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Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jan 17 2018, 365 days ago

Snow Closes Schools Throughout NI
Over 200 schools have closed due to the heavy snow across Northern Ireland. The Department of Infrastructure confirmed conditions are extremely difficult, however gritters have worked throughout the night and are continuing to work today, 17 January.
Appeal Issued For Missing Strabane Woman
Police are appealing for information to help trace missing Strabane woman Lesley McHugh. The 69-year-old was last in contract with her family at around 11pm on 06 January. She is described as being approximately 5ft 6inches tall, of slim build with brown hair.
Man Dies In Co Antrim Crash
A man, aged in his 60s, has died in a crash in Co Antrim. The collision happened on Main Street in Broughshane just after 9.20am on Tuesday, 16 January. The road was closed for some time, however it has since been reopened. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Yellow Warning For Snow Extended Across NI
A yellow weather warning for snow has been extended across Northern Ireland. The warning has been put in place from 6pm on Wednesday, 17 January, until 6am on Thursday.
Bridging for Innovators Programme Launched
The Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has announced a new Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme, due to run until March 2021 and funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and will run until March 2021.
Call For 'Meaningful Action' To Be Taken Against Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
A unionist has called for Sinn Fein to take "meaningful action" against MLA Máirtín O'Muilleoir after he retweeted a video posted by Barry McElduff with a Kingsmill loaf on the 42nd anniversary of the massacre. Ten Protestant workmen were killed in the sectarian shooting in 1976.
Three People Released On Bail After Shooting In Co Down
Three people arrested following a shooting incident in Co Down have been released on bail pending further enquiries. Two men escaped injury after shots were fired at a flat in the Castleview area at around 6am on Sunday, 14 January.
Tommy Bowe To Retire At End Of Season
Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe is to retire at the end of the season, Ulster Rugby has confirmed. The 33-year-old from Co Monaghan said he "had some incredible years, but it's time to tell you - it's my last". He has sustained an number of injuries in recent seasons.
Appeal Issued For Missing Charlotte Denovan
Police are appealing for information to help trace missing Charlotte Denovan from Magherafelt. She was last seen on Thursday, 11 January. The PSNI believes she may be with an 18-year-old male. He has been described as being approx 5ft 7in, of stocky build with short brown hair.
Two People Escape Injury After Arson Attack In Lisburn
A man and woman have escaped injury after the front door of their house was set on fire in Lisburn. The attack happened in the Ballymacross Hill area between 6am and 6.45am on Sunday, 14 January. Graffiti was also daubed on the side wall of the property.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 17 2017, 730 days ago

Common Travel Area Between UK And RoI Among PM's Brexit Priorities
Prime Minister Theresa May has said keeping the common travel area between the UK and Republic of Ireland (RoI) will be a priority in EU divorce talks. Mrs May set out the 12 negotiating priorities for Brexit as part of the Plan for Britain after leaving the EU.
Date Announced For Next Assembly Election
Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has set a date for the next Assembly election following the collapse of Stormont over the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Polling stations will open to the public on Thursday, 02 March,.
PSNI Seize Drugs Worth £100,000 Destined For NI
The PSNI have seized £100,000 worth of cannabis destined for Northern Ireland. The parcel, which was in the post, was intercepted in England on Saturday, 07 January.
New High Sheriff For Belfast Appointed
A new High Sheriff for Belfast has been appointed. Alderman Tom Haire has been sworn in and the ceremony took place in the Reception Room of the City Hall. Alderman Haire succeeds Alderman Jim Rodgers, becoming the 117th High Sheriff of the city.
GP Contractor Withdraws Offer To Take Over Medical Practice
A GP contractor has withdrawn its offer to take over Bannview Medical Practice in Portadown, Co Armagh, the Department of Health has confirmed. Health Minister Michelle O'Neill expressed her disappointment and said no decision has been made to close the practice.
2017 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards Launch
Tourism Northern Ireland has announced the 2017 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards (NITA), which celebrates the achievements and success of the tourism industry.
RHI Scandal: DUP Rejects Claims Made By Jonathan Bell
Former DUP MLA Jonathan Bell claims he was prevented from challenging the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme because two special advisers have "extensive interest" in the poultry industry. Mr Bell was speaking in the Assembly on Monday, 16 January.
Over 380 People Arrested During Drink-Drive Campaign
Over 380 drivers were arrested as part of a drink-driving campaign over the Christmas period in Northern Ireland. The PSNI arrested a total of 383 people between 24 November and 03 January. This is a 4% decrease compared to the same period last year.
Rory McIlroy Forced To Withdraw From Abu Dhabi Championship
Co Down golfer Rory McIlroy has been forced withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The man from Holywood underwent tests on Monday, 16 January, which revealed he has sustained a rib injury. He said: "It's bitterly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Cut In Number Of Subjects Post-Primary Schools Have To Offer
Education Minister Peter Weir has cut down the number of subjects post-primary schools have to offer to pupils under the Education Framework.

