The five main Northern Ireland parties have all published their manifestos ahead of Thursday's general election.They include pledges the parties are making on Brexit, restoring the Northern Ireland Assembly and devolved areas like health and education.But they also contain some more eye-catching proposals in areas that are reserved for Westminster, but that the parties would like to see changing.BBC News NI has taken a more detailed look at some of those commitments.Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)At-a-glance: DUP manifestoIceland energy link? The party's manifesto contains a proposal for an electricity hook-up between Northern Ireland and Iceland.This would involve a 1,000-km long interconnector across the North Atlantic that would see geothermal energy harnessed from Iceland's magma lakes and used to supply the UK and Europe.It appears to be the first time the DUP has signalled support for the idea, which The Guardian reported in 2017.But while the so-called Icelink has been on the … [Read more...] about Election 2019: Digging into NI parties’ manifestos
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Boris Johnson has insisted there will not be any checks for goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain under his Brexit deal.He told Sky News that a leaked Treasury analysis document Labour revealed on Friday was "wrong" to suggest this would be the case.The PM said the report had been put out "as a kind of distraction".But Labour said it was "hard evidence" NI would be "symbolically separated" from the rest of the UK after Brexit.And DUP leader Arlene Foster said she still had concerns over the prime minister's withdrawal agreement.The comments come as the main political party leaders continue to push their pledges ahead of Thursday's general election. Reality Check: Will there be checks between GB and NI? PM 'misrepresenting' Brexit deal, says Corbyn LIVE: Final Sunday on the campaign trail Under the PM's agreement, Northern Ireland would continue to follow many EU rules on food and manufactured goods, while the rest of the UK would not.Northern Ireland would also … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: Johnson insists no NI-GB goods checks post-Brexit
We're now just a single day away from this year's series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and ITV bosses have been hard at work behind the scenes roping in the biggest and best stars. And with the phenomenal success of last year's show - hosted temporarily by Holly Willoughby (who was standing in for Ant McPartlin) and Dec Donnelly - the 2019 series is set to be better than ever with the jungle reunion of Ant and Dec. From the looks of things, the line-up will be a cracker. The stars have all landed in Australia, having jetted in from all over the world. This year's line-up includes the highest-paid star ever, with them said to be commanding a fee of £500,000. Here's a look at the full line-up. I'm A Celebrity 2019: Confirmed contestants Ian Wright Ian was the first star to jet into Australia for this year's show. The former footballer star turned pundit is already the bookies' favourite to win, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 5-2 that he'll be crowned King of the Jungle. … [Read more...] about I’m A Celebrity 2019 line-up – confirmed cast as stars lands in Australia
With the general election just a few days away, many more of our readers have sent questions about a range of issues affecting Northern Ireland.Here, BBC News NI answers a selection:What party is making the most promises for the benefit of teenagers? - Finn It is hard to say for sure, because all parties would argue their policies on the big issues - such as Brexit and the economy - will be good for teenagers as well as everyone else.But there are also some teenager-specific polices in the parties' manifestos. Alliance and the Ulster Unionist Party, for example, both say they would lower the voting age from 18 to 16.This policy is also supported by Sinn Féin, the SDLP, People Before Profit and the Greens, although none of these parties have included it in their manifestos.While it's not a policy as such, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) makes much in its manifesto of the fact that anyone under the age of 21 has never had a chance to vote for a functioning assembly, since it … [Read more...] about Human rights to health – your questions answered
Will there be a grammar school in every town in England? Potentially, yes. Theresa May has announced a £50m fund to allow existing grammar schools to expand. That will encourage places that have been lobbying to follow the example of Sevenoaks, in Kent, where a new grammar school annexe was approved this year. May also suggested new selective schools could be opened, and that existing schools could revise their admissions policies to allow selection. If the government gets legislation in place later this year, the first new selective schools could be admitting pupils as early as autumn 2018. May said the new breed of grammars would help increase social mobility. The Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw calls that “tosh and nonsense”. Who’s right? The evidence is with Wilshaw. Grammar schools now and in the past have admitted very few secondary pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moreover, those who fail to get into grammars do worse than in non-selective areas. May … [Read more...] about Who will open new grammar schools and will they boost social mobility?