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Occupant unhurt after shots fired into house

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Beggs hits out at plans to permanently close Whiteabbey Minor Injuries

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. INCT 17-704-CON East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has expressed his disappointment after learning the Northern Health Trust is seeking the permanent closure of the Whiteabbey Hospital Minor Injuries Unit. The UUP Westminster candidate had asked the outgoing Health Minister Jim Wells when the temporary closure of Whiteabbey MIU was due to end and what plans have been made to reinstate the service. In response, Mr Wells stated: “Financial planning for 2015/16 is on-going and all Health and Social Care Trusts must deliver substantial savings in order to live within budget and meet rising demand across HSC services. “The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has proposed in its savings that the temporary closure of Whiteabbey Hospital Minor Injuries Unit will continue in 2015/16. The savings plan also indicates that the Trust will consult on a permanent closure of the Minor Injuries Unit.” Mr Beggs said … Continue reading

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STORMONT committee has found Nelson McCausland acted inappropriately but …

STORMONT committee has found Nelson McCausland acted inappropriately but the former DUP minister will face no sanctions due to the “impotency” of assembly’s accountability procedures. The social development committee concluded that the North Belfast MLA was “politically motivated” when he sought to extend maintenance firm Red Sky’s multi-million pound contract with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The DUP has rejected the commit-tee’s findings, with Mr McCausland himself branding the inquiry a “witch-hunt”. In addition to the report’s damning conclusions over Mr McCausland’s conduct, and that of his former special adviser Stephen Brimstone, the MLAs also voiced their frustration at the lack of means to hold ministers – and their advisers – to account. Last night committee chairman Alex Maskey said there were “glaring deficiencies in procedure”. “In any other institution heads would have rolled,” he said. The SDLP’s Dolores Kelly said the committee had been frustrated by the “impotency” of … Continue reading

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Angry exchanges in Northern Ireland Assembly Red Sky debate

Nelson McCausland said the committee report was “not worth the paper it was written on” There have been angry exchanges in the assembly as MLAs debated a committee report into allegations of political interference in the Housing Executive. The Social Development Committee has been holding an inquiry into claims made in a BBC Spotlight programme in July 2013. The report found that former social development minister Nelson McCausland “acted inappropriately” by asking for a contract for maintenance firm Red Sky to be extended. DUP MLAs on the committee disagreed. Mr McCausland said the report was “not worth the paper it was written on”. “Members were not going to let evidence or lack of evidence get in the way of a pre-determined outcome,” Mr McCausland said. During the inquiry, DUP councillor Jenny Palmer claimed Mr McCausland’s special advisor Stephen Brimstone had “bullied” her in making a phone call in which she … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Live: News and results

Seats filled: 18         DUP 8. Sinn Fein 4. SDLP 3. UUP 2. Ind 1 FERMANAGH and SOUTH TYRONE There was shock among Sinn Féin supporters following the Fermanagh South Tyrone count. Michelle Gildernew, MP since 2001, lost to former Ulster Unionist Party leader Tom Elliott. Donald Clarke: away with horse-trading, in with bets on next Labour leader Tories have best election result in Wales in over 30 years Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader after failing to win seat Ed Miliband announces his resignation as Labour Party leader Victory sees Tories take seats they never thought possible Northern Ireland: Dawn brings light for DUP, as UUP awake Scotland results: SNP landslide to realign UK politics UK election bloodbath spills online UK Election: Telling the story using numbers How did the opinion polls get it so wrong? What does Labour do now after wipeout in Scotland? 11 things you should know about the … Continue reading

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