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Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jan 27 2020, 366 days ago

SDLP Stalwart Seamus Mallon Laid To Rest
Politicians past and present gathered in Co Armagh today as former deputy first minister Seamus Mallon was laid to rest. A key architect of the Northern Ireland peace process, Mr Mallon died on Friday, aged 83.
Traffic: Co Down Route Closed
A Co Down road is expected to remain closed for a "significant period" following a collision. Police have cordoned off the Ardglass Road in Downpatrick, between the roundabout at the Downe Hospital and the Ballee Road, following the incident on Monday afternoon.
Ice Warning Issued For NI
The Met Office has warned of icy conditions across Northern Ireland. Wintry showers are expected from Monday evening, 27 January, through to the following morning. A yellow weather warning for ice will therefore be in place between 7pm and 10am on Tuesday 28.
Drivers Granted Exemptions Amid MOT Delays
Motorists facing cancelled MOT tests amid ongoing repair works are to be granted temporary exemptions. It comes as hundreds of vehicle test appointments have been cancelled after issues with vehicle lifts were identified last week.
L'Derry Alert Declared As Hoax
A security alert in the Fanad Drive/Eastway area of L'Derry has ended, police have confirmed. A number of roads in the area were closed last night, Sunday 26 January, following reports of a suspicious object. ATO attended the scene and later declared the device as a hoax.
Dolly Parton's Book Scheme Rolls Out In Belfast
A local homebuilder is to nuture local children's love of reading by bringing Dolly Parton's book gifting scheme to Belfast with a £75,000 investment. Hagan Homes will become the charity's local champion to ensure the rollout of the Dollywood Foundation in the city.
Female Employers Unite For Leadership Conference
A host of inspiring female business leaders are set to offer their wisdom as Belfast hosts the Institute of Directors Women's Leadership Conference.
Appeal As Defibrillator Stolen In West Belfast
Police have launched an appeal for information after a defibrillator was stolen from a shop in west Belfast. It's understood the potentially lifesaving device was removed from the outside of a shop on the Glen Road in the early hours of Sunday morning, 26 January.
East Belfast Shooting Condemned
A shooting in the Short Strand area of east Belfast has been condemned as a "despicable" act. Police said a man walking in the area was shot at around 7.45pm on Saturday 25 January. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
NI Pupils Complete Coding Industry Training
Hundreds of primary and secondary school pupils have been given awards for completing an 'invaluable' computer coding programme.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jan 27 2017, 1,461 days ago

Three Arrested After £50,000 Worth Of Cannabis Seized In Co Down
Three people have been arrested after cannabis plants, worth an estimated £50,000, were seized in Co Down. Detectives from the PSNI's Reactive Organised Crime Branch made the seizure after searching premises in the Comber area on Thursday, 26 January.
Blue Plaque Unveiled For Holocaust Survivor Helen Lewis
Dance teacher and Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis has been honoured with the unveiling of a blue plaque at an arts centre in Belfast.
Taxi Driver Commended After Telling Passenger He Was Scam Victim
The PSNI in Newtownards have commended a taxi driver after he convinced a passenger he was the victim of a scam. The passenger told Kare Kabs driver Roy that all he had to do was go down to Tescos and buy £125 of iTunes vouchers to get the cash.
Two Men Arrested Over Bomb Found In West Belfast Released
Two men arrested in connection with a bomb found during a security alert in west Belfast have been released unconditionally. A viable bomb was discovered on the Brian's Well Road in Poleglass on Sunday, 15 January.
Connect To Success Work Experience Portal Opens
Aimed at inspiring the next generation of employees, Connect to Success NI is an online system that enables employers to promote and advertise work experience opportunities for young people.
Newry Firm's Profits Rise By 65%
A pharmaceutical firm in Newry has announced a rise in its pre-tax profit by 65% to £35.5million in 2016. Norbrook Holdings turnover increased by £23m or 11% to £239 million.
Man Killed In Westlink Collision Named
The man who died in a road crash on the Westlink in Belfast on Wednesday, 25 January, has been named. He was 69-year-old Victor Shaw from north Belfast. The single-vehicle collision happened near Roden Street shortly before 3pm. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Russell Brand's RE:BIRTH Tour Is Coming To Belfast
Comedian Russell Brand has announced he is coming to Belfast as part of his new stand-up tour of the UK and Ireland. He is due to perform at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday, 26 May 2018.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jan 27 2016, 1,827 days ago

