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Northern Ireland News on Thu, Oct 24 2019, 366 days ago

Shots Fired At House In North Belfast
Three residents of a house in north Belfast have managed to escape injury after shots were fired at the property this morning. Police said a total of four shots rang out between 4am and 5am in Arosa Parade, causing damage to the property.
NI Properties Searched As Suspect Detained Over Trailer Deaths
A Northern Ireland man arrested on suspicion of murder over the 39 trailer deaths in Essex remains in custody, police have said. Three properties in Co Armagh have been searched in connection with the investigation. Police have refused to speculate on the suspect's identity.
Further Increase In A&E Waiting Times Revealed
Fresh healthcare statistics have shown that the number of people waiting longer than 12 hours at Emergency Departments has doubled in the past year.
Child Flu Vaccinations To Be Delayed
Child flu vaccination services are likely to be delayed in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has warned. GPs will now prioritise children with underlying health conditions and pre-school children over the age of two as routine testing of the Fluenz Tetra nasal vaccine is delayed.
Needle Exchange Pilot To Replace Boots Service
The charity Extern has received funding to run a pilot-project of community-based needle exchange services. According to the Public Health Agency, which is funding the scheme, 30,065 visits were made to the 21 services established in Northern Ireland between 2017 and 2018.
Fishing Crew Airlifted From Drifting Boat
Five fisherman have been airlifted to safety after their vessel became stranded on rocks off the Co Down coast. A multi-agency task force attended the scene at Phennick Point outside Ardglass harbour in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 23 October.
Call For Brexit Clarity At Belfast Chamber Launch
Belfast businesses are crying out for certainty and stability in the face of Brexit.
Past Year Sees 12 Deaths At NI Workplaces
Some 12 people lost their lives in workplace injuries in the past year, new figures have revealed. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) said the deaths mark an increase of one when compared with the previous year.
Arrest As Cannabis Factory Discovered In Lisburn
Police have made an arrest after cannabis worth £90,000 was seized in Lisburn. Around 170 suspected cannabis plants and 1.5kgs of harvested cannabis were seized during a proactive policing operation by officers from Lisburn District Support Team on Wednesday 23 October.
Appeal Over 'Shocking' Arson Attacks In Belfast
An SDLP MLA has told of her shock following a spate of arson attacks in the Holylands area of south Belfast. A total of five vehicles were damaged during the crime spree in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 23 October. Police have launched an investigation following the two separate incidents.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Oct 24 2018, 731 days ago

Space Tech Visit To Silicon Valley Announced
Enterprise Europe Network has announced a space technology visit to Silicon Valley in February, 2019 as part of Innovate UK's Global Business Innovation Programme.
New Operation Centres To Cut Hospital Waiting Lists
Health services will see a significant boost to their capacity and a drop in waiting lists, if the proposed 2,000 extra cataract operations for improving eyesight each year are approved, health authorities have said.
Paramilitarism Remains 'A Stark Reality Of Life' In NI
Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, paramilitarism remains "a stark reality of life" in Northern Ireland, according to the first report of Ireland's Independent Reporting Commission.
Teenager Arrested After Murder In County Down
Police are treating the death of a man following an assault in County Down over the weekend as murder. The 32-year-old was attacked in Portaferry, shortly after midnight on Sunday. It is believed the victim was from Killyleagh.
Anger At Cuts To Sports Scheme For NI Primary Schools
A decision by the Department of Education to end the funding provided for sports coaching at over 400 Northern Ireland primary schools has been highly criticised, with SDLP sports spokesman Justin McNulty branding the move a result of the failed devolved government.
Suspensions Lifted At Three NI Care Homes
Suspensions imposed on a care home firm at the centre of recent controversy have been lifted after inspectors found improvements at three of the residential facilities.
NI Councils At Westminster To Secure City Deal
Six Northern Ireland councils are in Westminster in a final push to get the go ahead for a city region deal. They are hoping to secure funding from the treasury that could potentially create 20,000 jobs over 10 years.
Alert Issued After 'Wire Trap' Discovered In NI Country Park
Police have issued a warning to the public following reports of a wire trap being planted on Belfast's Cave Hill Country Park. Park wardens were alerted when a wire was discovered to be strung across parts of a trail in a "potentially dangerous position" on Tuesday morning, 23 October.
Man Suffers Head Injuries In East Belfast Assault
A man in his 50's has been assaulted on the street by another man in east Belfast. The incident happened around 1.45pm on Monday 22 October in the Mountpottinger Road area.
Bill To Give Clarity To NI Civil Servants Fast-Tracked
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is fast-tracking law changes through the House of Commons that will bring a measure of stability to Stormont's public services.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Oct 24 2017, 1,096 days ago

