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Sammy Wilson’s ‘regret’ over Varadkar ‘nutcase’ jibe

A DUP MP has said he regrets his choice of language after he branded Taioseach Leo Varadkar “a nutcase”.

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Michelle Gildernew retweeted the Kevin Meagher article but deleted her retweet when she became aware of its content

Sinn Fein MP distances herself from ‘offensive’ autism remarks

A Sinn Fein MP has moved to disassociate herself from a controversial article which compared the DUP to autistic people.

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Edwin Poots

It is not OK to use disability as way to insult others: Poots

Unionists and mental health activists have called on political commentator Kevin Meagher to apologise for his remarks about autism sufferers.

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A lollipop lady at Orangefield Primary School in east Belfast that was open on Wednesday

Closing schools for bad weather not an open and shut case: principal

A Belfast principal who opened his school during Wednesday’s adverse weather has said it was not an easy decision to make.

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Kingsmill survivor Alan Black (left) and Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff

Expression of shame is a giant step, says Kingsmills survivor

The sole survivor of the Kingsmills massacre has said John O’Dowd’s condemnation of the atrocity represents “a giant step in the right direction”.

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Unionists must not be carried away by O’Dowd’s remarks

Unionists must not be carried away by O’Dowd’s remarks

A senior DUP figure has poured cold water on the notion that relations between his party and Sinn Fein may have reached a turning point.

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Barry McElduff in his video

McElduff going back to work is ‘another insult’

Suspended MP Barry McElduff has shown “further disrespect” to families of the Kingmills massacre by continuing to carry out constituency work from his office.

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Edwin PootsEdwin Poots said wise politicians will be contemplating other options

Poots ‘abandoning ship’ with career change comments: UUP

A senior DUP figure has faced criticism after stating that he and a number of other MLAs are considering leaving political life unless devolution returns to Northern Ireland.

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Concerns have been expressed that Translink bus services could be impacted by plans for privately run express routes across the Province

Row over plans for new privately run express bus services

Plans for new privately run express bus routes across Northern Ireland could have a devastating impact on Northern Ireland’s public transport system, it has been claimed.

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Barry McElduff leaves Sinn Fein headquarters earlier this week after the party suspended him on full pay for three months

DUP and government in ‘renewed discussions’ over SF Westminster expenses

The DUP has held renewed discussions with the Tories over the ability of Sinn Fein MPs to claim parliamentary expenses despite not taking their seats at Westminster, the News Letter has learned.

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Barry McElduff posted the video to social media on the anniversary of the Kingsmills atrocity

Suspended McElduff ‘would be wise’ to resign his seat, MPs urge

A group of MPs has tabled a motion in the Commons calling for under-fire Sinn Fein member Barry McElduff to resign his seat.

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County Grand Chaplin Rev Alan McCann has hit out at church leaders for remaining silent over Barry McElduffs controversial social media post

Orange Order slams ‘silence’ of church leaders over Barry McElduff tweet

A senior Orangeman has hit out at church leaders for remaining silent over Barry McElduff’s controversial social media post which appeared to mock the Kingsmills atrocity.

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A tweet by Barry McElduff in May 2017

McElduff has ‘previous form’ on Twitter: Empey

Under-fire Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff has a record of posting “thinly veiled offensive messages” on social media, former UUP leader Reg Empey has said.

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Sinn Fein MLA M�irt�n � Muilleoir has come under fire after he retweeted Barry McElduffs Kingsmill video

Top Sinn Fein MLA ‘complicit’ in McElduff Kingsmill tweet

A senior Sinn Fein figure should be sanctioned after he seemingly endorsed Barry McElduff’s controversial Kingsmills video.

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IRA gunman Raymond McCreesh

McElduff hailed IRA man as ‘hero and martyr’

Barry McElduff, the Sinn Fein MP suspended by the party for a posting a video widely believed to make joking reference to the Kingsmills massacre, has been embroiled in controversy over the atrocity before.

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Cllr Jeff Dudgeon.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Council ban on ‘offensive’ remarks may clash with Human Rights Act

Controversial plans to ban Belfast councillors from using “offensive expressions” may conflict with the right to freedom of expression, a unionist has warned.

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The scene at Mount Stewart after a tree fell overnight due to Storm Eleanor with after winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour have caused flooding, damage to buildings and travel disruption across Northern Ireland.

Andrew Upton and Barry Kelly from National Trust Mount Stewart standing inside the Shepherds hut that was destroyed 

Picture by Matt Mackey / Presseye.com

Popular shepherd hut is demolished by storm

A popular and charming attraction in Co Down has been destroyed after Storm Eleanor wreaked havoc across the Province.

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Workmen clear away fallen trees in Carrickfergus and Greenisland outside Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Storm Eleanor: Crews work to restore power to homes and businesses

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are still without power after Storm Eleanor battered the Province.

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Dr Esmond Birnie said important strategic decisions are not being taken

NI has ‘worst of all worlds’, warns top economist

Northern Ireland is experiencing “the worst of all possible worlds” due to a lack of political leadership, a leading economist has warned.

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