Naomi Long says it is an honour and privilege to be returned as Justice Minister

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA says it is an honour and privilege to be re-elected as Justice Minister for Northern Ireland.

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The Minister was elected on a cross-community vote in the Assembly, having previously held the Justice portfolio from January 2020 to October 2022.

The East Belfast MLA said it was an opportunity to continue previous work.

“It is an honour and privilege to be returned as Minister of Justice in Northern Ireland. 

“Since 2020, the Department of Justice has delivered some significant pieces of legislation, including new laws for domestic abuse and stalking. A large focus during those years was of course on the impact of Covid and the recovery from the pandemic. 

“I look forward now to leading the Department into a new era and to considering other significant legislation that needs progressed, including reform of sentencing and a hate crime bill.”

“I remain committed to improving the outcomes for people in our society which in turn may ease the pressure on the criminal justice system.  There are many socio-economic factors which are contributory elements on crime here and I look forward to working with my Executive colleagues to deliver a coordinated and joined up approach to tackling these issues.

“I send my heartfelt and sincere thanks to all staff within Justice who have progressed some key issues, workplans and preparations in the absence of Ministers. I have no doubt it has been a demanding and challenging time and yet the expertise, dedication and commitment is evident and hugely appreciated.

“I have no doubt there will be many challenges ahead, but I am ready to meet them and keen to get on with the job. I remain committed to working towards a strong, safer, and shared community for all, one which respects the rule of law and one in which we respect each other.

“I look forward to leading the Department and the wider justice family to a new and brighter chapter.”