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SF minister under fire for ‘neutral’ stance on incinerator plan

A former Sinn Fein infrastructure minister has been slammed after it emerged he took a “neutral” stance over plans to build a highly contentious waste incinerator.

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UUP Cllr Ben Kelso

UUP councillor resigns his seat

A UUP councillor on Newtownabbey and Antrim Council has resigned from politics to focus on his career - with the best wishes of the party.

News
Nichola Mallon pictured with SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood.

Local MLA selected as SDLP Deputy Leader

A North Belfast politician is set to take up the role of Deputy Leader of the SDLP.

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Cllr Noreen McClelland has spoken of the disruption caused during today's alert.

Councillor hits out at upset to residents after alert

A local politician has stated that a security alert in the region has caused disruption to the local community.

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Cllr Hogg (left) with Mayor, Cllr Paul Hamill.

Councillor returns after Afghan tour of duty

A local politician has been welcomed back to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council after returning from a period of time in Afghanistan with the Royal Irish Reserves.

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East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson (right) welcomes guest to the business breakfast in Carrickfergus Golf Club.

Call for ‘leadership’ at east Antrim Brexit event

Direct rule would not solve the problems Northern Ireland faces, east Antrim business figures have been told.

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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.

Health
Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs.

Health minister must be appointed says Beggs

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has called for ministers to be urgently appointed to end the indecision which has now resulted in the NHSCT proposing emergency closure of intermediate care beds and the reduction in planned elected surgery and domiciliary care packages.

Health
Maggie Henderson McCarroll

Beggs seeks review of ‘unduly lenient’ sentence

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the “unduly lenient” sentence of killer Maggie Henderson-McCarroll.

Crime
Maggie Henderson McCarroll.

Killer’s sentence ‘does not match crime’ says Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has criticised the three year sentence handed down to the killer of Greenisland pensioner Eddie Girvan.

Crime
A hog roast event will be held at Larne Rugby Club.

Unionists to hold annual hog roast

The East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association is holding its annual hog roast event on Friday August 18, at 7.30pm, in Larne Rugby Club, Glynn.

Offbeat
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.
Politics
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”.

Politics
Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart.

Welcome for ‘greenway’ grant aid

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has welcomed the award of a £25,000 grant for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to draw up detailed design plans to establish a dedicated cycle route between Monkstown and Greenisland on the former Black Line railway route.

Environment
Cllr Jordan Greer.

Political colleagues welcome new councillor

Elected members at the July meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council welcomed a new councillor into the chamber.

News
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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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson.

Greenisland broadband extension plan

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed a commitment for the provision of ultrafast fibre-optic broadband in the Greenisland area.

Business
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.
Politics
Cllr Jordan Greer.

Greer selected for council role

DUP representative, Jordan Greer has been picked to replace Trevor Beatty on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

News
Noel Maguire.

Sinn Féin man’s car attacked

A South Antrim MLA has hit out after damage was caused to a party colleague’s car in Antrim at the weekend.

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