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Northern Ireland News on Thu, Sep 20 2018, 365 days ago

Invest NI Invites Companies To Water Sector Pitching Event
Invest NI are inviting companies to a showcase event highlighting both the need for innovation within the water sector from industry specialists and the innovative responses that companies are working towards through our pitching sessions.
Sinn Fein Slams DUP Over Lifting Ian Paisley's Suspension
Sinn Fein has hit out at the DUP after the party confirmed that Ian Paisley's suspension has now been lifted. However, he will be subject to a number of conditions including a ban on holding office within the party for twelve months, according to the party.
Number Of Roads Remain Closed Following Storm Ali
A number of roads remain closed across Northern Ireland following the damage caused by Storm Ali. The following roads are still closed, however the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is working to clear the obstructions along with its multiagency partners.
Woman Assaulted During Aggravated Burglary In Newtownabbey
A woman has been assaulted during an aggravated burglary in Newtownabbey. A number of masked and armed men forced entry to a property in the Forthill Drive area at around 10.15pm on Wednesday, 19 September. A woman who was in the house at the time was attacked and sustained an injury to her lip.
Former Primary School In L'Derry Damaged In Arson Attack
The site of a former primary school in L'Derry has been damaged in an arson attack. Emergency services and the police attended the scene on Monday, 17 September, and extinguished the fire at the old Ebrington Primary School building.
Six Men Arrested Over Serious Sexual Assault
Six men have been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in south Belfast. The attack is believed to have happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 19 September. An investigation has launched and the suspects are helping the PSNI with their enquiries.
Ian Paisley Keeps Seat After Recall Petition
Mr Ian Paisley has kept his seat as an MP in Westminster after less than 10% of constituents in North Antrim signed a petition that would have forced a by-election. The MP, who has also been suspended from the DUP, failed to declare two holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.
Child Suspiciously Approached In South Belfast
Police have launched an investigation after a child was suspiciously approached in south Belfast. The man is reported to have attempted to entice a primary school girl into his car in the Downhill Avenue area of Belvoir at around 3.10pm on Monday, 20 September.
Man Killed By Fallen Tree In Co Armagh
A man, aged in his 20s, has died after being hit by a fallen tree in Co Armagh. Another man in his 40s was also injured in the incident which happened at a water pumping station at Slieve Gullion Forest Park. The men were working on behalf of NI Water.
Two Arrests After £60,000 Cocaine Seized In Dungannon
Two people have been arrested after police seized around £60,000 of suspected cocaine in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of drugs related offences including importation of Class A controlled drugs and attempted possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Sep 20 2017, 730 days ago

Brexit: UK Govt Needs To Find A Solution To Resolve Irish Border Issue
The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, said the UK Government needs to find a solution to resolve the Irish border issue. Mr Verhofstadt was at Stormont in Belfast meeting with NI political leaders.
Yellow Weather Warning Issued For Heavy Rain In NI
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain across Northern Ireland. The warning has been put in place from noon today, 20 September, until 8pm tonight. A Met Office spokesperson said: "Rain will become heavy at times this afternoon and for a time this evening.
Carl Frampton Signs Advisory Deal With MTK Global
Belfast boxer Carl Frampton has signed an advisory deal with Matthew Macklin's MTK Global. The former two-weight world champion recently split from Cyclone Promotions and manager Barry McGuigan.
Council Launches New Small Business Support Programme
Belfast City Council has launched a new supportive programme for Belfast based micro, small businesses and social enterprises, called 'Think.Do.Be.'.
Man Attacked During Aggravated Burglary In Co Down
A man has been attacked during an aggravated burglary in Co Down. The incident happened at a property in the Summerhill Brae area in Banbridge at around 10.35pm on Tuesday, 19 September.
Man Charged Over Attempted Murder In Larne
A third man has been charged with attempted murder after a house was attacked in Larne. Shots were fired at the property in the Brustin Brae Road area and a car was set alight outside on Monday, 11 September.
PSNI Issue Warning To Freshers Over One Punch Deaths
The PSNI have issued a warning to Freshers as they celebrate their first week at university over one punch deaths. 25 people have died as a result of one punch attacks and many more have been seriously injured since 2004, according to the police.
Man Struck By Vehicle In Belfast
A number of arrests have been made after reports that a man was struck by a vehicle in Belfast on Tuesday, 19 September. The incident happened in the Flax Street area at around 4.20pm. The man has been taken to hospital to be treated.
NI Political Leaders To Meet With Brexit Negotiator
Political leaders in Northern Ireland are to meet with the European Parliament's Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt. He is on a two-day visit to Ireland and is expected to address a joint committee of the Irish Parliament on Thursday, 21 September.
NI Women Defeated By The Republic
Northern Ireland's Women have been defeated by the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup Qualifier. The match took place at Mourneview on Tuesday night, 19 September. Jus before half time NI scored an own goal putting the Republic in the lead.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Sep 20 2016, 1,095 days ago

