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You're watching a specially extended BBC Newsline,

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with one main story - the Deputy First Minister Martin

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McGuinness announces that he's stepping down.

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He says the public are outraged at the squandering of money,

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Today I have told Arlene Foster that I have tendered my resignation,

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effective from five o'clock today. I believe today is the right time to

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call halt to the DUP's arrogance. Arlene Foster said she is

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disappointed by Sinn Fein's decision, which she says leaves no

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government to resolve the problem. I'm at Stormont where we'll be

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asking how we got to this point, we'll have reaction from all

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the parties here and we'll be trying In our other news this evening,

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a drunk driver who killed teenage student has his jail term increased

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by the appeal court. As the last United Airlines flight

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from Belfast to New York takes off, hope that other airlines may

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interested in taking over the route. And it's been chilly enough today

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after the mild weather over the weekend but that's nothing

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compared to what's coming our Warnings have been issued for both

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snow and strong winds. Martin McGuinness says he is

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resigning as Deputy First Minister because it's "time to call a halt

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to the DUP's arrogance". While there has been more

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than a month of political wrangling over the renewable heat scandal,

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in his formal resignation letter to the Assembly

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Speaker Robin Newton, Mr McGuinness said that The DUP had

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never fully embraced "the equality, mutual respect and all-Ireland

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approaches enshrined He also said successive

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British governments had. "Undermined the process of change

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by refusing to honour agreements ... While imposing austerity

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and Brexit against the best Mr McGuinness then went

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on to say that the DUP leader Arlene Foster had a clear

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conflict of interest". And as "

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The minister responsible for the RHI role in overseeing how it

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would be rectified." Mr McGuinness who has been suffering

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from ill-health in recent months said that had nothing to do

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with his decision to leave office. In a moment, in this specially

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extended BBC Newsline, we'll hear what his resignation

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means for the Assembly and the prospect of an election

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as Sinn Fein say they will not be We will find out what his

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resignation means for the assembly and look forward to the prospect of

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an election but first our correspondent Gareth Gordon looks to

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the announcement that took many by surprise. He looked and sounded

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frail but there was no doubting the strength of what Martin McGuinness

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was about to say. We in Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of

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Arlene Foster and the DUP, Sinn Fein was -- Sinn Fein wants equality and

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respect for everyone and that is what this process must be about. So

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today I have told Arlene Foster that I have tendered my resignation,

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effective from five o'clock today. He made it clear this was no longer

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just about the heating scandal and that alone. Said other decisions.

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The speckled assertions. The RHI was -- has run over by half ?1 billion

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and has left the process wide open to corruption. All of these things

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are hugely concerning for others in Sinn Fein and you can see by the

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wiki debate on hurling side has continued in the cause of recent

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times there is a massive public outcry. There may not be a mass of

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public-private outcry in the ranks of the DUP, I told Arlene Foster the

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DUP have been living in a bubble. They do not seem to understand how

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serious the general public and voters and other parties in the

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assembly make of this ridiculous situation which bears full

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responsibility for the Minnesota the DUP rebel in charge. Martin

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McGuinness was asked if his health was a factor. My health has

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absolutely nothing to do with this whatsoever, I have been deeply

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involved in all of the conversations in the course of recent weeks, not

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just with our negotiating team but I was here last week speaking to

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Arlene Foster. I have been doing my job. As is appropriate for me to do

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so. Sounds like it'll take more an election to resolve this. There will

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be no interruption to the status quo and spent -- now return to the

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status quo except on terms acceptable to Sinn Fein. The

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situation we have been dealing with this unacceptable, I have now called

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a halt to the DUP arrogance and of the DUP think in the aftermath of an

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election that they can step back into ministerial positions short of

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resolving the critical issues, some of which I have identified during

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the course of this conversation, then they are living in a fools

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paradise. In an election will Martin McGuinness be a candidate? Goal that

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is something I will speak to you about at a later date, about my

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resignation. Ten years ago Martin McGuinness began a relationship with

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a DUP leader that was warmer than anyone could have expected. But as

