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Northern Ireland News on Fri, Aug 2 2019, 731 days ago

Arrest As Belfast Resident Finds Man Asleep In Their Home
Police have made an arrest after a west Belfast resident returned home to be confronted by broken glass and a man asleep in their home. The break-in happened in the Cavendish Square area of the city shortly before 9pm on Thursday 01 August.
Concern Over Reduced NIFRS Crews
Politicians in Northern Ireland have expressed concern at reported cuts to fire crews with claims that public safety is being put at risk.
Thousands To Step Out In Pride
Around 60,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Belfast this weekend to celebrate Pride Day. LGBT+ rights and marriage equality remain at the heart of political discourse in Northern Ireland, but representatives from across the community will step out in celebration on Saturday.
Teenage Girl Shot With Pellet Gun
A teenage girl has been shot with a pellet gun in what police are investigating as a hate crime. The young girl is understood to have been wearing her traditional Pakistani clothing when she was targeted on Orkney Drive, Ballymena on Wednesday 31 July.
Events Conference A Major Win For Belfast Business Tourism
Northern Ireland's business tourism market place is enjoying a major boost this week as over 100 of the UK's top event planners and suppliers have gathered in Belfast for their annual conference.
Coleraine Residents Evacuated Amid Security Alert
A number of residents in Coleraine have been evacuated from their homes due to an overnight security alert. Police seized a suspicious object for examination during the operation on the Drumtarsey Road.
Concern Grows For Missing Belfast Woman
Police are appealing for information that may help them locate a woman missing from west Belfast. Lyndsay Bradley, 31, from Ballymurphy was last seen leaving Royal Victoria Hospital's Emergency Department at around 2.45am on Thursday 01 August.
Emergency Council Meeting To Address Shipyard Crisis
Belfast City Council is set to meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis at Harland and Wolff shipyard. Councillors from the Green Party and SDLP have secured the emergency meeting in a bid to keep the under-threat shipyard open.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Aug 2 2018, 1,096 days ago

Education System In NI Is Under 'Considerable Strain'
Northern Ireland's education system is under "considerable strain", according to a senior civil servant.
Norwegian Airlines Offers USA Flights From £79 From Belfast
Norwegian Airlines is offering customers in Northern Ireland the chance to fly from Belfast to the New York from £79. The airline offers seasonal transatlantic non-stop flights from Belfast to New York Stewart International Airport and Providence Airport near Boston on the US east coast.
Knives And Knuckledusters Seized At Belfast International Airport
Weapons including knives, a stun gun and knuckledusters have been seized by officials at Belfast International Airport. The majority of the items had been brought in by passengers returning from holidays from Bulgaria, Poland and the US.
Pedestrian Dies On M1 After Collision
A pedestrian has died after a collision with a lorry on the M1. The incident happened on the motorway near the Lurgan junction at around 5pm on Wednesday, 01 August. Police confirmed the pedestrian was a man. The westbound and eastbound lanes were closed however they have since been reopened.
Youths Urged To Join Up To Apprenticeship Scheme
Derry City and Strabane District Council is urging young people aged 16 – 24 to consider the option of 'earning as you learn' by gaining qualifications while working in full-time employment through its Apprenticeships Scheme.
Security Alert In Lurgan Ends
A security alert in Lurgan has now ended. The alert came into force following a report that several explosive devices had been left in the Lake Street area on Thursday, 02 August. The railway line was forced to close during the alert.
Thousands Of Cigarettes Seized In West Belfast
Thousands of cigarettes have been seized during searches in west Belfast. Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force carried out searches at three commercial properties on Wednesday, 01 August. The items seized included 4,320 cigarettes and 1.
UFU Urges Govt To Ensure Brexit Presents Opportunities For The Industry
The Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) has called on the Government to ensure Brexit will present new opportunities for the industry. President Ivor Ferguson was responding to the publication of the Future Agricultural Policy framework.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Aug 2 2017, 1,461 days ago

