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Northern Ireland News on Tue, May 22 2018, 365 days ago

NI Temperatures To Soar To Over 20 Degrees
Temperatures in Northern Ireland are to soar to over 20 degrees throughout this week. Wednesday is to remain dry and bright with a maximum temperature of 21 degrees.
Karen Bradley Urged To Restart Political Talks
Northern Ireland's Secretary of State Karen Bradley has been urged to restart political talks to restore devolution. MPs from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee made the call after parties failed to make an agreement earlier this year.
Visit Belfast Launch Ambitious Targets For Flourishing Tourism Sector
Visit Belfast have set a number of ambitious targets to harness the value of the city's flourishing tourism sector.
Almost 50 Staff Made Redundant In Co Antrim
A chicken processing business in Co Antrim has closed with the loss of almost 50 jobs. HK Dickey was run from premises on the Granagh Road in Cullybackey and employed 48 staff members, who have all been made redundant.
Inga Maria Murder: 61-Year-Old Released On Bail
A man arrested in connection with the murder of teenage backpacker Inga Maria has been released on bail. Two men – aged 61 and 58 – were arrested in the Loughguile area on Monday, 21 May.
Loyalist Groups Agree Rules Over Flags
A number of self-imposed rules on flags have been issued by the East Belfast Community Initiative (ECMI). The new rules have been established by the loyalist group, reportedly linked to the UVF, ahead of this years marching season and come into affect at midnight tonight, 22 May.
Parties Appeal To Keep NI With Single Market And Customs Unions
A number of political parties have issued an appeal to keep Northern Ireland within the European single market and customs union. Sinn Féin, the Green Party, Alliance and the SDLP have said that this is "critical to protecting investment, jobs, trade and the hard-won peace".
Over 60 Schools Lose Breakfast And Homework Club Funding
Some 63 schools across NI "no longer meet the criteria" for funding programmes for disadvantaged children. The schools will no longer receive the funding needed to run breakfast and homework clubs and pay for additional parenting supports, following a decision by the DoE.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, May 22 2017, 730 days ago

Investigation Launched After Teen Dies Suddenly In Portadown
Police have launched an investigation following the sudden death of a 15-year-old girl. Officers received reports that the teenager was unconscious in the Corcain area of Portadown on Saturday, 20 May. She was taken to hospital, however she died a short time later.
Officers Injured After Thugs Ram Vehicle In Warrenpoint
Two police officers have been injured after thugs rammed into their vehicle several times in Warrenpoint. Officers received reports of men acting suspiciously in the area and police recovered a camper van which had been stolen in the Dundalk area as a result of a burglary.
Appeal Issued For Missing Man John Hutton
Police are appealing for information to help trace missing man John Hutton. Mr Hutton was last seen in the Donegal Street area of Belfast at around 8.45pm on Friday, 19 May. He was last seen swearing a black coat, blue jeans and a white t-shirt. He also speaks with a Scottish accent.
Body Of Sam Comber Recovered From River Foyle
The body of missing man Sam Comber has been recovered from the River Foyle, police have confirmed. Mr Comber, 39, was last seen at a supermarket in L'Derry on Sunday, 14 May. His bicycle was later found in a lay-by in the Newbuildings area. His body was recovered on Saturday, 20 May.
Boy Rescued After Falling 15 Feet In Castlerock
A 12-year-old boy has been rescued after he fell 15 feet down a slope onto rocks at Castlerock. The alarm was raised at around 6.10pm on Sunday, 21 May. Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Team and emergency services attended the scene.
Fresh Appeal Over Fatal Road Collision
Police have made a fresh appeal for information following a fatal road collision in Coleraine over two weeks ago. Dylan O'Kane, 21, died in the three vehicle crash which happened on the Coolkeeran Road at around 10pm on Sunday, 07 May.
