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‘Arrogant’ Dublin has damaged relations: Wilson

Relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic are at their lowest ebb in 25 years thanks to Dublin’s “arrogant” approach to the Brexit talks, a senior DUP MP has warned.

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Arlene Foster mistakenly congratulated the wrong prince and misspelled Miss Markle's Christian name.

Arlene Foster congratulates wrong prince on engagement to Meghan Markle

DUP leader, Arlene Foster, caused a bit of a stir on social media on Monday when she mistakenly congratulated Prince William instead of Prince Harry on the news of his engagement to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
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Carrickfergus Town Hall   INCT 03-423-RM

UVF flag ‘historical and not illegal’ says council

A UVF flag displayed by a Scottish Flute Band during a competition staged at Carrickfergus Town Hall has been determined by the local council to have been “historical and not illegeal”.

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RHI

RHI overspend far greater than first feared, department tells court

The already vast scale of the overspend on the RHI scheme is much worse than first feared, the Stormont department responsible for the debacle has told the High Court.

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Brexit

Feedback sought on impact of Brexit for older people

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on the implications of Brexit and how they feel following the EU referendum vote.

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The Braid Ballymena

Council chief questioned over ‘DUP dinner’

Mid and East Antrim Chief Executive Anne Donaghy has faced questions from councillors over her attendance at a so-called “DUP dinner”.

Business
This is the only time that MLAs have sat in the Assembly chamber since January  and it lasted just 46 minutes

MLA pay rise, despite just 46 minutes in Assembly chamber

MLAs received a £500 salary increase in March – and are in line for a similar increase in six months’ time, despite not having sat in the Assembly since March.

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Cllr. Andrew Wilson.

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.

Crime
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.

Health
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.

Health
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.

Crime
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.

Crime
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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