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Councillors ‘at war’ over funds for army charity

A proposal for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to buy tickets to an Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) charity event has led to a war of words.

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Rates set to rise by almost 3%

Rates are set to rise by almost three percent across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

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William Irwin MLA with some relatives of the Kingsmills massacre

Irwin welcomes McElduff resignation but calls on Sinn Fein to do more

The resignation of Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff has been welcomed by DUP MLA William Irwin.

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Resignation of Barry McElduff - Sinn Fein statement in full

Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff, who caused controversy after posed with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre, has resigned.
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Kingsmill survivor Alan Black (left) and Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff

Expression of shame is a giant step, says Kingsmills survivor

The sole survivor of the Kingsmills massacre has said John O’Dowd’s condemnation of the atrocity represents “a giant step in the right direction”.

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Unionists must not be carried away by O’Dowd’s remarks

Unionists must not be carried away by O’Dowd’s remarks

A senior DUP figure has poured cold water on the notion that relations between his party and Sinn Fein may have reached a turning point.

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Colin Worton called on the IRA to take the final step

O’Dowd remarks; now IRA must take final step, says victim

A Kingsmills massacre victim has welcomed condemnation of the atrocity by Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd - but says republicans must now take the final step and admit it was carried out by the IRA.

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John O'Dowd MLA

John O’Dowd condemns Kingsmills Massacre

A former Sinn Fein Stormont minister has come out to condemn the Kingsmills massacre.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th January 2017 -  Jonathan Buckely, DUP candidate for Upper Bann.'Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

SF blasted over McElduff affair

A DUP MLA lashed out at his Sinn Fein Upper Bann colleague on his silence over the Barry McElduff affair.

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Charity Commission to stay in Lurgan say Sinn Fein

Charity Commission to stay in Lurgan say Sinn Fein

Fears that 25 jobs in the Charities Commission NI would be relocated from Lurgan to Belfast have been scotched by Sinn Fein.

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Demand for MLAs to resign amid health crisis

Demand for MLAs to resign amid health crisis

Calls for MLAs to resign and to shut down the NI Assembly have been made by UKiP amid the current health crisis.

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Gerry Adams carries the coffin of IRA man Paddy Kelly, one of eight terrorists killed at Loughgall RUC station in May 1987

Declassified files: Adams ‘set up IRA gang for Loughgall ambush’

Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in May 1987, previously secret files have revealed.

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Rory Best has been capped more than 100 times by Ireland

Rugby star Rory Best given freedom of borough by council

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is to bestow the freedom of the borough on Rory Best OBE in recognition of his outstanding rugby achievements.

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Craigavon's new state-of-the-art ?30 million leisure centre plans have been given a seal of approval by the local planning authority, paving the way for a construction start date early next year and full access for all in 2020. The long-awaited proposal, first put forward in 2010, is the biggest capital project ever undertaken by the Council and will provide an enhanced facility to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole Borough. The centre will be unique in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences from a single site and is part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough area. The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to the Civic & Conference Centre and overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery. The new leisure centre, once complete, will also host one of the largest gym

Councillors back more investment and regeneration of Brownlow

Councillors showed a united front last night backing future investment and regeneration in the Brownlow area following the go-ahead for a new leisure centre at Craigavon.

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“Nationalism not prepared to accept second-class treatment” - O’Dowd

“Nationalism not prepared to accept second-class treatment” - O’Dowd

Northern Nationalism is strong and confident and not prepared to accept second-class treatment said Sinn Fein’s Brexit spokesperson, John O’Dowd.

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Arlene Foster mistakenly congratulated the wrong prince and misspelled Miss Markle's Christian name.

Arlene Foster congratulates wrong prince on engagement to Meghan Markle

DUP leader, Arlene Foster, caused a bit of a stir on social media on Monday when she mistakenly congratulated Prince William instead of Prince Harry on the news of his engagement to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
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David Simpson MP (left) with Jonathan Buckley MLA.

Don’t just accept what people tell you, says MP

Upper Bann MP David Simpson has offered some sage advice to local MLA Jonathan Buckley ahead of a global conference for ‘future leaders’.

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RHI overspend far greater than first feared, department tells court

The already vast scale of the overspend on the RHI scheme is much worse than first feared, the Stormont department responsible for the debacle has told the High Court.

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This is the only time that MLAs have sat in the Assembly chamber since January ' and it lasted just 46 minutes

MLA pay rise, despite just 46 minutes in Assembly chamber

MLAs received a £500 salary increase in March – and are in line for a similar increase in six months’ time, despite not having sat in the Assembly since March.

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Carleton St Orange hall tour guides (from left) Cardwell McClure, project organiser, Billy McClean, and Bill Partridge

Cross-community invite for tour of Orange hall

The nationalist community has been invited to take a comprehensive tour of the largest Orange hall in Portadown.

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