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Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jun 17 2022, 731 days ago

9-Year-Old Dies In Bike Collision In Ballymena
The PSNI has issued an appeal for information following a fatal collision in Ballymena. A nine-year-old has died, and another 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital, after they collided while riding bikes in the Dunclug area of Ballymena at around 16:55 on Thursday, 16 June.
People Urged To 'Make The Call' To Benefits Advice Service
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has highlighted the benefits advice service offered by her department, urging people to 'Make the Call' as the cost of living crisis continues to escalate.
Design Plan Initiative Announced For Future Of NI Hospital Care
Health Minister Robin Swann has announced the launch of an ambitious design plan initiative mapping out the future shape of hospital services across Northern Ireland.
Hospitality Recovery 'Severely Hampered' By Cost-Of-Living Crisis
The cost-of-living crisis and a widespread lack of staff could "severely hamper" the hospitality and leisure sector's post-pandemic recovery, a new report has warned.
Tech Innovations Benefit Wellbeing Of Older People
The positive impact of innovative technology on older people's health, wellbeing and independence has been showcased at an event at the Europa Hotel. As Loneliness Awareness Week draws to a close, the event was part of the £2.
SDLP Calls For Improved Awareness Of Free TV License Entitlement
The SDLP has called for an improved awareness scheme to ensure all individuals over the age of 75 and in receipt of Pension Credit are receiving their free BBC TV licence entitlement.
Lack Of Clean Air Strategy A 'Dereliction Of Duty'
Executive Parties have been accused of a "dereliction of duty" for failing to bring forward a Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland. Green party Deputy leader Mal O'Hara made the comments as he marked "another Clean Air day without a Clean Air Strategy".
PSNI Welcomes Sentencing Of Three Men For Drug-Related Offences
Detectives from the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit have welcomed the sentences handed to three men for drug-related offences. Luke Donaghy (27), Andrew Farmer (29) and Philip Carson (30) appeared before Dungannon Crown Court on Thursday 9 June.
Ambitious School Pollinator Garden Scheme Launched
Environment Minister Edwin Poots and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen have announced the launch of an ambitious School Pollinator Garden Scheme during a visit to Queen Elizabeth II Primary School in Pomeroy.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jun 17 2021, 1,096 days ago

EU And UK Must Accept NI Protocol 'Has Not Worked'
DUP Leader Edwin Poots has said that the EU and UK must accept that the Northern Ireland Protocol "has not worked". Mr Poots held a virtual meeting with EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday afternoon.
Employers Urged To Be Flexible Over Vaccination Appointments
Employers are being urged to "show flexibility" to allow employees to book and keep vaccination appointments. Making the call, Health Minister Robin Swann said it is vitally important that first and second dose appointments are kept.
PwC To Create 771 New Jobs With £40m NI Investment
PwC are set to create 771 new technology and operational jobs with an investment of £40million in a new Advanced Research and Engineering Centre, Economy Minister Paul Frew has announced. The new centre is part of PwC's fastest-growing division, Operate, which is based in Belfast.
New Belfast Roma Hub Launched
The new Belfast Roma Hub, a pioneering project to support the Roma community in the city, has been launched by Lord Mayor, Councillor Kate Nicholl and Forward South Partnership.
Work Begins On £6m Enniskillen Integrated Primary School Project
Construction has gotten underway on new classroom facilities at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School as Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has cut the first sod on the project.
Men Jailed Following Newry Drug Seizure
Two men have been sentenced to more than 4 years at Newry Court following the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of over £60,000.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jun 17 2019, 1,827 days ago

