Northern Ireland News for January 2005

Business News, Jan 31, 2005
Truck trailer maker placed in hands of receivers
Top UK trailer manufacturer Crane Fruehauf has been placed in the hands of receivers with 345 redundancies. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were today asked by the company's directors to step in as join...
Business News, Jan 31, 2005
Rising fraud spirits away millions from UK businesses
The total number of fraud cases in the UK rose by 14% in 2004, according to latest figures from KPMG’s 'Fraud Barometer', but the overall value of frauds being committed fell by 12%. KPMG attributed ...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Ten feared dead in RAF plane crash
Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon, has confirmed that nine Royal Air Force personnel and one soldier, are missing presumed killed, in the RAF plane crash in Iraq yesterday. The Ministry of D...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Bangor firm secure £1m aerospace contracts
A Bangor-based manufacturer of precision injection mouldings has secured new contracts in excess of £1 million from BAe Systems, the UK’s main aerospace engineering group. The contracts for Denroy Pl...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
World leaders unite in praise of Iraqi elections
Prime Minister Tony Blair, President George W. Bush and UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan are among those who have praised yesterday's elections in Iraq. President Bush said that the Iraq people had m...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Police launch fresh appeal for mother of dead baby
Cardiff police have issued a fresh appeal for information, following the discovery of the body of a newborn baby in the Splott area of the city on January 29. Police do not know if the mother is an a...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Prime Minister and Taoiseach meet to discuss way ahead
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will meet in London on Tuesday to discuss the way ahead in the Northern Ireland peace process. The meeting follows separate discussions by both pr...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
33-year-old man dies following Belfast stabbing
A man has been stabbed to death following an incident in Belfast city centre at the weekend. The 33-year-old victim is believed to have been stabbed during a brawl at a bar in May Street late on Sund...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Painkiller withdrawn due to suicide link
The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that the painkiller, co-proxamol, is being withdrawn because of links to overdose cases. Co-proxamol is associated with 30...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Shots fired at taxi depot in north Belfast
Police have said they are determined to tackle incidents of organised criminality with paramilitary links after shots were fired at the front a taxi firm in north Belfast at the weekend. A number of ...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
McAleese apologises calling sectarianism a 'shared problem'
Irish President Mary McAleese has said she is "deeply sorry" after she claimed some Northern Ireland children were taught to hate Catholics in the same way Nazis despised Jews. The remark, made durin...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Chancellor calls on young people to volunteer
Chancellor Gordon Brown has called on young people to become community volunteers. Speaking at a national volunteering conference to mark 2005 as the official 'Year of the Volunteer', Mr Brown said t...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Incendiary device discovered in supermarket
Police have again urged management and staff of local businesses in Co Tyrone to remain vigilant following the discovery of an incendiary device at the weekend. The device was found in a supermarket ...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Anti-homophobia initiative for schools launched
Gay equality organisation, Stonewall, have launched a nationwide initiative aimed at tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in British schools. 'Education for All', which is sponsored by IBM, ai...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Police retract Asbo request for farmer
Norfolk police have withdrawn their application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) against a farmer, whose pigs have escaped a number of times to wreak havoc in the local area. An interim Asbo...
UK National News, Jan 31, 2005
Government crackdown on animal rights extremists
Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, has announced a series of tough new measures to deal with animal rights extremists who intimidate businesses. The new measures are part of a new amendme...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Green light given for Derry city hotel site
The regeneration of Londonderry city centre was given a significant boost today with the announcement that the Department of Social Development had repossessed the former City Hotel site in Foyle Stre...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Spellar announces funding for community conventions
Social Development Minister John Spellar today announced that his Department is to provide £500,000 funding to allow community conventions to be held in Protestant working class areas. Re-affirming t...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Make Poverty History campaign launched in NI
The Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA) today launched its Make Poverty History campaign in Northern Ireland. The campaign is part of a worldwide initiative, the Global Call to Action Ag...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 31, 2005
Workshop to explore community development experiences
A workshop which will explore community development experiences in Derry and in London’s black community is to take place at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus on Tuesday. The event, which is be...
Business News, Jan 28, 2005
Proctor & Gamble acquires Gillette for $57bn
Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has acquired Gillette in a $57 billion deal, which will make them the number one consumer products company in the world. P&G, whose extensive portfolio of products includes Pam...
Business News, Jan 28, 2005
Mortgage lending expected to remain 'subdued'
Mortgage approvals fell by over a third last month, new figures from the British Bankers' Association have shown. The BBA reported that house purchase loans were 38% lower by number and 31% lower by ...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 28, 2005
McAleese faces unionist anger following 'fascist teaching' remark
Irish President Mary McAleese faced the wrath of unionist politicians today after she claimed some Northern Ireland children were taught to hate Catholics in the same way Nazis despised Jews. The rem...
Business News, Jan 28, 2005
Nominations open for Asian womens' awards
Last year Belfast-based Anita Bharucha was shortlisted for The Public Sector Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her work as head of the rights and international relations division of t...
UK National News, Jan 28, 2005
Man arrested over Scottish knife attacks
A man has been arrested in connection with a series of stabbings in Scotland, police have announced. Strathclyde Police issued a statement to confirm that a 34-year-old man had been arrested, followi...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 28, 2005
Two people perish in Derry house fire
Two people, both reported to be in their 40s, have died in a house fire in Londonderry in the early hours of Friday morning. The bodies were discovered in the hallway near to the front door of a hous...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 28, 2005
Assets Recovery Agency wins landmark case
The Assets Recovery Agency has won a landmark case in the Court of Appeal for Northern Ireland in proceedings involving a convicted armed robber. The Agency, in one of its first cases in Belfast, bro...
Northern Ireland News, Jan 28, 2005
Co Antrim firm fined following construction site death
A Co Antrim building firm have been prosecuted following the death of a construction worker at a site in Coleraine in 2001. J. Kennedy and Co (Contractors) Ltd were fined £25,000 following the incide...
UK National News, Jan 28, 2005
Health chief seeks proper regulation of cosmetic surgery
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, has said that cosmetic surgery facilities need to be properly regulated. Sir Liam also said that patients needed to be better informed befor...
UK National News, Jan 28, 2005
Pro-hunt campaigners lose legal ban battle
Pro-hunt campaigners have lost their bid to overturn the government's hunting ban. The Countryside Alliance had launched a case to overturn the 2004 Hunting Act, because it had been passed by use of ...