Additional Time Granted To Question Man Over Murder Of Anne O'Neill
Police have been granted additional time to question a 27-year-old man over the murder of Anne O'Neill in Finaghy. A 23-year-old man who was arrested has been released on police bail.
Man Released On Bail Following Rasharkin Death
A 36-year-old man arrested over the suspicious death of a man in Rasharkin, Co Antrim, has been released on bail pending further enquiries. The body of a man, aged in his 50s, was found on the Townhill Road on Sunday, 22 October.
Queen's Researcher Shortlisted For 2017 Newton Prize
A researcher at Queen's University in Belfast has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.
Police Appeal After Man Seen 'Acting Erratically' In Bangor
Police are urging the public to be vigilant after a man was seen "acting erratically" in Bangor, Co Down. The male was walking out in front of traffic and trying to stop cars on the main Belfast Road out of Bangor at around 3pm on Monday, 23 October.
Former Loyalist Leader Glenn Barr Dies, Aged 75
Former UDA commander Glenn Barr has died, aged 75. Mr Barr became leader of the Ulster Workers Strike in the 1970s which brought down the Sunningdale power-sharing executive. He also visited Libya for discussions with Colonel Gaddafi as part of a UDA delegation.
Driver Caught Speeding Over 110mph In Co Antrim
A driver has been caught speeding at 113mph in Co Antrim on Sunday, 22 October. The motorist was caught by PSNI Road Policing on the new dual carriageway of the A26 near Ballymena.
Enterprise Week Events Programme Launched
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have announced details of upcoming business events as part of Enterprise Week, running from 6th-10th November, 2017.
Talks Begin Over Proposed Changes To Minibus Legislation
The Department of Infrastructure is in talks with the Equality Commission over proposed changes to minibus legislation.
Two People Arrested Following Serious Attack In L'Derry
Police have arrested two people after a man was seriously attacked in Co L'Derry. An 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were detained by detectives on Monday, 23 October. The assault happened in the Newmarket Street area in the early hours of Sunday, 22 October.
Call For More Support For ME Patients
More support is needed for patients afflicted with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), according to Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew. She was speaking after a public discussion in Westminster on the treatment options for patients and the need for enhanced public awareness of the illness.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Oct 24 2016, 1,461 days ago

Essentials Of Management And Leadership Course Announced
The William J Clinton Leadership Institute has announced an interactive programme on the essentials of management and leadership in business.
Ulster GAA Reveals Plans For New Stadium
Ulster GAA has revealed plans for its new stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast. The new scheme developed by architects Populous plans to transform Casement Park with an enhanced atmosphere and iconic new stadium bowl.
Ashers Bakery Loses Appeal For Refusing To Make 'Gay Cake'
The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. The Court of Appeal ruled against Ashers Bakery's appeal on Monday, 24 October.
Man Killed In Co Antrim Road Collision Named
A man who died in a road collision in Co Antrim has been named as Kamil Gervenka. The crash occurred on the Portglenone Road in Randalstown at around 12.15am on Sunday, 23 October. It is believed he was originally from Slovakia and worked in the area.
Major Fire At Industrial Unit In Co Armagh
Emergency services are at the scene of a major fire at an industrial unit in Portadown, Co Armagh. The blaze happened on the Drunnacany Road on Monday, 24 October.
Investigation Launched After Accident At Tayto Park In Co Meath
An investigation has launched following an accident at the Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co Meath. Nine people were taken to hospital after stairs collapsed at the 'House of Horrors' shortly after 8pm on Saturday, 22 October.
Man Charged With Serious Terrorist Offences In Newry
A 34-year-old man is to appear in court charged with serious terrorist offences in Newry. The PSNI detained the man in Belfast on Friday, 21 October.
Road Closed In Ballymena Following Serious Road Collision
A road has been closed following a serious collision in Ballymena, Co Antrim. The one vehicle crash occurred on the Creebilly Road in the early hours of Monday morning, 24 October. The road has been closed between the Deerfin Road and the Kennelbridge Road.
Family Escape Injury After Armed Gang Break Into Home In South Belfast
A family have escaped injury after an armed gang broke into their home in south Belfast. The incident happened at a property in Egeria Street just after 11pm on Friday, 21 October. A number of men, one believed to be armed with a suspected firearm, smashed a window at the property.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Oct 24 2014, 2,192 days ago

