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Green Party representative ‘victim of homophobic incident’

A 2017 General Election candidate has claimed he was the victim of homophobic harassment in Belfast today.

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Cllr McCarthy (centre) pictured with UUP leader Robin Swann MLA, Ald Mark Cosgrove and Ald Fraser Agnew.

UUP man thanks council colleagues

A local politician has thanked elected members at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for their warm welcome following his first full council meeting.

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RHI

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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Cllr McCarthy (centre) pictured with UUP leader Robin Swann MLA, Ald Mark Cosgrove and Ald Fraser Agnew.

New councillor takes up role on local authority

The Ulster Unionist Party has announced that Stephen McCarthy will replace Ben Kelso on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, representing Threemilewater DEA.

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Cllr Noreen McClelland.

Politicians vote for incinerator meeting

Local councillors have called for a meeting with the head of the Civil Service to discuss the decision to approve plans for the Hightown waste incinerator.

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Brexit

Feedback sought on impact of Brexit for older people

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on the implications of Brexit and how they feel following the EU referendum vote.

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Ben Kelso.

Tributes paid to outgoing politician

Elected representatives wished a councillor well during his last meeting as a member of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

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

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.

Environment
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.

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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.

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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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