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Murdered by cowards: Geordie Gilmore’s son in emotional outburst as police open murder investigation

Gun victim Geordie Gilmore The son of Carrickfergus shooting victim Geordie Gilmore has branded those behind his father’s murder as “cowards”. Mr Gilmore was shot in the neck as he sat in a car in the Pinewood Avenue area of the Co Antrim town on Monday at around 2.15pm. The 44-year-old is believed to have been involved in a loyalist feud in the town. Geordie Gilmore’s son in online tribute following his father’s murder. He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition and put into intensive care, he later passed away. The gunman is thought to have made off on foot from the scene. On Tuesday police launched a murder investigation describing the killing as a ruthless attack in broad daylight. On Sunday night, the former UDA ‘commander’ taunted paramilitaries. He posted on Facebook: “The day of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over.” Following his death, … Continue reading

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UUP omits MLA Stewart from website after surprise Assembly election victory

UUP Stormont newcomer John Stewart Despite his party’s dismal election results, John Stewart was the success story for the UUP. He astounded the pundits in taking a second seat for the party in East Antrim in an election which saw the party lose six seats and its leader Mike Nesbitt. While the party has been quick to update its website in eliminating those unsuccessful in retaining their seat, it appears slow to recognise the accomplishments of the former Mid and East Antrim council member in leaving him off its MLA page. He remains on the party’s councillors’ page. More: UUP’s Dobson says Nesbitt lost her seat – Arlene Foster ‘helped nationalist cause’ One week after the election, on Friday, the party was only claiming to have nine MLAs instead of 10. While East Antrim was represented by stalwart Roy Beggs there was no mention of Mr Stewart. The party said … Continue reading

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Tom Elliott rules out UUP leadership bid despite Campbell endorsement

The Ulster Unionist delegation led by Tom Elliott MP at the Stormont talks. Tom Elliott has again ruled himself out of running for the UUP leadership, despite getting the endorsement of a senior party figure. David Campbell who was UUP chairman from 2005 to 2012 said Mr Elliott would be his choice to lead the party. Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Elliott was the party’s former leader before Mike Nesibitt, leading the party between 2010 and 2012. Mr Elliott is the UUP’s chief negotiator for the Stormont talks. Speaking on Good Morning Ulster, Mr Elliott said he could not see “his name being on the ticket” for the party’s April 8 AGM. MLAs Robin Swann and Steve Aiken  remain among the front-runner for the position, with Roy Beggs and Robbie Butler considered outside contenders. Former soldier Doug Beattie had initially appeared to have no interest in running, but he hasn’t … Continue reading

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Beattie will consider UUP leadership bid ‘if party comes calling’

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie has not ruled himself out of vying for the party leadership, admitting he would consider it “if the party came calling”. The Upper Bann representative had seemingly declined the job in a live television interview on Friday. Robin Swann said he was gauging support for a leadership bid Just minutes after Mike Nesbitt’s resignation, Mr Beattie told the BBC he did not yet have the “depth of political knowledge” required to lead the UUP. Having taken stock of the situation in recent days, Mr Beattie revealed to the News Letter yesterday that he was not categorically ruling out the possibility of throwing his hat into the ring. Mr Beattie, who was first elected to the Assembly last May, said: “I genuinely believe that as a pollitician I need to do an apprenticeship by serving the people of Upper Bann. “So as it stands, I will … Continue reading

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One step closer to equal marriage in Northern Ireland?

29 could have still have resulted in a veto of marriage equality legislation with support from Jim Allister, the Assembly’s sole Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) MLA, who has spoken of his willingness to sign any petition that would block changes to marriage or abortion laws. Although the DUP is still the biggest party, the results mean completely new ground for Northern Ireland and could offer hope for the LGBT community here. Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International NI has estimated that almost two thirds (57/90) of newly elected MLAs are in support of equal marriage legislation. Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, resigned from his position because of  the his party’s poor election performance and it is unclear whether the new leadership of the UUP will support members signing petitions of concern in order to block marriage equality. The UUP’s position on equal marriage under Mike Nesbitt’s leadership was that it was a “matter of personal conscience”. Mike Nesbitt … Continue reading

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