Ballymurphy Families Walk Out Of Talks With Brokenshire
The families of 10 people killed by soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1971 have walked out of a meeting with the Northern Ireland Secretary of State. Relatives from the Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign were calling for funds to be released for legacy inquests into the shootings.
Over 20,000 Sign Petition To Legalise Same-Sex Marriage In NI
Over 20,000 people have signed a petition to legalise same sex marriage in Northern Ireland. The signatures have been presented by People Before Profit's Gerry Carroll MLA at the NI Assembly at Stormont today, 20 September.
NIAS And NIFRS Team Up For Pilot Scheme In Lurgan
A pilot scheme in Lurgan has been launched by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, which will see NIFRS personnel alerted to certain pre-determined emergency calls.
Belfast Boxers Sign Professional Deals
Belfast boxer Michael Conlon has confirmed he is turning professional. Conlon has signed up with Top Ranking Boxing following his defeat at the Olympics in Rio. In a tweet he wrote: "It's done!" Boxer Paddy Barnes also signed a professional deal with Matthew Macklin's MGM group.
£15m Emerging And Enabling Technologies Competition Launched
A new £15 million funding competition under the themes of Emerging and Enabling technologies has been announced by Innovate UK. The aim of the new competition is to help businesses innovate to find new revenue sources.
Meeting Of Stormont All Party Group On Cancer Postponed
A meeting of the Stormont All Party Group (APG) on Cancer which was due to take place today, 20 September, has been postponed after the Department of Health failed to provide an official to brief the group on the crisis engulfing cancer waiting times.
Number Of Items Recovered In Connection With £280k Cannabis Find
A number of items have been recovered by police in connection with a £280,000 cannabis find in August this year. The items were seized during the search of a property in the Antrim Road area in north Belfast on Monday, 19 September.
John Boreland Murder: Man Released Unconditionally
A 39-year-old man has been released unconditionally over the murder of prominent loyalist John Boreland. The man was arrested on Monday. Mr Boreland, 46, was shot in north Belfast on 07 August. Three men have appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.
Complaint PSNI Were Aggressive Towards Vulnerable Female Rejected
A complaint that police were aggressive and overly forceful when dealing with a vulnerable young female who was threatening to jump from a bridge in south Belfast in April this year has been rejected by the Police Ombudsman.
Translink Releases CCTV Footage Of Train Narrowly Missing Two Pedestrians
Translink has released CCTV footage of a train just missing two people who walked into a tunnel in L'Derry. The video shows a lifeguard waving to the train driver to warn him of the two pedestrians near Downhill.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Sep 20 2013, 2,191 days ago