HMRC To Lease Erskine House For 25 Years
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has formally signed an agreement to lease Erskine House, on Chichester Street, Belfast, for 25 years. HMRC will be one of the largest employers in the city, adding value to the local economy and forming strong relationships with the community.
Mourne Mountains: Group Of Army Cadets Get Into Difficulties
Emergency services have launched an operation after a group of Army cadets got into difficulties in the Mourne Mountains. 16 of the group are suffering from hypothermia and sustained minor injuries, according to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS). The alarm was raised at around 11.
Air Ambulance Service In NI Launches
A new air ambulance service is to become fully operational today, 02 August. The service will be based at the former Maze prison site near Lisburn and will be able to reach any part of NI within 25 minutes.
Kainos Announces Major Investment
A provider of Digital Services and Digital Platforms is to develop new software to transform the way healthcare is delivered through the use of mobile technology. Kainos has announced the multi-million pound Research and Development (R&D) investment, which includes £3.
Police Appeal For Missing Teen Jayashree Sugumaran
Police have launched an appeal to help trace a 14-year-old girl. The PSNI said they were concerned about the whereabouts of Jayashree Sugumaran. She has been missing since Monday, 31 July.
Cinema In Coleraine Evacuated After Electrical Fire
A cinema in Coleraine has been evacuated following an electrical fire during the screening of a film. It is believed that a stage speaker at the Jet Centre complex short-circuited. Emergency services attended the incident, however the fire had burned itself out by the time they arrived.
12 Men Arrested Over Banner At Celtic v Linfield Match
Twelve men have been arrested over banners displayed at Parkhead during the Celtic v Linfield match last month, Police Scotland have confirmed. UEFA charged the club over an "illicit banner" during the match on 19 July. Celtic are to close the Green Brigade section of their stadium for two games.
Three Men Released Over Murder Of Brian McIlhagga
Three men arrested in connection with the murder of Brian McIlhagga have been released unconditionally. Mr McIlhagga, 42, was shot and beaten by a gang after he was dragged from a house in the Riverview Park area in Ballymoney in January 2015.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Aug 2 2016, 1,826 days ago

Cyber Security Briefing To Advise Businesses On How To Stay Safe Online
A free cyber security event is to be held in Belfast to advise businesses how to make themselves more secure.
300 New Jobs Announced For Belfast
Three hundred new jobs are to be created in Belfast by London-based financial services company, Tullet Prebon. The company is to establish a major technology centre in the city, to support its international growth strategy, creating the new jobs over the next three years.
Motorcyclist Killed In Co Down Collision Named
A motorcyclist killed in a road crash in Newtownards, Co Down, has been named. Jay Curtis Ray, 21, died in a collision on the Belfast Road at around 12.50pm on Sunday, 31 July.
PSNI Renew Appeal After Teen Critically Injured In Lurgan Collision
Police have renewed their appeal for information after a 16-year-old girl is in a critical condition in hospital following a collision in Lurgan. Justine McConville was struck by a car on Lake Street at around 9.40pm on Friday, 29 July.
Investigation Launched Following Shooting Incident In Co Fermanagh
Police have launched an investigation following a shooting incident in Co Fermanagh. One shot was fired into a contractor's van who was working at a hotel on Main Street at around 9.30am on Tuesday, 02 August.
Concerns Raised Over Ryanair's Reduction In Services Between L'Derry And London
Concerns have been raised after Rynair announced it is to cut down its services between the City of Derry Airport and London. The airline said the reason for the move was to pivot growth away from the UK towards Europe.
Police Cleared Over Claims Woman Was 'Stripped And Assaulted'
A complaint that police stripped and attacked a female prisoner in a cell at a station in Co L'Derry have been rejected by the Police Ombudsman.
Five People Escape Injury Following Petrol Bomb Attack In Carrickfergus
Five people, including three children, have escaped injury after a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of a house in Carrickfergus. The attack happened in the Oakwood Road area at around 11.30pm on Sunday, 31 July. The petrol bomb smashed through the window but failed to ignite.
Scottish Conservative Party Leader To Deliver Speech At Belfast Pride
Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson is to give a lecture on marriage equality as part of the Belfast Pride Festival. Ms Davidson, who recently got engaged to her partner Jen Wilson, said she was "honoured" to be asked to give a speech.
Driver Arrested Following Police Pursuit In Co Down
A driver has been arrested in connection with a number of motoring offences following a police pursuit in Co Down. The motorist failed to stop for police in the Castlewellan area on Monday, 01 August. Officers then followed the car into a residential estate in Newcastle.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Aug 2 2013, 2,922 days ago