Contract Services Win £30m Contract
Contract Services, an installation and maintenance firm based in Belfast, has scooped a £30 million contract. Up to 50 new jobs are expected to be created and it is the biggest 'all trades' measured term contract of its kind in Northern Ireland.
Farmer Jailed For Forging Will
A farmer who attempted to forge a will from a pensioner to inherit most of her £1 million estate has been jailed for three years. 53-year-old Francis Tiernan from Forkhill pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month.
Cannabis Plants Found In Claudy
Suspected cannabis plants have been found by police at a house near Claudy, Co L'Derry. Several hundred plants are believed to have been discovered at a property on Farkland Road on Thursday evening. A 58-year-old man has been arrested and the scene is currently being examined.
Strabane School Evacuated After Suspicious Device Found
A school is Strabane has been forced to close after a suspicious device was found in the Ballycolman estate. The police also issued a warning for the people living in Strabane to be vigilant after an object was thrown at a police vehicle.
NI Tourism Figures Increase
The number of tourists visiting Northern Ireland has increased five per cent compared to the same period last year. Spending has also increased by ten per cent, according to new figures.
Pair Mugged In South Belfast
A man and woman have been mugged in south Belfast. The man was punched and the woman was threatened at knifepoint in the Malone Road area on Thursday at approximately 7.30pm. A man approached the pair and punched the other man to the ground, threatened the woman with a knife and demanded money.
Unionists Accused Of Holding All-Party Talks To Ransom
Sinn Féin has accused Unionists of holding all party talks to ransom over an Orange Order parade in north Belfast. MP Conor Murphy said to date there is no agenda, no timetable, no programme of work or no structure for chairing.
Police Appeal After 'Shot Fired' In North Belfast
Police have launched an investigation after reports of a shot being fired in north Belfast. No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident in the Farringdon Court area on Thursday. Police are keen to establish what happened and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Oct 24 2013, 2,557 days ago

Loyalists Plan 10,000-Strong Protest
Loyalists organising a flag protest at Belfast City Hall for next month have lodged a fresh application with the Parades Commission. The protest would see 40 bands, 5,000 supporters and 5,000 supporters take to the streets in the city centre.
Device Was 'Designed To Kill Police'
Police have said a pipe bomb which was found during a security alert in Co Antrim was designed to kill police officers. Around 10pm on Wednesday, police received a phone call to say a device had been thrown at a patrol in Mill Road, Newtownabbey.
No Threat To NI Fuel Supply Say NIOF
The is no threat to fuel supplies in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) has said. The federation were responding to concerns raised in light of the ongoing dispute and current closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant in Scotland.
PSNI Appeal For Information About West Belfast Shooting
The PSNI have appeal for witnesses to or any one with any information about a shooting incident in west Belfast on Wednesday night. A man was shot in the leg at Creeslough Gardens at around 21:30 on Wednesday night.
Funding Secure For Co Down Performing Arts Centre
Funding has been secured for a proposed performing arts and technology centre in Bangor, Co Down.
Ministers Promote Business In Boston
First Minister, the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA, and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have promoted business and university links in Boston.
Accused Won't Testify In McShane Trial
A man accused of attempting to murder Co Tyrone woman Natasha McShane will not testify at his own trial, it has been revealed. Heriberto Viramontes, 34, is accused of trying to kill Ms McShane and her friend in Chicago three years ago.
Aung San Suu Kyi To Visit NI
Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is to visit Belfast on Thursday, the UK Government has confirmed. Ms San Suu Kyi, who is chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma, requested to visit the region as part of her tour to the UK.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Oct 24 2012, 2,922 days ago

