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Ulster Unionist speaks out over burning flags

An Ulster Unionist councillor has spoken out against the burning of flags, posters and effigies relating to other cultures on bonfires.

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Maggie Henderson McCarroll

Beggs seeks review of ‘unduly lenient’ sentence

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding the “unduly lenient” sentence of killer Maggie Henderson-McCarroll.

Crime
Maggie Henderson McCarroll.

Killer’s sentence ‘does not match crime’ says Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has criticised the three year sentence handed down to the killer of Greenisland pensioner Eddie Girvan.

Crime
Oliver McMullan.

‘PSNI action needed on loyalist gangs’ - McMullan

Sinn Féin representative Oliver McMullan has met with the PSNI to discuss “ongoing loyalist criminality” in the Larne area.

Crime
A hog roast event will be held at Larne Rugby Club.

Unionists to hold annual hog roast

The East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association is holding its annual hog roast event on Friday August 18, at 7.30pm, in Larne Rugby Club, Glynn.

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DUP MLA Jim Wells and part of the letter written by Ms. Somers.

Christian mother of two gay sons writes open letter to DUP MLA

A Northern Ireland mother has written a heartfelt letter to DUP MLA Jim Wells about her two sons who are both gay.
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DUP councillor, Tom Smith.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay, says DUP councillor

A DUP councillor has broken ranks to step away from the party’s historic opposition to homosexuality by stating that “there is nothing wrong with being gay”.

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The Rinkha, Islandmagee, 
Picture By: Arthur Allison, Pacemaker.

Ice cream retailer reopens after burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at The Rinkha, Middle Road, in Islandmagee, during the early hours of this morning, Wednesday August 9.

A quantity of cash and cigarettes were stolen after entry to the premises was forced around 1.00 am.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has information which may assist police enquiries, to contact Detectives at Larne on 101, quoting reference 62 09/08/17.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has hit out at at those responsible for a break-in at The Rinkha, Islandmagee, last night.

Crime
Alan McQuillan

Gay Pride row: Ex-top PSNI man says officers should not parade with Orange

A former senior police officer has said it would be inappropriate for PSNI officers in uniform to parade with the Orange Order because of what he called the order’s “chequered history” in relation to violence.

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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson.

Greenisland broadband extension plan

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed a commitment for the provision of ultrafast fibre-optic broadband in the Greenisland area.

Business
Ulster Unionist Cllr. Mark McKinty

‘Community must stand resolute in favour of rule of law’

Ulster Unionist councillor for the Larne Lough area and former Policing and Community Safety chairperson Mark McKinty has welcomed sentencing of Ciaran Maxwell.

Crime
John Stewart

‘Back to worst days of Troubles if Maxwell had not been caught’

Ulster Unionist East Antrim MLA John Stewart has welcomed the sentencing of former Larne resident and Royal Marine Ciaran Maxell who has been found guilty of serious terrorist offences including bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons.

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Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs.

‘Significant terrorists deserve significant sentences’ Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed the jail sentence of 23 years, five on licence, handed down to the former Royal Marine from Larne.

Crime
Alderman Maureen Morrow

‘Disgust’ at car arson attack

Ulster Unionist Councillor for Coast Road Ald Maureen Morrow has expressed her disgust at an overnight arson attack which has left a car burnt out and another one damaged in Glenarm.

Crime
UTV news presenter and journalist, Paul Clark.

Support for UTV’s Clark after Sinn Fein criticism

UUP MLA Doug Beattie has voiced support for UTV’s Paul Clark after the presenter faced Sinn Fein criticism over a news feature on the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan.
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Oliver McMullan.

Council told to reveal cost of damage to pitch

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is investigating damage caused to a pitch by an Elventh night bonfire in Larne.

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Sammy Wilson speaking in the House of Commons

Wilson rubbishes legal challenge to DUP pact

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson has said that “a fool and his money are easily parted” after a campaign to challenge the DUP/Tory pact gained financial backing of over £20,000.

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Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton address media as talks wound up at Stormont Castle, Belfast, as Foster has said she is disappointed an agreement to restore powersharing has not been reached in Northern Ireland, suggesting a deal will now have to wait until at least the autumn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 4, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Politics. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

MLAs deserve salaries ‘because they are still working hard’

The leaders of Stormont’s two main parties have defended the continued payment of Assembly member salaries while devolution is in cold storage.

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Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

POLL: Should MLAs continue to receive salaries?

Northern Ireland has been without a government since January.
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The East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association garden party was held in Larne on Saturday July 1.

Ulster Unionists hold garden party

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association held a garden party in Larne on Saturday July 1.

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