DUP Councillor Arrested Over 'Massacre' Comments
DUP Councillor Ruth Paterson is being held over comments she made that appear to endorse a paramilitary style attack on a proposed civilian parade through Castlederg on 11 August.
A5 Carriageway 'Delayed, Not Abandoned'
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said the proposed dual carriageway scheme for the A5 between L'Derry and Ballygawley has been "delayed, but not abandoned". The Minister was speaking to a delegation of City Council Chairs and Chief Executives on this week.
Murder Inquiry Over Tyrone Stabbing
The PSNI has launched a murder inquiry into the death of a man in Dungannon. A man was stabbed by another man at a house in the Woodvale Park area of the town during the early hours of Thursday morning.
Commission Restricts Castlederg Parade
The Parades Commission has placed restrictions on a controversial republican march that will pass through the town of Castlederg on Sunday 11 August.
L'Derry Welcomes Another Record Hotel Month
Hotel figures for L'Derry during June have indicated another record month for the city, with an 11% increase on the figures for the same period last year. Mayor Martin Reilly has welcomed the hotel occupancy figures, which were the highest monthly figures ever recorded for the period.
5% Back Seat Passengers Don't Wear Seat Belt
Five percent of backseat passengers in Northern Ireland's cars do not wear a seat belt, according to a new report. The Northern Ireland Survey of Seat Belt Wearing shows that, overall, wearing rates in 2013 remain high at 98%. However, it found that back-seat wearing rates are lower, at 95%.
Belfast Appoints First Poet Laureate
Belfast has appointed its first ever Poet Laureate, Queen’s University’s award-winning poet Dr Sinéad Morrissey. Dr Morrissey is Reader in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at the School of English at Queen’s.
Lord Mayor To Run Laganside 10K
The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir has said he will run the Laganside 10K on 1 September in support of the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.
Parents Encouraged To Use School Uniform Grants
Education Minister John O'Dowd has encouraged parents to take advantage of school uniform grants. The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools and is similar to free school meals with regards to its eligibility criteria.
Public Bike Hire Scheme Provides Business Opportunity
Belfast City Council is inviting Expressions of Interest for the naming rights and advertising opportunities in relation to its Public Hire Bike Scheme which is set to be launched by the beginning of 2015.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Aug 2 2012, 3,287 days ago

25% NI Poverty Rate 'Widening Life Expectancy Gap'
A quarter of people in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, a researcher has claimed, shortening their life expectancy compared to those living in wealthier areas. Martin Caraher spoke today at the West Belfast Festival.
Parents Worried As Belfast's Child Heart Services Deemed 'Unsustainable'
Northern Ireland's services for children with congenital heart problems are no longer sustainable, a review has found. The Belfast Health Trust carries out about 90 heart surgery operations a year, with a further 40 taking place in England or Dublin.
International Focus At Belfast Business Awards
Belfast companies who export their goods abroad are to be celebrated in an awards ceremony this November. The Best International Trade Award, one of eleven up for grabs at the seventh Belfast Business Awards, is sponsored by Barclays Bank.
Coleraine Brothers Win Olympics Rowing Silver
Team GB's lightweight men's four rowers have narrowly missed out on gold. There were hopes the group would hit the top spot but they have come away with silver after South Africa finished a metre ahead of them Richard and Peter Chambers, brothers from Coleraine, were in the team.
Police Officers Investigated For Corruption, But Cookstown Still Safe
Two PSNI officers in the Cookstown area are being investigated for alleged corruption. The Tyrone Courier newspaper reported that the officers have been arrested, released on bail and taken off police duties. Five other officers from the same team have been moved to other duties.
Co Tyrone Residents Fight Waste Transfer Plant
Residents in County Tyrone are fighting plans for a waste transfer facility near their homes, the BBC has reported. The facility, which would store oil and garage waste and have up to 25 deliveries and removals a day, is earmarked for Ballygawley.
Acksen Logs New Business In Poland
Newtownabbey-based Acksen, a specialist in datalog devices for monitoring and tracking electricity voltage, has won its first business in Poland following participation in an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission.
Stolen Home Heating Oil Find Heralds A Crime On The Up
Police officers discovered £20,000 worth of stolen home heating oil at a home in Kilkeel, leading to fears of an "emerging crime type", the County Down Outlook has reported.
Replica Guns Haul Man 'In RAAD'
An alleged member of the paramilitary group Republican Action Against Drugs was refused bail after a court heard that blank-firing revolvers and four replica AK47s were seized from his home.
Peter Darragh Quinn 'Will Stay In NI' To Avoid Jail
Peter Darragh Quinn's father has said his son will not return to the Irish Republic, where a warrant is out for his arrest, because he has no chance of getting "fair play or justice".