Woman Charged With Murder Of Toddler
A 27-year-old woman arrested over the death of a three-year-old boy in Lisburn has been charged with his murder. Brendan Owens was found dead on 4 July at a property in Trinity Terrace, Lisburn.
Dodds Slams Parades Commission Ruling
North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds has slammed the Parades Commission ruling prohibiting the playing of music on part of Twaddell Avenue. Mr Dodds said: "This is a another ridiculous decision by this discredited Parades Commission.
Third Man Arrested Over Burglary In Ballymena
A third man has been arrested in relation to an aggravated burglary on County Antrim. The man, 28, was arrested by police in the Cullybackey area for questioning about the break-in at a property in Carniny Road, Ballymena. A man was hit on the head during the burglary and was treated in hospital.
Newtownards Firm Expands Into The Netherlands
Newtownards-based Shnuggle, an innovative developer of baby products, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to expand into the Netherlands.
Police Seize Over £600,000 Worth Of Cannabis In Antrim
Alliance Councillor Neil Kelly has praised the effective police action that led to more than £600,000 worth of herbal cannabis being seized after two cars were stopped in the town. The drugs had an estimated street value of £618,200 and two men were arrested at the scene.
Delegation Discuss The Future Of Post-Primary Education
A DUP delegation has met with the Chairman of the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB), Mr Plunkett Campbell and Mr Ronnie McVeigh, Vice Chair of the Board's Advisory Committee and discussed the future of post-primary education provision in the Craigavon area.
Man Attacked After Thieves Return To His Home
Thieves who stole a car from a house in Co Antrim are believed to have later returned to the property where they then attacked the owner. Police have said the house, located in the Carniny Road area of Co Antrim, was broken into around 1.
Main NI Parties To Meet Haass
Northern Ireland's five main political parties are to participate in round-table talks with US diplomat Richard Haass today. It will be the first time since Dr Haass arrived in the city, that he will meet all the parties together.
Minister Opens Social Housing Scheme In Armagh
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has opened a new £2.3m social housing scheme at Mullacreevie Green in Armagh. The development, which consists of 21 family homes, were constructed by Fold Housing Association and have been provided with part-funding from the Northern Ireland Executive.
New Rehabilitation Garden For Hospital
A new £45,000 rehabilitation garden at Musgrave Park Hospital will help those with disabilities to lead more fulfilling, independent lives, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Sep 20 2012, 2,556 days ago

Police Revisit Lisburn Beating Site In Clues Search
Police officers investigating a "brutal" attack on an autistic Lisburn teenager will revisit the scene where he was beaten. Scott Vineer, 17, went missing on September 6 and was found unconscious at a disused furniture showroom near the Lagan a day later, during a search by a police dog handler.
Parades Commission Delays Covenant Parade Decision
The Parades Commission has deferred its decision on a contentious Orange Order march later this month. The body said delaying the decision for several days would allow further talks to take place.
'Grab All The Opportunities You Can'
An animal sciences student who is just back from a year's work experience in Australia and New Zealand has popped in to her old school to tell the sixth formers about university life.
Jobs Under Threat At Derry City Council
The head of Derry City Council has said that 14 jobs could be lost as part of a restructuring program. Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor said management is due to be reorganised at the council but those affected would be offered other positions.
Farmer's Sheep Stolen While He Was At Father's Deathbed
About 170 sheep have been stolen while their farmer looked after his dying father. The number of animals and their value of about £17,000 makes the incident one of Northern Ireland's biggest ever livestock thefts.
Stormont Health Trip To Cuba
Representatives from Stormont's health committee are to visit Cuba to observe its health care system, the BBC has reported. The Caribbean island, famous for its communist government which has endured until the present day, is often cited as a standard-setter in international health care.
Duke Special In Court On Driving Offences
Belfast musician Duke Special has appeared in court on driving charges. The 41-year-old singer and piano player, who appeared under his offstage name Peter Wilson, faced a charge of dangerous driving at Dundalk District Court yesterday.
Cash Boost To Turn Belfast Into Broadband Speed Leader
Belfast is to get a cash injection of £13.7m to transform it into a "digital leader" with ultrafast broadband.
John McAreavey: Michaela's Faith Has Helped Me
The husband of Michaela McAreavey has said his Catholic faith helped him through her loss and the time after her murder. Speaking in an interview on a DVD produced for the archdiocese of Armagh. John McAreavey said he still feels married.
WANdisco To Set Up Software Development Centre
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced that global software company WANdisco plc is to set up a software development centre in Belfast, creating 36 high quality jobs. WANdisco plc is a leading provider of global collaboration software to the software development industry.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Sep 20 2011, 2,922 days ago

