Alliance Make Presence Felt at Queen's
In a statement the group said that they hoped to offer "a cross-community political debating forum which aims to offer students from all ethnic, religious and political backgrounds an opportunity to express their views on the best way forward for everyone in Northern Ireland as a whole".
At present the Alliance Party has no formal presence at Queen's compared to their main political rivals: the DUP, Sinn Fein, the UUP and the SDLP. In order to secure formal recognition they will be required to submit a constitution along with 15 names of interested students' to the VP for Clubs & Services who will then submit their application to Student Council for recognition. If successful they will join the UUP, who were reinstated as an official society this academic year. Fianna Fail, the governing political party in the Republic of Ireland, hosted an an event at Queen's earlier this year. They too hope to start an official society at Queen's, but how realistic this objective is remains to be seen.
The Alliance Party group hope to become formally recognised at the April meeting of Council, their official title will be, 'Queen's University Alliance Society' (QUAS).