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Aug 2 2011, 3,653 days ago

School Building 'Paper Exercises' Reviewed
Reports that large sums of money are being spent on 'paper exercises' in planning for schools that may never be built due to budget cuts, have prompted the current NI Education Minister to review the expenditure.
Battle To Save A&Es Gets Underway
The fight is underway to save Belfast City Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit (A&E) from closure.
Presbyterian Mutual 'Pay Day' Arrives
Savers in the failed Presbyterian Mutual Society (PMS) who lost money when the organisation went into administration are expecting to receive a cheque in the post today.
Gardaí Probe 'Anti-Royal' Pub Blaze
An investigation has been launched into an arson attack and a robbery at an already controversal pub in Dublin. Around 2am this morning, a number of men entered the Players Lounge in Fairview and demanded a sum of money. The pub is owned by the father of Celtic player Anthony Stokes.
Pharmaceutical Software Firm Expanding
Belfast-based Exploristics is targeting £1m worth of export sales by 2015 with a new drug development software product.
European Laws To Reduce SME Lending
New European legislation designed to mitigate against future financial crises is likely to further reduce lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Ireland and across the UK, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
Haulage Firm Fined Over Tacho Rules
A Co Antrim haulage firm, T J Hood Transport Ltd, based at, Crosshill Road, Crumlin, was fined a total of £2,700 plus £19 court costs at Antrim Magistrates' Court this week.
Fast Food Chain Reduces Carbon Footprint
One of the world's most recognisable brands has reduced its carbon footprint in Northern Ireland by signing up for renewable power supply with Airtricity.
NI's Answer To Woodstock Is Back
Ireland's answer to the huge festivals, Woodstock and Glastonbury, Sunflowerfest 2011, is back by popular demand. The festival will take place this month from 19th - 21st August at Tubby's Farm in the rustic countryside just outside Hillsborough, Co Down.
Energy Saving Takes Off At Aerospace Plant
A major drive that saved energy has just earned a Co Down company the prestigious Energy Management Standard BS EN 16001. The B/E Aerospace plant in Kilkeel has been putting its 'energies into energy saving' with a focus on the demands of future legislation that will affect its global market.
Jobs Boost As Co Down Construction Firm Grows
A company that specialises in the manufacture of eco-friendly structurally insulated panels (SIPs) for the construction industry is to expand operations, and take on new staff.
Building Specialists Nominated For National Innovation Award
A company specialising in roofing, cladding and complete building envelope solutions which delivered the London Aquatics Centre roof, has been named as one of the most innovative businesses in the country.
Cork Insulation Company Opens Door To Jobs
Cork based Insulation company, Insulex has recently secured the contract to install external insulation and replace all doors and windows at two schools, St Colmans College in Fermoy, Cork and Scoil na Deise in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Aug 2 2010, 4,018 days ago

