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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.

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Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has donated a kidney to her son Mark

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and son doing well after kidney transplant

Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are both recovering well after she gave him the gift of new life in the form of one of her kidneys.

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Cecil Calvert

Tributes after former DUP mayor passes away

Tributes have been paid to long-serving Lisburn councillor Cecil Calvert who passed away on Friday.

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Councillor Amanda Grehen (Alliance Party) and Alderman James Tinsley (DUP).

Council split over possibility of appointing independent member to audit committee

A row has erupted over a council decision not to proceed with a process which could have led to the appointment an independent member to the Governance and Audit Committee.

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Lagan Valley constituency could be axed under boundaries shake-up

Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has declined to comment on speculation that his parliamentary constituency could be abolished under proposals to redraw electoral boundaries here.

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A screenshot from the offensive video

Resignation of Barry McElduff - Sinn Fein statement in full

Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff, who caused controversy after posed with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre, has resigned.
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DUP MLA Edwin Poots

Edwin Poots considering leaving politics

Former DUP Stormont Minister Edwin Poots says he is considering leaving politics because there is little sign of devolution returning to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Young people to stand for election

Young people to stand for election

The Lagan Valley member of the Youth Parliament, Ben Sharkey, is encouraging other local young people to run in the upcoming elections.

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UDA leader John McMichael in the old UDA HQ in Gawn Street in east Belfast. He was killed 30 years ago today by the IRA

Shirley McMichael: My husband was a UDA brigadier but he wanted a political solution

Today marks 30 years since the IRA murdered UDA brigadier John McMichael – a leading figure through many years of the organisation’s bloodshed who was cut down as he was turning his attention wholeheartedly towards political solutions.

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Edwin Poots

Poots sparks backlash after calling taoiseach ‘Little Leo’

A DUP MLA has been slammed for engaging in “playground discourse”, after he described the taoiseach as ‘Little Leo’.

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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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Ald Allan Ewart MBE, DUP leader Arlene Foster, Cllr Vasundhara Kamble, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and local group leader Alderman James Tinsley.

Former Alliance councillor who backed SDLP man for Assembly joins DUP

The leader of the DUP group on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has officially welcomed Cllr Vasundhara Kamble into the party.

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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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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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