Wilson: Time for PM to play hard ball with EU over customs deal

Theresa May must stop “fudging” the issue of the UK’s future customs relationship with the EU and adopt a more hardline position with Brussels, a senior DUP figure has said.

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald TD (third left) after delivering her keynote speech during the party's ard fheis (annual conference) at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Picture date: Saturday June 16, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Politics. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DUP MP hits back at ‘fantasy Brexit’ comments of SF president

Vocal DUP Brexit advocate Sammy Wilson has declared that “when it comes to fantasies, dreams and self-delusion, Sinn Fein are sailing along on the highest clouds”.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has rebutted suggestions that the so-called 'max fac' option will be now be 'unlawful'

Wilson: Commons deal doesn’t rule out Brexit ‘max fac’ arrangement

A senior DUP figure has dismissed claims that the government’s commitment to no physical infrastructure on the Irish border post-Brexit will rule out a ‘no deal’ scenario with the EU.


Kilroot still open and generating power two weeks after closure date

The politically sensitive closure of one of Northern Ireland’s main electricity stations has been delayed – but the reasons remain unclear.

North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley

Electoral Commission probes Paisley dinner cash

The Electoral Commission is investigating money paid by Mid and East Antrim Council to sponsor a table at a constituency dinner facilitated by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

The Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Cheryl Johnston, at the Pensioners Parliament with Vijay Sethi and Matthew McPeake from Ballymena, Caroline McKeown from Carrickfergus and Bea Martin from Islandmagee.

Pensioners pull no punches over Stormont collapse

Older people in Mid and East Antrim have fired a broadside across the bow of political parties over the impact of Stormont’s collapse on their quality of life.


Irish Cup final: Cliftonville national anthem plea rejected

The Irish Football Association has rejected a plea by Cliftonville Football Club not to play ‘God Save The Queen’ at the Irish Cup Final this Saturday.

Distribution of police stations in 1999. Compiled by Adam Kula

Revealed: two-thirds of all police stations shut in two decades

The number of police stations in Northern Ireland has been cut by two-thirds over the last two decades, new figures obtained by the News Letter reveal.

Jackie Nicholl holds a photo of his 17 month old son, Colin, who was killed by an IRA bomb. He has just resigned from the Victims Forum after disovering a convicted IRA bomber is a fellow member.' Photo: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

‘I was gutted to find IRA bomber on victims forum’

A pensioner whose 17-month-old son was killed in an IRA bomb on the Shankill Road in Belfast has resigned from the Victims and Survivors Forum after discovering that a man he befriended on the body was a convicted bomber from the terror group.

Robert McClenaghan campaigning with family members of those murdered in the 1971 McGurks Bar bombing, attend a meeting with the Police Ombudsman's Office to present new evidence on the atrocity.''Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

‘My daily job was to place bombs in Belfast centre’

A member of the Victims and Survivors Forum has said he was “immensely proud” of joining the IRA and how it was his “daily job” to plant bombs across Belfast.

Jim Dunlop (right), president of Carrickfergus Rotary, welcomes the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Council, Councillor Paul Reid, as guest speaker to the club.

Economic and tourism challenges highlighted for Rotarians

Carrickfergus Rotary Club members enjoyed an insight to the workings of local government when they hosted the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough as guest speaker.

Former Mayor of Clare, Flan Garvey with his new book 'Inside Minds North and South'.

Former Unionist MP to launch book of his Fianna Fáíl ‘friend’

A veteran Ulster Unionist politician is to help a former Fianna Fáíl Mayor of Clare to launch a new book providing a personal insight to north-south relations.

Councillor Cheryl Johnston.

Council tributes on suffrage milestone

The risks campaigners took to secure the vote have been recalled as Mid and East Antrim celebrates the centenary of Representation of the People Act.

Irish language act campaigners, including pupils from Irish-medium schools across Northern Ireland, take part in a protest at Stormont parliament buildings in Belfast this month, ahead of a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Councillors clash over Irish language funding

Unionists and nationalist councillors have clashed at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in a row over funding an Irish language event.

Cllr Lindsay Millar.

Councils clash over Greenway scheme

A dispute has developed between councillors on two local authorities regarding the creation of a walking and cycling route on a disused railway line in Co Antrim.

Sammy Wilson has expressed concerns about  future energy supply

Kilroot closure plays into hands of Dublin: Wilson

The closure of Kilroot power station could have major political implications for Northern Ireland when it comes to Brexit negotiations, a senior DUP figure has warned.

Sammy Wilson MP, MEA BC Head of Policy Louise Kennedy, MEA BC Chief Executive Anne Donaghy, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley MP, Mayor Councillor Paul Reid and Ian Paisley MP.

Key local issues discussed during London meeting

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is first local government body to meet face-to-face with new Northern Ireland Secretary.

The monthly meeting of the council took place at The Braid, Ballymena.

Councillors' support for homeless strategy

Mid and East Antrim councillors have agreed to develop a strategy to tackle short and long-term homelessness in the borough.
Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson’s ‘regret’ over Varadkar ‘nutcase’ jibe

A DUP MP has said he regrets his choice of language after he branded Taioseach Leo Varadkar “a nutcase”.

East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson.

Northern Ireland needs 'bridges not borders' - Dickson

The current Brexit negotiations risk isolating Northern Ireland and harming the future of our economy, East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has said.

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