Snooker Legend's 'Fame Too Much'
Twice world champion Alex Higgins' personal life was 'snookered' by his sporting success. That's according to the Dean of Belfast, Dr Houston McKelvey, who also criticised media coverage of the flamboyant Belfast-born ex-world champion's life.
Adams Meets Loyalist Parades Group
There's to be a 'groundbreaking' cross community meeting over parades today. Gerry Adams is to meet the North and West Belfast Parades Forum along with Gerry Kelly, the North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA and Stormont Junior Minister as well as other party colleagues.
'Greenlight' For Dundrod's Global Audience
Northern Ireland motorbike racing is really accelerating with news of a major agreement for TV coverage that is to introduce a global audience to the exciting sport in the Lisburn area.
Second Airport Could Land In South-East
There's a huge boost for the construction sector set to wing its way into Ireland's south-east region with news that the area could soon see a second airport being built.
Ex-Bacon Factory Boost For Suffolk
People around the Suffolk area of Co Antrim will be really 'taking home the bacon' soon with news that a former pork processing facility is to be the location for a new, purpose built cross-community resource centre.
Omagh Buses Seized Over Fuel
Enquiries are ongoing after officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) seized vehicles from a coach hire company in Omagh. It happened last week as part of ongoing activity targeting fuel fraud.
Casualty Response Figures Improve
Accident & Emergency response times have been improving across Northern Ireland. Figures just released from the Department of Health have shown a significant improvement in emergency care waiting times in Northern Ireland.
Woman Killed In Cookstown Crash
A 27-year-old woman has died in hospital following a road traffic collision on the Old Coagh Road in Cookstown. Janet Marie Harney from the Cookstown area was the driver of one of three vehicles involved in the collision which was reported to police at around 11pm on Friday 30th July.
Quarry To Become Extreme Sports Centre
Plans for Co Antrim's Magheramorne Quarry to be redeveloped into Ireland's first word-class recreational attraction have been approved.
Merchant Hotel Opens £16m Extension
Last weekend saw the first guests arrive at a 'New Chapter' in Northern Ireland's Merchant Hotel. The five star establishment, set in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, revealed its £16m extension for the first time.
'Greenlight' For Dundrod's Global Audience
Northern Ireland motorbike racing is really accelerating with news of a major agreement for TV coverage that is to introduce a global audience to the exciting sport in the Lisburn area.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Aug 2 2007, 5,114 days ago

Orde Links UDA To Bangor Riot
PSNI Chief Constable, Sir Hugh Orde, says he has evidence that the UDA were behind the disturbances in Bangor on Wednesday night. Sir Hugh also said that the UDA should be stripped of government funding following the rioting in which police officers came under fire in the Kilcooley estate.
Shots Fired In Bangor Disturbances
Six people have been struck with baton rounds as police responded to gunshots fired at officers during a disturbance in Bangor, County Down. Up to 200 people were involved in the disturbances in the Kilcooley Estate on Wednesday night and police have said that shots were fired at officers.
75-Year-Old Robbed At Home In Armagh
Three men have robbed a 75-year-old woman at her home in Jonesborough, County Armagh. The three men approached the woman as she was arriving at her home in the Finnegan’s Road area between 6.15pm and 6.30pm yesterday evening.
100 New Jobs To Be Created At Sprucefield
Toys R Us is to open its third store in Northern Ireland at Sprucefield Shopping Centre in Lisburn. The opening of the new store, which will cover an area of 30,000 square feet, will create up to 100 new jobs at the County Antrim complex.
Funeral For LCpl Darren Flowers
The funeral of Lance Corporal Darren Flowers who was killed in Iraq almost two weeks ago will take place today. LCpl Flowers, 25, will be buried with full military honours in Portstewart.
Fisher-Price Recall Toys On Paint Scare
Fisher-Price is recalling more than 22,000 toys that have been on sale in Ireland since May. Consumers have been warned that if they have any Fisher-Price products in their home they should stop using them immediately and contact the Fisher-Price UK consumer helpline on 00-44-1628-500303.
Folk Musician Tommy Makem Dies
Tommy Makem, the acclaimed folk musician and singer from County Armagh has died at the age of 74. He died at his home in Dover, New Hampshire in the US and had been suffering from lung cancer.
Gas Explosion Rips Apart Pensioner's Home
A pensioner has escaped any major injuries following a gas explosion at his home on the outskirts of west Belfast. The blast blew out three walls and part of the roof as it ripped through the house in Glassveigh Gardens in Twinbrook at about 11.30pm.
Unauthorised Bungalow Demolished In Cookstown
A bungalow in County Tyrone has been demolished after it emerged the property had been built without planning permission. The building of the Corvanaghan Road house in Cookstown was unauthorised despite owner Patrick Quinn having applied for retrospective planning permission.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Aug 2 2006, 5,479 days ago

