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Northern Ireland News on Fri, Mar 18 2016, 1,095 days ago

Man Charged With Murder Of Prison Officer
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of prison officer Adrian Ismay. Mr Ismay, 52, died after being injured by a bomb which went off under the van he was driving on Hillsborough Drive on 04 March. He died as a direct result of the injuries he sustained during the explosion.
Police Appeal Following 'Creeper Style' Burglary In West Belfast
Police are appealing for information following a "creeper style" burglary in west Belfast on Thursday night. The incident happened at a house in the Andersonstown Park area at around 11pm. A Suzuki Alto car was stolen after the keys were taken from inside the property.
Eleven Arrested During St Patrick's Day Celebrations
Eleven people have been arrested for public order offences in the Holylands area of Belfast on St Patrick's Day. The arrests, which were also made in the city centre, included disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and assault on police.
Dunmurry Firm Named 'Best In Ireland'
Dunmurry based 'Creative Smiles Dental and Implant Centre' has been named the 'Best in Ireland'. Creative Smiles Dental and Implant Centre in South Belfast has won two senior prizes at the prestigious Annual Irish Dentistry Awards.
US Firm To Create Over 70 New Jobs In Belfast
A US digital publishing firm is to create over 70 new jobs in Belfast. Highwire Press is to invest £6 million in new software development projects and create a total of 74 new posts.
Cannabis Factory Discovered In Co L'Derry
Three men have been arrested after police seized cannabis, worth an estimated £125,000, during a house search in Limavady, Co L'Derry. The cannabis factory was uncovered during a police operation on Wednesday. A number of other drugs paraphernalia was also seized.
Man Released After Car Set On Fire In Co Armagh
A man arrested after a car was set alight in Co Armagh has been released. The incident happened in the Drumgor Heights area in Craigavon at around 9pm on Wednesday.
Police Appeal For Two Missing Teens
Police are appealing for information to help trace two missing teenagers. Ebony Briggs, 14, and Louis Thompson, 14, were last seen in east Belfast at around 9.45pm on Tuesday. Their families are becoming increasingly concerned for their welfare.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Mar 18 2015, 1,461 days ago

AES Announces Growth In Export Business
Cookstown-based Advanced Electronic Solutions (AES) is experiencing rapid growth in its export business with support from Invest Northern Ireland. AES designs and manufactures the largest range of wireless and GSM intercom systems in the world, based on its innovative wireless technology.
DUP And UUP Agree Election Pact
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) have agreed a pact involving four Parliamentary constituencies. DUP Leader Peter Robinson said: "Those who support the Union will recognise the significance of this pact.
Security Alert In County Tyrone
A suspicious object has been found in the car park of a church in Coalisland, County Tyrone. Bomb disposal officers are currently at the scene at St Mary and St Joseph's Church on Brackaville Road today, Wednesday. A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes.
Jamie Bryson Found Guilty Of Taking Part In Unlawful Public Processions
Union flag protestor Jamie Bryson has been convicted of taking part in unlawful public processions. He was also found guilty of obstructing traffic during a protest in Belfast.
Three People Attacked In Belfast
Three people have been injured in an attack in Belfast. Two women and a man were assaulted in the Donegal Quay area in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man is being treated in hospital for his injuries, however they are not believed to be life threatening.
Man Killed In Co Fermanagh Road Collision
A man has been killed in a collision between a lorry and a car in County Fermanagh. The crash happened on the A4 Belfast Road at around 8am this morning (Wednesday). The road remains closed. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Three Men Arrested Over Suspected Drugs Find
Three men have been arrested after police seized approximately £300,000 worth of suspected drugs in L'Derry and Hillsborough on Monday.
Drop In Unemployment Claimants
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland dropped by 1,700 in February 2015. Unemployment rate was 6.0% - a decrease of 0.3 percentage points over the quarter and 1.5 percentage points over the year, according to the latest Labour Force Survey.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Mar 18 2014, 1,826 days ago

