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Council to investigate Fransen ‘mayor’ video

BELFAST City Council have launched an investigation after the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First was filmed sitting in the Lord Mayor’s chair. A video of Jayda Fransen, dressed in red council robes was posted on the group’s Facebook page. In the video, she claimed she was back at the scene of the original […]

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Clean-up begins after Storm Eleanor batters the north

AROUND 3,000 homes across the north remain without electricity after Storm Eleanor battered the north overnight. Powerful gusts, as high as 100mph in some areas, and gale force winds brought down trees and power lines. Motorists have been urged to slow down and exercise caution with a yellow wind warning still in place until 7pm […]

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Yellow warning as Storm Eleanor heads for Ireland

A YELLOW weather warning has been issued for the north ahead of the arrival of Storm Eleanor. Strong winds measuring up to 80mph are expected and gales with gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely. The Met Office warning is in place from 6pm tonight (Tuesday) until 8am on Wednesday. Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief […]

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Report advises Brokenshire to cut MLAs’ salaries

A FORMER Northern Ireland Assembly Chief Executive has advised Secretary of State James Brokenshire to cut MLAs’ salaries. The cut of £13,612 is one of 18 proposals by Trevor Reaney – who is urging Brokenshire to introduce the reduction in two stages. The recommendations come after Brokenshire asked Reaney for his advice on MLA salaries […]

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Prescription charges proposal down to ‘Tory austerity”

A BRIEFING paper issued by the Department of Finance on the future of the health service has suggested prescription charges could return to help plug a funding gap in the local NHS. The budget briefing document sets out a number of scenarios that will need to be addressed by the department in the absence of […]

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Bombardier dispute set for Commons

AN ongoing dispute between US airline giant Boeing and Canadian firm Bombardier – who have a plant in Belfast – will be discussed by MPs later today (Wednesday). Boeing officials will be questioned by MPs before giving evidence to a House of Commons committee. The trade row is threatening up to 1,000 jobs in Belfast, […]

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