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the cash for ash scandal heated up things with Arlene Foster cools

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down, and Stormont now faces a very long time with a deep freeze, --

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with a deep freeze. Let's get analysis from our

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political editor Mark Devenport and Mark people will be surprised

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not just by the announcement by Martin McGuinness today but also

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by the obvious deterioration Sinn Fein has not specified what the

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illness is that Martin McGuinness has been suffering from City Council

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that your god is the trip to China last month, but you don't have to be

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a doctor to be light it is serious. Has it been a factor in the

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decision-making in this? Martin says no, what we did speak to the former

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Sinn Fein MLA Daniel Mackay earlier today and he said that comments from

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Arlene Foster at the about Sinn Fein politicians jockeying for politician

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-- for position behind Martin McGuinness's back at up the ante. I

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think those comments from the First Minister went down like a lead

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balloon, obviously the First Minister thought that by trying to

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raise the health of the Deputy First Minister that she could create a

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distraction from her own problems but I think all it does, all it has

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done is highlighted the lack of leadership skills the First Minister

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has because if the Deputy First Minister had been in the same

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position he would not have taken advantage of his partner's health.

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Set out the timetable of what happens. At five o'clock tonight

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Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster officially stop being first and

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Debbie diverse minister. Arlene Foster can still carry out some

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functions of the office but effectively the clock is ticking and

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the bat on passes to the Secretary of State on Monday. It is then up to

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him to cause a -- to call an election. You can take a reasonable

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measure of time by doing that but if he does call an election on a

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six-week campaign we could look at a fresh poll in early March.

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And all the while, while the election campaign takes place, what

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happens with the RHI scheme? In terms of stemming potential

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losses, ?490 million, that is now scheme that has been put in place.

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In terms of the Green bean independent investigation, nothing

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on that score either. Some might say we are cutting off our nose to spite

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our face but Sinn Fein says when we return it will not be to the status

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quo so that must mean wider negotiations not just on the

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renewable heat scandal but on a wider range of issues.

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Well Martin's McGuinness's decision to resign comes almost ten years

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BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson looks back at some of the twists

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and turns which led up to today's dramatic events.

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He has been Stormont's longest serving minister, stretching back to

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the early days of power-sharing. I nominate Martin McGuinness as

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Minister for education. An even bigger surprise was to come when he

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became Deputy First Minister, he got an remarkably well with Ian Paisley.

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We have been described as the chuckle Brothers by people who

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thought that might by people who would have demeaned as in the

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beginning. It turned against them in the end and we hope we can chuckle

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through 2008. Would Peter Robinson took over as First Minister

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relations became strained, very strange, but they somehow managed to

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work through it. We have disagreements at times, there has

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never been an occasion where we have refused to speak to one another so

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we have the ability to sit down and work out your problems. When Arlene

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Foster became First Minister initially be worked well together,

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and at the time of last year 's election Martin McGuinness said he

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was looking forward to making the new executive work. I am as fit as a

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fiddle, I have all my faculties and great support from my family and

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party and they are adamant I continue with the work I do. The IRA

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tried to kill Arlene Foster's father, for how this meant that

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working with Sinn Fein was never easy but she said she was prepared

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to do it for the greater good. I want to focus on the future and not

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the past. One of the big challenges was a Brexit Ford, it did make life

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difficult but did not cause a crisis. The test will be how this

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British Prime Minister deals with the issues of concern that we have

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raised to what will be a very historic negotiation. Now a definite

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was Asian is on the cards. On the table will be RHI, the Irish

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language, social issues, dealing with the past and all the other

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issues that have poured DUP and Sinn Fein apart in recent months. That --

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now a definite change is on the cards.

