UK Government’s powers to monitor people’s phone, email and internet records.  Some don’t appear to have an opinion…  Although there does seem to be some dispute about the actual proposals themselves. Meanwhile, as the BBC report, the UK Government has actually consulted on […] more »

“That would require approval by the justice committee, the executive and by the assembly as a whole”

Wed 21 December 2011, 11:18pm

Tweet According to the BBC report’s headline -”Justice minister may look into the rehiring of RUC officers”.  Well, he may. At issue, apparently, are the unknown number of former RUC officers in the 399 staff currently supplied by a recruitment agency for temporary employment, as civilians, by the PSNI.  Apparently, again, “Sinn Fein has asked the Northern […] more »

Justice Minister: “grandstanding and chest beating seen in the Chamber” on mandatory sentences call

Wed 30 November 2011, 5:25pm

Tweet As the BBC reports, yesterday in the Northern Ireland Assembly, by 44 votes to 41, MLAs called on the NI Justice Minister, Alliance Party leader David Ford, to “introduce legislation to impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for people who are found guilty of violent crimes against older or vulnerable people”. The motion was agreed despite opposition […] more »

Hostage taking in NI prisons

Sat 26 November 2011, 8:50pm

Tweet Since his election earlier this year Jim Allister has become something of a bête noire for justice minister David Ford. It was Allister who first exposed the possibility of changing the symbols of the prison service and dropping the term “Her Majesty’s Prison” resulting in Peter Robinson’s slap down for Ford. Allister also highlighted […] more »

“David Ford’s department is like Jurassic Park.”

Mon 12 September 2011, 8:53pm

Tweet Apparently, according to BBC NI’s Martina Purdy, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly, MLA, Northern Ireland Junior Minister Policing Board member, gave “a fiery speech on the Police Ombudsman” at the party’s ard fheis at the weekend.  It’s not listed in the party’s collection… [Added by AlaninBelfast ...] In the Irish News today, Diana Rusk says he went “off script” when telling […] more »

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