UK Government apology 'bare minimum' for Ballymurphy families
The UK Government must apologise “as a bare minimum” to the families of 10 innocent civilians killed in west Belfast in 1971 in shootings involving the Army, Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister said.Speaking alongside Michelle O’Neill at a joint appearance at Clandeboye Golf Club in Bangor, Co Down, First Minister Arlene Foster recognised the Ballymurphy families’ fight for 50 years to clear their names, adding there are many others who are continuing to fight for justice.
Northern Ireland will only move forward when the region’s differing identities are respected by all, resigning First Minister Arlene Foster has said.Making her resignation speech to the Assembly chamber, the ousted DUP leader said her time as First Minister may have ended “abruptly” but she vowed to pursue “unfinished business” in championing Northern Ireland in other ways.Mrs Foster, who acknowledged she had not always made the right calls, became emotional as she closed her speech with an appeal for MLAs to act as “good neighbours”.
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DUP leader Edwin Poots has announced that Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan as his nomination to replace Arlene Foster as Northern Ireland’s new First Minister.Edwin Poots unveiled his new team during a series of announcements in the Great Hall at Stormont.
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Londonderry father Noel Barr has spoken of expecting a tearful family reunion after 15 months in Spain.The musician was also looking forward to playing gigs in his home city after becoming one of the first travellers to arrive in Northern Ireland after isolating was scrapped for the fully vaccinated.
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England is to allow US and EU travellers who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter without the need to quarantine.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the new rules will be in place from 4am on Monday August 2.The Cabinet minister said: “We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK.”It has not been announced whether the change will apply to people arriving in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Theatre lovers in Belfast have been treated to a live performance for the first time since the start of the pandemic.Only 90 minutes after Stormont regulations formally changed to permit theatres to reopen, the lights went down at the Lyric Theatre for the opening night of Dracula. It was the first audience the famous venue had hosted for 16 months. Stormont rules meant the 390-capacity theatre was only a third full and all audience members had to comply with a range of Covid mitigation measures, including the wearing of face masks. However, the restrictions did not dampen spirits and the call for people to take their seats was greeted with a loud cheer in the theatre bar and foyer ahead of the performance.
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Police are investigating suspected arson following a fire at a waste recycling plant in Belfast.Crews from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene of the incident at Bailey Waste Ltd, Limestone Road, Belfast, on Monday evening.Six fire trucks and 46 firefighters were deployed to fight the blaze, which has been brought under control, while members of the PSNI also attended the scene.
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Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has laid a wreath in Dublin to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.It is the first time the Sinn Fein politician has attended a Royal British Legion wreath-laying ceremony.She laid the wreath commemorating the 105-year anniversary alongside First Minister Paul Givan at the Irish National War Memorial at Islandbridge.
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Political leaders need to “dial down the tension” to help ensure a calm summer, Michelle O’Neill has said.The Sinn Fein deputy First Minister visited residents in the Clonard and New Lodge areas of Belfast on Tuesday ahead of the July 11 loyalist bonfires, which precede the traditional day of parades on July 12.
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Quotes from Stormont leaders Paul Givan, Michelle O'Neill and Robin Swann on a long-awaited law on opt-out organ donation in Northern Ireland.It was announced the legislation had been given approval to proceed by the Executive on Thursday by way of urgent procedure to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
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Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill has urged the DUP to "get their act together" to ensure effective governance at Stormont.The deputy First Minister said her partners in government were at a “crossroads” and faced a choice of continuing to be “rights deniers” or joining the other four executive parties in delivering a “modern and progressive” agenda.
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Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill have accepted their nominations as First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland.DUP leader Edwin Poots formally nominated Lagan Valley MLA Mr Givan at a special sitting of the Stormont Assembly on Thursday.Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy nominated his party colleague Ms O’Neill to take up the role of deputy First Minister.
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