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Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over gay candidate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFree Presbyterian Church in Ballymena website A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections. Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday. In […]

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Scotland’s bottle return scheme deposit to be set at 20p

Image caption Bottles and cans, as well as plastic drinking bottles will be included in the scheme for Scotland The Scottish government has outlined its plans for a deposit return scheme for some plastic drinking containers, cans and glass. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham told MSPs at Holyrood that a “return to retail” model would be […]

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British-Irish conference: Brexit rights deal to be signed

Image copyright Getty Images British and Irish ministers are to sign a deal to preserve the Common Travel Area after Brexit. It guarantees free movement for citizens crossing the Irish border and cross-border access for study and health care. It comes as NI’s parties meet in an attempt to break the Stormont deadlock. Northern Ireland […]

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Scottish government scraps air tax cut

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Aviation bosses have criticised the Scottish government’s u-turn over the promised tax cut Controversial plans to cut the amount of tax paid by passengers flying from Scottish airports have been scrapped after a backlash over the environmental impact. The Scottish government had wanted to reduce air departure tax by 50% […]

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Tax-dodging puppy farmers targeted in HMRC operation

Image copyright HMRCImage caption HMRC officers have uncovered fraudsters selling puppies on a mass scale More than £5m in unpaid tax has been recovered from hundreds of dog breeders and traders selling puppies on the black market. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) launched an investigation in 2015 after animal welfare groups expressed concerns puppies were […]

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Should National Assembly hold meetings outside Cardiff?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Cardiff’s Senedd – but should full meetings sometimes be held outside the Welsh capital? Should the National Assembly meet outside Cardiff? The question has been asked by Presiding Officer Elin Jones, as she reflected on 20 years since the first assembly sat in 1999. The Ceredigion AM said the assembly […]