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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.

Business
This is the only time that MLAs have sat in the Assembly chamber since January  and it lasted just 46 minutes

MLA pay rise, despite just 46 minutes in Assembly chamber

MLAs received a £500 salary increase in March – and are in line for a similar increase in six months’ time, despite not having sat in the Assembly since March.

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DUP MP Emma Pengelly has called for public funding for 'Relatives For Justice' to be stopped after it tweeted an image of a plaque in memory of three IRA men who were killed in 1988 while trying to killed a UDR soldier.

Funders won’t withdraw money over IRA tweet

An organisation that funds a victims’ group which tweeted a photograph of an IRA memorial plaque has rejected DUP calls for its finances to be frozen.

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Pedestrians were being put at risk in Ballygawley - SDLP

Mid Ulster SDLP Councillor Sharon McAleer has welcomed the start of road safety improvements at Main Street, Ballygawley, adjacent to St Mary’s Primary School.

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Linda Dillon, MLA

Dillon welcomes court ruling

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Linda Dillon has welcomed a High Court directive ordering police and security chiefs to hand over intelligence files relating to loyalist killings.

Crime
A general view of a hospital corridor

Health waiting times grow even worse

Crucial health service waiting list times have continued to worsen, according to the latest set of figures released today.

Health
Locals and paratroopers clashing in Coalisland in May 1992

Declassified files: Official’s private alarm at paratroopers’ role in 1992 Coalisland riots

Six days before paratroopers were involved in serious rioting in Coalisland, a civil servant had raised serious concerns about the unit’s activities in the area, declassified files reveal.

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Tony Doris and two other IRA men died when they were ambushed by the SAS in Coagh in 1991

Declassified files: Parents of Michelle O’Neill’s cousin ‘did not want him in the IRA’

The parents of Michelle O’Neill’s cousin did not want him to join the IRA, according to the views of the parish priest which are revealed in declassified government files.

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The website was due to be launched on Monday.

Anonymous ex-politicians to launch new unionist website

A group of former politicians is today launching a new website with the aim of stimulating debate within unionism – but the people behind the project are not coming forward to say who they are.

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Belfast born actor, Martin McCann, plays one of the lead characters in 'Maze'.

WATCH: New film about 1983 IRA prison escape out next month

A film about republican prisoners escaping from Her Majesty's Maze Prison in 1983 will be released next month.
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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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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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Michelle O'Neil at the commemoration for IRA members killed in Loughall. in 1987. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker Press

Ex IRA bomber: O’Neill had chance to write a new chapter but instead chose to commemorate IRA terror

The IRA’s armed struggle was indivisible and it encompassed all the shameful sectarian murders, writes the former bomber Shane Paul O’Doherty. Michelle O’Neill could have avoided celebrating that, but chose the path of least integrity in commemorating the Loughgall terrorists:

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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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Sinn Fein call for graffiti in Coalisland to be removed

Call for an end to ‘revving engines’ in the night at Coalisland

Sinn Féin councillors Joe O’Neill and Niamh Doris have asked for PSNI to do more in relation to ‘little boy racer’s’ causing a nuisance in Coalisland town.

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The Northern Ireland Audit Office report raises multiple concerns about the RHI scheme

Ten RHI boilers running almost every hour of the day as owners cash in

Ten RHI boilers were running for almost all of the year except for the time required to service them, with the owners receiving huge taxpayer-funded payments, auditors have found.

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Magherafelt Council

DUP motion to change flag policy rejected by Mid Ulster Council

Mid Ulster District Council has rejected a DUP motion calling on the council to amend its policy on the flying of the Union flag at its buildings.

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Northern Ireland reacts to the 2017 General Election.

Social Media: NI reacts to General Election 2017

It was an eventful night in Northern Ireland.

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