11/11/2020

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One-Week Extension Of Restrictions Proposed

Health Minister Robin Swann has reportedly tabled a motion for a one-week extension of the current Covid-19 restrictions.

The DUP have previously rejected a proposal of a two-week extension. It is understood that the new proposal has been made in an effort to end the current deadlock.

The current restrictions are due to end at midnight tomorrow, Thursday 12, and no decision has yet been agreed on the next move.

Armistice Day Marked With Scaled Back Ceremony

Veterans and members of Belfast City Council have marked Armistice Day at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall.

The ceremony was significantly scaled back due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and saw just a small, socially distanced, group gather in front of the Cenotaph for the traditional 2-minute silence.

Members of the public were allowed to watch from a safe distance.
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Economy Minister Questioned Over Plans To Avoid Caterpillar Job Losses

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson have questioned the Economy Minister on how she plans to avoid the loss of jobs as Caterpillar in Larne and Belfast.

It follows an announcement by the manufacturing firm last week of up to 700 redundancies.

Mr Dickson said: "This has come as a devastating blow to Larne, with many families facing extremely hard times in the run up to Christmas.

"I welcome the Minister's desire to save jobs locally, to work with other bodies to slow the losses and provide support for those affected as they move forward elsewhere.

"However we can't afford to see this happen time and time again and we must take steps now to protect and enhance our manufacturing sector here in Northern Ireland. I hope she will take stock, recognise the trends towards greener sectors, take steps to offer greener apprenticeships and ensure the financial support is there for those wanting to deliver a new way of doing business."


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