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Deadline to save Belfast’s Commonwealth Youth Games bid – BBC …

Media captionThe President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Louise Martin was speaking to BBC News NI’s Peter Coulter The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation has given politicians until 29 June to salvage Belfast’s bid to host the next Commonwealth Youth Games. Louise Martin was in the city following concerns that funding for the games had not been signed off by Stormont. Belfast is due to be handed the Games at the closing ceremony of this year’s event in the Bahamas on 23 July. About 1,000 young athletes are due to take part in the Games in Belfast in 2021. The Commonwealth Youth Games launched the careers of Carl Frampton and Jessica Ennis, and would be a landmark event for Northern Ireland’s centenary year. ‘Tight timeline’ On Friday, it emerged that the future of the 2021 games was in doubt as funding had not been signed off before the Northern … Continue reading

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Deadline to save Belfast’s Commonwealth Youth Games bid

Image caption Louise Martin said she only found out there was a problem last week The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation has given politicians until 29 June to salvage Belfast’s bid to host the next Commonwealth Youth Games. Louise Martin was in the city following concerns that funding for the games had not been signed off by Stormont. Belfast is due to be handed the Games at the closing ceremony of this year’s event in the Bahamas on 23 July. About 1,000 young athletes are due to take part in the Games in Belfast in 2021. The Commonwealth Youth Games launched the careers of Carl Frampton and Jessica Ennis, and would be a landmark event for Northern Ireland’s centenary year. ‘Tight timeline’ On Friday, it emerged that the future of the 2021 games was in doubt as funding had not been signed off before the Northern Ireland Executive collapsed. … Continue reading

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Sinn Fein adamant Arlene Foster cannot be first minister

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly leads some of his party colleagues out to speak to the press at Stormont Castle in east Belfast regarding the ongoing talks between local political parties to get the Northern Ireland Assembly up-and-running. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com June 20 2017 Sinn Fein is not budging on its insistence that Arlene Foster cannot return as Stormont first minister while a public inquiry into a botched green energy scheme is ongoing, Gerry Kelly has made clear. The republican party’s stance on the DUP leader is one of a number of issues of dispute standing in the way of restoring devolution at Stormont. The public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) affair – an ill-fated environmental initiative that left Stormont facing a potential £490 million overspend – will not start until the autumn and could run well into 2018, or further. Mrs Foster, who was Stormont economy minister … Continue reading

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Concern over legacy proposals consultation plan

The leader of the UUP and a leading victims’ group have expressed serious concern about government plans to begin public consultation on proposals for new institutions to deal with the legacy of the Troubles. The News Letter asked the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to comment on reports that DUP-Tory talks will encourage public consultation soon on Stormont House Agreement (SHA) bodies such as the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU). An NIO spokeswoman pointed out that the Conservative Party’s election manifesto contained a commitment to go out to public consultation. And she pointed to a statement by Secretary of State James Brokenshire in April where he said that the proposals are now “sufficiently developed that the next step should be to publish them for consultation” in order to listen to the views of victims. But Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann MLA is very concerned. “We seem to be charging headlong,” he said, … Continue reading

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No sign of election fatigue as political leaders first off the block in …

Alliance leader Naomi Long and her husband Michael By Noel McAdam June 9 2017 There was no rest for Northern Ireland’s political leaders as they hit the campaign trail for a final day – and went to vote themselves. Most of the main party figures voted early in yesterday’s General Election – and not always necessarily for their own parties. Three of the leaders were at their respective polling stations well in time to avoid the torrential rain which threatened to put a damper on turnout overall. But in many areas it appeared voters were not to be deterred, come rain or come shine. DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein’s Stormont chief Michelle O’Neill had both exercised their franchises by around 9am. The former First Minister did not have to travel far from home in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh where it was a racing certainty she voted for her former … Continue reading

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