PSNI Slammed For Delayed Response To Assault
The PSNI have been criticised for an alleged delayed response to an assault which took place in an ice cream shop in north Belfast. A woman was injured during the attack in Rossi's on Atlantic Avenue on Sunday morning, 16 June.
Susan Boyle To Perform At Belfast's Titanic Slipways
Susan Boyle is set to headline this year's BBC Proms in the Park, which returns to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast this September.
Guidance Issued For Alcohol Awareness Week
Drinkers in Northern Ireland are being urged to take a closer look at their habits this Alcohol Awareness Week, 17-23 June.
NI Majority Not Prejudiced Towards Transgender People
Over 70% of people in Northern Ireland have described themselves as not prejudiced towards the transgender community, a research study has revealed.
22 NI Schools May Face Closure
22 schools in Northern Ireland may be considered for closure due to sustainability issues, the latest Education Authority report has found.
Man Fighting For Life After Car Strikes Tree
A man is fighting for his life in hospital after a serious collision in Dungannon. Police said the silver BMW X5 struck a tree on the Moy Road shortly after 5am on Sunday morning, 16 June. The driver, aged in his 30's, was taken to hospital where his condition remains critical.
Excellence Recogised At Annual Business Awards
The achievements of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough's diverse, innovative and energetic business community have been celebrated at the second annual ABC Business Awards.
Four Teens Injured In Bangor Crash
A teenage girl is critically ill following a one-vehicle crash in Bangor, County Down. Three other girls were injured and required hospital treatment after the collision on the Ballycrochan Road at around 3.30am on Sunday 16 June.
Woman Critical After Lough Erne Rescue
A woman is in a critical condition after being pulled from a submerged car in Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Police received a report of a vehicle in the water at Muckros Pier on the Boa Island Road in Kesh at around 10.25pm on Saturday 15 June.
Major Fire Breaks Out Near Co Antrim Services
Fire crews have spent the night battling a blaze close to an Applegreen service station in Ballymena, County Antrim. The fire appears to have broken out at nearby building materials suppler JP Corry, on the A26 carriageway on Sunday evening, 16 June.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jun 17 2016, 2,922 days ago

NI Man Dies During Match At Stade de Lyon
A Northern Irish man, aged in his 60s, has died after collapsing at the Northern Ireland Euro 2016 match against Ukraine on Thursday, 16 June. It is understood the man collapsed in the Stade de Lyon during the game and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Woodburn Drill Project Ends 'Without Hitting Oil'
Drilling at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim has ended without the discovery of an oil reserve. InfraStrata, the independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company behind the drilling, made the announcement on its website on Thursday.
Michael O'Neill 'Hugely Proud' Of NI Victory Against Ukraine
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has said that he is "hugely proud" of his team following their 2-0 victory against Ukraine on Thursday, 16 June. Goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn gave Northern Ireland the victory against Ukraine in their UEFA Euro2016 Group C.
Vigil To Be Held In Memory Of Jo Cox At Belfast City Hall
A vigil is to be held at Belfast City Hall in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday, 16 June. The ceremony is to be held at noon on Sunday, 19 June. Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed, according to eyewitnesses.
Police Appeal For Missing NI Man In London
Police in Lambeth Borough have issued an appeal to help trace missing Northern Irish man Robert Gibson. Mr Gibson, 45, who is originally from Balinderry, was last seen leaving his home in the Gypsy Hill area in Norwood at around 3pm on Monday, 13 June.
Warning Issued Following Several Reports Of 'Webcam Blackmail'
Police have issued a warning to be more vigilant online after several reports of webcam blackmail. Detective Chief Inspector James Mullen said: "We all deserve to be able to use the internet to learn, explore and connect with each other.
Woman Spared Jail After Admitting Starting Fire Which Killed Neighbour
A woman has bee spared jail after she admitted starting a fire which killed her next door neighbour in south Belfast. Karen Hasson, 59, of Thorndale Park in Carryduff, previously pleaded guilty to killing Samuel Carson, 91, after a fire she started in her own garage spread to his house.
Free Entrepreneurs Workshop Announced
A free entrepreneurs workshop is to be held in Belfast City Hall next week as the final part of the Council's 'Start By Doing' programme. The initiative is providing support to a minimum of 200 budding entrepreneurs in Belfast who want to turn their business ideas into a reality.
NI Executive And Irish Govt To Review Narrow Water Bridge Project
The NI Executive and the Irish Government have agreed to undertake a review of the Narrow Water Bridge project, the Finance Minister has confirmed. Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir visited the site and met with local representatives to discuss the project.
Eight Gentoo Penguins Hatch At Belfast Zoo
Eight gentoo penguins have hatched at Belfast Zoo. The breeding season started in February and the zoo believes they will be a "firm favourite" with visitors.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jun 17 2015, 3,288 days ago