NI Terrorist Threat To GB Downgraded To 'Moderate'
A Northern Ireland related terrorist attack to Great Britain has been downgraded from substantial to moderate, the Home Secretary has said. Teresa May said while an attack was possible it is unlikely.
Police Issue Warning Over Laser Pens
The PSNI have issued a warning after 12 incidents of laser pens being pointed at aircrafts in the Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus areas have occurred in the last three weeks. Inspector Alan McKeown said the pens "can cause temporary blindness and distraction to the pilot".
NI Throws Final Switch On UK Analogue TV
The analogue TV signal in Northern Ireland has been switched off, completing the UK's transition to digital broadcasting. It was the last UK region to switch off its signal, bringing an end to the 80-year-old transmission technology and heralding the dawn of the digital age.
County Down Coast Wind Farm To Be Discussed
Plans for a new wind farm off the south east coast of County Down are to be discussed at a meeting in Newcastle later on Wednesday. Earlier this month, First Flight Wind business consortium was granted a licence by the Crown Estate to develop an offshore wind farm in the area.
Trial Hears First Testimony Of Millie Martin Accused
The man accused of murdering Millie Martin told police he tried his best to resuscitate the toddler after finding her "completely lifeless" in her cot. The toddler died on 11 December 2009, a day after she was admitted to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen with serious injuries.
Minister Discusses Future Fishing Opportunities
Fisheries Minister Michelle O'Neill has met with fishing stakeholders from the catching and processing sectors to discuss priorities ahead of this Autumn's vital fisheries councils.
Minister Visits Malaysia To Participate In Business Forum
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., is in Malaysia today to participate at the 6th Annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum.
Asda Drop Plans For New North Belfast Store
Supermarket chain Asda has dropped its plans for a new store in north Belfast.
The Great Wall Comes To NI
China may not be the first country that springs to mind when one thinks of pick-up trucks and SUVs, but with the emergence of the country’s dominance in the financial market it seems many of Europe’s cultural and industrial preconceptions of Beijing are going to be challenged over the coming years.
Three Arrested Following Oil Laundering Plant Find
Three men have been arrested after an oil laundering plant was discovered in Co Louth. The men, two from Northern Ireland and one from Co Louth, have been taken to Dundalk Garda station.
HLF Supports Bid To Protect Servite Manuscripts And Books
A collection of around 20,000 manuscripts, books and archive material has secured the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) initial support in a bid for nearly £773,000, including development funding of £83,000 to protect and open up the rare collection. The Servite Priory library at Benburb, Co.
Chair Of The Probation Board For NI Appointed
Vilma Patterson has been appointed as Chair of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland. Mrs Patterson has been appointed following an open competition regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland. She will take up office on 1 December 2012, succeeding Ronnie Spence.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Oct 24 2011, 3,288 days ago

One Arrested After Taxi Row Victim Dies
A man has been charged in connection with the death of a man fatally injured in an attack at a Belfast taxi depot on Sunday. The 60-year-old victim who was assaulted in the city centre at the weekend passed away in hospital.
Six Months Prison Reform 'Critical', Says Ford
Prison reform in Northern Ireland is now at a turning point. According to the NI Justice Minister David Ford, a new report by the Prison Review Team is a watershed for the Northern Ireland Prison Service.
Torrential Rain Hits Eastern NI
Heavy rain has caused flooding in various parts of Northern Ireland overnight with the areas worst hit being in parts of north and west Belfast, Ballyclare and also in Cushendall and Carnlough on the Antrim Coast Road.
Maskey Welcomes West Belfast Drug Hauls
Ecstasy worth an estimated £100k has been seized during what has been described as a planned PSNI operation in Belfast. A police spokesperson said that two men were arrested after a car was stopped on Stockman's Lane on Sunday. The pair, aged 43 and 24, are now helping police with their inquiries.
Gallagher Leads The Race For Aras
The seven candidates foer the Irish Republic's Presidential elections are preparing for the final TV debate of their campaigns and with only days to go until polling Independent candidate Sean Gallagher is 'favourite' to become the next President.
Casting Call Announced For MTV Tickets
MTV has announced it will be conducting a search for more than 1,500 Northern Ireland music fans to be part of the 2011 MTV EMAs, taking place in Belfast's Odyssey Arena, on 6 November.
Community House Secures Refurb Funding
The premises of a community association in Armagh will be re-vamped now that substantial funding has been secured.
NI Social Housing Secures £65m Boost
Social housing in Northern Ireland is set to benefit from a £65m boost as a result of a funding partnership between Clanmil Housing and Northern Bank.
Community House Secures Refurb Funding
The premises of a community association in Armagh will be re-vamped now funding of over seventy thousand pounds has been secured.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Oct 24 2008, 4,383 days ago