Petrol Bombs Thrown At House In East Belfast
Police are appealing for information following a petrol bomb attack on a house in east Belfast. The incident happened in the Larkfield Road area at around 11.45pm on Friday, 19 May. Two petrol bombs were thrown at the property and one failed to ignite.
Pensioner Dies After Being Hit By Lorry
A pensioner has died after being hit by a lorry in east Belfast. Patrick McDermott, 79, was struck by the vehicle on the Albertbridge Road at around 3.30pm on Friday, 19 May. Alliance MLA Naomi Long said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr McDermott at this sad time.
Concerns Raised Over Adult Mental Health Patients
The number of adult mental health patients waiting longer than nine weeks to access key services has more than doubled from 338 in March 2016 to over 800 in March 2017, according to new figures.
Dementia-Friendly Masterclass For Retail & Hospitality Sectors
Belfast City Council is to host a free dementia-friendly masterclass for retail and hospitality staff. The 'Recognising The Signs' masterclass is designed to give businesses in the retail and hospitality sector a greater understanding of how to work with customers suffering with dementia.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, May 22 2015, 1,461 days ago

Belfast Spring Continental Market Returns
The Belfast Spring Continental Market has started today, 22 May, on the grounds of the City Hall.
Prince Of Wales Visits NI Peace Centre
The Prince of Wales has visited Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre to conclude his four day visit to Ireland. The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Corrymeela Centre on the North Coast. The Christian Peace Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
Alliance Slams Plans To Demolish Leisure Centre
The Alliance Party has slammed plans to demolish the Robinson Centre in east Belfast.
Two Men Attempt To Rob Taxi Driver In West Belfast
Two men, one armed with a knife, attempted to rob a taxi driver in west Belfast. The incident occurred in the Distillery Street area in the early hours of Friday morning. The driver, 50, picked up two men in the Arundel Walk area just before 1.45am.
Man Sentenced For Possessing Almost £1m Of Cocaine
A man has been sentenced to 40 months for possessing almost £1 million worth of cocaine. Mark Officer, 41, from Glenbyrn Drive, admitted having the drugs worth £944,820. Officer was a passenger in a car stopped by police on the Westlink in December 2013.
Four Teenage Boys In Hospital After Taking Unknown Substances
Four teenage boys are being treated in a L'Derry hospital after taking unknown substances. Police are trying to determine what the boys took before they were admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital on 20 May. Three of the boys are in a stable condition.
NI Healthcare Trusts Win Awards At Hospitals Ceremony
The Health Minister Simon Hamilton has congratulated the Northern and Southern Health Trusts for receiving numerous awards at a hospital awards ceremony. The trusts received prizes at the CHKS Top Hospitals Awards.
Translink Appoints New Group Chief Executive
Translink has appointed Chris Conway as its new Group Chief Executive. The Chairman of the Board of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, John Trethowan, made the announcement.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, May 22 2014, 1,826 days ago

Stabbing At Belfast College
Two people have been stabbed in an incident at the Millfield campus of Belfast Metropolitan College. One of the injured men is described as being in a critical condition, according to reports.
Minister Launches 'Watch This SPACE'
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £22,000 to continue a pilot project to bring empty commercial space back in to use in L'Derry.
Polling Stations Open Across NI
Polling stations have opened across Northern Ireland for today's local and European government elections. The stations opened at 07:00 this morning, and will remain open until 22:00 tonight. The first count, which will decide the local council elections, is expected by Friday.
Man Arrested Over Crossbow Attack
Police are investigating after a 29-year-old man was shot with a crossbow as he sat in his car. The attack happened on Belgravia Avenue in the Lisburn Road area at about 17:20 on Wednesday. The victim was sitting in a car along with a 29-year-old woman, who escaped injury.
16% More New Vehicles Registered In Last Year
Almost 56,000 new cars were registered in Northern Ireland in 2013/14, up 16% on 2012/13, newly published figures have revealed.
