15/05/2017 BBC Newsline


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So, it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One, we now join

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Teachers are harming their pupils' education by taking industrial

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action and their pay and pensions are attractive - that's

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what Northern Ireland's top education official has said

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in a strongly worded letter to all teachers today.

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But it's provoked an angry response, as our education correspondent

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Some teachers have taken strike action over pay and workload,

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but they're also not co-operating with school inspections.

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And that's led to a blunt message from the head

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Gavin Boyd says that by their actions are "seriously

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affecting the education of children and young people."

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He also says that, "The average teacher's pay in Northern Ireland

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is just over ?40,000pa," and that "This compares very favourably

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with other graduate professions locally and is actually higher

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than the average teacher's pay in England and Wales."

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The starting salary for new teachers is around ?23,000 a year,

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but they can go on to earn much more than that, depending how

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long they're in the job and which responsibilities they take

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The teaching unions who were meeting today were united in their fury.

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All love our offices have experienced a high number of calls

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over the weekend and this morning. Teachers completely frustrated and

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angry at the patronising and Trump like communications. This will do

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nothing to improve the climate in the education sector.

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But doesn't Gavin Boyd have a point in that teachers

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This principal says his staff are worth every penny.

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1% pay increase was not awarded in 2015-16. As a result teachers feel

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undervalued and staff would be, morale would be at an all-time low

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as a result of that decision. Govan Boyd wasn't available for interview

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today. He, the other teaching employers and the unions have been

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talking for months with about pay with that agreement. This letter

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shows just how divided the seller. -- they still are.

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A woman has been injured in a suspected petrol bomb attack

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It happened around 11:30pm last night in Clara Street.

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The victim was treated in hospital for injuries to her legs,

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The house was badly damaged in the attack.

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The funeral has taken place of the Londonderry businessman

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Brendan Duddy who played a key role in the peace process.

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The 80-year-old, who died on Friday after a long illness,

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acted as a secret intermediary between the IRA and

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the British government for more than two decades.

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The final journey of a secret peacemaker.

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Brendan Duddy, who was 80, died on Friday after a long illness.

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His death came just a few years after his identity as a secret link

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between MI6 and the IRA was publicly revealed in a BBC programme.

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It explained how Brendan Duddy's role had been a closely guarded

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secret during some of the worst years of the Troubles.

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Today, mourners were told that Brendan Duddy's

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contribution to peace involved risk and commitment.

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The first steps towards a possibility of a peaceful future

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required trust. And Brendan knew the value of creating and maintaining

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trust on all sides, which would allow the seeds planted through

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dialogue to produce the peace process. Brandon possessed a

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determination and persistence to remain actively involved for many

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decades and the task of creating opportunity for dialogue which could

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lead to peace. Among those who travelled

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to the city for the funeral, Peter Taylor - the journalist

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who revealed Brendan Duddy's role as a back-channel

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between MI6 and the IRA. He spoke to mourners

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at today's funeral. His legacy and the legacy of Martin

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McGuinness also is the part that both of them and many others played

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in helping to bring about the piece that all of us enjoyed today. It is

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ironic that both Martin and Brendan Parsley away within weeks of each of

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the marking the end of an era and the eventual transition from war to

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peace. Brendan Duddy has been buried this

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afternoon at the city cemetery. The DUP leader Arlene Foster has

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been criticised for newspaper comments she made at the weekend

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about Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill. Mrs Foster's comments have been

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described as sexist and disparaging. Our political editor

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Mark Devenport joins me now. What exactly did

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Arlene Foster say, Mark? These comments were made in the

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course of what I suppose was meant to be a soft focus and depute in the

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Sunday Independent. At the end of that interview the journalist asked

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Arlene Foster to play a word association game, what word came to

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mind she said a name? And cheaper to the name Michelle O'Neill. Let's

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look at Commons. After she did that Arlene Foster said... The journalist

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said go on, and she came out with the word blonde. She went on to say

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that Michelle O'Neill always looks the same, she said Michelle is very

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attractive and she added that she was always well presented. She said

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you never see her without her make up for her ever perfect. And what

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has been the reaction? Sinn Fein not amused by this. They said this was

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sexist and disparaging. We haven't heard from Michelle O'Neill and this

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is because she has been in transit today, she was pictured at the

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airport in Dublin together with Mary Lou McDonald as part of the Sinn

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Fein campaign to achieve designated EU special status for Northern

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Ireland in Strasberg. Heard daughter took to Twitter and made this

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comment... Disgraceful... Has the DUP said anything? Was in

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the last hour and a half DUP MP Sammy Wilson said that if Arlene

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Foster wanted to be disparaging to quite a lot of things she could say.

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She was taking the line that the comments were complimentary and they

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have got nothing to apologise for. Thank you.

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A Londonderry-based manufacturing company is to add 61 jobs

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GES makes steel components for major international companies.

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The jobs will be created over the next three years

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with the assistance of almost ?400,000 in grants from Invest NI.

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Now let's have a look at the weather forecast, here's Barra Best.

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Thank you. We have got off to a shaky start today. A good bit of

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rain this morning. Most of it has cleared the way. Some brighter

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spells coming into the north and west. A cloudy picture across the

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island of you are troubling. Further spells of wet weather for making

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further north. It is one. 18 or 19 in parts of the West if we do get

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prolonged spells of sunshine. Although they will be a good bit of

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dry weather some patchy light rain and drizzle will make its way in

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through the seeming tonight. A rather mucky necklace of us.

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Temperatures likely to stay at about 14 or 15. After a bit of a dry start

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tomorrow it will become wet again and 20. It will improve through the

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day. We begin to see the wet weather coming in the parts of the West. We

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could even have some thunder and lightning. Behind it brightens up

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nicely. But sunshine. Many of us enjoying a fine evening. 15 or 16.

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Likely to see some further wet weather especially during the second

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night of Wednesday but we hold onto those temperatures slightly above

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average. As for the rest of the week scattered showers are always in the

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forecast. Not all a complete wash-out. Some sunshine but a

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cooling trend from 18 on Tuesday to 13 on Friday.

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Now a signed news summary with Raymond Abernethy.

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Northern Ireland's top education official has accused teachers of

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harming people's' education by taking industrial action. He also

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said they got better paid than their counterparts in England and Wales.

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It has provoked an angry response from the unions.

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A woman has been injured in a suspected petrol bomb attack

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It happened around 11:30pm last night in Clara Street.

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The victim was treated in hospital for injuries to her legs,

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The funeral has taken place of the Londonderry

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businessman Brendan Duddy, who played a key role

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The 80-year-old, who died on Friday after a long illness,

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acted as a secret intermediary between the IRA and

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The DUP leader Arlene Foster has been criticised for newspaper

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comments she made at the weekend about Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill.

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Mrs Foster comments have been described as sexist and disparaging.

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A Londonderry-based manufacturing company is to add 61 jobs,

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GES makes steel components for major international companies.

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The jobs will be created over the next three years

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Our next television news is at 6:30pm this evening.

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In the meantime you can follow this programme

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From all of us on the BBC Newsline team, good afternoon.

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