30/10/2018

Other News In Brief

Vandalised War Memorial Set To Be Replaced

A World War One memorial outside Larne, which was vandalised in a weekend attack, is set to be replaced in time for Remembrance Sunday on 11 November.

The Ghost Tommy is an aluminium silhouette that was erected in Cairncastle as part of a UK-wide Armistice project.

Workers from Mid and East Antrim Council removed the damaged sculpture on Monday 29 October and plan to reinstall it within the next two weeks.

East Antrim DUP MLA Gordon Lyon condemned those who defaced the statue and said the local community will "reject this intolerance".

McNarry Calls For Convention To Address Unionist Anger

The former leader of UKIP in Northern Ireland has called for a convention to address the "anger within unionism".

It comes almost two years since the collapse of the power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland, with no clear plans in place to re-establish devolved government.

In his statement, Mr McNarry hit out at the additional powers being handed to civil servants for greater flexibility in decision-making, as well as the stance of the Republic of Ireland during Brexit negotiations. He believes his proposal of a unionist convention would help address these issues.

He said: "A Secretary of State is only fearful of upsetting republicans on both sides of the border by introducing direct rule, rushing through Parliament a powder puff power casket to unelected civil servants.

"The same civil servants who throughout Executive devolution held court in their own inner circle power house directive at arms length from their respective Ministers.

"The same who sat in front of the RHI Inquiry and squirmed uncomfortably when under fire."

The former UKIP leader continued to refer to the "cross antagonistic interference in Northern Ireland's internal affairs by the Irish", and said a convention will "put the house of unionism into order".

L'Derry Woman In Custody After Stabbing

A mother-of-three has been remanded in custody after being charged with stabbing a man in her home on the evening of Monday 29 October.

The PSNI received a call from the ambulance service about the incident in Bealachmor in the Hazelbank area of L'Derry.

Ursula Louise Logue, 34, told police she stabbed the man three times on the left leg and once in his left forearm in self defence, following an alcohol and drugs binge.

Paramedics treated the victim, who sustained four deep puncture wounds.

Mrs Logue was arrested on the Ringfort Road, nearby the scene of the stabbing in her own home.



(JG/CM)

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