ATL Raise Concerns Over Children's Use Of Computers
A Northern Ireland teaching union has raised concerns over how long school children are spending on computers and digital gadgets.
Co Tyrone Farmer Fined For Polluting Waterway
A Co Tyrone farmer has been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to making polluting discharges to a waterway. At Dungannon Magistrates Court, Mr William James Hall, Killybracken Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone was fined a total of £3,000 plus £25 Court Costs and Offenders Levy of £15.
December Cathedral Quarter Bomb Was Moved By Bicycle, Say Police
Police investigating an explosion which happened at Belfast's Cathedral Quarter in December last year have said that the bomb was carried to the scene on the handlebars of a bicycle.
Resurfacing Scheme Announced For Cookstown
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the start of a major resurfacing scheme of £250,000 at Fairhill Road, Cookstown. Preparatory work began on 19 May 2014 on the scheme at Fairhill Road, Cookstown.
Beach Body Confirmed As Missing Belfast Man
A body found on a beach at Magilligan Point on Tuesday has been confirmed as that of missing 54-year-old John McIlwaine. A group of primary school children on a field trip discovered Mr McIlwaine's remains. He had been missing since 23 April.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, May 22 2013, 2,191 days ago

Man Charged Over Hyde Park Bombing
John Anthony Downey, from Co Donegal, has been charged with the murders of four soldiers in the IRA's Hyde Park bombing in London 31 years ago. Downey, 61, was arrested by police as he came off a plane at London's Gatwick Airport on Sunday.
NI Electricity Bills To Rise By 18%
Electricity bills in Northern Ireland are to rise by 18% from 1 July. Power NI said the increase is due to the rising wholesale costs. The latest price hike means the average domestic bill will increase by around £90 a year. Small businesses and farmers also face an 18% hike.
Opportunities For NI Firms In Brazil's Digital Sector - Foster
Significant opportunities exist for Northern Ireland companies in Brazil's digital sector, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Eight People Detained After Cannabis Find
Police have arrested eight people after a cannabis find in a factory in County Down, close to Castlewellan. An estimated £350,000 worth of drugs was discovered on Tuesday. Two BMW's and a Mercedes were also taken. Five of the eight arrested are still being arrested.
Ministers Unveil 3D Digital Model Of Belfast
A stunning 3D digital model of Belfast that has been produced using the latest technology to map out the impact of future city developments was unveiled today for the first time at a major conference in Belfast.
Man Shot In West Belfast
A man has been shot in his legs and ankles in west Belfast. The attack happened in Creeslough Gardens on Tuesday at around 23.00. The 36-year-old is currently in hospital. Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.
£150k Investment For Portstewart Refurb
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has unveiled a £150k for a revitalisation scheme in Portstewart. The scheme will enhance the appearance of buildings along the resort's promenade and the Diamond area of the town.
PAC Report Highlights Invest NI Concerns
A new report has said Invest NI's performance should be measured by actual outcomes rather than promises by investors. The NI Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) released its report into the performance of the organisation.
Fermanagh Security Alert Ends
A security alert in the Kinawley area of County Fermanagh has ended. A suspicious object was reported close to the village early on Tuesday morning. Several homes were evacuated and a number of roads were closed to traffic for a lengthy period.
Call For Executive To Tackle Dangerous Levels Of Payday Lending
The Northern Ireland Executive must do more to tackle the damaging and dangerous levels of payday and illegal lending in Northern Ireland, according to a report produced by NICVA and Advice NI.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, May 22 2012, 2,556 days ago

Ulster Unionists Expel Assembly Member
Problems within unionism deepened today as the Ulster Unionist Party expelled a prominent member. David McNarry, Assembly member for Strangford, was informed of his expulsion following a meeting of a disciplinary committee yesterday.
Poots To Learn From Basque Health Minister
The Northern Ireland Health Minister has met with his Basque counterpart and said the two places should work together due to their similar population sizes and devolved governments.
