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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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More than 1700 fines for dodging fares on Glider public transport

More than 1,700 fines for fare evasion on Belfast’s Glider transport service have been handed out. Most were on the west to east route, operator Translink disclosed. Penalties averaging around £50 for riding without a ticket have been issued since the rapid transit link began operating in September 2018. Expand Close Sustrans said public transport was already very underfunded (Liam McBurney/PA) PA /Sustrans said public transport was already very underfunded (Liam McBurney/PA) Anne Madden, from sustainable transport charity Sustrans, said: “It is unfortunate that people would try to jump on for free because public transport is already very underfunded and fare evasion is something that will have a detrimental effect on all of us.” A total of 1,740 fines were imposed, according to an FoI response from Translink. Average penalties were £52.10 or £51.60 depending on the service. Ms Madden, policy and communications manager at the charity, said inspectors frequently … Continue reading

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