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20/01/2017

Parties To Discuss Recommendations Of Historical Abuse Inquiry

The SDLP, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), Alliance Party and the Green Party are pushing for a debate in the Assembly to discuss the recommendations of the Historical Abuse Inquiry (HIA).

Former High Court Judge Justice Anthony Hart published his recommendations following the conclusion of the HIA today, 20 January.
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The report, which stretches to over 2,000 pages, details the sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse that children were subjected to in institutional care settings over a significant period.

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20 January 2017
Parties To Discuss Recommendations Of Historical Abuse Inquiry
The SDLP, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), Alliance Party and the Green Party are pushing for a debate in the Assembly to discuss the recommendations of the Historical Abuse Inquiry (HIA). Former High Court Judge Justice Anthony Hart published his recommendations following the conclusion of the HIA today, 20 January.
20 January 2017
Martin McGuinness Will Not Stand In NI Election
Former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has confirmed that he will not be standing for re-election in the Assembly in March. Mr McGuinness, 66, said his health and the current Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal were factors in his decision.
20 January 2017
On-Street Parking Charges To Increase
On-street parking in Belfast, Newry and Lisburn is to increase from February. Charges in Belfast City Centre will increase by 20p per hour from £1.20 to £1.40, while a number of streets on the edge of the city centre with a current charge of 80p per hour will increase to £1.20 per hour.
20 January 2017
Man Arrested After Woman Found Dead In Co Armagh
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a property in Co Armagh. The woman was discovered at a house in the Toberhewny Hall area in Lurgan at around 2.50am on Friday morning, 20 January. A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death.
20 January 2017
Plans To Cut Belfast Bike Scheme Reversed
Plans to cut the Belfast bike scheme have been reversed. The proposals included reducing the free time from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. However, councillors on Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee voted to keep the scheme as it is. Alliance Councillor Michael Long welcomed the decision.
20 January 2017
Guy Martin To Take Part In North West 200
Lancashire man Guy Martin is to make his first international road racing appearance at the 2017 Vauxhall North West 200 in Portrush, Co Antrim on the new Honda Fireblade. He recently announced that he is to return to the sport with the Honda Racing squad after missing the 2016 season.
20 January 2017
Finance Minister Orders Public Inquiry Into RHI Scheme
Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has moved to institute a public inquiry over the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The scheme is expected to cost the public purse around £490million.
20 January 2017
Dr Andrew Crawford Resigns From Stormont Role
An ex-special adviser to former First Minister Arlene Foster has resigned from his role at Stormont. Dr Andrew Crawford announced his resignation after a public inquiry was instigated into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which is set to cost the public purse around £490million.
20 January 2017
Allen Knocked Out Of Quarter Finals
Co Antrim man Mark Allen has been knocked out of the Masters Snooker. He was defeated by Marco Fu after losing 6-2 on Thursday, 19 January. He lost the first three frames, however he fought back on the fourth and fifth. Fu then took over and won the last three frames. He will now play against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals.
20 January 2017
Other News In Brief
Two People Convicted Of Benefit Fraud Two people have been convicted for claiming benefits they were not entitled to at Londonderry Magistrates' Court. Michael Doherty claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,945 while failing to declare employment. He was given a conditional discharge for two years.