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Joan Burton says Labour ‘up for a fight’ after poor poll result

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton says her party “are up for a fight” after a leaked opinion poll revealed a huge drop in Labour support. She was speaking on Saturday after a leaked Behaviour Attitudes opinion poll, commissioned for The Sunday Times, showed the Labour Party is facing a collapse in support. Details of the poll were leaked online last night and were published in the Times (Ireland edition) epaper on Saturday morning. It shows Labour’s support at 4 per cent, down from 8 per cent and the party’s lowest level in a BA poll. Speaking in Waterford today Ms Burton told RTE news she does not normally comment on polls but said the Labour Party would rebound. “I’m a fighter and I’m up for a fight. I’ve never stood back from a fight.That’s what the Labour Party is about and we’re about making people and families lives … Continue reading

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East Antrim: Ukip almost springs a surprise with Jordan

Stewart Dickson of Alliance celebrates with wife Sandra For some time it had looked as if East Antrim would become the first constituency in Northern Ireland to elect a Ukip MLA. It was the party’s Noel Jordan who came closest to causing a political upset by threatening to steal Alastair Ross’ seat from the DUP. By the end of the count on Friday David Hilditch and Gordon Lyons of the DUP had been elected, along with the UUP’s Roy Beggs jnr. Early on Saturday they were followed by the Alliance’s Stewart Dickson, leaving a scrap for the final two seats between Sinn Fein’s Oliver McMullan, the DUP’s Mr Ross, UUP’s John Stewart and Ukip’s Mr Jordan. Ukip leader David McNarry arrived at the count to support his candidate, but in the end it was Mr McMullan and Mr Ross who retained their seats. Article source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland-assembly-election/east-antrim-ukip-almost-springs-a-surprise-with-jordan-34697014.html

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East Antrim: Ukip almost springs a surprise with Jordan

Stewart Dickson of Alliance celebrates with wife Sandra For some time it had looked as if East Antrim would become the first constituency in Northern Ireland to elect a Ukip MLA. It was the party’s Noel Jordan who came closest to causing a political upset by threatening to steal Alastair Ross’ seat from the DUP. By the end of the count on Friday David Hilditch and Gordon Lyons of the DUP had been elected, along with the UUP’s Roy Beggs jnr. Early on Saturday they were followed by the Alliance’s Stewart Dickson, leaving a scrap for the final two seats between Sinn Fein’s Oliver McMullan, the DUP’s Mr Ross, UUP’s John Stewart and Ukip’s Mr Jordan. Ukip leader David McNarry arrived at the count to support his candidate, but in the end it was Mr McMullan and Mr Ross who retained their seats. Article source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland-assembly-election/east-antrim-ukip-almost-springs-a-surprise-with-jordan-34697014.html

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Luas staff expected to reject proposed pay rises

Luas staff are expected to reject a proposed new pay deal drawn up last week in a bid to resolve an on-going industrial dispute at the company. Any rejection of the deal, which included rises of up to 18.7 per cent over 33 months, would almost certainly lead to further strikes on the light rail system on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The four grades of Luas staff are currently voting on the pay proposals and ballots will be counted at teatime on Thursday. However, well placed sources suggested the rejection of the proposed deal was likely. The pay proposals had been drawn up following marathon talks at the Workplace Relations Commission last week. Time to reimagine social partnership as Luas dispute and other pay claims raise prospect of further strike action Luas pay rises may set off scramble for limited resources Luas operator Transdev has said the proposed deal … Continue reading

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President Higgins urges the Irish to continue building a republic

President Michael D Higgins has called for Irish people to take responsibility for building a true Republic. In a keynote address to descendants of those who fought and died in the 1916 Easter Rising, Mr Higgins said the ideals of the Proclamation can still inspire today. “Our nation has journeyed many miles from the shell shocked and burning Dublin of 1916. We can see that in many respects we have not fully achieved the dreams and ideals for which our forebears gave so much,” he said. “A democracy is always and must always be a work in progress, and how we use the independence we have been gifted will continue to challenge us, morally and ethically. “We must ensure that our journey into the future is a collective one; one in which the homeless, the migrant, the disadvantaged, the marginalised and each and every citizen can find homes, are fellow … Continue reading

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