Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Same-sex marriage has now officially become legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage has now officially become legal in Northern Ireland

In Belfast, Johnson said there was "a balance between giving people who are in search of the truth the confidence that they need" and in giving veterans "the confidence and certainty that they need".

That mood of optimism was also echoed by a spokesperson for the construction sector in Northern Ireland.

Mr Swann informed the Northern Ireland Assembly of his plans to formally submit the new pay offer to health unions this afternoon.

Northern Ireland's 90 assembly members are back in Stormont this week after the devolved government was restored at the weekend.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (1st L) and British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith (1st R) are greeted by Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster (2nd R) of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Fein in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, on January 13, 2020.

The money, which Mr Swann said is coming from existing funds, is being offered in a bid to avoid further strike action from unions.

The prime minister said Stormont was "open for business again" in the wake of the restoration of power-sharing following three years of political deadlock.

Recent industrial action caused the cancellation of thousands of outpatient and elective appointments across Northern Ireland.

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Stormont's new finance minister, Conor Murphy, said it was time for the administrations in London and Dublin to deliver their "ambitious commitments".

Boris Johnson praised politicians who "put aside their differences, stepped up to the plate and showed leadership" in reaching last week's deal.

However, Mrs O'Neill was quick to rule out the possibility of new water charges, while Mrs Foster added: "I don't think water charges will be on the table".

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"It sends out a very strong message in terms of our commitment to work together, to work for the health service, to transform the health service and to value the biggest asset which the health service has - which is the staff".

"(We spoke) about the new relationship we will be building between ourselves and the United Kingdom and the European Union".

"The two Governments must now honour their pledge and provide the funding needed to deliver on the New Decade, New Approach document".

Vice-chair of the Stormon Health Committee and Foyle MLA Gary Middleton asked the minister if he will "work with colleagues to ensure the Graduate Entry Medical School is delivered". "I see the hand of the future beckoning us all forward", Johnson told reporters after meeting assembly members.

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