Programme For Government Debated
An MLA has criticised those behind a debate in the Assembly today on delays to the long-awaited Programme for Government.
Gas Price Hike 'Fuels Winter Woes'
The gas supplier, Firmus Energy has ended its previously announced summer price freeze and is set to increase tariffs by over 35% from 1 October - fuelling fears over 'fuel poverty' among the most needy.
Welfare Reform Will See Needy Protected
The impending reform of NI's welfare reform will see people 'fully supported' as changes to the system are introduced here.
'Examine Us All', Says McGuiness
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuiness has called on critics of his past to "examine everyone's past".
Dog Attack Man Faces Court Fine
A 'Staffie' dog attack has landed a Belfast man in court. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £300 compensation after his dog attacked and injured a man last December.
Dana Seeks Support For Aras Election
The former Eurovision winner, Derry's own Dana - Rosemary Scallon - has announced her intentions to seek a nomination for Irish presidency. The former MEP, who nade her name in the Eurovision Song Contest claims she has backing of more than one Independent TD but she will not reveal who.
FF Won't Back Presidential Candidates
Fianna Fail (FF) has decided that they will not back independent candidates in the Irish Republic's Presidential election. It follows a row in Fianna Fáil over the party's presidential election strategy.
Gas Price Hike 'Sweetened'
The gas supplier, Firmus Energy has ended its previously announced summer price freeze and is set to increase tariffs by over 35% from 1 October - fuelling fears over 'fuel poverty' among the most needy - but also pointing to a better deal on discounts for users.
Cleanest NI Waters Praised
All 24 of Northern Ireland's identified beaches passed the EC Bathing Waters Directive mandatory standards for water quality in 2011.
Taoiseach Announces €145m Investment
A leading biopharmaceutical company has revealed that they will invest €145m in their Dublin plant and with it create up to 400 jobs. Pfizer will make the investment at its Grange Castle biotechnology manufacturing facility in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Sep 20 2010, 3,287 days ago

Sex Offender Justice To Be Reviewed
Following continuing controversy over this summer's return of two sexually abusive brothers back into their own rural community, there is to be review of procedures in such cases.
Terrorism On Agenda North And South
A meeting in Dublin today is putting republican terrorism back in focus while in Belfast, the Stormont Justice Minister David Ford has gone public to deny that the PSNI have turned a 'blind eye' to the UVF killers of Shankill Road loyalist, Bobby Moffett.
Attwood Opens New CAB Office
Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has opened the new Citizens Advice (CAB) city centre office in Howard Street, Belfast.
'Review Family Murder Verdict', Says SDLP
A fresh campaign to 'right an injustice' kicked off today with political support at Stormont. SDLP Justice Spokesperson Alban Maginness has reiterated a call for a review into the conviction of John Torney, who was found guilty of the murders of his wife and two children in 1994.
Ford 'Must Take Action In Maghaberry'
A Stormont Justice Committee member has warned Justice Minister David Ford that he must take control of the growing crisis in Maghaberry Prison following the stabbing of a prison officer. Police are investigating after an inmate stabbed a prison officer in the neck with a pen.
Speculation Grows On Cowen's Leadership
Rumours of a change of leader ahead of the next Irish general election is gathering momentum as denials and speculations emerged from Fianna Fail over the weekend.
Foster Welcomes Investment in Society
A significant boost for NI's 'social economy' has been warmly welcomed by a Stormont Executive Minister. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that the partnership that is offering social enterprises in Northern Ireland access to a £10m investment fund was good news.
River Lagan To Be Dredged
Work to ensure Belfast's main river does not become "smelly" again is to begin shortly. The Stormont Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has announced that the River Lagan will be extensively dredged - cleaning up both the iconic river and creating jobs at the same time. The £2.
Stormont Play 'Questions Identity'
There was electoral personation and multiple identities aplenty at GBL Production's gala opening night of the comedy, Stormont on Friday night.
Call To Value Older People
A campaign to promote and support age-positive employment and workplace practices has been enjoying high-level political support.
Misfits' Stars Launch 20th Cinemagic
There will be more than 20 UK and Ireland previews and premierés for movie enthusiasts to enjoy in a feast of films during November as the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People opens its 20th Anniversary programme in Belfast.
River Lagan To Be Dredged
The Stormont Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has announced that the River Lagan will be extensively dredged - cleaning up both the iconic river and creating jobs at the same time. The £2.

