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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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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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The National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

Sell out crowds re-ignite national stadium debate

When the last remaining tickets went on general sale for Northern Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifier with Germany they sold out in two minutes.

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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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Trevor Lunn MLA.

‘More must be done to help vulnerable prisoners’

More needs to be done to ensure that vulnerable prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm are given the appropriate care, a Lagan Valley MLA has said.

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The website was due to be launched on Monday.

Anonymous ex-politicians to launch new unionist website

A group of former politicians is today launching a new website with the aim of stimulating debate within unionism – but the people behind the project are not coming forward to say who they are.

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Edwin Poots: Children should be children, not icons of sexuality

Edwin Poots hits back at complaint he linked gay community to paedophilia

Edwin Poots has hit back at criticism of a contentious comment on Twitter, saying that children should not be icons of any sexuality.

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Clare Bailey from the Greens and  
Edwin Poots, DUP

DUP MLA Poots reported for ‘offensive’ Twitter comment

A Green Party MLA claims to have reported Edwin Poots to the Assembly Commissioner for Standards for comments he made on Twitter which she believes link the gay community with paedophilia.

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Belfast born actor, Martin McCann, plays one of the lead characters in 'Maze'.

WATCH: New film about 1983 IRA prison escape out next month

A film about republican prisoners escaping from Her Majesty's Maze Prison in 1983 will be released next month.
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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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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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DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley

Family members still employed by DUP MPs

Four DUP MPs still employ family members using taxpayers’ money, the latest records revealed.

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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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DUP MLA Edwin Poots addressed a gathering in Glenties, Co Donegal in Irish

Irish campaigners warn against ‘paper exercise’ over language act

Any plans to introduce legislative protection for the Irish language will be “merely a paper exercise” unless measures such as bilingual road signs, a public sector quota for Irish speakers and an Irish language commissioner are addressed.

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Pat Catney MLA, SDLP

Report underscores devastating effect of Brexit, claims Catney

Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney has said the House of Lords EU Committee’s ‘Brexit: devolution’ report “once again underscores the devastating effect that Brexit will have on Northern Ireland.”

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP. Pic by Cliff Donaldson

‘£1.5bn funding package could make real difference locally’

Local MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has vowed that he and his DUP colleagues will fight to secure part of the additional £1.5bn funding package for Northern Ireland for key projects in Lagan Valley.

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SDLP MLA Pat Catney with party leader Colum Eastwood and Gerard Catney, right.

Long slams former candidate over IRA remarks

The Alliance Party leader has slammed a former would-be MP for the party for an extended string of comments about the IRA’s terror campaign.

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Edwin Poots MLA. Pic by Aaron McCracken, Harrisons

Lagan Valley suffering due to Stormont stalemate

The ongoing political impasse at Stormont is having a “hugely damaging effect” on vital services in Lagan Valley, it has been claimed.

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Robbie Butler MLA

Butler calls for ‘fair pay rise’ for public sector workers

Lagan Valley MLA Robbie Butler has called for “a fair pay rise” for public sector workers.

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