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Ballygawley: intimate Twelfth gets World Cup fever

What the Orange Order branded “the most intimate” parade of the Twelfth took place in the village of Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, which this year had a special World Cup flavour.

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David Simpson MP at an Orange parade in July 2017

‘No pressure’ on David Simpson to resign as DUP MP, says party

Controversy-hit MP David Simpson is not facing any pressure from within the DUP to resign his seat, the party has said.

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The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly as her colleague Caral Ni Chuilin (second left) looks on at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast

Sinn Fein’s meeting with Charles dubbed ‘hollow and meaningless’

Unionists have blasted Sinn Fein “hypocrisy” after the party leadership held a private meeting with Prince Charles just one day after Michelle O’Neill said she would never stop attending IRA commemorations.

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Captain Robert Nairac on patrol in Belfast before he was abducted by the IRA in South Armagh.

Beattie affirms hunger striker’s call for Nairac’s body

UUP justice spokesman Doug Beattie MLA has seconded calls by a former IRA hunger striker for Capt Robert Nairac’s body to be returned to his family for a Christian burial.

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The picture posted on Twitter by Arlene Foster (right) from Friday evening

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart targeted again by online abuse

Online abuse of some of NI’s female politicians has prompted a call to establish a cross-party women’s group to tackle misogyny.

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Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has donated a kidney to her son Mark

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and son doing well after kidney transplant

Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are both recovering well after she gave him the gift of new life in the form of one of her kidneys.

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Lagan Valley constituency could be axed under boundaries shake-up

Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has declined to comment on speculation that his parliamentary constituency could be abolished under proposals to redraw electoral boundaries here.

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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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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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DUP MLA Edwin Poots

Edwin Poots considering leaving politics

Former DUP Stormont Minister Edwin Poots says he is considering leaving politics because there is little sign of devolution returning to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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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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Edwin Poots

Poots sparks backlash after calling taoiseach ‘Little Leo’

A DUP MLA has been slammed for engaging in “playground discourse”, after he described the taoiseach as ‘Little Leo’.

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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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A general view of a hospital corridor

Health waiting times grow even worse

Crucial health service waiting list times have continued to worsen, according to the latest set of figures released today.

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Trevor Lunn MLA.

‘More must be done to help vulnerable prisoners’

More needs to be done to ensure that vulnerable prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm are given the appropriate care, a Lagan Valley MLA has said.

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Edwin Poots: Children should be children, not icons of sexuality

Edwin Poots hits back at complaint he linked gay community to paedophilia

Edwin Poots has hit back at criticism of a contentious comment on Twitter, saying that children should not be icons of any sexuality.

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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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DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley

Family members still employed by DUP MPs

Four DUP MPs still employ family members using taxpayers’ money, the latest records revealed.

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