Republicans protest inside Alliance HQ

Republican protestors have staged a protest inside the headquarters of the Alliance Party over prison conditions.

Republican Network for Unity - RNUMembers of the Republican Network for Unity claim that the Justice Minister, Alliance Party leader David Ford, has reneged on a deal over strip searches in Magheraberry.

Following talks between the prison service and inmates last August, an agreement was reached to end random full-body searching before domestic and legal visits.

It’s understood two people were removed from the building on University Street by police – they, and another man outside, have been arrested.

Mr Ford said: “This matter is being dealt with by the PSNI. We will be making no further comment.

“All Alliance Party representatives will continue to offer a service to constituents in an open and accessible manner.”