Northern Ireland News for February 2019

Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Danske Bank To Close Belfast And Bangor Branches
Danske Bank has announced plans to close two branches in County Down later this year. The Lisburn Road, Belfast, and Main Street, Bangor sites will close on Friday 24 May. Richard Caldwell, Managing...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Police Release Image Of Suspected Online Scammer
The PSNI has issued a fresh warning urging members of the public to be wary of online scammers posing as potential love interests. Officers also released an image of a suspected fraudster who they be...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Digger Rips ATM From Omagh Shop
Police in Omagh are appealing for information after an ATM was ripped from the wall of a local shop. The theft happened at a business premises in the Killyclogher Road area of the town during the ear...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
SDLP Demand Inquiry Into PSNI Disclosure Error
The SDLP's Policing and Justice spokesperson has called for the Policing Board to conduct a full inquiry into the failings by the PSNI to disclose information to the watchdog relating to loyalist kill...
Business News, Feb 15, 2019
Patisserie Valerie Buy Out Saves 60 NI Jobs
Two out of three Patisserie Valerie cake shops in Belfast have been saved after an Irish firm stepped in to buy-out the company. The purchase by Dublin-based Causeway Capital Partners of 96 branches ...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
NI Secretary To Hold Talks With Stormont Parties
The Secretary of State is due to hold talks at Stormont in an effort to break the political deadlock. Karen Bradley will meet the five main political parties this afternoon, Friday 15 February. It i...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Pat Ward Murder: Man Questioned Over Social Media Images
A man arrested on suspicion of withholding information in the investigation into the murder of Pat Ward has been released. The 44-year-old was arrested by detectives on Thursday 14 February and later...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Police Probe Reports Of Man 'Acting Indecently' On Belfast Train
Reports that a man acted indecently on a Belfast-bound train are currently being probed by police. The alleged incident happened on the train from Newry at around 8.30am on Thursday 14 January. The ...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 15, 2019
Other News In Brief
Police Probe Sudden Death Of Man In Belfast City Centre Police are investigating the sudden death of a man in Belfast City Centre. His body was found today, Friday 15 February in Keylands Pla...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Further Arrest In Wayne Boylan Murder Probe
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder as police continue to investigate the death of Wayne Boylan. The 37-year-old father of two was shot dead last month when two gunmen burst in...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
PSNI Issue Apology For Loyalist Killings Disclosure 'Error'
The PSNI has been accused of covering up information after it failed to disclose details about a loyalist gun attack that left five people dead. It has since denied purposefully withholding the mater...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Green Party's Mal O'Hara: Gay People Need No Cure
A Green Party representative for north Belfast has spoken out to tell so-called conversion therapists that gay people need no cure. Malachai O'Hara's message comes ahead of a film screening at Townse...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Alliance Demand Focus For Restoring Devolution
One year on from the failure of the last talks process for restoring Stormont's devolved institutions, Alliance leader Naomi Long MLA has branded the lack of focus on the matter as "intolerable". Dis...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Police Dog Locates Man Wanted Over Burglary
A man has been arrested after he was located with the help of a police dog, following a burglary in west Belfast. The house of an older man on the Falls Road was targeted at around 10.30pm on Wednesd...
Business News, Feb 14, 2019
Outline Planning Application Approved For Rostrevor Hotel
Plans for a new hotel in Restrover that will create 70 jobs have been approved by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The four star facility on Greenpark Road will boast 100 bedrooms as well as ...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
PSNI Admit Failings About 1992 Loyalist Killings
Police failed to disclose "significant information" about a loyalist gun attack that left five people dead, the Ombudsman has said. The discovery was made during an investigation into matters connect...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
MP Demands Public Inquiry Into Muckamore Abbey
A DUP MP has called on the Secretary of State Karen Bradley to hold a public inquiry into the allegations of abuse at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in County Antrim. It comes amid a police investigation i...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Man Released Over Warrenpoint Murder
A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two last month has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Wayne Boylan died instantly after two gunmen burst into a house and sho...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
NI House Prices Rise By Over 5% In 2018
House prices in Northern Ireland have risen by 5.5% over the past year, official figures have shown. The NI Residential Property Price Index, which analyses most house sales in the region, released t...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 14, 2019
Other News In Brief
Record Number Of Children In Care In NI A record number of children were recorded as living in care in Northern Ireland last year, as revealed by the Department of Health. Over 3,000 youngste...
Business News, Feb 13, 2019
Industry And Academia Unite For STEM Partnership
A team of industry names have joined with six schools in County Armagh to form Northern Ireland's first locally funded Enthuse Partnership- a programme to inspire young people to follow STEM (science,...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Pair Remanded In Custody Over Clogher Murder
A man and a woman have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a County Tyrone murder. Pat Ward, a father-of-four, was found dead in an alleyway in McCrea Park in Clogher on th...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Political Deadlock To Blame For A5 Development Setback- SDLP
An SDLP MLA has blamed the political impasse at Stormont for the Irish Government's decision to redirect €27 million that had been earmarked for a huge cross-border road project. Ministers in the Rep...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
No Police Wrongdoing In Belfast Hostel Incident- Ombudsman
A police officer accused of assaulting a man outside a hostel in Belfast has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Police Ombudsman's office. A complaint was lodged after an incident in May last year...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Man With 'Sharp Object' Linked To South Belfast Armed Robberies
Police are appealing for information after reports of two armed robberies in south Belfast. Both incidents took place on the evening of Tuesday 12 February. Shortly after 7.20pm police were contacte...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Two Men Charged After Double Stabbing In Coleraine
Two men have been charged in relation to a stabbing incident last month in County L'Derry. The suspects, aged 18 and 22, are accused of withholding information and obstruction. Two women, both aged ...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Man And Woman Charged With Clogher Murder
A 23-year-old man and 33-year-old woman have been charged with the murder of Pat Ward in Clogher. Mr Ward(30) was found dead in an alleyway on the morning of Saturday, 09 February. The pair in que...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Teebane Memorial Damaged In Sectarian Hate Crime
Police are investigating a sectarian fuelled hate crime in Teebane after a memorial to eight Protestant workmen killed by the IRA in 1992 was damaged. The attack happened some time between the evenin...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Man Arrested Over Wayne Boylan Murder
PSNI have made an arrest over the murder of Wayne Boylan in Warrenpoint last month. A 44-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and a drug related offence. Mr Boyl...
Northern Ireland News, Feb 13, 2019
Newry Road Reopens Following Security Alert
A road in Newry has reopened after a "crude device" sparked a security alert. The device was found on the Commons School Road yesterday morning, 12 February. A few nearby roads were closed followin...