Raymond Junior Murder Report Highlighted
One of the most controversial killings to have taken place in Northern Ireland is again in the spotlight today with news that the Northern Ireland Policing Board wants to see a report on progress made to date in assuring a more appropriate policing response in future being published.
Movilla Strike Day 10: Parents' Anger
Parents of pupils at a Newtownards high school - that has remained closed for two weeks – have raised concerns about the affect the teachers' strike is having on their children's education.
Ryanair To Close Valencia Base
The budget airline Ryanair - which flies both George Best Belfast City Airport and from City of Derry Airport - has announced it is to close its base at Valencia, Spain, which will result in the loss of 70 weekly flights.
Parade Protest Permitted
The organisers of a high profile city centre protest have been urged to think again - and are facing criticism from both the DUP and a west Belfast-based paper.
Gas Bills Up For Review
There has been an official welcome for news of at least a 'glimmer of hope' for gas users in Northern Ireland. Following a 19.
'M*A*S*H' Medics Welcomed Back
Local Territorial Army medics who provided critical, emergency care and life-saving theatre operations under extremely pressured war-zone conditions have been welcomed back to NI.
Jenni Supports UCF Campaign
One of radio and television's most respected broadcasters, Jenni Murray, flew into Belfast today to be the guest speaker at the Ulster Cancer Foundation's (UCF) annual Think Pink! luncheon, which celebrates life after breast cancer.
French Trade Boosts Fermanagh Cheeses
With orders being received from Galeries Lafayette in France and from outlets as far away as Asia, a local cheesemaker is celebrating success. NI Economy Minister Arlene Foster today praised Fivemiletown Creamery for its continued export success and growth.
Farmer's Death Was Murder, Say Police
Police have said they are treating the death of a Co Armagh farmer as murder. Forty-five year old Victor Stewart's body was found at his remote farmhouse on Creevekeeran Road in Middletown on Wednesday morning. A post mortem was carried out on the man's remains yesterday.
Tesco Crumlin Site Gets Green Light
Plans to build a multi-million pound Tesco store in Crumlin have been given the go-ahead by Antrim Borough Council. The store will be constructed on the site of the former Cattle Market in the Main Street.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Oct 24 2007, 4,749 days ago