Northern Ireland News on Sat, Jan 17 2015, 1,461 days ago

Childcare Costs Rise By 2.5%
The cost of full-time childcare in Northern Ireland has increased from the previous year's figures, it has been revealed. New research by charity Employers for Childcare, found the average cost of full-time childcare for one child is £162 a week in NI. This is an increase of 2.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jan 17 2014, 1,826 days ago

McGuinness A 'Controller' And 'Dictator' - Robinson
Peter Robinson has described Martin McGuinness as a "controller" and a "dictator" with regards to his comments on the Haass proposals. The deputy First Minister had been speaking about the negotiations on the BBC Northern Ireland 'The View' programme.
Bombardier Seals £733m Deal
Canadian-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier has sealed a £733m deal with a Saudi Arabian airline to supply 16 of its CS300 aircraft, which are partly built in Northern Ireland. The Airline is also expected to order a further 10.
Ford Condemns Hate Crimes
Justice Minister David Ford has called for an end to attacks on minority communities, following a spate of violence against Polish residents in east Belfast. Six homes have been attacked over the past 10 days in the area.
74-Year-Old Shot In Chest
A pensioner has been taken to hospital after being shot in the chest by a masked man in Ballycastle, County Antrim. The 74-year-old man was working in a shed at a property in the Islandboy Road area at about 20:45 on Thursday evening when the attacker approached and shot him.
No Cross-Community Support For Irish Language - Dodds
Diane Dodds has said the Northern Ireland Executive is meeting its legal requirements regarding promotion of the Irish language, and that there is no cross community support for an Irish Language Act.
Wrightbus Secures FirstGroup Contract
Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a contract to provide FirstGroup with a new fleet of vehicles. Wrightbus is to supply 301 StreetLite buses, making up the majority of a £70m investment in 425 vehicles for FirstGroup's bus division.
Teenage Rapist Named Following BBC Challenge
The BBC has successfully challenged the terms of an injunction prohibiting the identification of a teenager who raped an elderly woman in her home, meaning he can now be named. Ryan McGreechan attacked the 76-year-old woman in her Newtownards property after she left her front door unlocked.
Pair Convicted Of Benefit Fraud
Two people have been convicted at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court for claiming benefits they were not entitled to. 28-year-old Heather Wray of Tranarossan Avenue, L'Derry, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £4,283 while failing to declare employment.
Thousands Expected For L'Derry Legacy Event
Thousands of people expected to turn out this evening (17 January) for the first Music City 2014 Legacy event in L'Derry.
Wrightbus Awarded Multi Million Pound Contract
North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann has hailed the announcement of a lucrative new multi million pound contract for Ballymena based Wrightbus as good news for the company and for Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jan 17 2013, 2,191 days ago

