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Armstrong Calls For Reform Of Petition Of Concern

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has called on the Secretary of State to legislate for reform of the petition of concern mechanism, to allow the restoration of the Assembly. Ms Armstrong said: “It was increasingly clear the current approach to the talks was not going to produce the foundation for…

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FSB Welcomes Brokenshire’s Statement

Allocating expenditure a relief but agreement needed to escape limbo says FSB. Responding to today’s announcement by James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Wilfred Mitchell OBE, FSB NI Policy Chair said: “The FSB welcomes today’s Written Ministerial Statement on Northern Ireland’s finances, as it gives temporary relief…

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New Fostering App Launched At Stormont

The Chief Social Work Officer has launched an online safety App for Health and Social Care Foster Carers. Today sees the launch of a new Health and Social Care (HSC) App for HSC foster carers, ‘Fostering in a Digital World’, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. The App…

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Talks To Continue After Election

FORMAL NORTHERN IRELAND TALKS TO RESUME AFTER GENERAL ELECTION At roundtable discussions today involving the UK Government, the parties capable of forming an Executive and the Irish Government, it was agreed that formal talks to establish an Executive will be paused until after the General Election. Talks will resume following…

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DUP Consider Irish Language Provision

The DUP have confirmed they are looking at content and legislative provision for the Irish language.   A delegation from Conradh na Gaeilge today (27 April 2017) met with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Stormont. The Conradh na Gaeilge delegation included: Dr Niall Comer (President), Julian de Spáinn (Ard-Rúnaí), Ciarán Mac…

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An Dream Dearg Hold Stormont Protest Over Irish Language

The Irish-language community have held a Stormont demonstration to call for the implementation of the Irish-language Act. As the latest round of talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing institutions conclude, the Irish-language community once again took to the streets today (27/3/2017) to call on all parties to the talks to fulfil the…

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Time To End Animal Cruelty Says Brown

Alliance Stormont election South Down candidate Patrick Brown said he will seek to “confine barbaric animal cruelty to the history bin in any new Assembly.” Councillor Brown said Alliance would bring a private member’s bill to the new mandate which would include a ban on hunting with dogs, the use…

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Secretary Of State Issues Statement Following McGuinness Resignation

On the day that Sinn Féin’s Deputy First Minister finally pulled the plug on Stormont and the DUP following the fiasco of the RHI scandal,  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, issued a statement. He said:  “The UK Government has a primary role in providing…

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The FSB Welcomes Potential For Small Business In New Assembly And Executive

Following the announcement of the new ministerial positions at Stormont today, the FSB looks forward to getting back to business and recovering the economy through supporting small businesses. The largest business organisation has outlined in their 2016 manifesto how the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive can take positive steps that…

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Homelessness Awareness Week Reaches Stormont

During Homelessness Awareness Week (28th November – 5th December 2015), the Patient and Client Council and Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland held the ‘Homelessness: Breaking Barriers To Health and Social Care’ event at Parliament Buildings at Stormont. ‘Keep Warm’ packs to help homeless people. This Homelessness Awareness Week (28…

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SDLP Table Amendments To Welfare And Work Bill At Stormont

The SDLP have submitted amendments to the Welfare and Work Reform Bill debated in Westminster today. This follows the passage of a Legislative Consent Motion by the DUP and Sinn Fein that allows the Conservative Government to legislate on Welfare in the place of the Northern Ireland Assembly. South Down…

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A Fresh Start At Stormont As Parties Finally Agree

After ten weeks of intensive cross-party talks at Stormont House, the Northern Ireland executive and the UK and Irish governments have agreed a set of actions to address the two key themes the talks were convened to address: to secure the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement; and to…

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Assumption Grammar Wins Trip To Brussels At Mock EU Event At Stormont

Assumption Grammar School pupils have walked away with a trip to Brussels after debating at Stormont recently. The team, made up of six form pupils Molly Edgar, Laura Dagens and Ciara Hunt, were taking part in a Mock Council of the European Union, representing Slovenia, and were joined by 28…

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Downpatrick Man Ryan Walsh Participates In My Journey My Voice

Downpatrick man Ryan Walsh is definitely in the frame. He was a participant in the My Journey My Voice project which highlights communication difficulty. The 32-year old who has communications difficulties, took part in the photographic project and enjoyed a portait session which led to a collection of images shown in the…

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McGrath Welcomes Commitment From OFDMFM To Provide For Refugees

The SDLP Group Leader on Newry, Mourne & Down Council has welcomed a commitment from the Office of the First and  Deputy First Minister to ensure arrangements are in place for those caught up in the migrant refugees issue that is taking place across Europe at the present time. Commenting, the…

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