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UUP man issues apology for using ‘offensive and inappropriate language’ towards council colleague

A veteran UUP councillor has made a public apology to a fellow Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council member for using “offensive and inappropriate language” towards him during an altercation at an official council-run function.

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Pictured at the voter registration event in Banbridge Orange Hall are Cllr Paul Greenfield, Stewart Magill, Carla Lockhart MLA, Alderman Junior McCrum and Stewart McFadden.

‘Make sure you are registered to vote in general election’

DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart recently held two voter registration clinics in Banbridge Orange Hall and Brownlow House, Lurgan.

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Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann speaks during the party's annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast.  Photo credit: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

UUP leader hits out at Foster’s ‘arrogance’ ahead of pact talks

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has branded comments from his DUP counterpart, Arlene Foster, as “arrogant” ahead of talks between the two later today on electoral pacts.

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Details of first RHI inquiry hearing

The public inquiry into the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) will hold a preliminary hearing on Thursday 27 April at Stormont.

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Cllr Arnold Hatch

EU is urged to support our young farmers

Proposals by a local Ulster Unionist councillor aimed at attracting more young people into farming have been unanimously adopted by the European Union’s Committee of the Regions.

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Most RHI wood pellet boilers have never been inspected by anyone

RHI man used a year’s heat in three months – but payments weren’t stopped

RHI inspectors found that one individual had used more heat in three months than they had said they would use in an entire year – but their payments were not stopped.

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Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photo: Kelvin Boyce/Presseye

POLL: Should MLAs stop being paid?

The main political parties in Northern Ireland have failed to reach an agreement on power-sharing.

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Parliament Buildings Stormont.   Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

BLOG: NI power sharing talks

Coverage of the collapse of power sharing talks in Northern Ireland.

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Poll: Have your say on power-sharing at Stormont

At 4pm today the deadline for restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland runs out.
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Robin Swann pictured outside the Stormont talks yesterday. Photo: Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye

Swann to take over as Ulster Unionist leader without a contest

The Ulster Unionist Party’s new leader is set to be Robin Swann after he submitted his name yesterday (Friday) on the deadline for nominations – and not a single other candidate came forward.

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Sophie Long, formerly of the PUP

PUP member who resigned over tweet thankful for support

Former PUP member Sophie Long has thanked people for their support after she came under fire for a controversial tweet about Martin McGuinness.

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Martin McGuinness was 66 years-old when he passed away in Derry on Tuesday.

Social Media: Reaction to Martin McGuinness’ death

Well known figures around the world have taken to social media to express their feelings on the death of Martin McGuinness.

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Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has died

Veteran Sinn Fein figure Martin McGuinness is dead.

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This chart represents children aged four and under in 2011.
It stems from the 2011 census, and represents the answers parents gave when asked what religion the children were, or were being brought up in.
49.2% said Catholic, 36.4% Protestant or other Christian. 
The exact figures were 61,225 Catholics,  45,240 Protestants, 16,692 No religion, and 1,225 Other religion

Catholic population set to dwarf Protestants in years ahead

The loss of its outright majority at Stormont this month rocked political unionism, but statistics suggest it is something unionists must adjust to – and quickly.

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The advertisement for the Easter Rising commemoration in Armagh, featuring Lord Mayor Keating

Mayor under fire over Easter Rising commemoration

The lord mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon has been accused of “showing scant regard” for his office after appearing in an advertisement for an Easter Rising commemoration.

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Burning wood pellets

In full: List of non-domestic RHI claimants published today

After months of delay, the Department of the Economy has today published the names of most claimants under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

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UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt and DUP leader, Arlene Foster.

Nesbitt: DUP endanger our future in the Union

Amid attempts to engineer unionist unity, outgoing Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has denounced the DUP as a party which “endangers our future”.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3 March 2017 - NI Assembly Election 2017 Count at Banbridge Leisure Centre for Newry & Armagh and Upper Bann constituencies.
the UUP's Danny Kennedy speaks to the press following his defeat in Newry/Armagh.
Photo by Tony Hendron / Press Eye.

Kennedy loses out after 32 years of political life

As the talks at Stormont got under way on Monday, with bloodied-nosed UUP well down the pecking list, the party’s highest profile victim - Danny Kennedy (Newry and Armagh) - was clearing out his constituency offices in Tandragee and Markethill.

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Doug Beattie told the BBC he did not have the 'depth of political knowledge' required to lead the UUP

Beattie will consider UUP leadership bid ‘if party comes calling’

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie has not ruled himself out of vying for the party leadership, admitting he would consider it “if the party came calling”.

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The flag of the European Union.

What does Brexit mean for women’s rights?

Millions around the world gathered together, on streets and on social media, to campaign for equality, diversity, and inclusion during last month’s Women’s March.

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