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SDLP’s Patsy McGlone favourite to replace Robin Newton as Speaker… if Assembly restored

Patsy McGlone is tipped to take Speaker’s seat under DUP/Sinn Fein talks deal By Suzanne Breen October 13 2017 An Irish-speaking nationalist politician is likely to become the Assembly’s new Speaker if Sinn Fein and the DUP reach a deal to restore power-sharing. In what would be a historic and symbolic move for Stormont, political sources are tipping SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone to replace the DUP’s Robin Newton. Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jr is also understood to be a possible contender – but Mr McGlone is the firm favourite. With Irish language legislation a key part of any agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein to bring back the political institutions, Mr McGlone’s appointment would be highly significant. He is one of the few fluent Irish speakers in the chamber and is a former member of Foras na Gaeilge, the public body responsible for the promotion of the language … Continue reading

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Health cuts exercise labelled ‘pointless and chaotic’

A local MLA has hit out at what he describes as the ultimately pointless exercise from the Health Department, to demand undeliverable and dangerous savings, only for many to now be abandoned. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said: “It was outrageous that the Department of Health waited until half way through the year before demanding that the Health Trusts scramble to find £70m worth of emergency savings. It was inevitable that many of the proposals which did come back were irrational, contradictory and ultimately posed a serious risk to patient safety. “Proposals such as withholding essential drugs, shutting wards and putting a freeze on care packages for the elderly would have greatly intensified the crisis already engulfing the local health service. Several of the Health Trusts acknowledged that waiting times would have spiralled even further out of control and that patients would have ultimately came to harm. “The proposal to … Continue reading

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BBC’s Nolan shouted at by protester during show

By Staff Reporter October 12 2017 A protester interrupted Nolan Live last night and started shouting during the programme. Stephen Nolan kept his cool and continued broadcasting. The man was accompanied out of the studio by security seconds later. He was speaking in a foreign accent and appeared to try to hand the BBC man papers, which Mr Nolan did not take. Mr Nolan was discussing the controversy surrounding DUP Stormont Speaker Robin Newton at the time. As the protester interrupts, Nolan jumps back in his seat and appears startled as the man approaches from the presenter’s left. However, he appears to relax as it becomes clear that the man is not a threat. Nolan told the man: “I think what you need to do is leave sir… Thank you – goodbye. “We have no idea who that was, but we will continue with our programme.” There was speculation on … Continue reading

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UVF wants to kill me to collect £50000 bounty on my head, claims Larne man

<!– –> A Co Antrim man has accused the UVF of firing shots into a room where his children were sleeping. The Larne man was speaking after his three young sons were lucky to escape injury when four shots were fired at his family home in the Brustin Brae Road area of Larne in the early hours of yesterday. In recent months several properties and vehicles in the Larne area have been torched in attacks. Victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord, whose son Raymond was murdered by the UVF almost 20 years ago, last night claimed the gun attack was sanctioned by the group’s leadership. Police said they intend to step up their presence in the town. The victim claims that two gunmen used sawn-off shotguns to blast the family home. He said two shots were fired at a room where his three sons, aged 10, 7 and 3, were sleeping but … Continue reading

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Powersharing talks at ‘critical point’ as parties urge DUP’s Robin Newton to resign

<!– –> Talks aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont have reached a “sensitive” point, Dublin’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said. Mr Coveney, who has been involved in the negotiation process along with Secretary of State James Brokenshire, said the DUP and Sinn Féin “want to make the process work” but that they still face “real challenges.” “There are sensitive discussions happening today. I am somewhat cautious in what I am saying. I don’t think it would be helpful to make a running commentary today,” Mr Coveney told the Seanad in Dublin. He warned that a “critical phase” for the devolved institutions have been reached. “Ten months have now passed. It means the people of Northern Ireland are not being served by an elected and accountable devolved government. “This is not a sustainable position for much longer. This is a most critical point for the devolved institutions and peace … Continue reading

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