Security alert on M1
There is a security alert in County Armagh. Police have warned motorists to avoid the area after a suspicious object was found on the M1 motorway, close to Portadown. Army Technical Officers have been tasked to the area and are currently examining the device.
Hundreds attend meeting over UDA dispute
Around 200 people have attended a meeting in north Belfast to discuss the current dispute within the UDA in the area.
Two arrested in connection with 'terrorist crime'
Two men have been arrested in County Londonderry, in connection with serious crime. The men were arrested in Bellaghy yesterday in connection with an investigation into suspected republican paramilitary criminality in the province.
Two charged over Tobermore murder
Two men have been remanded in custody over the murder of a Scotsman in County Londonderry in the early hours of Saturday morning. John Richard Stewart, 41, and Thomas Rodney Colgan, 29, both of King William III Crescent in Maghera, denied the charge at Limavady Magistrates Court this afternoon.
Teenager remains in Ibiza hospital after shooting
A teenager from County Down is still recovering in hospital after he and a friend were shot while on holiday in Ibiza.
Glenarm primary school to close
The government has today approved the North Eastern Education and Library Board's proposal for the closure of a primary school in County Antrim.
Voting underway in County Down by-election
Voting in the by-election for Newry and Mourne council has today got underway in County Down. There are two candidates competing for the seat, which became available after the resignation of Sinn Fein councillor Brendan Lewis, who stepped down six weeks ago.
Calls for clampdown on mini-bikes
Demands have today been made for the government to tighten the laws on the use of unlicensed mini-motorbikes in Northern Ireland.
School attacked in Lisburn
Police in Lisburn have appealed for information following an attack on a school in the city yesterday evening. The incident happened at the Good Shepherd School in Dunmurry at around 6.50pm, and a police spokesperson has said that around 25 windows were broken during the incident.
Over 600 detected for motoring offences
Over 600 people have been detected for motoring offences during a recent crackdown aimed at saving lives, new figures released today reveal.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Aug 2 2005, 5,844 days ago

DUP demand PM meeting over 'normalisation' plans
The DUP has demanded a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair following yesterday's announcement that a two-year security 'normalisation' plan is to be set in motion by the Government.
Bengal minister looks at Belfast regeneration projects
The West Bengal Minister for Municipal and Urban Affairs, Ashoke Bhattacharya, is in Belfast this week to study regeneration projects in the city.
Unionists react with anger at axing of 'home' RIR
Unionists have reacted with anger at the news that two home battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment (RIR) are to be disbanded as part of its 'normalisation' programme in response to last week's IRA statement.
Dallat hits at 'disgusting and cowardly' attack
SDLP assembly member John Dallat has described an attack which left a man with a broken jaw as "disgusting and cowardly". The victim and his two sisters were woken when three masked men armed with an axe broke into their house at Maghera Street in Kilrea at about 4.30am on Tuesday.
House targeted in petrol bomb attack
Police are appealing formation following a petrol bomb attack on the outskirts of Lisburn on Tuesday. A device was thrown at the front door of the house at Redwood in Dunmurry, close to the loyalist Seymour Hill estate, at around 1.30am.
Filling station workers locked in garage during armed robbery
Two filling station workers have been treated for shock after an armed man locked them in a garage in Co Londonderry. The masked man who was armed with a handgun entered the petrol station on Desertmartin Road in Tobermore at about 10pm on Monday.
New appointments to Fisheries Conservancy Board
Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister David Hanson has announced the appointment of three members to the Fisheries Conservancy Board.
Compositions sought for world-renowned Derry Guitar Festival
As part of the City of Derry Guitar Festival a competition has been launched to encourage the composition of new music for guitar.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Aug 2 2004, 6,209 days ago