Ulster Bank Customers Affected By 'Technical Glitch'
Ulster Bank, RBS and Natwest customers are experiencing problems once again after payments, expected to go into their accounts this morning (Wednesday), have gone "missing" due to technical problems.
Number Of People With HIV Almost Doubles In Ten Years – PHA
Northern Ireland had the biggest rise in new HIV diagnoses compared to the rest of the UK between 2000-2013, according to new figures. The number of people living with HIV has almost doubled over the last two years, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has announced.
NuoDB To Set Up Centre In Belfast
NuoDB has announced it is to establish a software engineering centre in Belfast, creating 20 new jobs.
£1.6m Needed To Complete New Hospice
The Northern Ireland Hospice is urgently calling for support to complete its new state-of-the-art dementia-friendly hospice. Work started on the north Belfast Somerton Road project in March 2014, at the cost of £13m and, to date, a total of £11.
Rise In Unemployment
There has been a rise in unemployment, according to the latest Labour Market figures. In the three months to April 2015 unemployment stood at 6.1%, an increase of 0.1% from the previous quarter. However, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit has dropped for the 27th consecutive month.
Road Users Urged To Take More Care Following Serious Incidents
Police in Ards and North Down are appealing for all road users to take more care following two serious incidents on Monday 15 June. A multiple car collision occurred on the Ballyblack Road in Ards and a number of people had to be cut from their vehicles.
Call For Urgent Review Of Online Safety Law In NI
The SDLP is calling for an urgent review of online safety law in Northern Ireland following the tragic death of Ronan Hughes. Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said he was moved after hearing the comments of Ronan's parents, Gerard and Theresa.
Early Release Prisoners Should Carry Out Unpaid Community Work - Ross
The DUP is proposing that prisoners who benefit from the early release scheme should be required to carry out unpaid community work to serve out the rest of their sentence. DUP MLA Alastair Ross said the proposal would apply to the lowest risk prisoners.
NI Scientists Create Dual-Acting Drug Against Diabetes
Scientists at the Ulster University have created a dual-acting drug that can help reverse the elevated body weight and blood glucose levels associated with diabetes. The drug links an existing Type 2 Diabetes medication with a second drug that is known to reduce appetite.
Call For Air Ambulance Service In NI
The leader of the TUV has met with the Health Minister and a consultant in anaesthetics and ICU to discuss the lack of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in Northern Ireland. TUV Leader Jim Allister said it has been a matter of concern within the medical profession for years.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jun 17 2014, 3,653 days ago

Arrests Over PSNI Contracts
Six people have been arrested by detectives investigating the awarding of a number of PSNI vehicle contracts. Four men were arrested in Northern Ireland in counties Antrim, Down and Tyrone and two were arrested in England and are being brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.
Rise In NI House Prices
Northern Ireland house prices increased by 2.6% in the year to April 2014, according to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics. Although prices are rising again, the increase was still behind a 9.9% rise in the UK. House price annual inflation was 10.4% in England, 3.
Campaign To Make Belfast 'WorldHost' Tourist Destination
Belfast Businesses within the hospitality and tourism sector are being urged to back a campaign to make the city a 'WorldHost City Destination'. Belfast City Council and Invest NI are supporting the campaign.
Invest NI To Engage With Local Businesses
Building on the success of its three 'pop up' offices held so far across Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland will be in the Abbey Centre, Newtownabbey on 24 – 26 June. The initiative aims to increase the agency's engagement with local businesses.
Approval Granted For Altnagelvin Hospital Car Park
Planning approval has been granted for a multi-storey car park and ground level car park at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in L'Derry. The multi-storey car park will be three storeys high and constructed on the site of the existing outpatients' car park.
100 Jobs Offered To DVA Coleraine Staff
Up to 100 jobs could be offered to staff in DVA Coleraine, following the decision to centralise vehicle registration and licensing services in Swansea.
NI Wind Farm To Be Scaled Back
Northern Ireland's first ever wind farm is to be scaled back to avoid key fishing grounds, according to First Flight Wind, the company behind the project.
UK Police Warned Over Van Cells
UK police forces are to be warned of potential problems with cells fitted into police vans, following a Police Ombudsman investigation into the death of a 21-year-old man in County L'Derry in 2012.
Pipe Bomb Explodes In Holywood
A pipe bomb has partially exploded in Holywood, County Down. The PSNI has launched an investigation and carried out searches in the Church Green area, after a women in a property reported hearing a loud noise at about midnight. No one was injured and no damage was caused.
'Enjoy World Cup Responsibly', Fans Told
The PSNI has launched a public statement reminding football fans to celebrate the World Cup "responsibly".