Quango Probe Could Cost One Million Pounds
An independent investigation into the dealings of a defunct Stormont quango will cost the taxpayer nearly a million pounds. The Northern Ireland Events Company (NIEC) folded with debts of £1.6m and auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers were asked to probe its financial dealings.
Man Arrested After Bombs Found in Londonderry
Bombs have been found in a flat in Londonderry, leading to the arrest of a 30-year-old man. Police made the devices safe after the security alert at Maureen Avenue in the city last night, but warned they “could have caused significant damage or serious harm” as the flat was in a built-up area.
NI Possible Spaceport Construction Location
Northern Ireland could soon be hosting the construction of the UK's first spaceport, according to a new report into the UK space industry.
Northern Ireland Consumers Vote with Wallets as Food Prices Rise
Most consumers in Northern Ireland are changing their shopping habits to battle the rising price of groceries. A survey run by the Consumer Council found that nine out of ten people here are concerned about the spiralling cost of their household bills.
Doctor's Exam Could Have Injured Disabled Girl, Court Hears
Evidence given at a manslaughter trial suggests that a severely disabled girl could have been injured by a medical examination shortly before her death. Rebecca McKeown, 14, died in March 2001. Her grandparents David and Sarah Johnston, both in their eighties, deny manslaughter.
Hotel Future for Belfast's "Tech"
A landmark Belfast building could be sold for a multi-million pound sum and converted into a hotel. The former technical college on College Square East, known to generations of students and locals as the "Tech", is due to be sold within the next few weeks for between £4m and £5m.
Honeymoon Murder Trial Begins
Two men charged with a honeymoon murder go on trial in Mauritius today. Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found strangled in her luxury hotel on 10 January last year, just 12 days after getting married in Ballymacilroy, County Tyrone.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, May 22 2009, 3,652 days ago

DUP Executive Members To Stand Down
Some of the DUP's most high profile Stormont politicians are preparing to resign from the Assembly, the party leader has said. Peter Robinson said those within the party, who hold a double mandate, would leave the Executive table, in a radical shake-up of the DUP's ministerial team.
Everest Conquered For UCF
Long-time Ulster Cancer Foundation supporters Lynne and Noel Hanna are on top of the world as they celebrate their successful summiting of Everest yesterday.
NI Universities 'In The Money'
Over £200m is being granted to NI's universities. Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey, has announced a significant increase in the funding his Department is giving to Northern Ireland's two higher education institutions.
Irish Shoppers Boost Banbridge Outlet Sales
An influx of shoppers from the Irish Republic have helped a Co Down shopping centre boost its sales by more than 20%. The Outlet at Banbridge reported year-on-year sales growth of 21.5%, while average spend was up 13.5%.
BA Announces Record Losses Of £401m
British Airways has today posted a record loss of £401 million, marking the airline's worst result since the privatisation of the company in 1987.
Electoral Observers To Monitor EC Poll
The Electoral Commission will be accrediting electoral observers for the first time in Northern Ireland. The announcement was made this week for those who wish to attend and monitor proceedings at next month's European Parliamentary elections.
Cross-Border Visitors Boost NI Tourism
There has been a further fillip for Northern Ireland's tourism industry today with news of a boost of more than a quarter in cross-border visitors.
NI Beach Quality Drops
Only 30% of Northern Ireland beaches have been recommended for bathing in this year's Good Beach Guide. While Benone Beach in Co Londonderry, (pictured here by Brian McCalden) was a top performer, other well known shorelines were slammed.
Cut Aer Lingus Executive Pay, Says Rival
The main rival to Aer Lingus is calling on the company to cut the salaries of its most senior executives. Ryanair, which has a 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus, has tabled two resolutions for the airline's AGM on June 5.
Suspected Swine Flu Case 'Negative'
Another potential case of Swine Flu in Northern Ireland has proved to be a false alarm. The Department of Health has confirmed this afternoon that so far the province has only reported one confirmed case of the infection.
