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Stormont approves welfare reforms – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Stormont Assembly members have voted to allow the Government to finally roll out its welfare reforms in Northern Ireland. The Legislative Consent Motion tabled by Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey was passed by 70 votes to 22 with the backing of the powersharing administration’s two largest parties, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein, after a long debate in Parliament Buildings, Belfast. Ulster Unionist and SDLP members were among those MLAs who voiced strong opposition to the move. The motion’s passage will enable long-delayed legislative changes to Northern Ireland’s benefits system to be enacted at Westminster. The step is part of Tuesday’s ‘Fresh Start’ political deal struck by the DUP, Sinn Fein and the British and Irish governments. The agreement resolved the vexed wrangle over the Assembly’s non-implementation of the Government’s welfare reforms, and a number of other disputes that had pushed the coalition Executive to the verge of collapse, including … Continue reading

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DUP’s Robin Newton new deputy speaker at Northern Ireland Stormont Assembly

The DUP and Sinn Fein have been accused of a new ‘carve-up’ of top positions at Stormont. The combined strengths of the two main parties forced through the DUP’s Robin Newton as deputy principal speaker on Tuesday. The Ulster Unionists, SDLP, Alliance and other MLAs voted against the appointment. They castigated the retention of the position of ‘prinicpal’ deputy speaker which they described as a ‘vanity post’ and ‘non-position’. The row came just a week after the DUP finally supported Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin to replace William Hay as Speaker – the first republican to do so. The other deputy speakers will be John Dallat of the SDLP and Roy Beggs of the UUP, an assembly spokeswoman confirmed. Mr Newton was first elected to the assembly in 2003, representing East Belfast. He has been re-elected twice. He served as a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and … Continue reading

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Alliance MLAs will not attend Assembly recall, as Long calls move a ‘cynical political stunt’

Alliance leader Naomi Long has confirmed her party will not attend Monday’s recall of the Assembly, calling it a “cynical political stunt”. The Assembly was recalled after a petition was signed by 31 MLAs to discuss a motion to put the issue of abortion back in the hands of local politicians. Liberalisation of abortion and the introduction of same-sex marriage will come into force in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly is not restored by October 22. A ministerial Executive will only be formed once the DUP and Sinn Fein agree to re-enter into a coalition. Naomi Long MEP said: “Alliance’s MLAs have discussed this with colleagues and have decided to not attend Monday’s sitting of the Assembly. “It is a cynical political stunt, which has no prospect of leading to the formation of an Executive, but it will increase acrimony between parties and bring the chamber further into disrepute, … Continue reading

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NI-Scotland link is ‘smokescreen for Brexit fallout’ – Michelle O’Neill

Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister has described a transport link with Scotland as a “smokescreen for the Brexit fallout”. An official study has been announced to assess the feasibility of a bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland as part of a UK-wide connectivity review. The idea has previously been floated by both the DUP and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. There have been estimates it could cost up to £20 billion to build. The pipe dream bridge between the North and Scotland is a smokescreen for the Brexit fallout amongst the unionists who engineered it on both sides of the Irish Sea. — Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) March 10, 2021 Michelle O’Neill dismissed it on Wednesday as a “pipe dream”. With increasing anger among the unionist community about a so-called Irish Sea border with more checks on goods since Brexit was finalised, Ms O’Neill said the link with the UK … Continue reading

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Mid and East Antrim sees biggest increase in coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

Commenting on the numbers, East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said: “Our Mid East Antrim Council area now has highest new Covid-19 infections, over last seven days, in Northern Ireland. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:https://www.larnetimes.co.uk/health/coronavirus/mid-and-east-antrim-sees-biggest-increase-coronavirus-cases-past-24-hours-2947208

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