Northern Ireland News on Sun, Sep 20 2009, 3,652 days ago

SDLP Leader Mark Durkan MP MLA will join Brendan Smith TD in Cavan town on Tuesday 29th September to canvass for a Yes vote in Friday’s referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The canvassing team will meet at Tesco Supermarket on Main Street, Cavan at 6:30PM.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Sep 20 2007, 4,383 days ago

Jobs Boost For Derry
Stream customer care centre in Londonderry is set to create an additional 450 new jobs for the city. The jobs come after a deal was struck between BT and the Post Office to provide broadband services to customers.
Elderly Man Robbed In Armagh
Police are investigating the robbery of an elderly man in Co Armagh yesterday. The incident took place shortly before 1pm in the Dobbin Street area of the town.
Consultants For New Stadium Paid Almost £2 Million
It was revealed today that an initial spend of nearly £2 million of public money has been paid to consultants working on plans for the proposed Northern Ireland stadium.
Condemnation 'Not Enough' To End Sectarianism Says McGuinness
Martin McGuinness said at a peace conference today that condemnation of sectarianism and racism is not enough to bring it to an end. The Deputy First Minister was speaking at the fifth Annual Conference of the Centre for Peace Building in Donegal.
Dodds Opens New £6.5Million Contact Centre In Newry

Economy Minister Nigel Dodds today officially opened Teleperformance’s new contact centre in Newry.

 The 23,000 square feet centre is the result of a £6.5million Invest NI backed investment that will help Teleperformance handle a major increase in new business.
Minister Visits Dungannon 'Warm Homes Scheme'
Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie has visited a number of Department supported projects in Dungannon.
Classroom Assistants To Strike
Classroom assistants across Northern Ireland are planning a one-day strike if negotiations are not reached over pay. The strike is planned to take place next Wednesday, 26 September, followed by more in the following weeks, if the situation is not resolved.
Checkpoint Police Fire Shots At Lorry
An investigation has commenced after police officers opened fire in south Armagh. A number of shots were fired at a lorry around 6pm on Tuesday night in the Mullaghbawn area of Co. Armagh.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Sep 20 2006, 4,748 days ago

Irish diplomat moved after loyalist threats
An Irish diplomat working in Belfast has been transferred to Dublin as a result of loyalist death threats. Aine De Baroid, a senior official at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, is involved in outreach work with loyalist communities.
Guns stolen in County Tyrone
Police in County Tyrone have appealed for information following the robbery of a gun cabinet and ammunition in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Body found in Ballymena
Police in County Antrim are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body yesterday afternoon. The body of a woman believed to be aged in her late teens or early twenties, was discovered wrapped in a blanket in a car park in the Mount street area of Ballymena at around 3.
Man remanded over hijackings
A 31-year-old man has appeared at Newry Magistrates Court charged in connection with a spate of hijackings in County Down, County Armagh and County Louth last week.
Police warn public over motor caravan scam
The PSNI are warning the public to be vigilant after a number of stolen motor caravans were sold to unsuspecting individuals across Northern Ireland.
Schools join forces to fight closure
Four primary schools based in the Lisburn area have decided to join forces in a bid to prevent the Southern Education and Library Board (SEELB) from closing them down.
Man remanded over drugs charges
A 47-year-old man has been remanded in custody following the seizure of a quantity of Class A and Class C drugs.
£8 million regeneration scheme for east Belfast
The government has today announced that it is to build a multi-million pound business park in east Belfast.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Sep 20 2005, 5,113 days ago

Orde meets with Unionist DPP delegation
PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has met with a delegation of local unionist politicians and members of the Belfast District Policing Partnership (DPP) to discuss policing of the recent loyalist unrest.
Fire crews deal with grain silo blaze
The Ni Fire Brigade have dealt with an early morning fire at a grain storage silo in Belfast's Harbour Estate. Fire crews were called to the blaze which broke out in the upper levels of the grain silo at Pollock Dock at around 4am this morning.
Suspect package examined at Armagh school
Army technical officers have declared a suspect package discovered at a secondary school in Armagh a hoax. The headmaster of St Brigid's High School had found the suspect device attached to a window at the school. The police were called and the area was cordoned off.
Minister affirms plan for vulnerable people
Social Development Minister David Hanson MP today reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the problems faced by vulnerable people in Northern Ireland.
News Letter under the hammer again
Regional newsaper publisher Johnston Press plc has confirmed that it has agreed terms to buy Local Press Limited for £65 million and The Leinster Leader Limited for 138.8 million euro (£94 million).
Crescent Arts Centre to £4.8M refurbishment
In a further boost to Belfast’s Arts Scene, the Crescent Arts Centre is to receive a major £4.8 million facelift. The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure David Hanson said that Government would be contributing up to £2.5 million towards the project.
Four ferry operators short-listed Ballycastle service
Four companies have been short-listed to tender for the operation of a possible reinstated Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service.
Beverage company toast £1M turnover boost
A successful Co. Antrim bottling firm is to increase turnover by more than £1 million in six months thanks to its participation in a pilot business improvement programme.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Sep 20 2004, 5,478 days ago