Man Arrested Over Jean McConville Murder
A 77-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. A mother of 10, Jean McConville was kidnapped from her flat in the Divis area of Belfast in December 1972 and shot by the IRA.
£16.9m Pre-Tax Profit For UTV Media
UTV Media plc has unveiled its preliminary results for 2013. The company reported a pre-tax profit of £16.9m, but due to difficult market conditions in the first half of last year, revenue for the Group fell from £112.3m in 2012 to £107.8m in 2013.
L'Derry Station Development To Form New Transport Hub
A new initiative has been launched to develop plans for an integrated transport hub on the site of the Old Waterside Station in L'Derry.
Brooke Park Regeneration To Go Ahead
£568,600 has been allocated by the Department for Social Development to complete £5.6m funding for the regeneration of Brooke Park in L'Derry.
'Designated Days' Policy Proposed
South Belfast Alliance MLA Anna Lo has proposed an amendment to the Local Government Bill that will allow the union flag to be flown on council headquarters across Northern Ireland on designated days.
'Pipe Bomb' Explodes In Tobermore
The PSNI is investigating after a "pipe bomb type" device exploded in the Castle Park area of Tobermore, L'Derry, in the early hours of this morning (18 March). Police said a number of rear windows were damaged when the device exploded shortly before 01:00.
More Nurses For The Royal Victoria Hospital
Forty extra nursing posts are to be appointed following the review of staffing levels at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
£134m Investment In NI Schools Approved
A £134m investment to enhance and improve 51 schools across Northern Ireland has received approval. Education Minister John O'Dowd announced the green light for the School Enhancement Programme, which was established in January 2013 to enable the refurbishment or extension of school buildings.
UTV Posts £16.9m Profit
UTV has posted pre-tax profits of £16.9m and group revenue of £107.8m for 2013. The figures amount to a drop on the £20.1m and £112.3m recorded for 2012, respectively.
NI Contributes To UK Extreme Weather Review
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that his department will be contributing to the national review of the resilience of UK transport networks to extreme weather.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Mar 18 2011, 2,922 days ago

Obama To Meet Queen In Ireland?
US President Barack Obama is coming to Ireland, it has been revealed.
Peaceful Paddy's Day Rocks Belfast
The St Patrick's Day celebrations passed off largely without incident yesterday - with a huge concert success to top it off.
Pharma Jobs Injection For Co Antrim
A fresh investment in high-tech pharmacology is to bring a major boost for jobs and allow an established company to upgrade its facilities and strengthen its sales, marketing and production capability. The new jobs being created will collectively deliver £5.
£18m Lyric Theatre Close To 'Curtain-up'
The countdown has started with a preview of the new Lyric Theatre prior to the official opening in May by Stormont Arts Minister Nelson McCausland.
A 'Matter Of Record' For NI
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will reopen later this month at the new headquarters at Titanic Quarter. The new headquarters were made possible when the Stormont Executive invested almost £30m in the construction of a new purpose-built record office.
Concrete Firm Targets Republic For Exports
Around £1.5 million worth of sales are being targeted in the Republic of Ireland construction market by a Newtownabbey-based firm that produces high quality mortar, concrete, plaster and screed.
Teens Among Irish Road Tragedies
Three people have died in two separate road accidents in Co Cork in just 24 hours. The news came as the name of the victim of a road accident on the main road between Ballymena and Ballymoney was being released today.
Planned Boost For Smaller Renovations
It is to be much easier for householders to undertake renovations and extensions to their homes. The Stormont Environment Minister Edwin has announced new arrangements that mean many people will no longer need to apply for planning permission to extend their homes.
£2.9m School Underway In Warrenpoint
South Down pupils are in for a boost with the NI Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, last week cutting the first sod to start construction of the new building at Carrick Primary School, Warrenpoint.
DUP Team Treads Gobbins Path
Two Executive Ministers were treading the same path when they visited the historic Gobbins Cliff Path in Islandmagee, which is to be refurbished. DUP colleagues, the Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and the NI Finance Minister Sammy Wilson toured the site of the multi-million project.
Former Army Base Housing Plan Hits 'Robinson-Shaped' Wall
Plans to build hundreds of homes on a north Belfast former military base, at Girdwood have seemingly hit a wall, just days after being announced, writes James Gracey Earlier in the week, the Stormont Minister for Social Development, Alex Attwood, unveiled plans for 200 homes on the site besi
'Gifting' Of Military Sites Agreed