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Let's TZ some of those issues. Paul, you have been accused of arrogant

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and living in a bubble. Given that came from Gerry Adams that is said

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on that issue. Obviously we're disappointed that Martin has decided

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to resign and walk away instead of dealing with these problems, we had

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an election months ago and Arlene was returned with a renewed mandate

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of over 200,000 votes, Sinn Fein did not like that and I can understand

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why but we need to work through these problems but instead they

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walked through the door. We will go to the country and put forward

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positions and let's be clear, this is not about the RHI scheme, the now

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can't be an enquiry because of Sinn Fein, we cannot recover the money

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under the proposals that we are ready to use because of Sinn Fein,

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instead they have called an election. Because this is about

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removing Arlene Foster as the leader of unionism and weakening unionism

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to pursue a public agenda. Did you take Sinn Fein and the support for

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granted? We did not, we recognise that the electorate at the people

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return individuals to office, we do business with people on that basis.

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We are not friends with Sinn Fein did not seek to be friends with Sinn

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Fein but we do business with Sinn Fein because that is the electorate

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decided to return. The public will suffer as a result of this decision

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because cannot now have a budget. And the finance Minister knows that

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better than anyone else. The voluntary and community sector will

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be pitting people on notice. The Bedroom Tax for example, I can bring

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a regulation in to stop that being introduced to Sinn Fein have two be

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held to account for how they are using the public. With painting does

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Arlene Foster stepping aside six weeks ago not look like a better

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action? Arlene Foster is being called to account three Sinn Fein

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Republican agenda, not evidence. That is due process to be followed,

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we said we want the enquiry and said that we would have a public enquiry

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under the enquiry is act 2005. Sinn Fein did not want that. We wanted

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proposals to deal with these costs and Sinn Fein did not want it, they

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want to go to the country because there are internal issues in

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republicanism that is clear from the interview that Martin McGuinness has

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given over who will replace him and there is a wider narrative around

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the maze development, the Irish line which act, all the things that Sinn

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Fein don't like. They have brought the issue is down. How the comeback

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as a result of the -- after the results of the electorate is the

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challenge. So that is not alternative? We are calling time on

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corruption and arrogance, corruption evidence by red sky and numb and RHI

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scheme, and of course there can be no investigation into the RHI scheme

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until Arlene Foster steps aside. She has scuppered the investigation by

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refusing to do that. But also breathtaking arrogance and

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disrespect for the tradition as evidenced by the decision at the

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mouth of Christmas, to take ?50,000 from children who want to learn

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Irish language. Talking about straws that broke the camel 's back, the

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RHI scheme and awaited DUP have created that scheme and refused to

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shoot the military or allow us to have the investigation -- refused to

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show humility. The issues that both concerned about, of course we are

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concerned about, we want to see good governance. Did they take you for

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granted? We want a government that has zero tolerance for sectarianism

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of corruption. Did they take the public for granted? Did the bite off

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more than they could chew? Did do not listen to the warnings?

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Absolutely. The DUP were told again and again, act with respect to

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everyone. Now we are facing internal action over corruption and

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arrogance. Martin McGuinness said there will be no corrupt -- now

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return to the status quo. It is clear that there will be protracted

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negotiations are so we could have no Stormont for a couple of years. That

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is up to the DUP in particular poll has already said about what happens

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after the election. I'm saying very clearly there will be no return to

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the status quo, we will not go back to any government that tolerates

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corruption or sectarianism in any way and that is what has been

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hallowed to happen in the last few weeks with the RHI scheme. We have

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called time on that. Poll about the decision not Irish language that was

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read by many nationalists as extremely arrogant. That is not the

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case, Irish language is for everyone, it was Unionist to kept

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the language alive Scottish Presbyterians, a language that all

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should be proud of. When you look at Bursaries around ?500 per child, is

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that money that could have been better spent? It was not an attack

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on the Irish language. But to weaponised and use it as a cultural

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weapon which Sinn Fein have done repeatedly that is what does most

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damage to the Irish language. Do you find yourself in a long negotiations

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when the Irish language act will come on the table and you will be

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forced to bring that its additions up and running? The DUP have never

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been forced to do anything at the behest of Sinn Fein and we will not

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be forced to remove a leader at the behest of Sinn Fein. What are you

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saying to the public? You will have no government for X number of