Ireland Joins British Legion Remembrance
The Royal British Legion has launched this year’s fund-raising campaign to help its work supporting ex-servicemen and women and their dependents.
Witnesses Snub Coroner In Death Crash Probe
The inquest into the death of a young man in a car accident has highlighted the coroner’s virtual powerlessness in compelling witnesses to appear before the court.
Giant Headache For Causeway Developer
The developer at the heart of the proposed new Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre has insisted that no inducement was given to First Minister Ian Paisley or his son to gain their support for the scheme.
Devolved Justice Needs Two Ministers: Sinn Fein
Should the Northern Ireland Assembly assume powers for justice in the future, there should be two, not one Minister in charge, according to Sinn Fein.
Quinn Post Mortem Completed
The results of the post mortem just completed on the south Armagh man who died after a brutal beating from a masked gang are not yet being made public, a Gardaí spokesperson has confirmed.
Kerb-Crawling To Be Outlawed
Cruising for a prostitute will soon be against the law in Northern Ireland. NIO Policing Minister Paul Goggins has told the Commons Northern Ireland Grand Committee in London that he plans to introduce legislation to ban so-called ‘kerb-crawling’ to take effect next year.
Irish Airline Confident On Belfast Arrival
Aer Lingus is confident of a successful move to Northern Ireland next month. After recently settling a dispute with pilots over pay and conditions for the new base at Belfast International Airport, it is already predicting that the Belfast operation will be profitable within a year.
Arrival Of New Maternity Unit At Ulster Hospital Celebrated
The £13 million Maternity Unit at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, has been officially opened by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey.
Planning's Statistical Publications Go Online
The DOE Planning Service has announced a timetable for the release of annual and quarterly statistical publications using its website (www.planningni.gov.uk).
A1 Dual Carriageway Progress Welcomed
Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed the Roads Service’s progress on the contract award for the A1 dual carriageway scheme between Beech Hill and Cloghogue, Newry.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Oct 24 2006, 5,114 days ago

Shorts to cut over 600 jobs
Over 600 jobs are to be cut at Belfast aerospace company Shorts, Canadian parent company Bombardier has today announced. A total of 645 jobs will be lost, and all levels including management will be affected. Around the same number of cuts are to be made to jobs in Canada.
Former DUP mayor assaults photographer
Former DUP mayor of Coleraine Dessie Stewart is being investigated by police after allegedly assaulting a member of the press outside Antrim Court House earlier today.
Man remanded over Strabane rape charge
A 22-year-old man who appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court this morning charged in connection with a serious sexual assault in County Tyrone in the early hours of yesterday morning, has denied the charges.
Domestic violence reports increase
Victims of domestic violence are more confident in coming forward to report crimes against them, Criminal Justice Minister David Hanson has said today.
Governments to discuss St Andrews Agreement
Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Peter Hain is to travel to Dublin today to meet with the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern to discuss the implementations of the St Andrews Agreement.
'Paramilitary-style' shooting in County Tyrone
A man has been injured during a paramilitary-style shooting in County Tyrone. The incident happened in the Springhill Park area of Strabane on Monday evening and the victim, believed to be aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to his leg.
Hijacking incident in north Belfast
Police in north Belfast have appealed for information following a hijacking incident in the lower Shankill area yesterday evening. The incident happened at around 5.30pm when a woman, aged in her 20s, was returning to her car which was parked on the junction of Dayton Road and Townsend Street.
Lagan search resumes for a fourth day
The search operation at the River Lagan is to resume for a fourth day after police received reports on Saturday afternoon that a man had been seen in the water.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Oct 24 2005, 5,479 days ago

Government announces new Victims Commissioner
A former primary school teacher, whose RUC reservist husband was murdered by republicans in the 1980's, has been appointed by the Government to be Northern Ireland's new victims commissioner.
Export success for cutting edge software
Belfast software firm ICS Computing is celebrating the success of a cutting edge software package which has just achieved £1 million of export sales, with a further £1 million projected by 2007.
Police appeal following hammer attack
Police are continuing to appeal for information after an 18-year-old woman was injured in a hammer attack in Co Down on Friday. The victim was in her Inishargie Gardens flat at about 5pm when a man called at her door and attacked her, hitting her several times over the head with a hammer.
Man stabbed in Dungannon incident
Police in Dungannon are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in a serious assault during the early hours of Sunday morning. The 23-year-old victim was walking through a carpark at Greers Way at around 3.
Five people injured during attack
Five people have been injured following an attack in Co Antrim at the weekend. Shortly after 1.30am on Sunday a man and two women were assaulted by a group of youths as they left a social club at the Broughshane Street junction in Ballymena. They sustained minor injuries.
Safety improvements on Foyle Bridge announced
Additional safety measures are to be put in place on the Foyle Bridge in Londonderry, the Roads Service announced today. The move will see "two high specification variable message signs" on the approaches to the bridge at a cost of £300,000.
Former hotel building destroyed in blaze
A former hotel building has been destroyed in a suspicious fire overnight. The blaze took hold at the unoccupied Glenavna Hotel in Whiteabbey at about 12.30am on Monday reducing the building to a 'shell'.
Pedal patrol for Carrickfergus
Carrickfergus Police have today taken delivery of two 'Police' bicycles for use as an additional method of patrolling the Borough.
UU lead research into baby growth
How babies grow in the womb may be important in predicting growth and development throughout childhood and into adulthood, researchers at the University of Ulster have said.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Oct 24 2003, 6,210 days ago

