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Martin McGuinness addresses 2016 Sinn Fein ard fheis (Friday night) in Convention Centre Dublin

Martin McGuinness to stand down at the next election

The former Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has announced he will stand down as an MLA at the next election. His statement is this; “Last year, Gerry Adams and I confirmed that we had a plan in place for transition to a new leadership. For my part, it was my intention to step aside in more…


Sinn Fein now back the call for a Public Inquiry

Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced that he will be setting up a public inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act. This is a reverse of the Sinn Fein stance on this issue. Outlining his rationale he says; Throughout this week I have been continuing to focus on the RHI crisis. “As part of that work, more…

Claire Sugden

Claire Sugden will seek re-election in March

From the outgoing Justice Minister’s Facebook Page; Firstly, thank you for your kind wishes throughout this dreadful, political crisis. I am overwhelmed that you have taken time to contact me offering support and encouragement. It tells me there is hope. I never envisaged that less than a year into my mandate I would be defending more…

St Andrews Agreemtn

Irish Language Act debate

This morning on Nolan a debate between Conor Murphy and Edwin Poots continued over the Irish Language Act .@audioBoom Here’s the Edwin Poots interview which is trending across UK on Twitter – let me know what you think . — Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) January 17, 2017 The provision within the agreement states that However, more…


Executive Falls; Election likely to be on March 2nd

The 5pm deadline has passed and the Executive has fallen after nearly a decade in office. The Secretary of Stare is due to speak within the next 30 mins but the election date is widely expected to be Thursday 2nd March. This gives us a 7 week campaign.


Seeley will not stand at the upcoming election

Upper Bann Sinn Fein MLA, Catherine Seeley has announced she will not be seeking re-election. Speaking about her decision she said; “Serving the people of Upper Bann as a Sinn Féin MLA over recent months has been a huge honour and privilege. “After much consideration, I have now decided that I will not be putting more…


Ruane to step down at the next election

The serving Principal Deputy Speaker and former Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane will be standing down at the next election. Speaking about her decision she said; “It has been an honour and privilege to represent the people of South Down in the Assembly for the last 14 years. “Over the years I have been involved in assisting more…

DFP Legal Avdice

Department of Finance release advice to the Minister over the Bedroom Tax

There was a dispute between the Finance Minister and the Communities Minister over whether mitigation payments could be made to the 34,000 homes who would be impacted by the introduction of the Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland. Although advice from officials within the department argue that provisions already exist to bring these mitigations in.


Givan restores Líofa Bursary Scheme funding

My decision on the Líofa Bursary Scheme was not a political decision. I have now identified the necessary funding to advance this scheme. — Paul Givan (@paulgivan) January 12, 2017 Olive branch being offered, but is it too little, too late?


Foster “While at this moment in time it may seem all hope is lost I still believe we can work to achieve better and brighter days ahead”

The DUP Leader, Arlene Foster spoke today about launching an inquiry into the RHI scheme I indicated last evening that I am disappointed that Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister.  Today the consequences of what has happened is that it is much more difficult to deal with the RHI problems which I want to more…

Martin McGuinness addresses 2016 Sinn Fein ard fheis (Friday night) in Convention Centre Dublin

Martin McGuinness resigns as Deputy First Minister

Sinn Fein have finally taken the plunge of calling it a day and bringing the curtain down on nearly 10 years of devolution. I will admit, that I thought they would never do it but Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister. “Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached more…


Sinn Fein lodge motion of no confidence in the Speaker

The Sinn Fein Chief Whip, Carál Ní Chuilin has announced that the party has lodged a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Newton. Outlining the party’s rationale she says; We have lodged our motion of no confidence in Speaker Robin Newton. The performance in the Assembly on 19th December was a more…


Sinn Fein release proposed terms of reference for RHI investigation

Sinn Fein released their proposed terms of references for an investigation into the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. The Opposition Parties were critical on Talkback with Naomi Long and Mike Nesbitt voicing concerns about the proposals While @mikenesbittni point about LCJ appointing chair rather than AG makes more sense still can’t see @duponline agreeing to terms more…


What to look out for in 2017….

2016 was a fascinating year in politics with an election, Brexit and the US Presidential race. Now we are near the end of the year, I thought I would take a look ahead to see what else could surprise us in 2017. (This list is by no means definitive, if I have missed anything put more…

RHI Scheme and the sector it could have helped.

On Christmas Eve, the Irish News Political Correspondent, John Manley had an interesting story in the paper about the RHI scheme and the sectors that it could have helped. He reports; Deti’s delayed launch of the regional RHI in 2012 came not long after the Stormont-sponsored Agri-Food Strategy Board set out its plan to increase more…