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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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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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Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

POLL: Should MLAs continue to receive salaries?

Northern Ireland has been without a government since January.
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The Northern Ireland Audit Office report raises multiple concerns about the RHI scheme

Ten RHI boilers running almost every hour of the day as owners cash in

Ten RHI boilers were running for almost all of the year except for the time required to service them, with the owners receiving huge taxpayer-funded payments, auditors have found.

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Cllr Aaron McIntyre, Alliance

Lisburn man elected party’s vice-president

The Alliance Party has elected Lisburn man Aaron McIntyre its new vice-president.

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Cllr Tim Morrow.

Alliance man expected to be elected city’s next Mayor

Alliance Party Councillor Tim Morrow is expected to be elected the next Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh when the council meets for its annual meeting on Monday afternoon, June 19.

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson with DUP members and supporters celebrating their big win in Lagan Valley. Pic by Jonathan Porter, Press Eye

Victorious Donaldson sets out key priorities for Lagan Valley

Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has set out a number of key priorities for the constituency during the course of the next parliament.

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