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jun 17 2013, 4,018 days ago

Newry Firm Creates 400 Jobs
400 jobs are to be created in Newry as part of a recruitment drive by a veterinary pharmaceuticals company. Norbrook Laboratories Ltd has already taken on over 200 jobs this year.
Obama School Visit 'A Vote Of Confidence'
US President Barack Obama's visit to Enniskillen Integrated Primary School ahead of this year's G8 Summit has been described as "a vote of confidence and support for the integrated education sector from one of the world’s most powerful leaders" by Alliance spokesperson Trevor Lunn.
Obama Lands In NI
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Northern Ireland with his family, ahead of the G8 Summit in Enniskillen. Air Force One landed at Belfast International Airport at about 08:30 this morning.
Foster Praises NI's Female Business Leaders
Northern Ireland's female business leaders are role models who can inspire the next generation, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Co Down Man Killed In New York
A 26-year-old County Down man has been killed in a hit-and-run incident in New York. Bronx police believe Mr Bell, from Newry, may have been hit by two vehicles near a bar in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers are said to be looking for the vehicles involved in the incident.
L'Derry Welcomes May Hotel Results
L'Derry experienced its best ever month for hotel bookings in May. The average hotel occupancy in L'Derry was 80.68%, up 12% on the previous year. The stats, released by the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau, could mean the city's stint as the first ever UK City of Culture is paying off.
Attwood Announces Two Building Preservation Notices
Environment Minister Alex Attwood has placed Building Preservation Notices on two historic buildings. The buildings are an historic mill workers' terrace at 64-68 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Co. Armagh, and the former Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion building at Durham Street in Belfast.
New Licensing Proposals For 'Cafe Culture'
The Department for Social Development (DSD) has outlined proposals for a new licensing scheme that would enable cafe, bar and restaurant owners to seek permission from local councils to place tables and chairs in public places.
DUP 'Mystified' At Orange Lodge Maze Statement
The DUP has said it is "mystified" by a statement from the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland in opposition to the proposed Maze Peace Centre. Both the Ulster Unionist Party and the Orange Order have warned that the new centre could become a shrine to terrorists.
Women 'Most Under-Represented' In NI Enterprise
Women remain the largest under-represented group when it comes to enterprise in Northern Ireland, according to Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jun 17 2011, 4,749 days ago

Kingmills Massacre Families 'Disturbed'
Families of those killed in the IRA Kingsmills Massacre have received a preview of the report into the bloody murders of their loved ones after an investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).
Foresters' Facebook Fights Fines
Social networking is today being harnessed by ramblers and other countryside lovers to oppose a planned law that would ban anyone from being on Forestry Service land from dusk to dawn - without exception.
Mayor's Parade Hits The Big Screen
Live footage of tomorrow's Lord Mayor's Parade is to be shown on the newly erected 'big screen' in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. The screen is planned to show a packed schedule of events and live screenings in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
No Tax Call Over RUC Reserve
South Antrim MP William McCrea today called upon the Government not to 'penny pinch' when it comes to the gratuity payments to former members of the Part Time RUC Reserve.
HBO Returns To Belfast Studios
An international television and cinema producer is to revisit Belfast for the making of a continuing series of successful dramas.
Belfast Kids' Characters For Tate Screen
This summer, characters drawn by two Belfast children will go on screen at the prestigious London Tate Media project.
'Lost City' Of Dunluce Revealed
It may not be the Lost City of Atlantis, but there's news today of the uncovering of the Lost Town of Dunluce. The Stormont Environment Minister Alex Attwood has unveiled the significant findings of the present major archaeological dig in the Co Antrim historic site.
£24m Downpatrick Campus Completed
A major construction contract has been successfully completed in Co Down with a major new educational facility now officially opened. NI Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry, was on hand to open the new £24m Downpatrick campus of the South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
£24m Downpatrick Campus Completed
A major construction contract has been successfully completed in Co Down with a major new educational facility now officially opened. NI Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry, was on hand to open the new £24m Downpatrick campus of the South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
Mivan Completes Hat Trick Of Cruise Ships
Northern Ireland-based outfitting specialist Mivan continues its success in the cruise ship market having recently completed £6m of interiors work on the Grand Princess, Crystal Serenity and P&O Adonia.
Mivan Completes Hat Trick Of Cruise Ships
Outfitting specialist Mivan continues its success in the cruise ship market having recently completed c£6m of interiors work on the Grand Princess, Crystal Serenity and P&O Adonia.
Cattle Show Lures NI Farmers
The NI farming community is being targeted by the UK's biggest and most prestigious agricultural shows.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jun 17 2010, 5,114 days ago