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months? We want the government to work. We have shown government can

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work and none of the issues that Sinn Fein have now used to justify

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calling time as they have put it on these institutions are not the one

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year ago, two years ago in terms of debates but for whatever reason and

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the public know what they are within the republican movement there using

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those reasons to bring these institutions to ahead thank you

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both. The Secretary of State James

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Brokenshire said a short time ago that the UK government

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would do all it can to help The position is clear. If Sinn Fein

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does not nominate a replacement to the role of the different minister

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then I am obliged to call an election of the assembly within a

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reasonable period. I would urge the political parties, the leaders of

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the political parties to come together and work together to find a

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solution to the current position and we will be doing all that we can

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with the political parties and the Irish government to that end.

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I'm joined now by UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt;

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. This is the worst outcome for everyone, doesn't it? Yes, it is not

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about the renewable heat initiative, if it was Sinn Fein would hang into

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old Arlene Foster to account to bringing the cost controls were

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missing. It cost ?85,000 of taxpayer money today because of the lack of

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cost controls and they would be looking for a public enquiry or

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something similar. So it is not about renewable heat it is about

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Sinn Fein looking after Sinn Fein 's interests and I hope the public

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reflect on the fact we have had ten years of Sinn Fein DUP rule, decade

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characterised by scandals, tobaccos and disappointments and if we do go

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to the polls but remember that there is the possibility of change. There

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was change in America and with Brexit, people do react when they

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get angry and people are angry about renewable heat. Poll given was

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pretty bullish about their chances in an election and you are a long

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way behind them. This surely cuts down on the time you had to give

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unionism Altera device. Yama what is different about this cannot compare

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to the others like red sky and the social investment fund, people

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generally get this, they understand cash for Ash is a real scandal and

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the crush of -- the cross about it. They may welcome the opportunity to

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commit an vote and if you look at voting patterns in 1998, ten to the

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assembly 70%, last year 55%, if anything will encourage people to

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come out and vote for change, to change this full record of

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incompetence, this must be it. Thank you. Let's hear from the leader of

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the SDLP. This is disastrous for all the parties because you have to

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quote and face the electorate several months after doing the same

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thing. We are not afraid of an election, we look forward to it. But

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it has been brought about by Arlene Foster's arrogance and Sinn Fein 's

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weakness over the past ten years. Did they not commit stronger today

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because they have brought the institutions down and forced her

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hand and she did not take it? They had an opportunity to vote for the

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public enquiry and didn't take it. If you look at what happened today,

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Sinn Fein talk a lot about the ad is in good and equality. They produced

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a draft programme for government couple of weeks ago was no mention

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of an Irish line would act, nor anti-poverty strategy and now

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poverty Bill, but we were told we had to wear that and accepted so

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Sinn Fein are now seeing they are annoyed at the way the DUP have

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acted but they have aided and abetted them for ten years. I don't

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know what they're worried about, we do know today is the will not be a

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full public enquiry into the RHI scheme. Those people who should be

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afraid of accountability are getting a two-month holiday from a

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credibility. I do not understand it in the public don't. Could be a much

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longer holiday all-round, Google will wonder about a budget and what

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happens next. We still don't have a budget or a final programme for

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government, we don't have a plan for Brexit. During this crisis what will

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happen is Theresa May will trigger article 50. We will be in the

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process of Brexit in the area most affected by it will have no voice.

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That is because of the arrogance and weakness of these two parties.

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Let's hear from the Alliance party. The Brexit issue is a massive one,

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we have Nicola Sturgeon talking about them being the only government

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with a plan. We are part of the UK with no government. Worse than that,

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when we did have a government it was not one capable of showing

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leadership which is why we're standing here today. The reality is

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that the DUP have been entirely tone deaf, both of the partners in

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government and the anger of public outside these situations. Sinn Fein

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are happy to prop up when it suited them because they too were being

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arrogant, we were not seeing the proper process is being gone through

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with respect to budget controls and everything else. Now we find that

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Sinn Fein are obviously getting pushed by their own electorate and

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so they have called this four part biblical posturing, not for the

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public of Northern Ireland. The public are sick to the back teeth of

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the crisis at Stormont. They want good government and to see people

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who are less keen to dig responsibility as they are to take

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power. And what we have here is not that it is the opposite. That is the

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message you have said before and it has not seen the Alliance through to

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victory. It has not but this is a different situation because what I

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detect that there is real anger, real anger and change things and we

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offering them a different alternative. We are willing to take

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responsibility and stand up and be accountable. If others were willing

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to do the same we would not be in this mess.

