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Sinn Fein leaders ‘face test’ after Gerry Kelly apparently cuts clamp from car

He removed it after finding his vehicle had been immobilised while he was at a gym in Belfast city centre on Friday morning, the party said. Gerry Kelly sets an appalling example and should be gone – Beggs Ulster Unionist MLA, Roy Beggs, has condemned… https://t.co/JJZD9Y1MlO — NW BELFAST UUP (@NWBUUP) February 4, 2018 The private parking firm that controls the area outside the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) near St Anne’s Cathedral reported the matter to police. DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said he was not holding his breath waiting for action from Sinn Fein’s leadership. “They preach respect but show little or no respect for people, rules or laws which they disagree with. “They preach equality but, to them, some are more equal than others.” It is the latest row to hit Sinn Fein after its West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff resigned under pressure after posting a tweet with … Continue reading

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Stormont working to recoup Covid relief funds sent to ineligible firms

A Stormont department is working to recover emergency coronavirus funding sent to ineligible businesses. Under the Small Business Support Grant Scheme launched in March, a £10,000 payment was automatically sent to any firm in receipt of small business rates relief. Some 52 wind turbines owners were among those who received the payment, but the department has since ruled that sector ineligible for the scheme. Expand Close Diane Dodds (Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA) PA /Diane Dodds (Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA) The Department for the Economy said it will “where possible, seek to recover any funding that may have been paid to those deemed ineligible to receive payment”. Economy Minister Diane Dodds has been criticised over the affair. Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs said “swift action” should be taken to recoup the money, “Diane Dodds needs to get a grip on her department and find out just how this was allowed to happen,” he … Continue reading

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Stormont Live: Question Time for Finance Minister Conor Murphy

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Covid-19 relief funding urged for Belfast International Airport

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Covid-19 relief funding urged for Belfast International Airport

The Stormont Executive has been urged to allocate further Covid-19 relief funding to Belfast International Airport. Last week Belfast International chief executive Graham Keddie announced his airport will not be able to continue remaining open 24/7 after major airlines reduced the number of routes they operate. Mr Keddie added that the airport had remained open around the clock during lockdown at a cost of around £65,000 (€73,000) per day to accommodate medical emergency flights, military and PSNI traffic, the Royal Mail and all cargo flights. The airport was not among businesses to benefit from £300 million Covid-19 relief allocations announced by the North’s Finance Minister Conor Murphy on Monday. TUV leader Jim Allister asked Mr Murphy why “Northern Ireland’s primary airport” had not been included. Mr Murphy said he intends to bring a paper to the Executive next week around airport funding. “When we made a previous payment in relation … Continue reading

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