Protests At Award-Winning Hospital
The 'dedication and commitment' of health care staff has come in for praise at the official opening of the new Downe Hospital.
Appeal For Help On 'IRA Mole' Shooting
The attempted murder of a spy inside the IRA, who later committed his experiences into a best selling novel (later made as a big-screen movie - pictured here) is back in focus this week.
CAA Flies Into Roof Tile Row
The specialist aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is about to begin a probe into an incident of alleged damage to private houses by low-flying aircraft bound for the George Best Belfast City Airport.
Chancellor 'Banking On Change'
It's all change in the banking world this week as Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that he will give the Bank of England the key role in regulating the UK financial sector.
Bishops Seek Review Of Bank Fiscal Policy
Northern Ireland's top banks have today been accused of 'holding back economic recovery' across the Province.
Planning 'Breach' In John Lewis Bid
A decision to adopt a draft planning policy concerning a proposed John Lewis store in Co Antrim should have gone before the Stormont Executive for approval, the High Court has ruled.
Millions For Sports Infrastructure
Around £39m has been spent by the Northern Ireland Executive on capital investment projects to enhance local sports infrastructure.
iPhone App Promotes City's Music Scene
Belfast City Council is using the very latest technology to promote the city's thriving music scene, by launching the world's first iPhone 'app' on the subject.
Bank Funds Tyrone Wind Farm
Substantial funding for a major wind-power project has just been confirmed. Barclays has announced that it has completed £35m in long term funding for a 20 Megawatt (MW) wind farm in Screggagh, Co Tyrone.
Revitalised City Centre Plan Welcomed
The re-use of vacant properties as part of an overall scheme to revitalise NI's city centres has been welcomed. NI Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson - who was visiting an arts exhibition - explained how he was helping revitalise Belfast city centre.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jun 17 2009, 5,479 days ago

Romanians Flee Racist Attacks
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has joined Martin McGuinness in condemning a spate of racist attacks in south Belfast, which have forced scores of Romanian families to flee their homes.
Aircraft Order Boost For Belfast
East Belfast engineering is taking off this week with news of further orders that will boost the local Bombardier facility. The company - which is attending the prestigious Paris Air Show this week - is to sell eight aircraft for use by Olympic Air.
Hundreds More On The Dole In May
An extra 1,900 people picked up unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland last month, it has been revealed. The total unemployment figure for the province now stands at 48,000 - a jump of 23,100 since last May.
Baby Girl Dies In A House Blaze
A 18-month-old girl has died after an overnight blaze at her home in Dungiven, Co Londonderry. The fire broke out in a bedroom of their house, in Killyblight Road, around 23pm on Tuesday. A fire appliance from Dungiven and two from Limavady attended the incident.
Newtownards Murder Probed
A 35-year-old man is being held by detectives following a murder in Newtownards last night. The body of a 26-year-old Polish man was found at a house in the Balfour Street area of the Co Down town at around 10.30pm.
Ireland-Wide Business In Focus
A cross-border business initiative has taken place in Co Fermanagh. The Bridging the Border event was one of a series of similar events around Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that have been delivered in conjunction with InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland.
Fate Of Presbyterian Savers In Balance
A crunch meeting will take place today to attempt to save funds lodged with a crisis-hit saving mutual that is backed by the church.
Aircraft Order Boost For Belfast
East Belfast engineering is taking off this week with news of further orders that will boost the local Bombardier facility.
Fate Of Presbyterian Savers In Balance
A crunch meeting will take place today to attempt to save funds lodged with a crisis-hit saving mutual that is backed by the church.
Craigavon Maternity Care Boosted
An increased investment into maternity services at Craigavon Area Hospital has been announced. The NI Health Minister Michael McGimpsey (pictured) said this brings the total amount that has underpinned the service at the Co Armagh facility to £4.1million.
Seaweed Could Be Future Fuel
While enjoyed selectively as 'dulse', seaweed is to be targeted across Ireland and Scotland for another more dynamic use than eating its dried version. NI Energy Minister Arlene Foster today launched a research project that aims to develop ways to convert seaweed into fuel.
Minister's Pledge For Island Infrastructure
A new community resource centre has been officially opened on Rathlin Island, (pictured here by Adam McCalden) signaling the start of government plans to regenerate the small community.
Private Landlords To Face Tighter Rules
Plans to overhaul the Northern Ireland private rental sector have been outlined by Housing Minister Margaret Ritchie.
Ireland-Wide Business In Focus
A cross-border business initiative has taken place in Co Fermanagh. The Bridging the Border event was one of a series of similar events around Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that have been delivered in conjunction with InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jun 17 2008, 5,844 days ago

