Alliance Works ~ Tribal Politics Doesn’t
Back in 1998, people voted for a new beginning. While in manyrespects Northern Ireland is better than before, the progressthat people had a right to expect has not occurred.
Five Years of Wasted Opportunities
The Agreement has yet to be properly implemented. Traditionalparties have pursued their own narrow agendas and bickeredover issues such as policing reform rather than workingtogether for the good of all.Even today, rather than looking to a shared future together, theUUP and the SDLP are moving to the extremes, looking overtheir shoulders at the DUP and Sinn Féin.Meanwhile on the streets, sectarianism, segregation andenforcing the law remain major problems.
Sectarianism and segregation carry huge human and financialcosts. More and more people are living almost parallel lives witha bare minimum of contact with people from differentbackgrounds. Huge resources are wasted in providing separatefacilities that could be better invested in improving publicservices. Why do we persist in forcing people into boxes calledunionism and nationalism?Apartheid never worked in South Africa. It can never work here.
Making the Difference
Healing our community divisions must be the biggest priorityfor the Assembly. Unless we seriously address these problems,they will eventually destroy the Agreement and all that has beenachieved so far.Alliance is the leading cross-community and anti-sectarian voicein Northern Ireland.Alliance is the political voice of those who work to create aunited community, characterised by sharing not separation.Alliance offers everyone an invitation to join somethingdifferent, something better than tribal politics – a genuinelyshared and non-sectarian future.For Alliance, the Agreement is not the ceiling of our ambition.It is the foundation on which we can build a better future.
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Stewart Dickson Works
•Hard working Councillor in East Antrim area for over twentyyears, former popular Mayor of Carrickfergus.•Works as a Senior Employment Relations Officer with theLabour Relations Agency.•Strong record on protecting the environment: promotingrecycling rather than waste landfill, fighting for betterplanning policies•Consistent opponent of sectarianism, working to get rid of paramilitary flags and graffiti, opposing religious ‘labelling’ byGovernment.•Respected campaigner for public transport, particularly ourlocal Railway.•Chair of its East Antrim Alliance, has represented the partyat the Forum for Peace and Reconcilliation, and the NationalForum on Europe.•Keeps in touch with local people through regular Focus leaflets.
Sean Neeson Works
•One of the most experienced politicians in NorthernIreland; leader of the Alliance Party, 1998-2001.•Assembly Member for East Antrim since 1998; also memberof Carrickfergus Council since 1997 and was Mayor, 1993-94.•Has devoted his energies towards economic development atlocal and national level; served as Deputy Chair of theAssembly’s Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committeeand last year was elected Chairperson of the NorthernIreland Assembly and Business Trust.•Advocate of stronger links with Europe; board member of the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe and NorthernIreland in Europe.•Strong supporter of the police service and the rule of law;served on the Police Authority.•Keen interest in maritime history, and represents NorthernIreland on the UK National Historic Ships Committee.
Alliance members haveestablished a high reputationfor their work both in theAssembly and in theirconstituencies. Locally, StewartDickson and seven otherAlliance Party Councillors inNewtownabbey, Carrickfergusand Larne have supported SeanNeeson in deliveringconstituency services to thepeople of East Antrim.Alliance supports the power-sharing Assembly, but isopposed to the pettysectarianism of traditionalpoliticians, which has damagedthe opportunity to make realchanges in Northern Ireland.You can no longer depend onthe other parties to make thepower-sharing Assembly work for everyone. Alliance hasshown that it can make a realdifference. We will continue towork to build a unitedcommunity.