Irish Shoppers Boost Banbridge Outlet
An influx of shoppers from the Irish Republic have helped a Co Down shopping centre boost its sales by more than 20%. The Outlet at Banbridge reported year-on-year sales growth of 21.5%, while average spend was up 13.5%.
Fun Day At Stormont
A special bank holiday Monday awaits people from across Northern Ireland who are all invited to a Family Fun Day in the Stormont Estate.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, May 22 2008, 4,017 days ago

Link To Nairac Killing Alleged
More than three decades after the shocking killing of undercover British Army Officer, Captain Robert Nairac in south Armagh, a man has appeared in court charged in connection with the murder - and been released on bail until a further appearance in July.
Belfast Woman Welcomes The Queen To £1bn Liverpool Development
A Belfast woman, at the helm of €1bn Liverpool retail development, is preparing to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip for a preview of the 42 acre project, later today. Joanne Jennings, former-Belfast City Centre Manager, left her high profile post in the Province's capital city last year.
No Airport(s) Sold...Yet
Airports are in the news again as it has emerged that the widely anticipated sale of City of Derry Airport is not a 'done deal'.
Home Energy Certificates Planned For Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland homebuyers will have to pay for a special energy assessor to indicate whether their home is 'energy efficient' under new plans which come into effect from the end of June.
Sick Civil Servants "Challenge"
On the day that it has emerged that local civil servants are top of a UK league for taking off work sick, an urgent review into capital investment priorities across the health and social care service has been commissioned by NI Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey.
Suicide 'Csar' Recommended
Amid calls for the appointment of a suicide 'czar' for Northern Ireland, it has emerged that five people have taken their lives within a six-mile radius of Dungannon, County Tyrone over the last month alone.
Virtual Ex-PM To Address Belfast Conference
There'll be a former premier and a 'virtual' ex-premier in attendance today as a major post-peace process conference kicks off in Belfast Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern are to receive honorary doctorates from Queen's University.
Innovative Farmers Are 'No Dopes'
Fresh-thinking Londonderry farmers are supplying the building trade with a radical new crop, ususlly 'famed' for it's controversial drug association. Around a dozen northwest farmers are producing hemp, a no-drug value variety of cannabis.
Sinn Fein Reaffirm Maze 'Veto'
The DUP can expect a Sinn Fein to block any plans to axe a Northern Ireland national stadium at the site of the former Maze prison. The party's announcement, earlier this week, was met with SDLP fears of a lost opportunity for reconciliation.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, May 22 2007, 4,383 days ago

Man dies in Newtownards road crash
A man has died following a road traffic collision on the Bangor Road in Newtownards, County Down this morning. A white coloured Ford Transit van left the road and collided with a low-loader vehicle that was parked on the road, shortly before 10:20am. There were no other injuries in the incident.
Psychiatrist charged over daughter's murder
A 46-year-old woman has been charged with murdering her teenage daughter at their family home in Kilkenny on 26 November 2006. Lynn Gibbs, a psychiatrist from Killure, Gowran, County Kilkenny appeared at Dun Laoghaire District Court today.
Former DUP lawyer fined for assault
A former DUP mayor of Coleraine has been convicted of assault, in an incident that took place last year. Desmond Stewart of Parker Avenue in Portrush was fined £300 for attacking a press photographer outside Antrim Courthouse last October.
Peter Hain announces Policing Board members
Secretary of State Peter Hain has announced the new members of the Policing Board today.
Parades body holds first meeting
Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Paddy Ashdown is to meet with members of the new body set up to review parades in Northern Ireland today.
Local fishermen offered help by Taxman
Share fishermen in Ardglass and Kilkeel are being encouraged to join a scheme tailor-made to help ensure they will not be caught short when their tax is due. Share fishermen, who are classified self-employed, receive a share of the profits or gross earnings of a fishing boat.
