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Armed police at polling station after man ‘pulls gun on electoral staff’

Armed police are at a polling station in Northern Ireland after a man pulled what polling staff believed to be a handgun.
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David Sterling will be in Washington this week

Business figures paying £86 for 90-minute meeting with NI’s top civil servant

A gathering of business leaders who had paid money to meet the head of Northern Ireland’s Civil Service has been called off at short notice.

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Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux at the vast Belfast rally to oppose the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement

Declassified files: Paisley warned of ‘dangerous men’

An NIO memo with an unusual – and high – classification reveals details of a meeting between the secretary of state and the unionist leaders after their years of post-Anglo-Irish Agreement boycott of dealing with government ministers.

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Attempt to reinstate lucrative ‘cash for ash’ RHI tariffs dismissed by High Court judge

The High Court has comprehensively dismissed an attempt to reinstate the lucrative tariffs on the ‘cash for ash’ scheme in Northern Ireland.
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Dr Andrew McCormick at a Stormont committee earlier this year

Key RHI civil servant to be moved to Brexit role

One of the most senior officials involved in the RHI debacle is to be moved to a new post where he will head up Northern Ireland’s preparations for Brexit, it can be revealed.

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Peter Hutchinson

Key official in set up of RHI was put forward for bonuses due to work

The civil servant who was the most involved in the setting up of the RHI scheme was working so hard that he was recommended for bonuses, the public inquiry into the RHI scandal has heard.

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Arlene Foster and four of the DUP's MPs at Stormont yesterday before she denounced the possible Brussels deal

Sam McBride: DUP had role in collapse of Brexit deal: the question is what role

There is no question that the DUP played a role in the collapse of what seemed to be a Brexit deal yesterday; the question is what that role was and how much the party knew before yesterday’s critical leak of the proposed deal.

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Experts who advised DETI on RHI say DETI knew more than they did

Experts who advised DETI on RHI say DETI knew more than they did

A global consultancy firm paid £100,000 for flawed advice on the creation of Stormont’s RHI scheme has claimed that when it was given the contract it had less expertise in renewable heat than the department which hired it.

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Alison Clydesdale yesterday giving evidence to the public inquiry into the RHI scandal

Official: I knew cost controls were needed 18 months before RHI began

Further evidence has emerged of the extent to which officials in Arlene Foster’s department were aware of the need for cost controls on the RHI scheme long before it was ever launched.

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Donal Lunny, junior counsel to the inquiry, speaking during yesterday's hearing

Major consultancy paid £100k to advise on RHI made basic error

A leading economic consultancy which regularly does work for governments around the world contributed to the ‘cash for ash’ scandal by a basic error which “the man in the street” would have realised was significant, a public inquiry has been told.

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