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DUP MLA: I’d no role in £270k church RHI boiler

A Free Presbyterian Church was among the many organisations across Northern Ireland to benefit from the RHI scheme, it has emerged, with the Ballymoney church standing to receive £270,000 over a 20-year-period.

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Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane who was shot dead by loyalists.

Dublin slammed on victims ‘bias’

A man whose brother was killed in the Kingsmills massacre has challenged the Irish Foreign Minister as to whether Pat Finucane was worth more than the ten men killed in that atrocity.

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Some RHI beneficiaries are making a fortune from the scheme

Compel flagrant RHI abusers to face the public, says ex-MLA

Those ripping off taxpayers using legal – but ethically abhorrent claims– under an inept Stormont scheme should be forced to publicly justify their actions, a former MLA last night said.

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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (left) during a Sinn Fein press conference at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin that was interrupted by Austin Stack. The party is trying to make amends for members of the Irish security forces that it killed, while pressing ahead with convincing people that northern killings were justified. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: Again this week we saw why we must pause on the legacy inquests that Sinn Fein is demanding

This week two interesting, and seemingly unconnected, things happened with regard to legacy matters.

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Captain Doug Beattie MC, now a UUP MLA, in Iraq during the 2003 campaign, at Rumaila oil field, two days after the invasion.

‘Soldiers cannot be diminished’

The PSNI has been warned not to put soldiers in the same boat as terrorists, after announcing plans to re-examine all Troubles-related deaths in Northern Ireland.

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Poll backing for Ashers

A new opinion poll has confirmed overwhelming public support in Great Britain for Ashers Baking Company over the controversial ‘gay cake’ case.

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Wood pellets that were burnt in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Someone has to take responsibility for RHI fiasco

As the former Chairman of the Presbyterian Mutual Society, in 2013, I wrote to Mr David Sterling, then Permanent Secretary of DETI, concerning a number of matters including the prosecution by his Department of five unpaid non-executive directors (four of whom were over the age of seventy) and the fact that there had been no disciplinary action against civil servants following severe criticism of the conduct of DETI by both the Treasury Committee and the Ombudsman.

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The UK has shown its only card on Brexit, before it had to play it

The UK has shown its only card on Brexit, before it had to play it

It is a well worn analogy that if people want high public spending and low taxes – but they cannot have both.

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East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. INCT 17-704-CON

Campaign on paramilitary activity ‘a bit tame’ - MLA

An awareness campaign aimed at tackling paramilitarism in Northern Ireland is too tame and shies away from the violent crimes of the gunmen, an MLA has claimed.

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INNL-Pacemaker.  Martin McGuinness

McGuinness missing China visit for health reasons

Martin McGuinness’ surprise withdrawal from a ministerial visit to China was due to medical issues, his office has said.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton says no new probe into Troubles service personnel is happening. Pic: Pacemaker.

Police dismiss reports of new murder probe on 1000 soldiers

The PSNI has dismissed media reports that there is to be a new Troubles investigation into as many as 1000 former service personnel.

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Les Allamby (NI Human Rights Commissioner) at Belfast High Court

More resources are needed for progress on Troubles - NIHRC

Progress in investigating Troubles-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains elusive, the Human Rights Commission has said.

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Ireland should get three extra MEPs to compensate NI post Brexit, argues SF

Ireland should have at least three extra MEPs after Brexit so Northern Ireland is properly represented, Sinn Fein has said.

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First Minister met with the Chinese Vice Premier, Madam Liu Yangdong in Shanghai earlier this week as part of her four-day visit to China

First Minister opens NI Executive Bureau in China

First Minister Arlene Foster has officially opened the Northern Ireland Executive’s Bureau at the China World Trade Centre.

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Adams challenged to name IRA figure

The son of a murdered prison officer has personally challenged Gerry Adams to name a former IRA leader who admitted the terror group carried out the killing.

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TUV leader Jim Allister at Stormont. 
Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Only at Stormont could a motion on human rights be proposed by an MLA who sought to deny right to life

This is Jim Allister’s contribution to an Assembly motion on Monday about human rights:

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An aerial view of the enormous former Shackleton Barracks in County Londonderry

DUP MP defends Ballykelly sale

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has defended the use of ministerial powers by Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to sell an enormous military base to a private sector firm for just £1 million.

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Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein pair named in Dail are urged to comment on prison officer murder

Two Sinn Fein TDs have faced calls to make statements about the murder of a prison officer in 1983.

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First Minister Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster rejects calls to resign over botched renewable energy scheme

Arlene Foster has robustly rejected calls to resign over her handling of a botched green energy scheme.

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Kris Hopkins (NIO), John ODoherty and Gavin Boyd of the Rainbow Project.

Peers approve ‘Turing’s Law’ gay pardons for NI

The House of Lords has approved legislation to allow Northern Ireland men who were convicted of gay sex offences to clear their names.

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