Road Death Victims Named
While a Derry-born mother and her baby girl have died in a road accident across the border, the NI road toll has also risen this week. A 48-year-old man died yesterday when he came off his motorcycle on the Glenavy Road, Antrim, just after midday.
Marginal Debate Enlivens Bush Visit
As always, when there's a high level meeting between heads of state, it is in the margins that real business is done.
Ormeau Park Stadium Bid Boosted
Controversy over the location of NI's own 'national' sports stadium grew today with news that the Irish Football Association President Raymond Kennedy would like to see it located in Belfast - and not the much debated former Maze prison site outside Lisburn.
Arrest Follows Border Bomb Explosion - As RUC Victims Remembered
It has emerged that the weekend bomb alert on the border was in fact a terrorist landmine attack - with the news coming at the same time as two RUC terrorist victims from 30 years ago are remembered.
Vacant House 'Tax' Could Boost Derry Coffers
One of NI's largest councils is eyeing up well over £1m in additional income by targeting empty houses. Derry City Council believes that it could raise £1.5m a year by imposing 100% rates on empty houses.
Speaking In Tongues - Irish And Ulster-Scots For Broadcast
While stateside voices and a Texas drawl might have been in evidence yesterday during US President George Bush's whistle-stop visit to Northern Ireland, it was 'accénts' of a different kind that PM Gordon Brown was backing.
Skin Cancer Worries For Men
While cases of melanoma skin cancer have more than doubled in Northern Ireland over the last two decades - with a steady increase in the number of men with skin cancer - there has been a significant improvement in the time it takes to begin treatment.
Cash Boost For Film Festivals
Northern Ireland's highly successful Cinemagic World Screen Film and Television Festival is to get a cash boost. To help it expand into England, Scotland and Wales, around £150,000 is to be added to funding.
Software Jobs Boost - But Others Go At Calor
While there was both good news and bad news this week in Dublin with a computer software company announcing that it is to create more than 100 new jobs as part of a €29m investment in Dublin - it was also revealed that nearly 20 Irish jobs are to be lost elsewhere.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jun 17 2005, 6,940 days ago