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Thank you. Quite the hill to climb. We are back later in the programme

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with our political editor. For now it is back to you. In a few minutes

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we will speak to article commentators about the resignation

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of Martin McGuinness and its applications.

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In other news - A drunk driver who killed a County Tyrone teenager

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has been given an extra year in prison by the Court of Appeal.

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18-year-old Enda Dolan was knocked down and killed

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His father says the increased jail sentence is not enough.

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Enda Dolan was a talented teenager who had just started studying

:22:57.:23:12.

architecture at Queens University. He was knocked down and killed by a

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drunk driver on the 15th of October 2014 as he returned to his halls of

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residence. Evidently steward of Grace Park Avenue was sentenced to

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see and have years in jail with another three and a half on licence.

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The sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal 's on the basis that

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it was unduly lenient. The court was reminded that on the night of the

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killing steward had consumed six pints of beer, for cocktails known

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as Eurobonds and the other drinks. It was also suggested he had been

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taking drugs before getting behind the wheel. The Court of Appeal

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decided to increase the sentence which means it steward. The had --

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spend an extra year in prison. Increasing the prison term from the

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scene half to a foreigner have used the Lord Chief Justice said nothing

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is court can do can turn the clock back. What happened was needless,

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senseless and entirely avoidable so Declan Martin said in cases of this

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kind deterrent sentences must continue to be imposed. While

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welcoming the increase, the boy's father said it should have been

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more. Satisfied would be the word, again in my opinion it is not enough

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given the crime that he committed. I think it is still a disgrace, I

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think the justice system needs to be looked at, I think legislation in

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relation to drinking and driving needs to build that. Since Enda

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Dolan's death that is something the whole family has to deal with

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everyday. Christmas was difficult, there was an empty seat at the table

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and there was a lot of tears. Unfortunately that is the way it is.

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You must either family celebrations like birthdays and other times of

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the year that you have other family gatherings and he is not there. The

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dull and family say they will continue the campaign to have

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sentences for drunk drivers who kill increased.

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A solicitor for a 22-year-old man accused of procuring drugs intended

:25:06.:25:08.

to cause an abortion has protested about delays

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two drugs which are commonly used woman is charged with taking

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to bring about a miscarriage or abortion.

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The case was adjourned until later this month.

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As many as three airlines are said to be looking at

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a new Belfast to New York air service.

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Today Northern Ireland waved goodbye to its existing link

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Our business correspondent Julian O'Neill reports

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The last United Airlines New York flight was almost fool with 150

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passengers booked to travel. The route is being axed due to its pure

:25:55.:25:58.

financial performance and after the airline said that the European

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Commission indicated a ?9 million rescue package involving Stormont

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would break rules around state aid. It is a sad day for us and for me,

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it is, I chose to come over and they choose to come at New Year and see

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Mum and go home at the last one and say goodbye to your. The

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grandchildren are here so it makes it so convenient, instead of flying

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into Dublin, waiting the hour for the bus, two hours on the bus etc

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etc. This was Northern Ireland only year round long haul flight, and

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when the executive has claimed was important to attracting inward

:26:41.:26:44.

investment by US companies. The service has been running for the

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best part of 11 years, but finding a replacement is not proving

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straightforward. I understand the airport is presently in negotiations

:26:56.:26:58.

with up to three airlines with a view to taking on the New York

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route. There are several hot leads and we will follow up with that to

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get that replacement in but it does take time, you can switch it on

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overnight. Airlines do not have available aircraft ready to go so we

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will keep talking to those carriers. I understand the low-cost carrier

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Norwegian air is one of those taking a look. It might be seeking public

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funds before committing to not just a New York service but Boston as

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well. A bus driver has been praised

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for helping to save a middle-aged man who was

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in a distressed state The driver was on an early morning

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journey from Londonderry to Dublin Rowland Ward set off an ordinary

:27:37.:27:58.

express run to Dublin seven on Saturday morning. Within half an

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hour, his day took an extraordinary tone on this bridge on 01. There was

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a young man working for us and another gentleman in his early 50s.

