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Electoral Commission probes Paisley dinner cash

The Electoral Commission is investigating money paid by Mid and East Antrim Council to sponsor a table at a constituency dinner facilitated by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

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The Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Cheryl Johnston, at the Pensioners Parliament with Vijay Sethi and Matthew McPeake from Ballymena, Caroline McKeown from Carrickfergus and Bea Martin from Islandmagee.

Pensioners pull no punches over Stormont collapse

Older people in Mid and East Antrim have fired a broadside across the bow of political parties over the impact of Stormont’s collapse on their quality of life.

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IRA bomber abstains from vote on memorial to his victims

IRA bomber abstains from vote on memorial to his victims

A Sinn Fein councillor and convicted IRA bomber has abstained from a council vote on a memorial to the six people who were killed by a device he planted in Coleraine.

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Distribution of police stations in 1999. Compiled by Adam Kula

Revealed: two-thirds of all police stations shut in two decades

The number of police stations in Northern Ireland has been cut by two-thirds over the last two decades, new figures obtained by the News Letter reveal.

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North Antrim MP Ian Paisley

Paisley says sorry over ‘Ramadan’ retweet

Ian Paisley has apologised after retweeting a message from right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins which said: “London has a higher murder rate than New York...and Ramadan’s not yet begun.”

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Paisley demands apology for RHI inquiry ‘lies’

Ian Paisley has used Parliamentary privilege to demand that the retired judge chairing the public inquiry into the RHI scandal apologise to him for “putting words in the mouth of a witness”.

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Rev Ian Paisley.

Paisley biography added to national dictionary

The Rev Ian Paisley is among the figures added to the latest update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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Councillor Cheryl Johnston.

Council tributes on suffrage milestone

The risks campaigners took to secure the vote have been recalled as Mid and East Antrim celebrates the centenary of Representation of the People Act.

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Cllr Lindsay Millar.

Councils clash over Greenway scheme

A dispute has developed between councillors on two local authorities regarding the creation of a walking and cycling route on a disused railway line in Co Antrim.

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Sammy Wilson MP, MEA BC Head of Policy Louise Kennedy, MEA BC Chief Executive Anne Donaghy, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley MP, Mayor Councillor Paul Reid and Ian Paisley MP.

Key local issues discussed during London meeting

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is first local government body to meet face-to-face with new Northern Ireland Secretary.

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The monthly meeting of the council took place at The Braid, Ballymena.

Councillors' support for homeless strategy

Mid and East Antrim councillors have agreed to develop a strategy to tackle short and long-term homelessness in the borough.
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Ian Paisley

Paisley: Sinn Fein talks a ‘waste of time’

A DUP MP has called for direct rule from Westminster rather than “wasting time” by continuing “dead end” talks with Sinn Féin.

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Senior Orangeman James Emery has been named in the Queen's New Year Honours for his service to the BB and his local community

Queen honours Jim for 54 years BB service

A Co Tyrone man has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his 54 years service to the Boys’ Brigade and to his wider community.

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Arlene Foster mistakenly congratulated the wrong prince and misspelled Miss Markle's Christian name.

Arlene Foster congratulates wrong prince on engagement to Meghan Markle

DUP leader, Arlene Foster, caused a bit of a stir on social media on Monday when she mistakenly congratulated Prince William instead of Prince Harry on the news of his engagement to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
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Declan Kearney, pictured in a Creggan Kickhams tracksuit, said Trevor Ringland was 'attempting to foment division' within the GAA

Ringland offers to meet GAA club that shunned Peadar Heffron

Reconciliation campaigner Trevor Ringland has offered to take a cross-community delegation of sports people for a private meeting with the GAA club which is alleged to have shunned Peadar Heffron for joining the PSNI.

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Former PSNI constable Peadar Heffron who lost his leg in a terrorist attack. Photo: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

SF chair silent on relative’s claims

Sinn Fein’s national chairman Declan Kearney has declined to comment on the alleged lack of support for Peadar Heffron from his former GAA club, despite being himself a former player with that club.

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RHI overspend far greater than first feared, department tells court

The already vast scale of the overspend on the RHI scheme is much worse than first feared, the Stormont department responsible for the debacle has told the High Court.

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Feedback sought on impact of Brexit for older people

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on the implications of Brexit and how they feel following the EU referendum vote.

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The Braid Ballymena

Council chief questioned over ‘DUP dinner’

Mid and East Antrim Chief Executive Anne Donaghy has faced questions from councillors over her attendance at a so-called “DUP dinner”.

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WATCH: Ian Paisley sings GAWA classic 'Sweet Caroline' at Tory Party Conference

WATCH: Ian Paisley sings GAWA classic 'Sweet Caroline' at Tory Party Conference

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has been captured on social media singing Sweet Caroline.
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