Schoolboy shot in head allowed home
Darragh Somers, the five-year old boy shot in the head as he played in his school playground six weeks ago, was allowed home from hospital today.
Man rescued from house fire in Derry
A man in his 20’s is recovering in hospital after being rescued from a house fire in Londonderry. Firefighters were called to the house off Shearwater Way in the Waterside area of the city by a neighbour who was alerted by a smoke alarm in the early hours of Friday morning.
Radius Plastics to extend operations and look to export market
Local firm Radius Plastics has announced plans to extend its local base of operations to allow the company to increase its current product range and move into new and more profitable export markets.
Armed man threatens staff in supermarket robbery
A man armed with a handgun has threatened a member of staff during a supermarket robbery in County Armagh. The incident happened at the Lidl shop on the Armagh Road in Portadown at around 8.50pm on Thursday.
Pensioner walks free after Mass card scam
A Londonderry pensioner who defrauded people out of thousands of pounds by selling more than 23,000 forged Mass cards has walked free. Denis Frazer, 65, from Derry who had denied the charges, was given a two-year suspended jail sentence.
More winners than losers in rates changes says academic
There will be "more winners than losers" when the new changes in the domestic rates are introduced in Northern Ireland, a University of Ulster academic has said.
Work of 'Borderwise' welcomed by Minister
A practical expression of 'hands across the border' was marked when Ireland's Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan attended a recent event celebrating the development of the cross-border 'Borderwise' advice and information project.
Consumerline commended by customers
Consumerline is a hit with Northern Ireland’s consumers, with 96% of those surveyed, saying they would recommend the advice service.
Living Landmarks initiative targets local environment
A major new funding initiative launched by the Big Lottery Fund aims to breathe new life into the local environment through multi-million pound awards. Living Landmarks offers the chance of winning as much as £50 million for a single project of UK national significance.
Exhibition explores notion of forgiveness
An exhibition exploring the idea of forgiveness in the face of atrocity has opened in Northern Ireland.
Food from Britain agency appoints NI marketing executive
Mr John Whitehead has been appointed Northern Ireland Executive of Food from Britain (FFB), the United Kingdom’s strategic international food and drink export-marketing agency.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jun 17 2004, 7,305 days ago

Seizures and arrests in cross-border fuel fraud swoop
One person has been arrested after customs officers led a series of early morning multi-agency raids to tackle fuel fraud in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Whereabouts of Colombian Three unknown
The whereabouts of three Irishmen cleared of training FARC guerrillas in Colombia is still unknown. Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan left their Bogota jail on Wednesday six weeks after being acquitted of training right-wing militants over three years ago.
Police issue missing girl appeal
Police are appealing for information following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl from her home in Enniskillen.
Three out of five NI people happy with PSNI
Three out of five people in Northern Ireland are happy with the PSNI, new figures have revealed.
Warm weather boosts retail sales growth: ONS
Growth in retail sales continues to be robust, partly as a result of warmer weather, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). On a seasonally adjusted basis, the volume of retail sales in the three months March to May was 1.
M&S reject revised offer from Revival
Marks & Spencer have rejected an increased offer from retail entrepreneur Philip Green's company Revival Acquisitions.
Social Security Agency reduces fraud losses by £6.25m
The Social Security Agency has saved more than £6.25 million of taxpayers’ money after investigating more than 4,000 cases of benefit fraud, it was revealed today.
Number of asylum seekers held in NI prisons doubles
An increasing number of asylum seekers arriving in Northern Ireland are being locked up in prison as part of the Home Office’s detention policy, a new report has revealed today.
Dead motorcyclist was police officer
One of the motorcyclists who died following an accident in Co Down on Tuesday was a police officer. The officer, who was named as Gerard Martin McCallion, 23, died when his motorbike collided with another motorcycle on the Ballymoney Road in the Craigantlet Hills at around 10.15pm.
Minister calls for education co-operation
Employment Minister Barry Gardiner has told the Association of Northern Ireland Colleges’ (ANIC) conference at the Manor House Hotel in Enniskillen that recent Reviews of Post-Primary and Further Education provision in Northern Ireland project a vision of "a consistent, coherent curriculum that cele
Councillor calls for analysis of public sector sick absence
A Belfast councillor has called for the Local Government Auditor to ask the Northern Ireland Audit Office to analyse sickness trends across Northern Ireland's public service.
Broadband roundtable debate comes to NI
The major series of 'New Statesman' UK roundtable debates on broadband access has arrived in Northern Ireland. The debates explore the implications that broadband has for the economy, culture and society.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jun 17 2003, 7,671 days ago