Trimble warns UUP could not enter government in current climate
The future of the executive has been entangled by the Gordian Knot that is the arms decommissioning issue, after the UUP leader warned today that he could not recommend that his party return to government.
Robinson claims PM 'deceit' over decommissioning
DUP deputy leader, Peter Robinson has claimed Prime Minister, Tony Blair is deceiving the people of Northern Ireland over decommissioning.
Cocaine seizure worth £1m says drug squad
Drugs squad officers have recovered cocaine worth an estimated street value of £1 million. The seizures were made in the Lisburn and Lurgan areas on Thursday.
Victoria Square complex receives go-ahead
The Department for Social Development (DSD) today confirmed that Dutch-owned developer, AM Development UK Ltd is to redevelop the Victoria Square site in Belfast.
IRA apologises over 'disappeared'
The IRA has apologised to the families of the so-called 'disappeared' for the suffering it has caused them.
Derry Airport expansion angers residents
Around 17 houses are set to be demolished in Londonderry after the city's Council ratified plans to allow the extension of a runway at Derry Airport.
Seven injured in separate road accidents
Seven people have been injured in two separate road accidents today. In Co Down, two men had to be cut free from their vehicles following a collision on the Bangor Road in Holywood. Four cars were involved in the collision which occurred at a part of the road known as Devil's Elbow at around 6.
Cookstown based small business in the 'top ten'
Cookstown-based TES(NI)Ltd was one of the top ten finalists in a fierce competition for the prestigious title UK Small Business of the Year In Parcelforce's annual awards on 22nd October 2003.
DoE issue roads warning as clocks go back
'Pay attention or pay the price' was the message being put out by the Department of Environment (DoE) today ahead of clock's going back this weekend. Sunday morning marks the end of British summer time, however it also marks the beginning of another cold, dark, miserable winter.
Lottery boost for childcare projects
Childcare projects across Northern Ireland received a major lottery boost today from the New Opportunities Fund.
Online advertising on the way up
The three-year hiatus in online advertising finally looks set to end, according to accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). A report into internet advertising, PwC's Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2003-2007 Europe, published this week forecasts a 3.
Belfast firm join global accountancy network
A Belfast-based accountancy firm is set to join the world's tenth largest network of accountants. Mooney Moore will join Baker Tilly International and practice as Baker Tilly Mooney Moore.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Oct 24 2002, 6,575 days ago

Stevens Report into collusion is delayed
It has emerged that the publication of Sir John Stevens' report into alleged collusion between paramilitaries and security services has been delayed by six months.
Murphy appointment broadly welcomed in NI
Following Dr Reid's departure to take over as chairman of the Labour Party, Northern Ireland's political parties broadly welcomed the announcement that Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy is the new incumbent at Hillsborough Castle.
Direct rule Minister addresses devolution conference
Public sector reform will continue to play a major part in the government’s priorities for Northern Ireland, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Finance and Personnel, Ian Pearson, told a conference in Newcastle, Co Down, today.
Revitalised Marks & Spencer stores reopen
Marks & Spencer have reopened the doors of their Buttercrane Shopping Centre in Newry and Forestside Shopping Centre in Newtownbreda. Following completion work, estimated to have cost over £1.
Belfast City Council boosts smoke alarm campaign
A potentially lifesaving fire safety campaign received a boost from Belfast City Council today.
Fire Brigades Union delegation meets NIO Minister
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) representatives have met NIO Minister Des Browne today to discuss the upcoming firefighters' strike which is set to start next week.
DPP campaign tempered by low Catholic response
The campaign to recruit independent representatives onto the district policing partnership boards (DPP) has seen only one in five applicants coming from Catholics and only one in four from women.
Man remanded in custody following arms find
A 39-year-old man has been remanded in custody until November 21 after appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court today in connection to an arms find on the outskirts of Belfast.
'SMART' companies win Invest NI awards
Four 'SMART' companies have shared prize money of over £170,000 in a competition, organised by Invest Northern Ireland.
Police fire shot during robbery in Newtownards
A man has been arrested following an attempted armed robbery in Co Down yesterday. Police fired a single shot during the robbery attempt which occurred at Oldcross Street on the Portaferry Road area of Newtownards at around 7.30pm yesterday evening.
Murphy returns to province as Blair reshuffles Cabinet
A Cabinet reshuffle in the Labour government has seen Welsh Secretary of State Paul Murphy brought in to take over the reins in Northern Ireland. The current NI Secretary of State, Dr John Reid, moves on to become Labour Party Chairman.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Oct 24 2001, 6,940 days ago