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He looked distressed, this person, and I looked. I stopped the bus, it

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was just a reaction and when I got off the bus and looked, he was on

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the other side of the ratings towards the Riverside. It was still

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dark and every passing moment was critical. The man was in distress on

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the side of the bridge and the efforts of the bus driver and Newman

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became a mental and physical struggle. I had him by one arm, and

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a young fellow had him by the other arm and we were trying to physically

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pulled across the railings to try and get him. Then a young fellow

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came with a safety harness that he had on the back of his van, and he

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put that on the side of the bridge, he leaned over the bridge, lifted

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his legs up. The bus driver says that he has been assured that the

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man he helped is now in good care, and following his dramatic

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intervention, he is now taking this week off work. Back to the main

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story, the resignation of Mark McGuinness as Deputy First Minister.

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We have been asking people on the streets of Belfast what they think

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about what happened today. It is very sad that he has stepped down

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but it will probably have a big impact on what this to come for

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Arlene Foster and the rest of the country, really. It is another

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election. Nothing we can do about it. Will it make any difference the

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assembly? Not really. Who knows what is going to happen next? It is

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interesting that something is moving, anyway. What we think of the

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possibility of another election? Would I like one? Don't know, just

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don't know. At least it's sort of start something. I'd be disappointed

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if there was another election. I am not sure that it would make any

:30:11.:30:15.

difference. But if it does, we will have two pass the vote and see what

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comes out of it. How do you think the RHI scandal has reflected on the

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assembly? It has not reflected well. A lot of people are very cynical of

:30:27.:30:32.

what is going on. It is time for an election, definitely, we need

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change. Do you think it should have come to this? I'm sorry you did. I

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don't know. Would it make any difference? I don't know. The last

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thing we need now is an election. We need to come together and sort out

:30:48.:30:51.

the problems we are already trying to deal with. Do you think an

:30:52.:30:54.

election could make any difference to the assembly? I don't know, but

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of all the time and effort that will be spent on it it is not what I

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would be spending time and effort on. Just a sample of public opinion

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there. Who wins and loses this? I'm not

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sure that anybody wins. I reckon action thing could not have let it

:31:23.:31:26.

go any longer to let this week build-up to some kind of melodrama

:31:27.:31:29.

would have made them look worse and would not have done Arlene Foster

:31:30.:31:33.

any good, either. Beyond that, in electoral terms, it would have

:31:34.:31:42.

damaged things as much as staying on would have done to Sinn Fein. From a

:31:43.:31:50.

unionist voters' point of view, will the election and possible

:31:51.:31:52.

resignation make much difference? This will not be an election about

:31:53.:31:57.

the RHI scandal. Sinn Fein has known about this for over a year

:31:58.:32:02.

internally. It is also the case that all of these other issues that have

:32:03.:32:07.

been raised, gay rights, the Bill of Rights, things that had been long

:32:08.:32:11.

forgotten when the DUP and Sinn Fein were working coherently in

:32:12.:32:14.

government together over seven months have been known about.

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National inverses of an arms that Sinn Fein seems to be getting

:32:20.:32:23.

nothing out of Stormont, so it is wider than RHI. What it will come

:32:24.:32:29.

back to is what sort of politicians will, what platform will politicians

:32:30.:32:37.

be going forward on. I think the effect for Sinn Fein was definitely

:32:38.:32:41.

that they had to go. There were other things there. Red Sky and

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Nama. A list that has been mentioned today. Parra has not been shared,

:32:47.:32:53.

and the DUP never seemed ready to do that. I don't think that is a

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particularly partisan view. The DUP would admit that. It is not a word

:33:01.:33:08.

that they use easily, in fact rarely, and cumulatively, RHI

:33:09.:33:13.

definitely playing a part, and the last straw being the DUP cup. Arlene

:33:14.:33:27.