Donaldson's future with UUP in doubt
Jeffrey Donaldson's future within the Ulster Unionist Party was in the balance today following the defeat of his motion tabled at last night's party council meeting.
Medical investment to create 810 new jobs
A Crumlin-based company is set to create 810 new jobs over the next three years thanks to a £123 million investment in next generation biochip technology.
Scappaticci wins first case against Government
A Belfast man named in recent newspaper reports as IRA informer 'Stakeknife' has won his first case against the Government in the hope of clearing his name.
Tory councillor's suspension branded inadequate
The family of RIR suicide victim Paul Cochrane has hit out at the suspension of a Conservative Party councillor over remarks he made about their son.
Ambulance Service seek tougher action to halt assaults
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has called on the Government to toughen its stance against perpetrators of attacks on ambulance staff.
Invest NI reveals £600m commitment in past year
During 2002/3, Invest NI gained commitments from client companies, universities and other economic bodies to spend over £600m across a range of activities. Invest NI contributed towards these investments by offering £138m in finance, advice and other support programmes.
Multi-million pound launch is music to Belfast's ears
A multi-million pound record label was launched in Belfast today in a bid to revolutionise the local music industry. Wren Records hope their label will "provide marketing and promotional support for every kind of Irish music act".
Boy shot in throat with air gun
The Co Armagh woman has called for a ban on all air guns after her 12-year-old son was shot and injured by one of the weapons. Neil McKee was shot in the throat by the gun in Portadown last night. The incident occurred in the Obins Street area at around 9pm.
FE colleges to get new multi-million IT upgrade
Belfast-based B.I.C. Systems has won a major contract to design and install a new, multi-million pound computer system to support the Northern Ireland further education sector.
Forging European regional links essential says Minister
NIO Minister Ian Pearson has said that Northern Ireland needs to develop more relationships with other European regions to increase its opportunities of being a "preferred partner".

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Sinn Féin launch bid to overturn funding policy
Sinn Féin has launched a bid for a judicial review of a decision by the Electoral Commission to withhold funding from the party. Papers were lodged at Belfast’s High Court today after other Northern Ireland parties received development grants of more than £130,000 in March.
TV3 reduces debts in quest for profitability
The Republic's first national independent commercial broadcaster, TV3, is still haemorrhaging around €5 million a year up to August last year but is on the road profitability, according to accounts submitted to the Companies Registration Office.
DUP electoral challenge brought to House of Lords
The House of Lords has heard that the election of David Trimble and Mark Durkan as First and Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive last November was “invalid”.
Further talks needed on north Belfast peace wall dispute
Legal action has prevented work starting on a peace wall at a north Belfast flashpoint.
Rewarding pig's back website reaches NI
Less than two years since a successful introduction into Southern Ireland, Pigsback.com have launched their offers and rewards website in Northern Ireland. The Pigsback.com website is consumer driven allowing registered members access to exclusive offers from many top brands on one website.
OBE awarded to Derry businessman
Derry businessman Paul Diamond has been awarded the OBE in this year's Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the packaging industry.
Local graduate gains national recognition
A local civil engineering graduate, Louise Mitchell from Holywood has been commended in the national NCE Graduate Awards at the 'Civils 2002' conference held in Birmingham.
Passenger and car ferry service for Foyle Lough
A £3.6 million ferry service has been launched in the North West to carry passengers and vehicles between Counties Londonderry and Donegal. The new ferry began carrying car and foot passengers between Magilligan and Greencastle at the mouth of Lough Foyle at the weekend.
TUC call for compulsory pensions to end crisis
Britain’s pensions crisis will not end unless employers make compulsory contributions to occupational pensions, and workers join the company scheme as a condition of employment, say the TUC.
Derry City Airport launch new website
The City of Derry Airport has launched their own website this week, providing the public with all the latest information they require about the airport and the most up to date news for the North West region. The website www.
Trimble resignation possible to keep process on track
The Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has said he would consider resigning again if he thought it would help the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
McAvoy supply SPDC with modular laboratories
McAvoy Group of Dungannon, Co Tyrone, have announced the supply of modular laboratories for use as part of a Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) project in a remote region of Nigeria.
Seminars examine reality of living in the eurozone
With Northern Ireland currently exporting around one fifth of regional product to eurozone countries the seminar 'Living with the euro – the Reality for Businesses in Northern Ireland' offers a valuable insight into business in the eurozone.
Birthday list honours work of NI men and women
The former Chief Constable of the Northern Ireland Police Service Sir Ronnie Flanagan topped the bill this year in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Magherafelt firm roll out £2m expansion
Magherafelt-based Roll Formed Fabrications have announced a £2m expansion plan which will see the company "increase its capability and overall ability to compete for business particularly in export markets”.
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