Arrangements for passing on the ownership of former military sites identified under the Hillsborough Agreement to the NI Executive have been confirmed.
Huge Capital Schools' Contract Agreed
A £31m capital contract has been signed for the provision of new and upgraded buildings for two schools.
Trailblazer Sainsbury's Expanded
The very first Sainsbury's to open in Northern Ireland, the Ballymena store, which in 1996 became the first to carry the name locally, is to receive a £5m investment The Braidwater Retail Park store will benefit from a new café, pizza bar, food-to-go counter as well as a new deli, bakery and meat a

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Mar 18 2010, 3,287 days ago

Pope's Clerical Abuse Letter On Way
Pope Benedict XVI Benedict has announced that he will sign his long awaited pastoral letter dealing with paedophilia in Ireland tomorrow. The news comes as the Catholic Church is again being rocked by another scandal regarding alleged child abuse.
Tragic Anniversary For Neeson
It is a year to the day since Co Antrim actor Liam Neeson was struck by tragedy. The Ballymena-born star lost his wife Natasha Richardson last March 18th after an accident but has since been able to find solace in his work - helped with support from a fellow actor and long-term friend.
Poots Praises 'Titanic' Progress
NI Environment Minister, Edwin Poots has paid a visit to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to view progress being made on the 185-acre redevelopment site. Minister Poots said: "This is a very exciting development. An estimated £7billion is to be invested in the area over the next 25 years.
Obama Praises NI Leaders
Northern Ireland's political leaders will return to the province later after celebrating St Patrick's Day festivities in Washington as guests of US President Barack Obama. Addressing assembled guests at the White House yesterday, Mr Obama paid tribute to the First and Deputy First Ministers.
Bus Expansion Rolls-Out
A contract for the supply of 48 'Solar Rural' Translink Ulsterbuses between Translink, local manufacturer Wrightbus and Scania has been announced.
Ban Mephedrone Now, Says MP
A 'legal high' should be banned before more young people die. South Belfast MP and former family GP Dr Alasdair McDonnell had called on the Minister for Health to take urgent action to tackle the significant rise in the consumption of the harmful legal drug mephedrone.
Paddy's Day Peaceful
Saint Patrick's Day festivities passed off without incident this year with 'conflict' being limited to the sporting arena. Traditional 17th March events saw Ballymena Academy winning 10-7 in a hard-fought victory over Belfast Royal Academy in a thrilling School's Cup final at Ravenhill.
Unemployment Figures Still Gloomy
There has been a modest drop in local unemployment figures, but this has been offset by a decrease in the number of people finding work - especially in the building sector. As measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the numbers out of work in NI was estimated at 6.
NI 'Happening Destination', Says Foster
Stormont Tourism Minister Arlene Foster has told a St Patrick's Day audience in the USA that Northern Ireland is a "hip, historical and happening" tourist destination.
Poots Praises 'Titanic' Progress
NI Environment Minister, Edwin Poots has paid a visit to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to view progress being made on the 185-acre redevelopment site. Minister Poots said: "This is a very exciting development. An estimated £7billion is to be invested in the area over the next 25 years.
Property Owners Warned About EPCs
A campaign is underway to raise awareness among property owners and buyers about their legal obligations to hold an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is an indicator of how energy efficient your property is.
Other NI News In Brief
Biker Killed A 19-year-old motorcyclist has died in hospital following a road traffic accident when the teenager crashed on the Shelling Hill Road in Cullybackey on Wednesday. No other vehicles were involved in the accident which was reported to have occurred at about 5.15pm yesterday.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Mar 18 2009, 3,652 days ago

