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Medicines issue should be addressed by implementation of UK Government Command Paper – Beattie & Beggs

Ulster Unionist Party leader, Doug Beattie MC MLA alongside East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs, has stated that the problems created for the supply of medicines to Northern Ireland should be addressed by their immediate removal from the Protocol. Doug Beattie MC MLA said: “It has become patently obvious that EU proposals to fix the debacle created by the Protocol over the supply of medicines to Northern Ireland are not good enough. Time is running out fast and it needs fixed in double quick time. “The best way round this is to immediately implement the UK Government’s proposal in its Command Paper and remove medicines from the Protocol completely. “The British Generic Manufacturers Association has stated that the EU’s plan to fix the problems won’t work. Pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Republic of Ireland say that the Protocol could destabilise the supply of medicines there and yet the EU still seem … Continue reading

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DUP accused of breaking deal on new Assembly speaker

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would succeed William Hay as speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly in a number of votes this afternoon failed to elect a speaker to replace the Derry DUP MLA Mr Hay, after the DUP abstained in the votes. Mr Hay, who has been elevated to the House of Lords, stood down due to illness. As the election required cross-party support, the DUP abstention effectively acted as a veto on Mr McLaughlin being elected. The candidates were Mr McLaughlin, SDLP Assembly member John Dallat, and Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs. As the DUP abstained on all votes none of the candidates was elected. The late DUP leader Dr Paisley as first minister had promised Sinn Fein would hold the post of speaker … Continue reading

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Tory reshuffle: ‘Brandon Lewis riled unionists with his protocol fantasies – but is kept on for his slavish obedience to Boris’

“It would appear the current Secretary of State is currently adopting a low-profile role, but has slavishly always brought the Boris Brexit line, whatever that’s been,” said Mr Beggs, MLA for East Antrim. 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 is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:

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RECAP as Executive set to make decision on end of circuit breaker

Northern Ireland school pupils should be allowed to wear extra layers in ventilated classrooms, Minister says By David Young Schools should consider allowing pupils to wear extra layers in the classroom due to the extra ventilation required during the coronavirus pandemic, the Education Minister has said. Peter Weir said concerned parents had been getting in touch with his department to ask why school windows were being kept open as temperatures outside were dropping. Mr Weir said school leaders would need to adopt a “common sense” approach in ensuring there was sufficient ventilation. The minister was responding to an Assembly question from Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw, who has asked whether funding would be provided to help schools ventilate classrooms without having to open windows during the winter. Mr Weir replied: “I think schools are also going to have to apply this from a sensible point of view because I know I’ve … Continue reading

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Queen’s Birthday Honours: Full list of Northern Ireland recipients

Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) Brenda Mary SULLIVAN (KING). Attorney General for Northern Ireland, lately First Legislative Counsel and Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Constitutional Law Knights Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire Dr Michael Oliver MCBRIDE. Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland. For services to Public Health in Northern Ireland Mr Michael James RYAN C.B.E. Vice President/General Manager, Spirit AeroSystems, Belfast. For services to the Economy in Northern Ireland Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB) Dr Andrew Graham MCCORMICK. Director General, International Relations, Northern Ireland Executive. For public service Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Lady Perdita Maureen BLACKWOOD. For services to Disabled Young People and Charity in Northern Ireland Professor Roy Archibald Joseph SPENCE O.B.E J.P. Consultant Surgeon, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland Officers of the … Continue reading

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