31/10/2016

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Call For Investigation Into Conway Admissions

The Alliance Party is calling for an urgent investigation into claims from Dublin lawyer Kieran Conway that he was present when soldiers died during IRA attacks.

Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA said: "Kieran Conway has previously admitted he had been a member of the IRA. For him now to claim during a TV interview that he took part in IRA attacks in which soldiers died demands urgent investigations by the PSNI and An Garda Síochána. He also claims to have been involved in bombings and armed robberies, so by his own admission he was obviously very active when the IRA was bringing death and destruction onto our streets.

"By openly making these claims Conway seems to believe he is safe from prosecution. If we are to move ahead and give justice to all victims, Conway must be questioned and prosecuted if there is sufficient evidence. The PSNI should immediately seek a European Arrest Warrant to have Conway extradited to Northern Ireland for questioning."

Work On Road Resurfacing Project In Portadown Complete

Work on a £200,000 road resurfacing project has been completed in Portadown.

The scheme on the A3 Northway extended from outside Portadown railway station towards Armagh, taking in the junctions of West Street and Corcrain Road.
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Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: "This is a main link road between Armagh and the M1 motorway so completion of these works is welcome news for between 25,000 and 30,000 drivers that use this road on a daily basis.

"The growth of our economy depends on having good infrastructure in place to meet the needs of our people. The benefits of the re-surfacing scheme to the A3 Northway go towards helping meet these needs and improving transport connections for people, goods and services."

SDLP Meets Business Sector Representatives Ahead Of Brexit Forum

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood, party Economy Spokesperson Sinead Bradley MLA and Agriculture spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA have met with business sector representatives ahead of the Taoiseach's all Ireland Brexit Forum this week.

Ms Bradley said that it's vital that the voice of the business and enterprise sector in the North is heard and understood by the Irish Government.

She said: "Next week's All Ireland Forum on Brexit is an opportunity to formulate a collective response to an issue which threatens our combined interests. That's why the SDLP is keen to ensure that the voice of the business and enterprise sector in the North is heard by the Irish Government.

"The Irish Government will be key advocates for the North during any forthcoming negotiations. We've already seen that the Brexit Government in Britain has little interest in defending the interests or will of people in Northern Ireland.

"The meeting with business representatives was a critical engagement on issues that the government has detailed no way forward on. Imports and Exports, the future of the border, workforce and free movement – all issues that the British government has provided no certainty on."

(CD)

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