Murdered Soldier Laid To Rest
The funeral of one of the two soldiers shot dead by the Real IRA in Antrim has taken place. Mark Quinsey, 23, (pictured, on right) was murdered on March 7th with his colleague Patrick Azimkar (also pictured) as they took delivery of a pizza at Massereene Barracks earlier this month.
'Sinking' Trawler Heads For Port
A major air and sea rescue operation which began earlier today in the Irish Sea, after a distress call from a sinking fishing trawler, is now almost ended. The alarm was raised off the Co Down coast near the port of Kilkeel, (pictured).
Obama Lauds 'Heroic' NI
US President Barack Obama has met with Northern Ireland's political leaders in Washington, and praised the 'heroic' response of people in the province to recent terrorist attacks.
Bedside Vigil As Neeson's Wife "Critical'
Ballymena-born international star, Liam Neeson (pictured here) has rushed from the Toronto set of his latest film, Chloe, to be at his seriously injured wife's hospital bedside. He has been joined by other members of the actress Natasha Richardson's family in New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
NI Dole Queue Lengthens
Figures released today showed another marked increase in unemployment benefit claimants over the last month and a shocking 75% rise in the Northern Ireland unemployment rate in the past year.
Minister Meets Translink Unions Over Job Cuts
Job losses across Northern Ireland's transport system have been confirmed, but are said to be of a 'limited' number. NI Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy met with trade union representatives today to discuss the Translink budget for the forthcoming financial year.
Faltering Construction Trade Hits Mid Ulster Jobs
A new analysis of the recession has highlighted a part of Northern Ireland as being among the hardest hit areas of the UK. The survey, by BBC Radio 4's World at One programme reveals the local authority areas suffering the biggest jobs' downturn.
Faltering Construction Trade Hits Mid Ulster Jobs
A new analysis of the recession has highlighted a part of Northern Ireland as being among the hardest hit areas of the UK. The BBC Radio 4 World at One programme revealed the local authority areas suffering the biggest jobs' downturn.
Saint's Day Success, Despite Students' 'Riot'
Saint Patrick's Day went down a storm with Ulster people from both sides of the community yesterday. A successful Belfast parade and X-Factor star concert - with Eoghan Quigg (pictured) - set the scene as parades took place across Northern Ireland.
US Fiscal Policies Will Not Affect Irish Jobs
The Irish Premier has revealed US President Barack Obama assured him yesterday that job creation by American firms in Ireland will not suffer under his new policies.
Royal Mail Salutes NI Castles
Northern Ireland has some of the finest ancient castles in the country and Royal Mail is celebrating this rich heritage with the launch a new series of generic stamp sheets featuring the castles of Northern Ireland, printed on a label alongside a first class stamp.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Mar 18 2008, 4,017 days ago

Co-ownership Closes Its Doors
Northern Ireland's Co-ownership Housing Scheme cannot cope with the growing number of people who want assistance in buying a home. Alan Crowe, Chief Executive of Co-Ownership Housing today announced that no new applications can be taken for Co-Ownership at this time due to funding shortages.
Arresting Time As BBC NI Journalists Make The News
BBC Northern Ireland journalists have found themselves making the headlines in a new capacity after being involved in a dramatic police chase in Co Donegal.
Donaldson Sells NI To American Investors
Despite turmoil and insecurity in the US markets, Jeffery Donaldson has been telling American investors to look to Northern Ireland.
Bomber Beaten
A convicted IRA bomber is today fighting for his life having been the victim of as sustained, brutal attack that has left him critically injured and on a life support machine.
NI Business Rates Reviewed
Commercial properties in Northern Ireland are to undergo a rates revaluation in the coming months.
Ten Year Boom For NI Recruitment
Recruitment and employment levels have both grown in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years. Since the ground-breaking Good Friday Agreement of Easter 1998, official Government figures show that 100,000 more people are employed now than a decade ago, with a total of 782,000 in work.
Paisley Pat's Day Proposal Put Off
When the seminal DUP politician Dr Ian Paisley steps down as First Minister in May, he is unlikely to see his proposal for St Patrick's Day to be designated a public holiday in Northern Ireland going ahead.
St Patrick’s Day Foray
St Patrick’s day celebrations were tainted again this year with a flurry of violent attacks and antisocial behavior. Two people were arrested after clashes in Belfast city centre on Monday night.
World Should Flow With Water
From Bangladesh to Banbridge, Mali to Magherafelt, International charity WaterAid is marking World Water Day (22nd March) with a series of events and activities across the globe to call for clean water to flow across the globe - so no one is thirsty and has basic sanitation.
Workforce Skills Need Good Foundation
The potential of foundation degrees to aid up-skilling within the Northern Ireland workforce has been highlighted. NI Employment and Learning Minister Sir Reg Empey, stressed the Government's commitment to raising the skills level of Northern Ireland’s workforce to compete in a global marketplace.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Mar 18 2005, 5,113 days ago

