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Translink plans to improve pedestrian safety in Larne’s Walnut area

Plans to improve pedestrian crossing points and access to bus stops in the Walnut Road/Killyglen Link area of Larne have been welcomed by local politicians. East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA and his party colleague Councillor Maureen Morrow, who have been pressing for the improvements, said they had received confirmation from Translink that the work will be delivered before the end of March. Mr Beggs said: “Following concerns being raised by local constituents, I have been in contact with Transport NI for a number of months seeking improvements for pedestrians in the Walnut Road/Killyglen Link area. I passed on the concerns of local parents regarding the ongoing problem of speeding in the area. I also sought assurances that pedestrian crossing points would be added, which would improve road safety. “Having received confirmation from Translink that the bus stops currently provided on Killyglen Link will not be relocating, a … Continue reading

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New speaker is ‘hugely symbolic’

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin, who has been elected the first republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly 12 January 2015 Northern Ireland’s new Assembly Speaker has described his appointment as “hugely symbolic”. Mitchell McLaughlin, 69, a former Sinn Fein general secretary from the Bogside in Londonderry, has become the first republican to hold the office after securing cross community support during a vote at Stormont. The South Antrim MLA said: “It is a new beginning that there is somebody from a broad nationalist/republican tradition in this position. “Obviously Stormont has its own history and the various agreements since 1998 really have been addressing the process of re-balancing the dynamics between the different cultures here. “I think it is certainly hugely symbolic and hopefully people see it as an important development. History is being made.” Two other candidates – the SDLP’s John Dallat and Roy Beggs from the Ulster Unionist Party … Continue reading

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First republican Speaker at Stormont Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin gets …

New role: Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin outside Stormont after his election to the post of Speaker of the Assembly By Noel McAdam – 13 January 2015 The first republican Speaker of the Assembly has been warned he must “cut any connection” with party politics in his new position. First Minister Peter Robinson said it was essential that Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin maintain the standards set by the former Speaker Willie Hay, who was a DUP MLA. The DUP gave almost full backing to Mr McLaughlin, after it reneged on a commitment to support him three months ago, citing Sinn Fein’s failure to stick to a deal on welfare reform. Five DUP MLAs, including former Health Minister Edwin Poots, were missing for the vote, which achieved a majority of both unionists and nationalists and resulted in history being made. Other DUP members who did not turn up included Mr Poots’ Lagan … Continue reading

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First republican Speaker elected

Northern Ireland’s new Assembly Speaker has described his appointment as “hugely symbolic”. Mitchell McLaughlin, 69, a former Sinn Fein general secretary from the Bogside in Londonderry, has become the first republican to hold the office after securing cross community support during a vote at Stormont. The South Antrim MLA said: “It is a new beginning that there is somebody from a broad nationalist/republican tradition in this position. “Obviously Stormont has its own history and the various agreements since 1998 really have been addressing the process of re-balancing the dynamics between the different cultures here. “I think it is certainly hugely symbolic and hopefully people see it as an important development. History is being made.” Two other candidates – the SDLP’s John Dallat and Roy Beggs from the Ulster Unionist Party – were nominated, but with the two largest parties backing Mr McLaughlin, they failed to gain enough support. Both the … Continue reading

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First republican speaker Mitchel McLaughlin elected with DUP backing

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin 12 January 2015 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 … Continue reading

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