Nightclub doorman in 'critical condition' following attack
Police are appealing for information after a nightclub doorman was left in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked by up to 10 men at the weekend. The incident occurred at the Chimney Corner Hotel on the outskirts of Belfast at around 2.30am on Sunday.
Belfast call centre expansion to create 250 jobs
A £1.9 million call centre investment is to create 250 new jobs in Belfast, it was announced today. Leading global IT firm HCL BPO is behind the investment which will see the expansion of the company's Apollo Road operation in Belfast.
Talks end without agreement but a deal 'can be struck' says PM's
The British and Irish Governments said they believe a deal can be struck in Northern Ireland that will hasten the return of devolved Government to the province.
Recovery of criminal profits continues
Secretary of State Paul Murphy has welcomed a ruling by Belfast Crown Court today which directs that a £1 million profit from terrorism will be used to tackle crime. Today's case culminated in the confiscation by the Recovery Assets Bureau of almost £1.
Three killed in separate road accidents
Three people have been killed in separate road accidents over the weekend. In Co Antrim a 16-year-old girl died in a crash on the Drumbare Road in Cloughmills at about 2am on Sunday, followed by the death of an 18-year-old man after an accident near Ballymena just a few hours later.
Former Taoiseach calls for return of devolved government
Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has called for the IRA to decommission all of its weapons and for devolved government to return to Northern Ireland.
Ex-Civil Service chief hits out at university numbers cap
A former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has hit out at the Government-imposed cap on the number of university students in the province.
Influential adminstrator retires from Queens Film Theatre
Some 35 years after he took up the post of Administrator at Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, the final credits are set to roll for Michael Open. Michael, who arrived in Belfast six months after the QFT opened in March 1969, is to retire at the end of this month.
Footbridge re-opens five decades after being built
A £135,000 replacement footbridge has been opened in Ballymena almost five decades after the idea was first conceived. The original bridge, named after Councillor William McNinch, was built by Ballymena Borough council, in 1957, to cut the journey time from Harryville into the town centre.
Spanish councillors arrive in NI on economic fact finding mission
Councillors from Valencia in Spain have arrived in Belfast today as part of a fact finding mission to the province.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Sep 20 2002, 6,209 days ago

Direction of unionism in balance as Trimble-Donaldson talks conclude
Showdown talks between David Trimble and his chief critic within the party, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, have broken up this afternoon with both men declining to make comment.
European links vital to business says Haughey
At a conference in Dublin today, Stormont minister Denis Haughey has stressed the need for devolution to provide an opportunity for strengthening links with the EU.
B&Q parent company registers huge profit growth
In its interim results Kingfisher, owners of UK DIY chain B&Q, has reported strong first-half growth, with pre-tax profits ahead 26.5% to £274.7 million. The total retail sales growth for the group was 10.1% to £5.1 billion, with like-for-like sales up 1.3%, and retail profit was ahead by 19.
Road Trauma Support opens new premises in Belfast
Road Trauma Support, which provides emotional support, practical help and information to people who have been bereaved or injured as a result of road traffic collisions, has opened new premises in east Belfast today.
Robinson argues for British Isles transport co-operation
Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson has underlined his commitment to fostering co-operation throughout the British Isles during a keynote address at major conferences in Belfast and Glasgow.
UFU takes grievances to London's streets
The Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) will bring its Campaign Against a Rural Exodus (CARE) to London this weekend when UFU members join thousands of rural dwellers at the Countryside Alliance March on Sunday.
Pregnant woman in shock after stone-throwing attack
Police in west Belfast have called on all those involved in stone-throwing attacks in the Westlink and Grosvenor Road area to stop what they are doing before someone is seriously hurt. The call was made after a spate of incidents last night, the most serious of which involved a pregnant woman.
Paramilitary-style attack leaves man in hospital
A 33-year-old man is in hospital following an apparent paramilitary-style attack in the outskirts of Belfast last night. The man was picked up by an ambulance at around 9.15pm on the Glenburn Road in Dunmurry after being shot in both legs.
Sustainable development does not mean 'sacrificing economic progress'
Recognising the importance of sustainable development does not mean sacrificing economic progress, the First and Deputy First Ministers said today.
McGuinness praises quality of pre-school provision
The Education Minister has claimed that Northern Ireland is on the way to providing a pre-school place for every child whose parents desire it.
Sinn Fein Ard Fheis debates Policing Board stance
Sinn Fein's ruling council will assemble in Dundalk today to discuss the party's position regarding their policy on policing.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Sep 20 2001, 6,574 days ago