Ulster Bank To Close 22 Branches
Ulster Bank is to close 22 branches and sub-offices across Ireland. Eleven of the closures will be made in Northern Ireland and are expected to be brought into effect in June.
Flag Protests Could Cost 300 Jobs
As many as 300 jobs could be lost across Belfast by the end of this week as a result of ongoing flag protests, according to Pubs of Ulster. Pubs in Belfast are described by the industry body as being at "breaking point".
Omagh Bomb Man Avoids Extradition
A man held liable for the Omagh bombing will not be extradited to Lithuania to face charges of weapons smuggling. A Belfast judge said Liam Campbell is likely to be held in inhuman and degrading conditions if extradited.
Political Dialogue Must Replace Protests - Villiers
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has called for political dialogue to replace loyalist protests and find a solution to the issue of flags, emblems and symbols in Northern Ireland.
NI Man Still Held Hostage In Algeria
A man from Northern Ireland is still being held hostage by a group of Islamic militants in Algeria. The 36-year-old Belfast man is being held at a gas facility at In Amenas, in the east of the country.
Ford Addresses European Justice Council
Justice Minister David Ford has addressed the first meeting of the European Justice and Home Affairs Council on the prospects of cross-border police cooperation in Ireland. The meeting was the first to be hosted by the Republic of Ireland during its Presidential tenure.
Belfast City Centre Works Announced
Motorists who use Belfast city centre could be in line for delays at the end of January, following the approval of the next phase of roadworks. Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that the next phase of the Belfast on the Move works will begin on 28 January.
40 Jobs Created By Legal Centre Expansion
30-40 new jobs could be created in Northern Ireland, following the news that legal model firm Axiom is to expand its Centre of Excellence. Axiom will open a new 3,000 sq ft office in Belfast and is expected to have up to 30-40 new jobs in place during the first half of this year.
NI Homeless Numbers Set To Grow
Hundreds of people in Northern Ireland face being made homeless this year, according to a local charity. The Simon Community says a total of 5,047 households presented as homeless to the Housing Executive during April to June 2012. This showed a rise of 878 compared to the same quarter in 2011.
Almac Opens New Facility
Following completion of the initial phase of a £6.5 million project, Craigavon-based pharmaceutical company Almac has significantly expanded its pharmaceutical development services by creating a new 13,400 square feet formulation development facility complete with two new analytical laboratories.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 17 2012, 2,557 days ago

Priest Wins Appeal Over Sex Conviction
A priest jailed for sexually abusing three young girls is set to be freed after winning his appeal against conviction. Father Eugene Lewis has partially won his appeal today after senior judges dismissed three of eleven counts of indecent assault that the priest was found guilty of committing.
Hijackings Raise PSNI Concern
Concerns have been raised following a significant number of carjackings in the Belfast area.
Pipe Bomb Discovered Near Primary School
A pipe bomb has been found close to a primary school in West Belfast, it has been reported. St Teresa's Primary School was closed and a number of homes were evacuated after the device was found early this morning.
Three More Charged With Strickland Murder
A further three men have appeared in court charged with the murder of Phillip Strickland outside Comber last week. The 36-year-old was found in a car on Quarry Road, off the Ballydrain Road, near Comber on Wednesday last.
Could Titanic Belfast Increase Tourism?
Commemorations scheduled to mark the Titanic centenary are being hailed as "the world’s biggest tourism story in 2012." Fodor’s Ireland 2012, a well-known and established travel guide, has dedicated several pages to Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest exhibition, which is set to open 31 March.
NI Youth Unemployment Soars
Youth unemployment in Northern Ireland has more than doubled in the last four years it has been revealed. According to recent figures the rate of youth unemployment in Northern Ireland are highest in all of the UK and have risen by 155% since 2008.
Stormont Departments Receive £32m Boost
Stormont departments are to receive a financial boost of £32m with unemployment, road work and fuel poverty schemes taking the biggest cut of the money.
Changes Ahead For Pre-School Education
Changes are ahead for pre-school education in Northern Ireland, says the Education Minister. John O’Dowd decided that children born in July and August will no longer have priority in the admissions process.
Ministers To Discuss How To Build On The Construction Industry
SDLP Mid-Ulster MLA has said the construction industry has a crucial part to play in helping Northern Ireland break free of the recession.
Support Given To Over 40 Green Community Projects
Local environmental charities will receive nearly £250,000 from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to carry out projects over the next three months. Over 40 projects will receive funding of up to £10,000 each to carry out work to benefit Northern Ireland’s people and wildlife.
Workspace Buys Energy Firm Therm Tech
One of Northern Ireland's most successful social enterprises, The Workspace Group, has acquired Manchester-based energy-saving technology specialist Therm Tech Limited, bolstering its UK-wide reach and its ability to win even more business in the growing energy-saving sector, it has been announced.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jan 17 2011, 2,922 days ago

