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Lord Empey: Is DUP sound and fury a bid to camouflage soft Brexit?

I have noted the attacks made by Sammy Wilson MP and Ian Paisley MP on Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for his attitude to recent negotiations on Brexit.

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Lady Sylvia Hermon MP in the House of Commons

Real unionism would face the economic facts in NI and take the economic fight to Dublin

In the turbulent events of last week, it took the steady, measured tones of Lady Hermon is the House of Commons to remind the nation that the DUP do not speak for all in Northern Ireland.

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Sir William Hastings

Sir William Hastings ‘left lasting legacy to North Antrim’

The late Sir William Hastings has been praised for the “outstanding entrepreneurial legacy” he has left to North Antrim.

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Ryanair chief, Michael O'Leary. (Photo: P.A.)

Ryanair agrees to recognise pilots' unions to stave off pre-Christmas strike

Ryanair has agreed to recognise pilots' unions in a bid to stave off a potentially-crippling strike in the days before Christmas, the airline said.

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Trade figures ‘show bluster’ of NI special status calls

Trade figures ‘show bluster’ of NI special status calls

Northern Ireland must not endanger trade with its biggest market in order to “appease the political demands of nationalism,” TUV leader Jim Allister has warned.

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City strength undermined

Brexit a threat to UK finance industry’s ‘global crown’

Britain has retained its crown as the world’s leading financial centre in 2017, but a leading City lobby group says the UK’s position should not be taken for granted in light of emerging Brexit risks.

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A Four Seasons care home in Bangor

Care homes giant four seasons strikes last-minute debt deal

Four Seasons, Britain’s second-biggest care homes operator, has struck a last-ditch deal with its major creditor that staves off the immediate threat of administration.

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C Series an opportunity not a threat

Unite takes Bombardier case to Washington

Continuing with a “senseless and meritless” case against Bombardier will damage economies and the prospects for workers in several countries a union representing workers at planemaker Bombardier’s Belfast division have warned.

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Growth comes despite average store prices increasing by 3.1%

Retail sales remain strong despite household pressures

Retail sales remained stronger than expected last month as businesses reported a Black Friday sales boost despite pressure on household incomes.

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The Bank said it believes pay growth will start to rise next year

Bank of England says inflation near to ‘peak’ as rates on hold

The Bank of England has said Brexit-fuelled inflation is “close to its peak” as it kept interest rates on hold after the first hike for a decade last month.

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Centre Manager of The OUTLET, Chris Nelmes, announces the arrival of three new stores at the shopping destination, representing an investment of over �500,000.  Also pictured are (L-R) store managers Rachael McCann from The Beauty Outlet, Francine Mohan from Jack & Jones and Stephen Mc Cauley from Ulster Weavers. For more information on The OUTLET and its many leading brands visit www.the-outlet.co.uk, facebook.com/outletbanbridge or follow @outletbanbridge on Twitter. Picture by Press Eye.

32 new jobs created as three new retailers open at The OUTLET

A total of 32 new jobs have been created at The OUTLET in Banbridge as the shopping destination announces the arrival of three new stores in the run-up to the festive shopping period.

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Many claim they are unable to save

Mid-life savings crisis hits fifth of workers aged 50-60

Nearly one in five workers in their 50s to 60s is going through a “mid-life savings crisis”, research suggests.

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People facing unfair barriers

Many employers ‘wrong idea’ about hiring disabled people

More than one in five managers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person, believing they would struggle to do the job or citing concerns about the cost of workplace adjustments, a “shocking” survey reveals.

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Housing market ending 2017 on a high

Housing market ending 2017 on a high

Northern Ireland’s housing market looks set to end 2017 on a high and to enter 2018 with a healthy momentum, according to the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister pictured with Peter May, Department for Infrastructure, left, and Translink CEO Chris Conway

New ‘Glider’ rapid transit vehicle on show in Belfast

Belfast’s new rapid transit vehicle the ‘Glider’, has been unveiled in Belfast to give the travelling public a glimpse of the city’s new trasnport system.

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Investigative news website The Detail wins Google funding to chart Brexit impact

An investigative news website in Northern Ireland has won 400,000 euro in funding from Google to undertake a major project examining the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland.

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Some benefits will be paid early this year.

Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid early - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it's especially tough if you're relying on benefits.
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Thousands of jobs at Bombardiers Belfast factory could be at risk in the dispute over the C-Series jet

Bombardier job cuts not our fault, Boeing tells MPs

Aircraft maker Boeing has become a scapegoat for Bombardier job cuts in Belfast, the firm said.

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Kilkeel in Co Down vies with Ardglass as NIs largest fishing harbour

Higher NI fishing quotas welcomed as Brexit looms

A DUP MP has praised the latest set of fish quotas as “the most fair and reasonable policy in all our time in Europe”.

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Marks and Spencer

M&S food hall gets the green light

The approval of a planning application for a Marks & Spencer food hall in Carrick has reignited debate on the regeneration of the town centre.

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