University of Ulster wins marketing award
The University of Ulster has been hailed as Northern Ireland’s marketing champion. The accolade of Ulster Marketing Champion 2007 was awarded at the Marketing Institute of Ireland’s All-Island Marketing awards at a glittering ceremony in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.
M&S to introduce levy on plastic bags
Marks and Spencer has announced shoppers will soon have to pay for plastic bags in its 14 stores across Northern Ireland.
NI Euro qualifier to be played in Gran Canaria
Northern Ireland fans that hoped to travel to Spain for the crucial 2008 qualifier are facing difficulties as the match will now be played in Gran Canaria.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, May 22 2006, 4,748 days ago

Paisley rejects Adams' nomination for First Minister post
The newly reconvened Northern Ireland Assembly has today failed to elect a First and Deputy First Minister.
Stone throwers attack police during Newry parade
Police in County Down have been attacked by stone throwers during a legal notified parade in the Camlough area of Newry. The incident happened at around 4pm yesterday, during a republican march to commemorate the ten men who died during the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze prison in Belfast.
Vandals target graves at Newtownabbey cemetery
Police in Newtownabbey have appealed for information after a number of graves were vandalised at Carnmoney cemetery over the weekend. Reports were received at around 7.10pm yesterday that around 30 graves, which are understood to have been selected at random, had been damaged.
Belfast airport renamed after soccer star
Belfast City Airport has today been renamed in honour of footballing legend, George Best. A special ceremony to unveil the new signage was held earlier today, which would have been George's 60th birthday.
Domestic violence costs NI economy £90 million
The government has revealed that domestic violence is costing the Northern Ireland economy £90 million each year.
Further Education sector vital in NI transformation
Education, Employment and Learning Minister Maria Eagle today said that Further Education (FE) Colleges have a vital role to play in the transformation of Northern Ireland’s education system and the subsequent development of the local economy.
Birmingham Six's McIlkenny dies in Dublin
One of the men wrongly imprisoned for IRA bombings in the 1970s has died in a Dublin hospital. Richard McIlkenny, 73, was born in Belfast but had moved to Birmingham in the early 70's.
Water Service commemorates Reservoir deaths
A memorial dedicated to the nine men who died during the construction of the Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs has been unveiled today by the Water Service.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, May 22 2003, 5,844 days ago

SDLP denounces SF disruption of Omagh DPP meeting
The SDLP have lambasted Sinn Fein after a protest, organised by republicans, caused the abandonment of the first public meeting of a District Policing Partnership (DPP) in Co Tyrone last night.
NI social workers begin 48-hour strike
Social workers across Northern Ireland went on strike today as part of an ongoing pay dispute with local health services. Up to 1,600 workers from 11 health trusts began their two-day industrial action this morning which follows a similar 48-hour strike in April this year.
War hero a shining example to others says UUP leader
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has described Northern Ireland-born Colonel Tim Collins as a shining example to the whole British Army. Mr Trimble's assessment of the soldier follows allegations that Colonel Collins breached articles of the Geneva Convention during the recent Iraq war.
Campbell calls on government to aid manufacturing sector
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has called on the government to help the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland cope with the latest job losses following cuts at Desmond and Sons and Gallahers.
Man charged with extortion
A man has appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court today charged with extorting money on behalf of loyalist paramilitaries.
Government called on to fund school counselling
The NSPCC has called on the Government to provide sufficient funding for the adequate counselling of school children in Northern Ireland.
Councils urged to back FSB insurance costs campaign
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today revealed it is to intensify its campaign to tackle high insurance premiums for small businesses. FSB says it would be urging all 26 local councils to pass a motion supporting urgent action by the Government.
NI children feature in new 'Imagine' video
Amnesty International is set to launch a new music video of John Lennon's legendary ballad 'Imagine' featuring children from Northern Ireland. The song and video will be played on TV music channels across the world this weekend as part of a worldwide human rights education campaign.
