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Carrick crime spree condemned

Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership member Cllr Wilson has condemned those responsible for a spate of burglaries at Marshallstown Road in Carrick.

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East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson (right) welcomes guest to the business breakfast in Carrickfergus Golf Club.

Call for ‘leadership’ at east Antrim Brexit event

Direct rule would not solve the problems Northern Ireland faces, east Antrim business figures have been told.

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A general view of a hospital corridor

Health waiting times grow even worse

Crucial health service waiting list times have continued to worsen, according to the latest set of figures released today.

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Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs.

Health minister must be appointed says Beggs

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has called for ministers to be urgently appointed to end the indecision which has now resulted in the NHSCT proposing emergency closure of intermediate care beds and the reduction in planned elected surgery and domiciliary care packages.

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The article in Pink News which sparked revulsion from DUP MLA Edwin Poots, plus TUV MLA Jim Allister and a raft of social media users

‘Stop gurning to daddy’ says MP after Poots tweet complaint

A DUP MP has criticised what he claimed is a culture of “gurning” among some MLAs, after a complaint against his party colleague Edwin Poots over allegedly breaching the Assembly code of conduct was discontinued.

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Ulster Unionist councillor Mark McKinty.

Ulster Unionist speaks out over burning flags

An Ulster Unionist councillor has spoken out against the burning of flags, posters and effigies relating to other cultures on bonfires.

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Maggie Henderson McCarroll

Beggs seeks review of ‘unduly lenient’ sentence

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the “unduly lenient” sentence of killer Maggie Henderson-McCarroll.

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Maggie Henderson McCarroll.

Killer’s sentence ‘does not match crime’ says Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has criticised the three year sentence handed down to the killer of Greenisland pensioner Eddie Girvan.

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A hog roast event will be held at Larne Rugby Club.

Unionists to hold annual hog roast

The East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association is holding its annual hog roast event on Friday August 18, at 7.30pm, in Larne Rugby Club, Glynn.

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DUP MLA Jim Wells and part of the letter written by Ms. Somers.

Christian mother of two gay sons writes open letter to DUP MLA

A Northern Ireland mother has written a heartfelt letter to DUP MLA Jim Wells about her two sons who are both gay.
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DUP councillor, Tom Smith.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay, says DUP councillor

A DUP councillor has broken ranks to step away from the party’s historic opposition to homosexuality by stating that “there is nothing wrong with being gay”.

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The Rinkha, Islandmagee, 
Picture By: Arthur Allison, Pacemaker.

Ice cream retailer reopens after burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at The Rinkha, Middle Road, in Islandmagee, during the early hours of this morning, Wednesday August 9.

A quantity of cash and cigarettes were stolen after entry to the premises was forced around 1.00 am.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has information which may assist police enquiries, to contact Detectives at Larne on 101, quoting reference 62 09/08/17.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has hit out at at those responsible for a break-in at The Rinkha, Islandmagee, last night.

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Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart.

Welcome for ‘greenway’ grant aid

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has welcomed the award of a £25,000 grant for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to draw up detailed design plans to establish a dedicated cycle route between Monkstown and Greenisland on the former Black Line railway route.

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Alan McQuillan

Gay Pride row: Ex-top PSNI man says officers should not parade with Orange

A former senior police officer has said it would be inappropriate for PSNI officers in uniform to parade with the Orange Order because of what he called the order’s “chequered history” in relation to violence.

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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson.

Greenisland broadband extension plan

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed a commitment for the provision of ultrafast fibre-optic broadband in the Greenisland area.

Business
UTV news presenter and journalist, Paul Clark.

Support for UTV’s Clark after Sinn Fein criticism

UUP MLA Doug Beattie has voiced support for UTV’s Paul Clark after the presenter faced Sinn Fein criticism over a news feature on the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan.
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Sammy Wilson speaking in the House of Commons

Wilson rubbishes legal challenge to DUP pact

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson has said that “a fool and his money are easily parted” after a campaign to challenge the DUP/Tory pact gained financial backing of over £20,000.

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Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton address media as talks wound up at Stormont Castle, Belfast, as Foster has said she is disappointed an agreement to restore powersharing has not been reached in Northern Ireland, suggesting a deal will now have to wait until at least the autumn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 4, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Politics. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

MLAs deserve salaries ‘because they are still working hard’

The leaders of Stormont’s two main parties have defended the continued payment of Assembly member salaries while devolution is in cold storage.

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Iman Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini with Pastor James McConnell, outside the latter's trial at Belfast's Laganside Court for a sermon he made about Islam. Dr Al-Hussaini spoke of his "love and concern" for Pastor McConnell as he saw him being grilled in the witness dock.

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

DPP: Pastor McConnell’s remarks were sufficiently offensive to prosecute

In part four of an interview with the News Letter (links to other parts beneath article), Northern Ireland’s lead prosecutor Barra McGrory tells Ben Lowry that he does not have regrets about charging Pastor James McConnell for his sermon on Islam:

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Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

POLL: Should MLAs continue to receive salaries?

Northern Ireland has been without a government since January.
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