Foster Sting, is she being seen as a strong lead over by her electorate?

:33:28.:33:30.

She will be comfortable with Sinn Fein attacking and the language that

:33:31.:33:39.

Gerry Adams used. That plays very well to the DUP base. It plays well

:33:40.:33:46.

to the DUP base. Neither of those parties have been comfortable

:33:47.:33:48.

addressing what has been a huge failure of government on their

:33:49.:33:52.

watch. They were both partly responsible for this, the DUP much

:33:53.:33:57.

more culpable. They fail to see this and to stop it. Sinn Fein have known

:33:58.:34:00.

about this for one year. What has happened in that time and why has

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there been no emergency legislation to recoup these costs? That all

:34:04.:34:08.

falls apart. There will be no inquiry in the short-term and of the

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assembly does not come back will there ever be an inquiry? Brother be

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an election? It is almost inevitable. Yes, there will be an

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election. We have not had much snow so far this winter but that could be

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about to change. Cecilia Delie is in the weather studio with -- studio

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that although the details. That is the main message this week. It is

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going to get much colder during the course of Wednesday. As that cold

:34:39.:34:43.

air arrives all the way from Canada, it will bring snow showers and

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bitterly cold winds which could, in themselves, be a hazard. The hills

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catching the worst of the snow, the North and west in particular will

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probably see more snow. Stay tuned to the forecast. Warnings have been

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issued for strong winds and snow from 6pm on Wednesday. No slow

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tonight but there will be some rain for a while. Most of us will escape

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the post and ice tonight. In fact, tomorrow is the exception to the

:35:15.:35:20.

rest of the week. There will be some mild air, and some rain and drizzle

:35:21.:35:24.

in the morning. But you should not have to scrape your windscreen.

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Quite blustery in the morning with a brisk wind along the north coast.

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There will be some wet weather, as you can see. Nothing too heavy, but

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you will need an umbrella to start the day. It does not last, with a

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good chunk of the day brightening up for a time and temperatures in

:35:40.:35:44.

double figures. During the course of Wednesday it will start to turn

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colder with strong winds and driving rain showers through the day, but

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those will become increasingly wintry through Wednesday night and

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into Thursday. So a reminder, warnings have been issued for strong

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winds and snow. Thursday looks to be the worst of the days this week.

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Let's go back to Stormont and to Tara Mills. Lots to die just today,

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Mark. Any chance of suspension rather than an election -- lots to

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digests. As part of the deal that was done in Scotland in 2006, Parra

:36:26.:36:30.

was taken off the statute book. This present government without do you

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use an emergency law to put it back onto the statute book. Government

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Celsius indicate they don't intend to do that. They intend to let the

:36:38.:36:41.

current law take its course. That means an election. What will the key

:36:42.:36:49.

battles be? You could say every paddle -- every party will be the

:36:50.:36:54.

loser, they will be going down to one less seat in each constituency

:36:55.:36:59.

so one, potentially losses all round and the battle lines will be quite

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fierce. We have this fierce argument between the main parties over the

:37:03.:37:07.

RHI scandal and other issues, you can imagine some of the arguments.

:37:08.:37:12.

And the opposition party saying, these two parties promised a fresh

:37:13.:37:16.

start. They were going to make everything better. Instead, they

:37:17.:37:21.

messed things up. All the while, the bills continue to mount up in the

:37:22.:37:26.

RHI scandal and no sign of any structure of the investigation into

:37:27.:37:32.

it. That's it from Stormont for this evening. We will have an extended

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programme at 10:25pm. For now, we leave you from another day of

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uncertainty and drama at Parliament buildings.

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