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15 January 2019 20:56 Records broken by British Government’s Brexit defeat

The decision by British MPs to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by 230 votes represents the largest UK government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons in modern political history. It easily beats the previous record of 166 votes, which was set almost 100 years ago on October 8 1924, and which saw the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald 203

15 January 2019 16:12 Wales boss Gatland thinks France clash is key to winning Six Nations

Warren Gatland believes that Wales’ Guinness Six Nations opener against France is potentially their toughest assignment of this season’s tournament. Wales tackle Les Bleus in Paris on February 1 during a campaign that also sees them meet reigning Six Nations champions Ireland and Eddie Jones’ England at the Principality Stadium. And head coach Gatland 208

15 January 2019 14:12 Former SNP MP guilty of professional misconduct

Former Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has been found guilty of professional misconduct over her handling of a trust at a law firm where she was a partner. The SNP member was brought before a tribunal along with fellow solicitor Alan Mickel, with whom she ran the now defunct Hamilton Burns. The case centred on a trust set up in May 2012 on behalf of Mr Mickel’s 159

15 January 2019 11:50 Marks & Spencer announces UK store closures, putting 1,000 jobs at risk

More than 1,000 jobs at Marks & Spencer are at risk as the retailer announced its latest round of store closures as part of a drastic transformation plan. The retailer released a list of 17 UK stores proposed for closure on Tuesday, in a move which will affect 1,045 employees. As part of an accelerated store closure programme, M&S is on track to close 141

14 January 2019 22:19 Wales forward Taulupe Faletau suffers broken arm – reports

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Guinness Six Nations after breaking his arm again, according to reports. Faletau, a British and Irish Lion, suffered a fractured forearm playing for Bath in October and missed the autumn international series. The 28-year-old returned for his club in Saturday’s 18-16 Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps 140

14 January 2019 12:06 Prison site that cost the State €51m likely to be developed for housing

A site previously earmarked for the State's first 'super prison' is likely to be developed for housing. Spending on the vacant site at Thornton Hall in north County Dublin now stands at €51m since it was bought in 2005. The bulk of the site is to be offered to the new Land Development Agency to build houses, according to the Irish Times. It was set up by the Government 84

14 January 2019 10:15 Construction activity hit a four-month high in December

Construction activity growth hit a four-month high in the month of December. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Manager's Index monitors the sector's monthly performance and showed a reading of 56.3 in the final month of 2018, rising from 55.5 in November. Job creation in the sector also continued to rise for the 64th consecutive month 70

14 January 2019 08:05 Survey reveals gender divide over employee benefits

A new study has found women get less in pension benefits and bonuses at work than men. The research by Behaviour and Attitudes for Aviva shows 49% of male employees receive a pension contribution but that drops to just 39% for women. 28% of men get access to the work bonus scheme compared to 20% of women. The survey shows that more women are given the chance 77

13 January 2019 18:03 Galway beat Mayo on penalties to set up final clash with Roscommon

A penalty shootout was required to separate arch rivals Galway and Mayo but with goalkeeper Maghnus Breathnach superb, it was the Tribesmen who advanced. Galway had to come from behind in injury-time with a goal from Barry McHugh forcing the shooutout. Galway then advanced when Liam Silke, Johnny Heaney, McHugh and Tom Flynn found the net after their 73

12 January 2019 16:55 Police appeal for witnesses after aggravated robbery in Belfast

Police in the North are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in north Belfast last night. The incident occurred in the Burneys Mews area of Newtownabbey at around 7.30pm. Two males and a female forced their way into a flat and assaulted a male occupant with what was described as a flick stick. Meanwhile, detectives in the North are appealing 75