Bakery in training to raise more dough
Northern Ireland’s biggest bakery is training up its management team in a drive to bring in more dough.
UUP ministers' return injects fresh hope for Assembly
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has renominated ministers from his party to return to the Northern Ireland Executive. From Wednesday October 24, UUP Ministers Sir Reg Empey, Sam Foster and Michael McGimpsey will occupy the posts they vacated last week.
Reid confirms immediate scaling down of security
As an immediate response to the IRA statement and verification of decommissioning by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, the Northern Ireland Secretary of State confirmed the immediate demolition of a number of security bases in Northern Ireland.
UK export prospects deteriorate
Export prospects for UK manufacturers have deteriorated at their fastest rate for 21 years, the Confederation of British Industry has warned. The news on Wednesday came from a survey taken by the CBI following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Survey finds half the working population are stressed out
More than half of the UK’s working population are stressed at work, a survey conducted by a leading time management company has revealed.
Sainsbury continues market turnaround
UK supermarket giant J Sainsbury has revealed further signs of a turnaround after the company revealed it had achieved a sales growth of six per cent between July and mid-October. As well as trade from new stores, sales also grew by 7.6 per cent between July and mid-October.
Real IRA member receives five-year sentence
A criminal court in Dublin has found a man guilty of membership of the Real IRA, the group who claimed responsibility for the Omagh bombing in August 1998 which claimed 29 lives.
Northern Ireland export finalists announced
Company and language service providers from across Northern Ireland have been presented with awards at the regional stage of the National Languages for Export Awards organised by Trade Partners UK.
Fujitsu cuts 4,500 jobs worldwide
Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu is set to cut a further 4,500 jobs worldwide by the end of March next year. While around 4,000 of the losses will come from plants outside Japan it is not known whether Fujitsu facilities in Northern Ireland will be affected by the decision.
Durkan announces new jobs for Derry
Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mark Durkan, has announced the creation of up to 40 new jobs for Derry. The jobs, which will be phased in during the next 18 months, will be within Civil Service Pensions Branch of the Department of Finance and Personnel.
South Belfast director disqualified for five years
The Belfast High Court has disqualified a South Belfast man on the grounds of his actions while being company director for five years.
Out-of-schools project opens in Londonderry
The Permanent Secretary at the Department for Social Development John Hunter has officially opened the Creggan Early Years Network (CEYN) ‘Out-of-Schools’ project at Rath Mor in County Londonderry.
NI Civil Service boss addresses banking conference
The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Gerry Loughran has told the Irish Bank Officials Association’s Conference that the new institutions created by the devolved power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland have “revolutionised the political landscape.
Call for abolition of 11-plus welcomed
The Burns report has recommended an end to post-primary education selection on the basis of an 11-plus test.
Northern Ireland is Best for Business in the UK
The Business to Business Bridge Programme, part of the Northern Ireland Business in the Community initiative, has been voted Best for Business in the UK. The programme picked up the top award at the national final of the One 2 One Best for Business competition.
Rescue bid mounted for Ulster Aerospace firm
A rescue bid to save the troubled aerospace plant run by B/E Aerospace and 320 jobs in Kilkeel has been put together by trade groups in Northern Ireland.
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