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East Antrim: McMullan (SF) and Ross (DUP) retain seats

Sinn Féin’s Oliver McMullan has described his victory in East Antrim as “a ringing endorsement” of his party’s policies. The man from the Glens of Antrim, who won the seat in 2011, was elected below quota after 12 stages of counting. Also elected below quota on the 12th count was the DUP’s Alastair Ross. “We are delighted that we have secured three seats. We always knew it was going to be tight for the last two seats, but we thank the electorate for coming out and endorsing what I think is a positive vision from the Democratic Unionist Party, ” he commented. Northern Ireland decides DUP and Sinn Féin likely to emerge as the two largest parties in the Stormont Assembly Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content … Continue reading

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#GE2019 Profile: Aiken seeks UUP progress rather than a win in East Antrim

The most coastal of all Northern Irish constituencies, which contains hardly any inland aspect. East Antrim takes in most of the southern and eastern fringe of am Antrim coast running from Newtonabbey on the edge of North Belfast to the Glens just a few miles short of Torr Head. Its huge coastal reach was extended in 2010 after three wards from the old Moyle Council replaced Cloughfern in Newtonabbey making the whole constituency slightly more Catholic than before. The split is now 70% Protestant, 20% Catholic and the rest none or other. As Gerry Lynch noted in 2007 this is still a constituency of two economic halves, with “the southern half dominated by commuter settlements making use of the railway and A2 road into Belfast” providing easy access into the city and its industrial hinterland in Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus. The port town of Larne is roughly at the centre point … Continue reading

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Only a third of urgent ambulance calls responded to within target time

<!– –> Just more than a third of the most urgent ambulance calls were responded to within time targets in Northern Ireland over the last year, figures show. Increased demand caused by the ageing population may be responsible for the “outrageous” slippage, Ulster Unionist health spokesperson Roy Beggs said. The official target is 72.5 per cent of the most serious calls reached within eight minutes. The actual rate achieved in the past year was 37 per cent. While the true percentage of calls requiring such a speedy response may be much lower, the ambulance service plans to introduce major changes by 2021 and recruit hundreds of extra staff. Mr Beggs said: “I am extremely concerned that patients’ lives are being placed at risk as a result of the rapidly deteriorating response times of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).” He obtained the statistics, characterised as a “major breach” of a … Continue reading

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Sinn Fein defend single mention of health in election manifesto as strike crisis looms

Nurses gathered at the gates of the Royal Victoria Hospital staging industrial action in protest at pay and unsafe staffing levels. December 2, 2019 Photo Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press December 3 2019 17:23 PM Sinn Fein has defended only mentioning health once in its General Election manifesto. The DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson accused the party of “taking people for granted” after publishing a manifesto with “not a single mention of our elderly, school reforms, health reforms, new roads or communities living without proper broadband”. Sir Jeffrey said the manifesto included seven attacks on the DUP and 16 mentions of a united Ireland. He was speaking as around 16,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) began industrial action over pay and staffing levels. The nurses will refuse to do any work that is not “patient specific”. On December 18 nurses across Northern Ireland are set to take full strike action … Continue reading

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Gracie Gordon Larne tragedy: ‘Dark cloud’ over town after teen’s death

A friend of the 14-year-old girl who lost her life in a tragic accident in Larne on Tuesday night has said that the town “really does have a dark cloud over it” after the tragedy. All branches of the emergency services converged in large numbers on the River Inver in the town after it was reported that a girl had fallen into the water at around 9pm. Although she was rescued from the water police later confirmed that she had died. After a post mortem yesterday, police declared her death was not suspicious. Named locally as Gracie Gordon, her friends paid tribute to her on social media. “You can just feel the sadness everywhere today” one said. Another added: “Thoughts and prayers are with the wee girls Grace’s family and friends. I just can’t get over that news, that could of been any of our own. Sadly it just happened … Continue reading

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