Police aware of ‘anti-vax’ leaflets distributed in Whitehead

Mr Dickson added: ”The vaccines approved for use in the UK have had to meet strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness, and have been tested, regulated and approved by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).


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Dismissal of Ulster Unionist claims that NI Protocol could lead to insurance hikes

An Ulster Unionist MLA has claimed that the Northern Ireland Protocol could lead to higher insurance costs for drivers – even though the deal only covers goods.

The British government said yesterday that drivers could have faced a £50 insurance hike due to an EU law which requires smaller vehicles including mobility scooters, golf buggies and ride-on lawnmowers to be insured.

The law was never introduced in Britain. It is up to Stormont to decide whether a similar law should be introduced in the north.

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However, Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs queried if drivers in the north would be “forced to diverge from GB legislation and have to pay additional insurance as a result of the NI Protocol and the virtual Joint Authority has been imposed on Northern Ireland via the undemocratic Joint Committee”.

The Protocol keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods. But the Protocol, agreed as part of December’s Brexit deal, does not cover financial services, including insurance.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Infrastructure said: “The Department has been in contact with DfT (Department for Transport) officials regarding their proposal not to implement the EU’s Vnuk motor insurance law.

“We are aware of the decision they have made and are currently looking at the preferred approach for the North.

“The NI Protocol does not require us to align with the EU requirements on motor insurance.”

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. Picture by Niall Carson

SDLP MLA Matthew O’Toole tweeted that Mr Beggs had made a mistake.

“Roy I’m sure this was an honest mistake but this has nothing to do with the Protocol, which in turn has nothing to do with financial services,” he wrote.

“Might be worth correcting.”

Meanwhile, DUP MLA Pam Cameron has asked the Equality Commission to examine whether vaccinations and paperwork for pets travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland under the Protocol amounts to disability discrimination.

“In the last ten years around 250 puppies have been trained to become assistance dogs in Northern Ireland through the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre in England,” she said.

“As a result of the new arrangements this supply has been suspended as pups would in practice be unable to arrive in NI until they are around 15 weeks old – well past the optimal point for their development.

“Current guide dog owners are also disadvantaged in that they would have to undergo this added burden even if only visiting friends or family in GB for a few days becoming returning home.

“This disruption is completely unacceptable.”


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Beggs accuses Department & Education Authority of SEN collective failings

Following the Public Account Committee’s Enquiry and Report into Special Educational Needs, Roy Beggs MLA has accused the Department of Education and the Education Authority of collectively failing to provide and manage an effective Special Educational Needs system.

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Party member of the PAC said, “There is clearly a need for a rethink the current inadequate SEN process which is failing to address the needs of children and Young People in an effective and timely manner.

During the evidence sessions, I highlighted the failure of EA even to have an awareness of the numbers of children that schools wished to refer to an Educational Psychologist but were not able to do so. As a former primary school governor I know that there is a need for earlier intervention.

It was also concerning that witnesses agreed with me that it was wasteful to have several classroom assistants standing at the back of the same post primary school classroom, not able to help pupils. In addition, despite everyone recognising the problem, little had been done to give schools greater flexibility to enable the extra SEN resources to have a greater impact on the young people’s development.”

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BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | MLAs vote for child abuse inquiry


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MLAs have backed the holding of an inquiry into the extent of child abuse in Catholic church and State-run institutions in Northern Ireland.

It follows the damning Ryan Report in the Republic which uncovered decades of endemic abuse in some institutions.

MLAs backed an SDLP motion calling for a similar assessment of the scale of abuse in Northern Ireland as well as the provision of support services.

Before Monday’s debate, campaigners delivered a petition to the Assembly.

Thousands of people are understood to have signed the Justice for the Victims of Institutional Abuse in NI petition, which was handed to SDLP MLA Carmel Hanna.

Among those listening to the debate in the public gallery were adults who were abused as children in Belfast institutions run by Catholic nuns.

The DUP failed in attempts to press for an amendment that fell short of calling for an inquiry and omitted the need for cross-border co-operation.

‘Disgrace against humanity’

The DUP asked if an inquiry would add to public knowledge of the issue, while the party’s Jim Shannon said there should be no amnesty for offenders.

“I am positive for the first time ever in this chamber we are united in a sense of righteous anger against those who perpetrated and those who covered it up and those who facilitated the continuance of this disgrace against humanity,” he said.

Petition

Mrs Hanna told the Assembly that because religious congregations operated on an all-island basis, “Ryan needs to be complemented and finalised by a post-script for Northern Ireland”.

Sinn Fein’s Sue Ramsey said the Ryan Report “rightly brought to the fore the treatment handed out to children, some who were among the most vulnerable in our society, that we as a State, both north and south, had a duty to protect, and we failed to do that”.

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs said Westminster and the Northern Ireland Office had a role in examining issues that pre-dated the creation of the Assembly.

A lawyer for the victims previously said they suffered sexual and physical abuse in cases dating back to the 1940s, but believed they have been discriminated against since inquires in the Republic did not extend to Northern Ireland.

Solicitor Joe Rice said he had written to First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, as well as Secretary of State Shaun Woodward, detailing the demand for an inquiry.

He said he believed the inquiry should be run along the lines of the State-sponsored investigation conducted in the 1980s into a child sex abuse scandal at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast.



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Driver insurance could be hiked by £50 per year due to NI Protocol – Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has expressed concerns that Northern Ireland drivers could be subject to a £50 per year insurance hike if the NI Protocol forces us to diverge from GB insurance requirements.

Roy Beggs said;

“This week at Westminster the Transport Secretary announced the Government’s intention to scrap an EU Law which includes an additional insurance requirement which could require lawnmowers and golf buggies being used on private land to have specific insurance and which could result in a further £50 surcharge on all road drivers.

“This is a very sensible approach which will doubtless be welcomed by motorists in Great Britain, but it raises a number of questions for those of us here in Northern Ireland.

“The key question is, will NI drivers and gardeners be forced to diverge from GB legislation and have to pay additional Insurance as a result of the NI Protocol and the virtual Joint Authority that has been imposed on Northern Ireland via the undemocratic, Joint Committee?

“This would be yet another example of how the Protocol is having a negative effect on the lives of the people of Northern Ireland and would result in divergence between the laws applicable in NI from those in the rest of the UK .”

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