DUP MP for Upper Bann
The SDLP has said it had to double-check that a statement from DUP MP Sammy Wilson calling on Claire Hanna to apologise for comments made in the House of Commons did not come from a parody account.
The untimely death of Christopher Stalford, aged just 39, is a profound tragedy that will irrevocably change the lives of his widow, Laura, and four children. Long after the headlines fade, their loss will be immense, enduring, keenly felt.
DUP politician Ian Paisley has received free tickets worth around £3,200 to several major sporting events in recent months. He has had more “freebies” in the past year than any of the other 17 Northern Ireland MPs.
Northern Ireland’s two largest unionist parties have criticised Shadow Secretary of State Louise Haigh after she suggested the British Government should remain neutral in the event of a border poll.
No doubt some very decent people served in the Army in Northern Ireland. I knew some of them. Some found themselves in difficult situations and had to make rapid judgments on whether to open fire or not. Getting it wrong in circumstances like those should not be harshly judged.
Positive though it was, UUP leader Doug Beattie’s call this week for more women from a unionist background to enter frontline politics felt like Groundhog Day. We’ve been hearing this for decades now.
With no sign that booking a holiday abroad is getting any easier, many face a dilemma around whether to opt for somewhere closer to home or face the challenges of the traffic light system, PCR tests and long queues at airports to catch some rays — and our local politicians are no different. Gillian Halliday, Andrew Madden and Eimear McGovern find out where some are heading for relaxation and escapism this year.
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