Woman sexually assaulted in north Belfast
A woman has been sexually assaulted following a burglary in north Belfast early on Friday. The 36-year-old victim awoke in her Brookvale-Cliftonville Road home at around 4am to find two men standing in her bedroom. One man ransacked her room whilst the other seriously sexually assaulted her.
Eighteen arrested following Holyland disturbances
Eighteen people have been arrested for “disorderly behaviour” following a night of disturbances in the Holyland area of south Belfast.
Body uncovered following caravan fire
Police have uncovered a body following a fire in a caravan parked in the garden of a house in Co Antrim. The body was discovered in the early hours of Friday at Taylor's Avenue in Carrickfergus, however fire investigators have yet to determine a cause of the blaze.
Child safety hotline to name and shame killer roads
Parents and residents who fear for their children’s safety on roads are being urged to take action by a local road safety charity.
DSD invests £56m in disadvantaged communities
Some of Northern Ireland’s most deprived communities are to benefit from an investment of £56 million over the next three years, the Minister for Social Development Minister, John Spellar, announced today.
Push to promote Province launched in US
A major drive to promote Northern Ireland as a region at the forefront of innovation has been launched in the United States by Secretary of State, Paul Murphy.
Tsunami hit area could be hit again - UU
The stresses in the earth’s crust which have resulted from the South East Asia earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 have significantly increased the risk of another large earthquake in the already-devastated Indonesian island of Sumatra, new research findings by scientists from the U
University funding to be discussed at Queen’s
The future management of university funding in the UK will be debated at a major national conference at Queen's University next week.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Mar 18 2004, 5,478 days ago

Union anger at Budget 'day of the long knives'
The three main UK civil service unions are to hold emergency meetings this week on yesterday's televised revelation that up to 40,000 civil service posts will be axed by government.
High street sales flat as retail sector slows
The latest monthly figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that retail sales figures showed no change in the volume of total sales between January and February. The flat High Street sales figures follows a period of strong growth - 1.2% between December and January.
Third man charged with hostel murder
A third man has been charged with the murder of a man in a Belfast hostel earlier this month.
Disruptive pupils causing havoc in schools
The Belfast Education and Library Board today (BELB) launched a wide-ranging review into services to help young people with behavioural difficulties. It follows a report by the BELB which revealed that up to 30,000 students were found to be disruptive in class in Northern Ireland.
Mixed response to Budget announcements
There were mixed emotions in Northern Ireland today following yesterday's Budget speech by Chancellor Gordon Brown. While many were unsurprised by the rise in tariffs on beer and cigarette, it was the announcement that 40,000 civil service jobs are to go that really knocked many observers for six.
Three people injured in separate attacks
Two people have been found seriously injured in Co Down last night. The two men, both in their 20s, were found lying on the ground in Bangor's Lower Main Street by a passing taxi driver. One of the injured men is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.
Priest condemns church attack
An attack on a Catholic Church in Co Tyrone has been condemned by its Parish Priest. Father Michael Doherty described the incident in which a number of windows were smashed at St Mary's Church in Strabane as "disgraceful".
DARD announces equine sector research consultants
The Department of Agriculture (DARD) has announced the appointment of consultants, BDO Stoy Hayward, to carry out research into the equine sector in Northern Ireland. The aim of the research project is to underpin the Equine Group’s development of a long-term strategy for the equine industry.
Belfast St Patrick's Day event marred by trouble
Belfast's St Patrick's Day celebrations were marred yesterday following disturbances in the city centre. In the lower Shankill area of the city a police officer was injured while trying to separate rival gangs.
Seminar to look at UUP and Orange Order history
Two leading political scientists are to shed new light on years of turmoil that have led to current fissures in Unionist politics, at a University of Ulster seminar in Jordanstown this Friday.
Sir Alex visits NI for website Fund launch
Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson forgot his footballing troubles this week when he flew into Northern Ireland to celebrate the launch of the new Elizabeth Hardie Ferguson Charitable Trust Fund website.
UU team uncover secrets of the deep
Ultra-modern underwater detection technology is helping University of Ulster experts uncover the secrets of the deep - and predict the future.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Mar 18 2003, 5,844 days ago