Michaela's Funeral Service 'Unites Ireland'
The funeral of Michaela McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, is due to take place today. Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral, including Irish President Mary McAleese and other high profile dignitaries from Northern Ireland.
Belfast 'Car Bomb Alert' Over
An overnight explosion and a security alert in Belfast have added to travel woes for NI drivers this morning. First, in the early hours of this morning, an explosion occurred close to Guildhall Square in Londonderry. The device detonated at the City of Culture office at around 3.
Swine Flu Tragedy 'Crosses Border'
The death toll continues to mount after two young children with swine flu have died in Northern Ireland - one of the victims being from the Irish Republic. The death of a 10-month-old baby boy was announced just hours after the authorities said a two-year-old boy with the virus had died.
Big Freeze Had Big Impact On Construction
Last month's record low temperatures served to 'freeze' much of Ireland's construction activity as it decreased at its fastest rate in almost two years.
Taser Ruling Welcomed By DUP Man
Northern Ireland Policing Board member Jonathan Bell has welcomed the outcome of a judicial review judgement on the police usage of Tasers.
Brian Cowen Awaits Leadership Poll
Opinions remain divided, as Dáil TDs get ready for an anonymous vote of confidence in the Taoiseach, Brain Cowen. However, Micheál Martin has said he expects Brian Cowen (pictured) to lose tomorrow's poll on his leadership of Fianna Fáil.
Steel Magnate To Lead NI Safety Body
A former top executive in the steel industry has been appointed to Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland as its new Chairman. NI Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced the appointment of George Lucas as Chairman to the Board for three years, effective from 1 April 2011.
Ex-Reservists Urged To Seek Gratuity
Time is running out for former members of NI's part time Police Reserve to apply for gratuity payments as applications for the scheme must be received by 4th February 2011.
Gobbins Path To Be Opened Once More
The once world-famous Gobbins Path - a partly suspended Victorian era sea walkway - is to be restored to its former glory - with a boost for both the beleaguered building sector and for more long-term employment when completed.
Attwood Opens New North Belfast Homes
The Stormont Social Development Minister, Alex Attwood has launched new family homes at Cedar Avenue in North Belfast.
New School Building Projects Slashed
The Stormont Education Minister has revealed that new school builds will be the main casualty in a bid to save hundreds of millions of pounds. Sinn Fein's Caitriona Ruane intends to shift £41m from the school building "capital" budget to pay instead for services and staffing.
Farmers Get Better News On Feed Costs
While VAT is on the rise, there's at least a crumb of comfort for local farmers this New Year with news that a raw material used extensively in animal feed isn't to go up in price in early 2011.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jan 17 2008, 4,018 days ago

Lotto Winner Remanded Over Threat Allegation
Money, it seems really can't buy you love – despite the Beatles iconic lyrics – it has emerged that the relationship between an Ulsterman who scooped £130,000 on the National Lottery and his girlfriend, reached such a low over sharing out the windfall that an alleged threat to kill was made.
Derry Airport Boss 'Removed'
The temporary suspension of flights at Northern Ireland's third largest airport last spring has continued to have an impact. The City of Derry Airport closed down when the Civil Aviation Authority expressed concerns over safety, including the lack of effective bird control and poor runway drainage.
Ahern Welcomed North As Assembly Minister Greeted In Dublin
The pace of cross-border political activities increased today with a visit from the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern to Northern Ireland. The Irish Cabinet Minister met with heritage and business groups in County Down.
Inquiry Net Widens Over 'Flawed' Omagh Bomb Investigation
Controversy continues on the flawed police investigation into the horrific Omagh bombing. The latest move sees the NI Police Ombudsman extending his inquiry beyond direct investigation of the named two officers who admitted lying during the failed Omagh bomb trial.
Travellers Encampments Controversal
The always controversal issue of temporary sites for Travellers has again been raised with news that three new traveller sites are to be set up by the Housing Executive in Co Armagh.
Pharmaceutical Research Centre Opens In Larne
A cutting-edge drug delivery research facility just opened in Co Antrim is the first such resource to be developed in Northern Ireland. The Assembly's Economy Minister Nigel Dodds has officially opened the £5 million drug delivery research centre in Larne.
Retailers' Association 'Disappointed' With Curley's Takeover
The local association responsible for the independent food retailing sector has outlined its disappointment over the decision by top regional independent retailer Curley's to allow the buy out by retailing titan, and FTSE 100 member, Sainsbury's.
Fermanagh Timber Processor's Renewable Energy Policy Praised
One of the largest sawmills in the British Isles, Balcas Timber Ltd near Enniskillen, has been praised for being at the 'cutting edge' of the development of renewable energy processes.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jan 17 2007, 4,383 days ago

