NI Water said the flags were “erected without permission” at the tower in Rathfriland, County Down following a “break-in” and the issue was reported to police
THE DUP’s Jim Wells has defended flags being placed on a water tower, saying it was “very tastefully done” and those involved have been admired for their “tenacity“.
He said the Union and Northern Ireland flags were erected atop the 110ft structure in Rathfriland to mark the Co Down town hosting a Twelfth parade.
Red, white and blue paint on top of the tower was also “refreshed” for the occasion, the MLA said.
DUP’s Jim Wells says Rathfriland water tower flags ‘very tastefully done (Irish News)
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EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels this morning
A no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided, the EU’s chief negotiator has said.
Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK’s current 12 April exit date carried “significant risks for the EU” and that a “strong justification would be needed” before the EU would agree.
…In the Commons votes on Monday, MPs rejected a customs union with the EU by three votes. A motion for another referendum got the most votes in favour, but still lost.
One suggestion has been the possibility of a general election – but former foreign secretary Boris Johnson told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that would be likely to “infuriate” voters.
Brexit: No deal more likely but can be avoided – Barnier (BBC)
Merrrion Hotel, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
DUP leader Arlene Foster in Dublin for Brexit talks and what have you.
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
DUP leader Arlene Foster
Alene Foster is prepared to reach a compromise on a Northern Ireland amnesty to prevent elderly veterans from being repeatedly investigated over deaths during the Troubles, The Telegraph understands.
In a significant breakthrough, sources in Belfast and Whitehall claim that the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Gavin Williamson are now “on the same page” and are discussing proposals which they hope will be approved by the Attorney General.
The plans, which are yet to be signed off by Number 10, would bring about new protections for veterans, including safeguards for those who have been investigated – and cleared – from having to relive the process “over and over again”.
Arlene Foster prepared to compromise on Troubles amnesty for veterans, sources claim (Daily Telegraph)
Boris Johnson’s “positive” vision for Brexit has been praised by the DUP leader Arlene Foster as she said she would work with him if he became Prime Minister.
In a major boost for Mr Johnson’s leadership ambitions, Mrs Foster endorsed the “belief” and “spirit” contained in his blueprint for Brexit.
She criticised Theresa May’s Government, which needs the DUP’s votes to maintain its working majority, saying one of her biggest disappointments was the failure of ministers to “talk about the aspirations for the nation”.
We would work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says DUP leader, as she praises his ‘positive’ Brexit vision (Daily Telegrap – behind paywall)
Arlene Foster says Good Friday Agreement ‘not sacrosanct’ (RTÉ)
Belfast Rapid Transport has named a stop on the Albertbridge Road as ‘Short Strand’. A local DUP MP, Emma Little Pengally said the name “does not reflect either the area or the history of the area in which the stop is situated” and was “clearly not a Short Strand stop”.
Colm Dore writes:
Amid other matters, like the north east of Ireland being taken out of the EU against the will of the people there, why would the DUP Westminster MP for South Belfast take this interest in the naming of a bus stop in east Belfast?
The name refers to one of the city’s oldest communities. Coincidentally, it is a nationalist community….
DUP MP’s Short Strand Belfast bus stop ‘serious concerns’ – but it’s ‘traditional’ says Translink (Belfast Telegraph)