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Beggs leads service at Stormont

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has led the annual service of remembrance at the Assembly in his role as Deputy Speaker. The MLA read a lesson, laid a wreath and led the last post ceremony, which took place in Stormont’s Senate Chamber. Mr Beggs commented: “It was an honour to lead the service alongside Deputy Speaker Dallat MLA and Dr Malcolm McKibbin, the Head of the Civil Service. It is important that we remember the fact that so many of our forefathers sacrificed their tomorrow for our today. “We will be forever in their debt and the living owe it to those who can no longer speak, to tell their story for them.” The Ulster Unionist Party representative for East Antrim continued: “The Senate Chamber was used as part of the war effort during WW2, as an RAF operational HQ. Indeed, the first sighting of the Bismarck was reported to … Continue reading

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Gay cake row: Quango ‘should fund both sides in legal case’

If the Equality Commission wants to clarify the law surrounding a bakery’s refusal to make a pro-gay marriage cake, it should fund both sides of the case, a DUP MP has said. William McCrea, in whose South Antrim constituency Ashers Baking Company is based, said that a poll which showed that only 25 per cent of the public in Great Britain support the commission’s actions demonstrated that the quango was “on the wrong side of the arguments and the wrong side of public opinion”. As reported by the News Letter on Tuesday, the YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults across England, Scotland and Wales found that almost two thirds (65 per cent) of those surveyed objected to the bakery being taken to court for refusing to put the slogan ‘Support gay marriage’ on a cake ordered by a gay rights activist. The Rev McCrea said: “The arguments put forward … Continue reading

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Orange brethren hold talks with politicians about ‘graduated response’

Members of the Orange Order’s East Antrim Combine have met with local political representatives to discuss the “graduated response” to the banning of loyalist band parades. The meeting at Mossley Orange Hall on Friday, October 3 was attended by around 100 brethren from the nine East Antrim districts, as well as William McCrea MP, Sammy Wilson MP and MLAs Roy Beggs, Paul Girvan and Trevor Clarke. On the agenda were the issues of parades, policing and justice, housing and education. During the meeting, Orange Order members quizzed the politicians over the so-called “graduated response” to the banning of the July 12 parade in North Belfast. Speaking to the Times after the meeting, Carnmoney District Master, Albert Steele said that brethren were annoyed at the lack of action in terms of a combined unionist/loyalist response. But he stressed that there was no suggestion of brethren organising public rallies at this stage. … Continue reading

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Gregory Campbell: ‘Yoghurt’ remark stirs fresh debate

6 November 2014 Last updated at 16:12 ET By Chris Page BBC News NI Gregory Campbell was banned for speaking for a day in the assembly, after his comments Like all contact sports – politics requires resilience, stamina and focus. But politicians often accuse each other of punching below the belt. The controversy over Gregory Campbell’s parody of the Irish language has led to questions over what the rules of engagement should be in the cut-and-thrust of parliamentary debate. The DUP MLA began a question to the Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with: “Curry my yogurt, can coca coalyer.” Ms Ní Chuilín accused him of “pure ignorance” and both nationalist parties made a complaint to the Speaker’s office. Mr Campbell was banned from speaking for one day. It’s the fourth time an MLA has been punished by having speaking rights restricted during the current assembly term. The TUV leader Jim … Continue reading

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Gregory Campbell spends day of Assembly ban at Westminster

A senior MLA has been reprimanded for allegedly undermining the dignity of the Assembly with a “humourless” parody of the Irish language. The DUP’s Gregory Campbell was barred from addressing Assembly for the day after failing to apologise for controversial remarks made yesterday. However, the censorship has had little impact as Mr Campbell, who is also an MP, was at Westminster yesterday so would not have been at Stormont anyway. The one-day ban contrasts to a month-long ban handed down to the TUV leader Jim Allister last month after he clashed with deputy speaker Roy Beggs over inquests into the Kingsmills Massacre. The latest row erupted when Mr Campbell began a question in the chamber with: “Curry my yoghurt can coca coal yer.” The Irish sentence “go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle” translates as “thank you, Speaker” and is used by many nationalist MLAs in the chamber. The Assembly’s principal … Continue reading

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