HSBC posts 50% hike in half-year pre-tax profits
The HSBC bank has reported a huge surge in pre-tax profits in its interim half-year results, posting a 53% hike to $9.3 billion - a rise of $3 billion on the same period last year. Its US business, Household International, contributed $1.
Belfast teenager found dead at boyfriend's grave
A Belfast teenager has been found dead at the graveside of her boyfriend who committed suicide two months ago. The body of Fiona Barnes, from the Divismore area of Belfast, was discovered in the City Cemetery on Sunday. Police have said they are not treating her death as suspicious.
Brothers killed in road crash tragedy
Two brothers have been killed in a road traffic accident in Co Antrim on Sunday. The accident, involving two motorcycles and a car, happened on the Antrim Coast Road between Carnlough and Waterfoot shortly before lunchtime.
Police continue to question woman over murder
Police are continuing to question a woman in connection with the murder of a man on the outskirts of north Belfast last week. Geordie McDowell, 47, was found dead at his flat at Crossreagh Drive in the Rathcoole estate, Newtownabbey, on Thursday.
Houses targeted in racial attacks
Police are investigating two racially motivated attacks which occurred in Co Antrim at the weekend. Two houses in Tobar Park, Cullybackey, were targeted early on Saturday morning, it emerged today.
Jobs blow for Magherafelt saw mill plant
Thirty-three workers at a Co Londonderry saw mill plant are to be made redundant because of "intense price competition" from suppliers in the Baltic States and Russia.
Man appears in court following sword attack
A Co Down man has been charged with attempting to murder two men at the weekend. Mark McNulty, 22, of Canal Street in Newry, is accused of stabbing the two men with a sword, as well as threatening to kill a third man, during the alleged incident in Newry at around 10pm on Saturday.
MLA hits out at rise in hoax USPCA calls
Mid-Ulster MLA Billy Armstrong has expressed his concern at the reported rise in hoax phone calls being made to the Ulster Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA).
SDLP councillor condemns 'brutal' stabbing
An SDLP councillor has condemned the stabbing of a man in Co Londonderry at the weekend. The man was returning home at around midnight on Saturday when he was confronted by a youth in the Donkey Field area of Londonderry's Shantallow estate.
Lurgan returning to normal after blaze at chemical unit
Lurgan town centre was returning to normal today following a fire at a chemical storeroom in the Co Armagh town over the weekend. A fire and explosion at a storeroom on Watson's Lane on Saturday afternoon saw emergency services impose a 400-metre evacuation zone around the site.
Minister announces £400k roundabout scheme
Work is to begin on a new £400,000 roundabout scheme in Co Fermanagh, Minister of State, John Spellar said today. The scheme will see a new roundabout at the junction of the A32 Enniskillen to Irvinestown Road with the B82 Killadeas Road.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Aug 2 2002, 6,940 days ago

Co Down ports awarded £600,000 in grant upgrades
Agriculture Minister Brid Rodgers has awarded over £600,000 in grants towards the cost of improving fishing port facilities in Co Down.
NI Local Government Association holds first AGM
The first AGM of the new Northern Ireland Local Government Association has been held this week in Coleraine.
Antrim company wins top UK safety award
Blackbourne Electrical Company, based in Antrim, has won a prestigious safety award from the British Safety Council - the Gold ROSPA Award. Only companies with below-average accident rates are eligible and they face a tough test in order to satisfy the independent Awards Panel.
Five held after murder at TA camp
Police have arrested two more people, bringing to five the number of suspects being held in connection with the murder of David Caldwell. Security forces arrested the two men on Friday, having arrested two men and a woman only hours after Thursday's murder.
Church destroyed in arson attack
Police blieve that a fire which badly damaged a church in Newtownabbey was caused by arsonists. The interior of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church on the Shore Road was gutted in the blaze which was discovered at about 3.30am this morning.
Hotshot Calvert rifles past Mary Peters in all-time list
David Calvert has surpassed the great Mary Peters as Northern Ireland's most prolific medal winner at the Commonwealth Games after he won the full-bore singles rifle shoot at Bisley today.
Council pay talks continue
Talks are continuing today over the pay dispute between council workers and local authority employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Shorts announce £36.6m profit
Despite a troubled aerospace sector post September 11, Shorts reported profits of £36.6 million in year-end figures.
Switch card to be phased out in favour of Maestro
The Switch card is set to be phased out of circulation in the UK over the next five years in favour of the more internationally recognised Maestro card operated by MasterCard, it was announced today.
Robinson opens £9.5m water treatment works
A new £9.5 million water treatment works, serving the east Antrim and north Belfast areas, was opened by Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson today.
Anti-sectarian rally goes ahead in Belfast
Thousands of people have shown their solidarity with the families of recent murder victims by taking part in a rally against sectarian violence outside Belfast City Hall today.
'Re-invented' JWT Holidays launches brochure
After an absence of 12 years, JWT Holidays has unveiled its new 2003 summer brochure across Northern Ireland.
Child poverty levels 'absolutely outrageous'
Save the Children has described as "absolutely outrageous" the findings of their report indicating child poverty had risen, and now afflicts almost half of Northern Ireland's children.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Aug 2 2001, 7,305 days ago

