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16% of Civil Service staff self-isolated during the pandemic

Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 3,603 cases of staff absences due to self-isolation from February 2020 to March 2021. Stormont’s largest department, the Department for Communities (DfC), saw 1,609 occurrences where a staff member was absent due to self-isolation out of its 6,951 employees. This represents around 23% of DfC’s workforce. The highest proportion of absences was in the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) at almost 30%. DfI employs 2,973 workers and registered 884 occurrences of absences due to Covid. Expand Close Questions: Roy Beggs said there will have been a variety of reasons for the leave /Questions: Roy Beggs said there will have been a variety of reasons for the leaveAt just less than 2%, the Department of Health had the lowest proportion of self-isolation absences. The department employs 498 civil servants and had only nine off due to self-isolation throughout the pandemic. Ulster Unionist … Continue reading

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David Burnside: Those of us who really knew Molyneaux will not let his reputation be besmirched

He was constantly bombarding unionist MPs like Jim Molyneaux, Martin Smyth, Roy Beggs, Willie Ross and me with letters, opinions and newsletters. 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/news/opinion/david-burnside-those-us-who-really-knew-molyneaux-will-not-let-his-reputation-be-besmirched-1258588

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Arson attack officer and family ‘valued members of Larne community’

The officer, his wife and daughter, who were in the house at the time, were not injured. 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/crime/arson-attack-officer-and-family-valued-members-of-larne-community-3220866

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Hauliers spending tens of thousands to bring empty lorries to Northern Ireland

Hauliers are spending tens of thousands of pounds bringing empty lorries to Northern Ireland, an industry spokesman has said. Seamus Leheny, of Logistics NI, said exports of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain are doing well, however less is coming back across the Irish Sea as suppliers are faced with new customs demands. There is a varied picture at shops in Northern Ireland, with empty shelves evident in some parts of some supermarkets – while others appear well stocked. Seamus Leheny, policy manager at Logistics UK (Liam McBurney/PA) First Minister Arlene Foster described it as “entirely unacceptable that these issues continue to persist”. “They have to be dealt with urgently, my colleagues at Westminster will be raising some of those issues this week and I’ll continue to have those conversations with Michael Gove. “We’re asking for solutions to what are real meaningful problems affecting our haulage industry, affecting our … Continue reading

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First republican speaker Mitchel McLaughlin elected with DUP backing

The Northern Ireland Assembly has its first republican speaker, after the DUP backed Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin for the post. Peter Robinson said his party would support Mr McLaughlin’s election because Sinn Fein had honoured its obligations on welfare reform. Until now it has always been held by unionists or Alliance Party members. Mitchel McLaughlin is the MLA for South Antrim and is originally from Londonderry. He has been a close associate of Martin McGuinness since the late 1970s. He was a major contributor to the Sinn Fein document Towards A Lasting Peace In Ireland, which paved the way to ending violence. Impartiality Receiving applause as he took his place, Mr McLaughlin vowed to uphold the impartiality of his position. He said: “I would say to all members, those who supported me and those who did not, I am conscious that I am here to uphold the impartiality and the … Continue reading

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