Celtic gear up for home league showdown
Bhoys manager Martin O'Neill was in pensive mood today following last night's gallant effort by Celtic despite their 3-2 Uefa Cup Final defeat in Seville.
Paintballing set to colour Belfast
Ireland's leading premier paintball company Escarmouche has announced a sponsorship deal with leading drink brand Bacardi Breezer in advance of the sport’s first ever appearance in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, May 22 2002, 6,209 days ago

Airport security workers sacked over strike action
According to security staff at Belfast International Airport nine workers have been sacked because they recently went on strike over pay and conditions.
IBM deploy Butterfly Grid for video game industry
IBM have announced the deployment of the first-ever custom commercial grid for the online video gaming market. According to IBM, the Butterfly Grid design offers the potential to support over one million simultaneous players from each facility with 99.999% uptime.
Ferguson McIlveen scoops national award
A local firm, Ferguson McIlveen has scooped a prestigious award for its planning work in Hamilton, Scotland. The firm’s design for the Old Cross area recently picked up the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Award for Planning for the Public Realm.
Barking dogs and music drive people mad
Noisy neighbours annoy over one in three people in the UK, a major survey has revealed. The research published on Noise Action Day shows that in Northern Ireland barking dogs are the most common source of complaint for 79% of people, with music the second most common for 64%.
Clamp down on illegal fuel laundering continues
Customs and Excise officers have seized nearly 8,000 litres of illegal fuel in west Belfast today. Three plastic containers of fuel on board a Ford lorry were discovered during the raid alongside four storage tanks of fuel that were concealed behind a wall.
NIHRC call for public inquiry into Wright murder
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has called for an independent and international judicial inquiry into the murder of former Loyalist Volunteer Force leader Billy Wright.
Construction industry costs hit by Aggregates Tax
The introduction of the Aggregates Tax and changes to the Building Regulations could add to underlying rates of inflation, increasing construction tender prices substantially during the first half of 2002.
Senior officers file affidavits on Omagh investigation
Two senior police officers have submitted signed affidavits to the Belfast High Court which could be used to back up the Police Ombudsman’s highly critical report of the RUC investigation into the Omagh Bomb investigation headed up by former Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan.
Engineering pay awards fall to 18-year low
The level of pay settlements reported by engineering and manufacturing companies has fallen to 2% - the lowest level for 18 years - according to the latest figures from the EEF (Engineering Employers' Federation).
Venture capital helps HeartSine expansion plan
Belfast based medical equipment company, HeartSine Technologies has received £2 million of venture capital funding, which will enable the firm to further expand its operations into Europe and the US.
Commission restricts Portadown junior orange parade
The Parades Commission has placed restrictions on a junior orange parade in Portadown due to take place this Saturday.
Historic heritage celebrated at awards ceremony
Thirty well-kept listed buildings across Northern Ireland have won DOE Environment & Heritage Service (EHS) Conservation Awards in a ceremony held today at the historic Hillsborough Courthouse.
Five released on police bail after fraud swoop
Police have released five men on police bail after a major fraud swoop on premises throughout Northern Ireland yesterday. The Organised Crime task Force unit smashed a multi-million pound fraud ring centred on Northern Ireland's construction industry on Tuesday.
Trade Minister welcomes Thales jobs boost
Sir Reg Empey MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Defence Procurement that a consortium including Thales Air Defence in Belfast had been chosen as preferred supplier for a new £400 million defence programme.
Student portal bags top Shell LiveWIRE award
Young people who have unlocked their own potential and set up in business were celebrated at last night’s Shell LiveWIRE Young Business Start Up Awards in Belfast Castle. The main award of the evening went to Declan Treacy who launched his www.
University admits retaining organs for research
A local family has spoken of their devastation following revelations that Queen's University retained tissue from their son, who died 11 years ago.
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