British soldiers must return to NI to give evidence
British soldiers called to give evidence at the Bloody Sunday Tribunal must return to the province to give their evidence at the Tribunal sitting in the Guildhall in Derry.
Action Cancer Centre comes under attack from vandals
Vandals have attacked the headquarters of a Belfast cancer charity, causing widespread damage to the building and disrupting vital treatment sessions for cancer patients due to attend clinics the next day.
Politicians meet to discuss ways to end violence
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams have held private talks about the recent upsurge in violence in Northern Ireland.
Tohill to captain Ireland in Australia
Derry midfielder and captain Anthony Tohill has been named as Ireland captain for October's Gaelic football international rules trip to Australia.
Army installations to be dismantled in South Armagh
South Armagh is to see the removal of several British Army surveillance structures as part of a package of measures aimed at reducing military presence in the area.
Week of action against pay discrimination on Irish Sea
British and Irish trade unions are targeting Flag of Convenience (FOC) ships in the Irish Sea as part of a week of action against pay discrimination called by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) from July 30 to August 3.
Shell posts record $7.4 bn profit for first half of year
Royal Dutch/Shell has announced record £7.4 billion (£5.2 billion) profits for the first half of the year, the figures revealing a jump in profits of 15 per cent on last year’s results.
Secretary of State fields enquiries about peace package
The Secretary of State is expected to field enquiries from Northern Ireland parties this week as they continue to weigh up the take-it-or-leave-it proposals to keep the Good Friday Agreement alive.
Police Federation express concern over new peace package
The Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) have said they are disappointed in the package of proposals drawn up by the British and Irish governments and have expressed grave concerns about any downscaling of the force’s reserve.
Unemployed are helped to build a future in music
A six-day personal development programme targeted at unemployed young people who want to make a future in music has taken place at Queen’s University, Belfast.
McAlpine confirms buyout talks with rival Wimpey
UK house builders Alfred McAlpine have confirmed that talks about the sale of the company’s house building business have been held with fierce rivals George Wimpey.
UK interest rate cut is a boost to businesses
The quarter per cent cut in interest rates announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has brought the UK interest rate to it lowest point in over 30 years. With the base rate now standing at 5.0 per cent many mortgage rates and borrowing rates are likely to drop as a result.
North West to benefit from natural gas power plant
The creation of a new natural gas fired power station in County Londonderry is set to create almost 400 jobs during the construction phase of the development.
New energy committee to be created
Sir Reg Empey, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, has announced plans to create a new energy committee within an expanded General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.
Arsonists attempt to burn down church
There was an attempt to set fire to a laundry room at the Holy Cross Church on the Crumlin Road in Belfast on Wednesday night.
Bush supports peace proposals blueprint
United States President George Bush has thrown his support behind the British and Irish package of proposals aimed at breaking the political deadlock.
BTopenworld brings broadband to UK businesses
BTopenworld have announced two initiatives to bring broadband within reach of businesses and consumers across the UK. In November they will launch a two-way satellite service to deliver broadband to home-based, small and medium sized businesses.
Belfast City Airport extends welcome to bmi flights
Belfast City Airport have welcomed the decision by bmi (British Midland) to relocate its operations from Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Airport. The move by bmi will provide passengers with a service from the heart of Belfast to London Heathrow and East Midlands Airport.
Educational initiative set to broaden students’ horizons
A contingent of Northern Irish students are set to jet off to the United States this week to take part in a new educational programme designed to further their horizons in terms of both culture and experience.
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