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Election 2017: West Tyrone – anger on the doors, but who will pay?

According to a number of candidates, there is much anger on the doors in West Tyrone at the necessity of creating another Assembly so soon after the last – and perceptions of major waste of public money at Stormont.

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Cookstown town centre in full bloom.

Election 2017: Mid Ulster has just one DUP figure standing

Sinn Fein’s political dominance in Mid Ulster continued in last year’s Assembly election after all three of its candidates were elected on the first count.

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The Co Fermanagh lakelands

Election 2017: Fermanagh S/Tyrone should see Arlene home safe

No doubt many will see the contest in Fermanagh South Tyrone as a referendum on DUP leader Arlene Foster in her own constituency, in light of the ongoing Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) controversy.

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Green Party leader Steven Agnew made the request for information last month

RHI scandal: ‘Ridiculous’ lack of clarity over Green Party request

A refusal to release ministerial advice surrounding the RHI scheme over fears that it could lead to ‘lower quality decision making,’ has been branded “simply ridiculous” by Steven Agnew.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster

RHI scandal: Foster denies official’s claim she delayed cost controls

One of Arlene Foster’s civil servants has claimed the introduction of RHI cost controls was delayed because of an instruction from Mrs Foster – but she has said that is wrong.

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Michelle O'Neill at the 25th anniversary commemoration of four IRA men shot dead by the SAS in an ambush in Clonoe

'Everyone has the right to remember their dead in a respectful manner' - O'Neill

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill has deflected criticism of her attendance at the 25th anniversary commemoration of four young IRA men shot dead in an ambush by the SAS.
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Registration to vote in Assembly elections closes at 5pm today

Registration to vote in Assembly elections closes at 5pm today

There are only hours left to register to vote in the upcoming Assembly elections.
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More flags have been put up to replace the 'unauthorised' Union flag pole in Magherafelt

More Union flags go up in Cookstown and Magherafelt

In answer to removal of an 'unauthorised' flag pole in Magherafelt a new Union flag has been attached to a lamppost near the Diamond roundabout at the centre of the row.

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'Unathorised' Union flag put up in Magherafelt

WATCH: 'Unauthorised' Magherafelt Union flag removed with angle grinder

An 'unathorised' Union flag that was erected by the British Truth Forum in the centre of Magherafelt in the early hours of Wednesday morning, has now been removed.
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Attorney General John Larkin

Attorney Challenge makes dramatic intervention over RHI scheme

Northern Ireland’s top law officer is considering mounting a challenge to the legality of the entire Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, he revealed today.

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Sinn Fein Councillor Darren Totten

Magherafelt councillor calls for 'immediate removal' of unapproved Union flag

Calling for the immediate removal of an unapproved Union flag from Magherafelt, Mid Ulster Councillor Darren Totten said its erection last night was an "attempt to sectarianise the election" and deflect from the RHI scandal.

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Union flag re-appears in Magherafelt without permission

Contentious Union flag re-appears in Magherafelt overnight

Eighteen months after Mid Ulster District Council voted to remove the Union flag from Magherafelt town centre it has reappeared - and the British Truth Forum claims responsibility.
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RUC and British Army checking cars at the border in the 1980s

Northern Ireland Office declines request for definition of PM’s ‘frictionless border’

Following expert advice that checkpoints will be unavoidable following Brexit, the Northern Ireland Office has refused to define what Theresa May’s ‘frictionless’ border means.

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DUP peer welcomes landslide victory on Irish Sex Offences Bill

DUP peer welcomes landslide victory on Irish Sex Offences Bill

A vote quashing opposition to a bill on the criminalisation of paying for sexual services in the Republic of Ireland has been welcomed by DUP peer Lord Morrow.

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SDLP Assembly candidate Patsy McGlone

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

SDLP Mid Ulster Assembly candidate Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland.

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Sinn Fin leader Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill's comments on Foster 'outrageous' - Wilson

The DUP's Sammy Wilson has described Michelle O'Neill's comments that Arlene Foster should not be put forward for office following the election as "an outrageous attempt by Sinn Féin to dictate to unionists in general and the DUP in particular as to who will be our leader."
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McGuinness nominated for top peace prize

McGuinness nominated for top peace prize

Former Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has been nominated for a peace prize which includes the likes of Nelson Mandela among its past winners.

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RUC and British Army checking cars at the border in the 1980s

Experts say Brexit means a customs border in Ireland

Despite Theresa May’s ‘nice words’ to the contrary, unless Northern Ireland remains part of the EU customs union there will be customs check points and a border between the north and south.

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Lord Morrow says he has suffered 'worst political abuse in 40 years' over RHI joke

Lord Morrow says he has suffered 'worst political abuse in 40 years' over RHI joke

In answer to UUP criticism about a joke on the botched RHI scheme, Lord Morrow said "he has never encountered such conduct or abuse" in 40 years in politics.

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The botched RHI scheme is costing taxpayers 85k a day

Morrow lambasted for 'shameful' joke about RHI scheme

DUP peer and MLA, Lord Maurice Morrow, has been criticised by his UUP counterpart for making a joke about the botched RHI scheme, which is costing tax payers £85k a day.
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