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LISTEN: Tributes paid as SDLP veteran John Dallat dies at 73

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 1:42pm By Q Radio News and PA. Social Democrat and Labour Party MLA John Dallat has died at the age of 73, it has been announced. SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has led tributes to Mr Dallat, who he said was a fierce and forensic champion of people and the public interest as well as a good and loyal man. Mr Eastwood said that John will be remembered for his defence of the public purse and his famous good humour. Colum Eastwood MP said: “John Dallat lived and breathed to serve others. For over 45 years he was the most loyal servant to the people of East Derry and a fierce friend to everyone in the SDLP. I know I speak for everyone in the party when I say his good humour and wise advice will be sorely missed. Today we lost a loyal friend and a … Continue reading

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Mid and East Antrim’s future as key energy supplier secured following auction

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up. 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:https://www.larnetimes.co.uk/news/people/mid-and-east-antrims-future-key-energy-supplier-secured-following-auction-2843976

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Carrickfergus Academy case highlighted again in wake of education funding announcement

Speaking at Stormont on Tuesday, Mr Weir said “Over my term as Education Minister, I will review progress on the 74 announced projects and, subject to satisfactory progress and available budget, will consider if there should be a third call for applications to the programme, as part of the overall capital investment strategy.” 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:https://www.newsletter.co.uk/education/carrickfergus-academy-case-highlighted-again-wake-education-funding-announcement-2845046

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Northern Ireland health service short 7000 staff, claims MLA Wells

Crisis-hit hospitals and GP centres across Northern Ireland are short by an astonishing 7,000 staff, former health minister Jim Wells has claimed. And of those a total of 2,400 of vacancies in the provinces’ health service are nurses. Overall, that amounts to 14% of all of the nursing posts – effectively, one in seven nurses is absent. The DUP ex-ministers’ claim arrives against the backdrop of the health workers’ strike over the failure to maintain pay parity with their counterparts in England and Scotland. In the Sunday Life last week, Mr Wells broke his silence and admitted he had taken the decision to end parity rather than close wards or reduce medical supplies. But following his admission, the South Down MLA said he wanted to address the wider issues facing the future of the health service here. “Since 2015, there has been a very significant rise in the number of … Continue reading

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Derry politician’s family ‘overwhelmed’ by tributes – Derry Now

The family of East Derry MLA John Dallat said they had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the tributes paid to him following his death last week. The well-known local politician died after a period of illness. Observing social distancing, many lined the roads leading to St Mary’s Church, Drumagarner as the cortege made its way into a church that parish priest John Cargan said should be full. Many of his party colleagues were not able to attend due to the Covid-19 regulations and instead posted tributes online. John was hugely admired and respected throughout the community in East Derry over the course of his 40-year political career. He became the first nationalist mayor of the old Coleraine Council in 2001 and won the respect of fellow councillors with his forthright determination. SDLP councillors on the current Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, where his daughter Helena serves, expressed their sadness at his … Continue reading

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