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Anonymous ex-politicians to launch new unionist website

A group of former politicians is today launching a new website with the aim of stimulating debate within unionism – but the people behind the project are not coming forward to say who they are.

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Belfast born actor, Martin McCann, plays one of the lead characters in 'Maze'.

WATCH: New film about 1983 IRA prison escape out next month

A film about republican prisoners escaping from Her Majesty's Maze Prison in 1983 will be released next month.
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DUP MLA Jim Wells and part of the letter written by Ms. Somers.

Christian mother of two gay sons writes open letter to DUP MLA

A Northern Ireland mother has written a heartfelt letter to DUP MLA Jim Wells about her two sons who are both gay.
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DUP councillor, Tom Smith.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay, says DUP councillor

A DUP councillor has broken ranks to step away from the party’s historic opposition to homosexuality by stating that “there is nothing wrong with being gay”.

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Alan McQuillan

Gay Pride row: Ex-top PSNI man says officers should not parade with Orange

A former senior police officer has said it would be inappropriate for PSNI officers in uniform to parade with the Orange Order because of what he called the order’s “chequered history” in relation to violence.

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UTV news presenter and journalist, Paul Clark.

Support for UTV’s Clark after Sinn Fein criticism

UUP MLA Doug Beattie has voiced support for UTV’s Paul Clark after the presenter faced Sinn Fein criticism over a news feature on the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan.
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Michelle O'Neil at the commemoration for IRA members killed in Loughall. in 1987. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press

Ex IRA bomber: O’Neill had chance to write a new chapter but instead chose to commemorate IRA terror

The IRA’s armed struggle was indivisible and it encompassed all the shameful sectarian murders, writes the former bomber Shane Paul O’Doherty. Michelle O’Neill could have avoided celebrating that, but chose the path of least integrity in commemorating the Loughgall terrorists:

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Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton address media as talks wound up at Stormont Castle, Belfast, as Foster has said she is disappointed an agreement to restore powersharing has not been reached in Northern Ireland, suggesting a deal will now have to wait until at least the autumn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 4, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Politics. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

MLAs deserve salaries ‘because they are still working hard’

The leaders of Stormont’s two main parties have defended the continued payment of Assembly member salaries while devolution is in cold storage.

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Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

POLL: Should MLAs continue to receive salaries?

Northern Ireland has been without a government since January.
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The Northern Ireland Audit Office report raises multiple concerns about the RHI scheme

Ten RHI boilers running almost every hour of the day as owners cash in

Ten RHI boilers were running for almost all of the year except for the time required to service them, with the owners receiving huge taxpayer-funded payments, auditors have found.

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Lurgan Live

Millions invested in Lurgan say Council after complaints about business rates

A list of investments in Lurgan worth millions has been published by the local council in response to complaints about ‘over-priced’ rates.

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Doug Beattie

Top UUP figures: we still believe in liberal unionism

Two senior UUP figures have come to the defence of the idea of a more liberal style of unionism in the face of their party’s annihilation in the House of Commons.

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Northern Ireland reacts to the 2017 General Election.

Social Media: NI reacts to General Election 2017

It was an eventful night in Northern Ireland.

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Councillor Gareth Wilson

DUP set to take over Lord Mayor’s role on Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council

A new DUP Lord Mayor is set to take over the hot seat in Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Council this evening.

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An Orange Order parade at Drumcree in Portadown. Photo: Mark Pearce / Presseye.com

General Election 2017: Upper Bann battle for unionist hearts and minds

This election battle pits Ulster Unionist Doug Beattie’s relatively liberal brand of unionism against DUP incumbent David Simpson – an Orange Order stalwart and Gospel singer.

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Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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Carla Lockhart MLA highlights the need for grass cutting along roadsides in Upper Bann.

Sinn Fein blamed for lack of grass cutting

A DUP MLA has blamed Sinn Fein for the lack of grass cutting being carried out along roadsides and on other areas of public land within the Upper Bann constituency.

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Beattie removes ‘illegal’ election posters in Upper Bann

Beattie removes ‘illegal’ election posters in Upper Bann

A UUP candidate has apologised after some of his general election posters breached the law governing elections.

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The deadline to register to vote is just days away

General Election 2017: Deadline looming on voter registration

If you haven't registered to vote in next month's General Election you'd better get your skates on.
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The DUPs Upper Bann election literature containing the Afghanistan claim

Apology call after DUP candidate’s ‘false’ Afghanistan claim

Afghanistan veteran Doug Beattie has called on DUP election rival David Simpson to apologise to voters after false claims Mr Simpson had visited troops in the war torn country.

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