Judgement reserved as Omagh trial ends
The Omagh bomb trial has today ended with the judge stating that he has a great deal to think about and a great deal of material to look at again. After the trial Mr Justice Weir said that he would reserve judgement and would deliver his verdict as soon as possible.
Six rescued from south Belfast fire
Emergency Services have rescued six people during a suspected arson attack at a property in south Belfast. Shortly after 2am, the fire and rescue service were called to the scene of a fire at a building in the Eglantine Avenue area of the city.
Security man robbed in County Antrim
Police in County Antrim have appealed for information following the robbery of a security van earlier today. The incident happened at around 9.30am today, when two men approached the driver of a Securicor van in the Bow Street area of Lisburn and stole a large quantity of cash.
Apology to family of murdered brothers
The family of three Catholic brothers who were murdered over 30-years-ago, have received an apology for the way they were treated by the security forces.
Department of Health plan to combat Hepatitis C
An action plan to prevent and control the spread of Hepatitis C in Northern Ireland has been launched today.

 The plan contains 14 recommendations including advice and information for the public and health professionals.
Government announces improvements to patients' access to medicines
Guidance for extending prescribing by nurses and pharmacists in the Health Service will increase patients' access to medicines, it has today emerged.
Policing Board receives report on future Police numbers
Members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board today received a report from the Northern Ireland Office outlining recommendations for the future staffing of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
NI company wins major contract in United Arab Emirates
Mivan, the Antrim-based specialist in fast-track construction techniques, has today announced new business worth around £2 million in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Filling Station fined under 'Clean Air Act'
A Holywood filling station has today been fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay compensation of £3,500 to a motorist at Bangor Magistrates' Court for offences under the Clean Air Act.
Northern Ireland unemployment rate remains low
Northern Ireland's unemployment rate remains below the UK average and the service sector’s annual output here is higher than the UK, a new report released today has revealed. The Northern Ireland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% for the period September – November 2006.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 17 2006, 4,748 days ago

Minister launches Westlink revamp
Development Minister Shaun Woodward has today cut the first sod on the £104 million to upgrade the M1/Westlink in Belfast.
Calls for prostitution laws to be reviewed
Police have called for new legislation to help them to deal more effectively with street prostitution, which has greatly increased in the Belfast area.
Discussions to begin on site for sports stadium
The proposal for a international sports stadium at the former Maze site is to be discussed by the Irish Football Association at a meeting on Thursday night.
Teenagers injured in separate paramilitary attacks
An 18-year-old-man and a 17-year-old-youth have been injured in separate paramilitary style attacks last night. The 17-year-old youth was attacked by two men in an alleyway in the Kilclief Gardens area of Bangor at around 9.25pm.
Police warn elderly to beware of strangers
Police in North Belfast have advised elderly or vulnerable people to be vigilant when answering the door to strangers. This follows a robbery at the home of a pensioner in the Alliance Park area of the city last night. A man called to the home of the pensioner at around 5.
Body found near Belfast Lough identified
Police have today confirmed that the body, which was found close to Belfast Lough yesterday morning, was that of a 19-year-old Belfast man. A forensic examination has been carried out and police do not believe that the circumstances surrounding the death were suspicious.
Six sentenced after 'big two' clash
Six soccer fans have been given suspended jail sentences in Belfast Magistrates Court today, relating to rioting which erupted at a Glentoran versus Linfield match last April. Rival supporters stormed the pitch at the big two clash after Glentoran beat Linfield to lift the Irish League title.
PSNI launch system to track violent and sex offenders
Police have today introduced a database, which allows them to monitor and manage sex and violent offenders.
Northern Ireland is first in Europe with 100% Broadband
Northern Ireland is understood to be the first region in Europe with 100% broadband access.
Stolen donkeys returned home
Four donkeys, missing since November last year, have been found safe and well in Rathkeale, County Limerick. The Clint family pets, which were in foal, were stolen from their home in Tandragee two months ago.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jan 17 2005, 5,113 days ago

