SF veteran: North Antrim party ‘dysfunctional’

A life-long republican who has quit Sinn Fein over its treatment of ex-MLA Daithi McKay said the party in his region is now “dysfunctional”.

The SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

SDLP: We will use all legal tools to keep NI in EU

The SDLP has vowed to use every “legal tool” at its disposal to make sure Northern Ireland remains within the EU.

Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire  to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans.  Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May again vows that ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Prime Minister Theresa May has set her face firmly against a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, telling Cabinet colleagues that “Brexit means Brexit” and there will be no attempt to stay in the EU “by the back door”.

Green Party councillor John Barry charging his car on the Dublin Road in Belfast, and showing his folded bike in the boot

Councillor shows how green he really is

The News Letter came across the Green Party councillor John Barry early on Wednesday morning, showing his environmental credentials.


PSNI confirm Daithi McKay affair has been raised with them

Daithi McKay’s conduct has now been raised with police, the PSNI have confirmed.

Jim Clarken, Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Oxfam Ireland: When companies do not pull their weight in tax, other people have to foot bill

The European Commission ruled today [Tuesday 30th September] that Apple received illegal state aid from the Irish government.

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Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt (centre), with his party delegation in Brussels

Brussels ‘fact finding’ trip for Ulster Unionists

Mike Nesbitt has led a delegation of his party to Brussels on a “fact-finding” mission following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams surrounded by applauding party members at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in 2013. Sinn Fein is renowned for its tightly-disciplined party, with breaches of unity rarely displayed publicly.

Unionist MLA: SF walk-out a rare glimpse of independent thought

The Sinn Fein figures who quit over the Daithi McKay scandal “broke the mould” by showing a degree of independent thinking, one MLA has claimed.

Sinn Fein's Philip McGuigan

Sinn Fein reacts to resignation of 18 members

Sinn Fein have issued their first statement in reaction to the resignation of 18 party members in North Antrim.

Strikes have shown how much power unions have but Corbyn wants to give them more

Strikes have shown how much power unions have but Corbyn wants to give them more

More power to their elbows, brothers! Jeremy Corbyn has vowed that if – and it is a very big “if” indeed – he becomes Prime Minister, he will strengthen the powers of the trade unions particularly in the area of bargaining.

Daithi McKay quit as North Antrim MLA within hours of the scandal breaking on Thursday, August 18

Sinn Fein councillor and 17 activists quit party in north Antrim

A Sinn Fein councillor and 17 party activists have quit the party in north Antrim – Daithi McKay’s former constituency.

Daithi McKay quit as North Antrim MLA within hours of the scandal breaking on Thursday, August 18

Still no police complaint over McKay Nama scandal

The PSNI have still not received a complaint about the Daithi McKay scandal, 12 days after it first hit the headlines.

John McCallister said both the DUP and Sinn Fein would just like Nama to go away

McCallister: Nama probe ‘will be quietly mothballed’

A former unionist MLA who was part of the Stormont group investigating the Nama property deal expects that the inquiry will be “quietly mothballed”.

Peter Barry in Belfast with Seamus Mallon and Dr Joe Hendron in June 1988. Photograph Pacemaker, Belfast

Peter Barry’s funeral is held in his home city of Cork

Ireland’s former tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Peter Barry was a man of integrity and principle who was devoted to his wife and family, his funeral has heard.

The Yes Minister series satirised the interchange between civil servants and ministers. Image from the programme credits

NI politicians agree that ‘Yes Minister’ was amusingly real

Two former Stormont ministers have praised the accuracy of BBC comedy series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister after the death of its co-writer.

Alex Kane

All sides need to answer hard questions and admit difficult truths

In September 1997, shortly after the DUP and UKUP had left the talks process because Tony Blair and David Trimble had agreed to Sinn Fein’s inclusion, I wrote this: “Peace doesn’t just depend on Blair, Ahern, Trimble, Hume, Adams and others cutting a deal.

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Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Nesbitt slams Sinn Fein over ‘arrogant’ take on truth recovery

Sinn Fein’s commitment to dealing with the past is based on an “all take” attitude with very little being given back in return, Mike Nesbitt has said.

Theresa May on her first visit to Stormont as prime minister. 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Ben Lowry: Memo to Theresa May – Look how the Human Rights Act is applied in NI

Before she became prime minister, Theresa May proposed that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Ben Lowry: We need to examine why NI beat GB in GCSEs

Ben Lowry: We need to examine why NI beat GB in GCSEs

Pupils in Northern Ireland have far outperformed those of the rest of the UK at GCSE.

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First Minister Arlene Foster said Mr O Muilleoirs position as minister was a matter for Sinn Fein

Foster ‘has given O Muilleoir soft landing on Nama’

First Minister Arlene Foster has been accused of giving Sinn Fein’s Finance Minister “a soft landing” over widespread calls for him to stand aside pending an inquiry into alleged coaching of witnesses at a Stormont committee hearing.

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