Moving from an oppositional role in the Assembly to taking on the role of Justice Minister ran political risks for the Alliance Party. At the time I flippantly noted David Ford had put himself in the firing line in more way than one.
However, his and Alliance’s responsibility for the conditions of Republican prisoners has come to the fore as a decent sized crowd made their way to APNI HQ for a protest on their attitude to prisoner rights –something those locking themselves inside will not have experienced before.
ADD – I hear David Ford was the first, and so far only, member of APNI to be added to the equivilent of the Key Persons Protection list and is now given around the clock armed police protection.
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