Peace process on agenda during Dublin meetings
Secretary of State Paul Murphy is scheduled to meet separately with both Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern and Justice Minister Michael McDowell in Dublin today to discuss the current position in the peace process.
Garda investigating schoolboy's murder arrest man
Garda detectives have arrested a man for questioning in connection with the murder of 11-year-old Cork schoolboy, Robert Holohan. The 20-year-old man was detained in the Midleton area on Sunday evening and taken to Cork Garda station where he will be questioned today (Monday).
Primary school evacuated as fire rages in factory
A primary school has been evacuated following the outbreak of a serious fire at a nearby factory in Co Londonderry on Monday. More than 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the SDC Trailers factory on the Deerpark Road, Castledawson, which was discovered at around 8.45am.
Two die in weekend road accident
Two men have died following a road traffic accident in Co Londonderry over the weekend. Cathal O'Kane, 21, from Claudy and Mark Anthony Bonner, 27, from Dungiven, died when the car they were travelling in on the Ballyquin Road hit a tree and ended up in a field at around 2.30am on Sunday.
Police launch murder inquiry in Dungannon
Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man was stabbed to death in Co Tyrone at the weekend. The 23-year-old, who is thought to have been of eastern European origin, was found behind a house at Willow Gardens, Dungannon, at around 4am on Sunday.
Girlfriend pays tribute to 'angel' doctor
The girlfriend of Belfast doctor Donal Deery has again paid tribute to his bravery as he saved her life after both fell hundreds of feet on a New Zealand mountainside.
Lord Mayor condemns attack on fire crew
The Lord Mayor of Belfast has condemned the latest attack on members of the Fire Brigade. Councillor Tom Ekin was commenting on the attack on fire crew members who were called to Colin Glen Forest Park on Sunday night.
Poster campaign highlights hate crimes
A poster campaign aimed at raising community awareness of hate crime was launched today by the PSNI.
Signs and speed limits to change in Republic
Motorists entering the Republic of Ireland are being reminded today that certain speed limits are due to change as the country adopts kilometres per hour this week.
Stream's growth praised by Invest NI chief
Londonderry-based Stream, the US-owned technical support centre, is growing strongly in an intensely competitive global market by adding value to its expert services and a continuous investment in the skills of its people.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jan 17 2003, 5,844 days ago

Woman dies in Co Londonderry road collision
A woman has died in a road accident in Co Londonderry – the third such death in the county in the past 24 hours. At around 2pm today, a Citroen car and a Toyota jeep were in collision on the Magheramason Road – the main route between Strabane and Londonderry.
End of an era for Harland & Wolff
The last vessel likely to be built at the Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff was officially named today.
Social Need report highlights inequality says O'Hagan
The Social Need report, which was launched today, highlights the continued discrimination and social deprivation experienced by the Catholic community, according to Sinn Fein's equality spokesperson Dara O'Hagan.
UVF and Red Hand Commando break off IICD contact
The loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando have broken off contact with the international decommissioning body in Belfast.
Search commences for Invest NI HQ
NIO Minister Ian Pearson is to set up a procurement process for a new headquarters building for Invest Northern Ireland in the Greater Belfast area.
Adair granted leave for review of jail decision
Notorious loyalist Johnny Adair’s legal bid to overturn an order by the Secretary of State sending him back to prison passed its first hurdle in the Belfast High Court today. After hearing legal argument, Mr Justice Kerr ruled that Adair could apply for a judicial review of Mr Murphy's decision.
300 jobs could go at east Belfast manufacturer
It has been reported that nearly 300 workers are to be made redundant at a seatbelt manufacturing plant in east Belfast. Staff at the European Components Corporation factory in Dundonald were told of the decision earlier today. The majority of jobs losses will be phased in between March to August.
SF councillor's personal details found on UDA disc
The personal details of a west Belfast Sinn Fein councillor have been found on a computer disc which was recovered from a house search in Carrickfergus last week. Upper Falls Sinn Fein councillor Michael Browne was visited by police at his home on Thursday night and informed of the discovery.
Concrete blocks derail Derry-bound train
The Belfast to Londonderry rail line was disrupted last night when large concrete blocks and a metal bar were left on the line. The incident happened at Ballymena shortly after leaving Belfast's Great Victoria Street station. The blocks caused damage to the train's fuel tanks and braking system.
Man injured in north Belfast shooting
A man is being treated in hospital today after being shot in a paramilitary-style attack in north Belfast. At around 8pm last night, the 24-year-old man was shot in both ankles and was found in Bruslee Way area of the New Lodge. Police have appealed to for anyone with information to come forward.
Belfast City Council's arts consultation is extended
Belfast City Council has extended the deadline for feedback on its new culture and arts plan until February 28 2003 in order to ensure the consultation process is as comprehensive as possible.
Mallusk Mercedes outlet sold in £7m deal
Northern Ireland's only Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle outlet has changed hands in a deal worth £7 million.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jan 17 2002, 6,209 days ago

