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Cloughfern to host Twelfth celebration

Cloughfern in Newtownabbey will be the venue for this year’s East Antrim Combine Twelfth demonstration to be held next Wednesday. Brethren, sisters and bands from Larne will be among a 4,000 strong parade commemorating the 327th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The Combine is made up of nine district lodges, with more than 70 private lodges. As well as Larne, the districts are Cloughfern, Randalstown, Staffordstown, Killead, Antrim, Sixmilewater, Carnmoney, and Carrickfergus. The lodges will be joined by upwards of 40 bands from across Northern Ireland and Scotland, adding to the spectacle of the day. Several thousand spectators are expected to watch the parade along the route. The main parade will leave from Cloughfern Protestant Hall at 11am. The parade will proceed along the Doagh Road, Shore Road, Rathcoole Drive, West Crescent and Church Road to the demonstration field at the Valley Leisure Centre. Stepping out for their … Continue reading

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Decision on Irish language should wait: MLA

An Ulster Unionist MLA has urged the DUP and Sinn Fein to shelve discussions over an Irish language act and revisit the issue later in the year. The DUP and Sinn Fein continue to tussle over the republican party’s demand for statutory protection of the Irish language, which remains one of the main obstacles in the way of a deal to restore power-sharing. While Sinn Fein and many Irish language groups have insisted that only a ‘stand-alone’ Irish language act would be acceptable, some leading DUP figures – including former leader Peter Robinson – have suggested that a ‘culture act’, encompassing both Irish and Ulster Scots, might be an appropriate compromise. But UUP MLA Roy Beggs has said the issue should not be a priority for the parties, adding that other matters such as hospital waiting lists and pressures on school budgets should be much higher on the agenda. The … Continue reading

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Constituency Profile: Sammy Wilson tops the poll in East Antrim

IT’S business as usual in East Antrim as incumbent Sammy Wilson laid claim to his seat once again, but the DUP veteran raised eyebrows with a significant increase in his vote. In a night that saw the wind taken out of Ulster Unionist sails with a Westminster wipeout, hopes that assembly election success in East Antrim for Robin Swann’s party could translate to a real threat to Mr Wilson’s parliament position were shot down as the DUP MP saw a 21.2 percent boost from his 2015 finishing position. That had Mr Wilson beaming, as it reversed his previous Westminster vote drop of 9.7 percent at the last poll – and then some. “Unionism awakened yesterday and made its voice clear,” he crowed on Friday morning as he looked down the barrel of real power in London thanks to Theresa May’s Conservatives coming up short. John Stewart, who along with his … Continue reading

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East Antrim: Colossal surge to the DUP – Belfast Newsletter

The DUP’s share of the vote in East Antrim has increased by a remarkable margin. Sammy Wilson won the strongly-unionist seat with 57.3% of the vote – an increase of more than half compared with his 2015 results. Sammy Wilson In 2015, he had got 36.1% of the vote. Meanwhile, the Alliance Party leaped forward into second place in the constituency, winning 16% of the vote and displacing the UUP, which polled only 9.3%. Turnout jumped from 53.6% in 2015 to 60.8% this time. Speaking before official results were in, DUP Mr Wilson put the huge surge in votes down in part to that fact that UKIP and the TUV were not standing this time around. John Stewart In the last general election, those two smaller parties together took more than 15% of the vote. Mr Wilson also said that “people did respond to the call I made in my … Continue reading

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East Antrim: Colossal surge to the DUP

The DUP’s share of the vote in East Antrim has increased by a remarkable margin. Sammy Wilson won the strongly-unionist seat with 57.3% of the vote – an increase of more than half compared with his 2015 results. Sammy Wilson In 2015, he had got 36.1% of the vote. Meanwhile, the Alliance Party leaped forward into second place in the constituency, winning 16% of the vote and displacing the UUP, which polled only 9.3%. Turnout jumped from 53.6% in 2015 to 60.8% this time. Speaking before official results were in, DUP Mr Wilson put the huge surge in votes down in part to that fact that UKIP and the TUV were not standing this time around. John Stewart In the last general election, those two smaller parties together took more than 15% of the vote. Mr Wilson also said that “people did respond to the call I made in my … Continue reading

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