Province welcomes 140 foreign language students
The province’s schools are to welcome 140 foreign language students, representing 11 countries worldwide.
Farren highlights union role in tackling literacy problems
Dr Sean Farren, Minister for Employment and Learning, has called on the trade union movement to play its full part in tackling Northern Ireland’s basic literacy and numeracy needs.
Local students urged to tackle environmental issues
A unique project that enables students throughout Northern Ireland tackle pressing environmental issues within their own school community has been launched at Beechlawn School in Hillsborough.
Campbell sets out Regional Development Strategy
Regional Development Minister, Gregory Campbell has announced the formulation of the anticipated Regional Development Strategy (RDS) for Northern Ireland.
Four enter the race for SDLP deputy leadership
Four candidates have announced their intention to run for the soon to be vacated deputy leader position of the SDLP. The position has become available following the resignation of Séamus Mallon on Tuesday.
DOE report into children’s transport welcomed
The recommendations of a public inquiry into Northern Ireland’s transport system for children have been broadly welcomed. The report, undertaken by the Environment Committee, into transport used for children travelling to and from school, was published on Thursday 20 September.
Government services heading towards electronic future
Minister in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Dermot Nesbitt, has reaffirmed Stormont’s commitment to modernising government and making it more open and accessible to the public.
Minister focuses on Cookstown economy
Permanent Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Bruce Robinson, has paid a visit to the Cookstown area to discuss a range of issues with local business people.
Trimble increases pressure on IRA to decommission
As the time for nominations to the Police Board to be posted runs out, pressure has been increasing on the IRA to announce actual decommissioning of weapons.
SDLP name their candidates for Policing Board
The SDLP have named their candidates for nomination to the Policing Board, which has been designed to oversee the new Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Major economic boost for mid-Tyrone
Business optimism in County Tyrone received a welcome boost in the form of the official opening of a new high specification Engineering Unit in Carrickmore.
Empey says regulation makes sound business sense
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Sir Reg Empey, has stressed the need for greater partnership between businesses and regulatory bodies Speaking at the launch of a series of free seminars organised by DETI’s Trading Standards Service, Sir Reg said: "It is absolutely essential that regu
West Belfast regeneration project is primed for business
The £1.6 million ‘Top of the Rock’ community and economic regeneration project in West Belfast has been hailed as a “prime example of what can be achieved” when government and local communities work in partnership.
Recruitment firm issues warning over false career claims
Sanderson Recruitment has issued a warning to job applicants that increasing numbers of employers are now checking up on CV details such as employment history and qualifications.
Holy Cross dispute suffers setback
Attempts to end the dispute surrounding Holy Cross Primary School in north Belfast have suffered a major setback following a statement released by protestant residents which said they were “suspending all business”.
Ballycastle business gears up for South America
Ballycastle-based apparel firm Gaelic Gear is seeking to grow sales of its leisure and sports garments by taking part in a trade mission to Brazil and Argentina. The trade mission has been organised by Trade International, the Industrial Development Board’s export and trade division.
Struggling European airlines could receive EU aid
It has emerged that the European Union is to consider relaxing its rules on state subsidies to the airline industry in light of the increasing financial toll of last Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on the US.
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