New campaign aims to reduce misuse of antibiotics
The Department of Health has launched a major publicity campaign which aims to bring home the message that antibiotics don’t work on minor illnesses.
Derry technology company to create 100 jobs
A technology software development centre at the University of Ulster’s Science Park facilities in Derry has announced plans to create up to 100 jobs.
Bailey’s Irish Cream investment set for Mallusk
The makers of Baileys Irish Cream are set to build a new plant in Mallusk in a £40 million investment which is likely to create 50 jobs.
Body Shop reports stronger UK sales
The Body Shop has reported strong UK sales for the Christmas period, with retail activity up by 4 per cent on the previous year. In the five-week period preceding 5 January, sales activity in shops throughout the UK returned to positive growth.
Boots report ‘slower than expected’ retail activity
High street retailer Boots has announced slower than expected trading figures for the Christmas period despite encouraging sales in some of the company’s divisions.
Electricity regulator criticised for ‘failing’ customers
Energy regulator Ofgem has come under attack for ‘failing’ to look after the interests of customers in the domestic electricity market.
European funding to enhance women’s opportunities
Carmel Hanna, Minister for Employment and Learning, has called for applications from projects designed to promote the advancement of women in the labour market. A £4.
Campaign against intimidation gains momentum
The campaign against “murder, intimidation and sectarianism” will be heard fervently across Northern Ireland on Friday January 18 as a number of rallies, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, take place.
Retail sales down for first time in 20 months
Despite the current high street spending spree, UK retail sales during December were down for the first month since April 2000. Releasing the figures, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that the decrease – of 0.
Secretary meets to discuss 1974 bombings inquiry
The Northern Ireland Secretary of State Dr John Reid has met the judge leading the inquiry into the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings over delays in the provision of information. Justice Henry Barron requested Wednesday’s meeting at 2.
Second crackdown on crime in Belfast results in 15 arrests
Fifteen people have been arrested by police in a second clampdown on serious crime in south Belfast within a fortnight. The arrests on Thursday January 17 were made in the greater Belfast area in relation to robberies, burglaries and car crime.
Finance Minister says partnership is the pathway to progress
Two evaluation reports which detail the significant role played by local district partnerships under the European Peace I Programme were released this week by the Department of Finance and Personnel.
North Sea oil field discovered near Aberdeen
Test drilling into an oil field off the coast of Aberdeen has revealed that the area contains 25 per cent more yield than originally anticipated, making it the biggest North Sea oil discovery in more than a decade. The area, known as the Buzzard Field, lies 125 kilometres north east of Aberdeen.
‘Imagine Belfast 2008’ to launch landmark light show
The company which is co-ordinating Belfast’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2008 is to launch a major light show at the city’s skyline landmark Harland and Wolff.
US special envoy meets with Sinn Féin at Stormont
US Special Adviser on Northern Ireland Richard Haass has held an hour-long meeting with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at Stormont.
Safety at work on agenda for small businesses
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is spearheading a provincewide initiative to support small businesses.
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