Paramedics boycott riot situations after assaults
The ambulance service in north Belfast have said that they will not be attending public disorder situations in certain areas after crews were assaulted on two occasions over the weekend.
Alliance and SDLP speak out against war
Alliance Assembly member Seamus Close has slammed the Prime Minister and President Bush for fracturing the UN over their plans to invade Iraq.
Father and son injured in gun incident
A father and son have been injured following an incident in Co Tyrone in which a shotgun was discharged. At around 10pm last night, a man was confronted by a gang of men as he opened the door of his Derryvale Road home in Dungannon. The men entered the house and a heated argument then took place.
Community funding set to reduce anti-social behaviour
Community groups across Northern Ireland are set to receive £7.5 million in funding over the next three years as part of a drive to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Derry woman bitten during robbery
A 20-year-old woman has been bitten on the arm during a robbery at a grocery store in the Waterside area of Londonderry. At around 4.30pm yesterday, a man in his mid-20s entered a shop on the Spencer Road with an accomplice and demanded money.
UTV profits up by 8% despite 'difficult' media market
UTV's annual results for 2002 show an increase of 8% in group operating profit, up from £13.6m last year to £14.6m.
Three new commissions for BWPL
Northern Ireland based independent film and television production company Brian Waddell Productions Limited (BWPL) have announced a raft of three new commissions - a post-programme documentary 'Life After Baywatch', and two travel shows 'Chasing Time In...' and 'Ulster Fly'.
Pensioner assaulted in west Belfast
A pensioner has been attacked outside a bookmaker's in west Belfast. The 81-year-old man was in a car on the Springfield Road when he was attacked by two men, one of whom was brandishing a hammer. He suffered bruising to his arm after raising it to protect himself.
Hit and run car aimed at pedestrians
A number of people have been injured after youths in a car mounted a pavement appearing to aim at pedestrians in west Belfast last night. Police confirmed the incident which occurred at around 9pm last night on the Blacks Road area of west Belfast.
Lord Mayor launches Titanic celebrations
Talks and storytelling, walking and boat tours, and a special commemorative exhibition are among the elements being brought together over eight days to commemorate ‘Titanic - Made In Belfast’.
Vehicles stolen from car showroom
Thieves have broken into a car showroom in Co Tyrone last night. They stole four vehicles from the showroom on the Ballygawley Road, Dungannon in the early hours of this morning. Three of the cars have since been recovered, but police are still looking for a blue Vauxhall Corsa.
NI people need to take heed of will deficit
A leading charity has said that around 50% of people who die in Northern Ireland do not have a will. The Simon Community revealed the statistic as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue of being intestate.
NI Euro qualifier in doubt
Next weekend's European Championship qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Armenia is in doubt because of impending war in the Middle East.
NIE announces price freezes
Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has announced the freezing of electricity tariffs for the second year running. NIE say that taking inflation into account the price freeze amounts to a price reduction of 2.1% in real terms - a saving of around £8 a year for the average consumer.
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