George Best Belfast City Airport Reveals 5.4% Rise In Passengers
George Best Belfast City Airport has revealed a 5.4% growth in passenger numbers, reaching almost 2.7m in 2015. Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director for George Best Belfast City Airport, said: "We are once again very happy to report an increase in passenger numbers for 2015.
Three People Injured In Crash On Westlink
Three people are receiving hospital treatment following a six-vehicle collision on the Westlink in Belfast. The crash, which involved two lorries and four other vehicles, occurred at around 4am on Wednesday. The Westlink was closed , however the vehicles have been removed and it has been reopened.
Police Seize Cannabis Worth An Estimated £1m In Belfast
Police have seized herbal cannabis, worth an estimated street value of £1 million, in Belfast. The discovery was made during a stop and search of two vehicles in the Dargan Road area on Tuesday. Suspected Class B drugs were also seized during the search.
Car Set On Fire In South Belfast Being Treated As Racist Hate Crime
A car set on fire in south Belfast is being treated as a racist hate crime, police have confirmed. The incident happened in the Ebor Street area in the early hours of Tuesday morning. SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna condemned the attack.
Police Appeal For Witnesses After Pedestrian Dies In Road Collision
Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a pensioner died in a crash in west Belfast shortly before Christmas. Jim Maxwell, 71, was hit a car on the Donegall Road on 23 December at around 7.30pm.
Xtra-Vision Ceases Trading
Rental chain Xtra-Vision is to close 11 stores in Northern Ireland, with the loss of around 60 jobs. The firm was placed into liquidation on Wednesday morning.
Many Roads Affected By Flooding In NI
Many roads throughout Northern Ireland have been affected by flooding following heavy rain overnight. A yellow weather warning was issued by the Met Office on Wednesday morning. In Co Antrim Recent heavy rainfall has caused a landslide adjacent to the A2 Belfast Road at Whitehead point.
NIFRS Launches Recruitment Campaign
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has launched a recruitment campaign for community (Part-Time) firefighters in four stations across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 27 2015, 2,192 days ago

Heartsine Technologies Increase Sales In The Middle East
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, has welcomed HeartSine Technologies' continued success in the Middle East. Arlene Foster said the local firm's increase in sales was a good example of what Northern Ireland companies can achieve in what is a growing export market.
Co Antrim's Ramada Hotel Sold
The Ramada Hotel in Portrush, Co Antrim, has been sold. According to reports, the premises was sold for more than its asking price of £2.75m. The buyer was City of Derry Hotel Ltd.
Security Alert 'Nothing Untoward'
A security alert which brought traffic to a standstill in Belfast on Monday evening's rush hour, is said to have been "nothing untoward". On Monday afternoon (26 January), it was reported that a suspicious object had been found at the Titanic Quarter halt in east Belfast.
Ambulance Workers To Strike On Thursday
NI Ambulance workers will stage a walk out at midday on Thursday for twelve hours in a dispute over pay.
Exploris Looks After Loggerhead Turtle
Exploris Aquarium are caring for a loggerhead turtle that washed up on a beach in Co Donegal. The Portaferry aquarium said the turtle is being treated for hypothermia.
Plans Launch For York Street Interchange
A formal consultation process regarding the planned interchange at York Street in Belfast has been launched. The project would see a potential investment of between £125m to £165m on one of the city's busiest junctions. Construction on the project could take up to three years to complete.
Temporary Shelter Removed By Council
An emergency sleeping shelter installed in the city centre has been removed by Belfast City Council. The box appeared on open ground in Victoria Street at the weekend, offering a temporary shelter for a homeless person, complete with a solar powered phone charger and radio.
Council Urges People Not To Eat Salvaged Fish
Belfast City Council is urging people not to eat fish salvaged from the Ravenhill Road after a lorry lost its load on Saturday night. Reports estimate that up to 2,000 mackerel were left strewn across the road at the weekend when a lorry was forced to make an abrupt stop.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jan 27 2014, 2,557 days ago

Carrick Security Alert Declared A Hoax
A security alert has ended in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. The alert, in the Broadlands area, is the third alert in just over a week. Police and army bomb experts attended the scene on Monday following the discovery of two suspicious objects in the area. Residents were evacuated from their homes.
Mivan To Cease Trading
Construction company Mivan has announced that is to cease trading. The Antrim-based firm was placed in administration earlier this month, with 98 of its 289 employees being made redundant. An additional 144 redundancies were announced today.
Minister Contracts Community Places To Help Councils
Belfast City Council is to benefit from a new contract announced today by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan. Mr Durkan has contracted Community Places to further help councils prepare for their new duty of community planning.
60 New Jobs Announced At 'Creative Gardens'
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today visited Galgorm Castle for a sneak peek at Ballymena's newest garden centre. 'Creative Gardens', due to officially open on February 14, will employ 60 full and part time staff.
Man Arrested In Connection With Kevin Kearney Murder
A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Kevin Kearney (46) in north Belfast on 7 October, 2013.
Police Identify Woman's Body
Police have said they have identified a woman's body which was found in Randalstown, Co Antrim. It has been confirmed as that of missing woman Elizabeth Greer. Ms Greer, 46, was last seen on Wednesday 22 January close to a Sainsburys store in the Larne Link Road area in Ballymena.
£14m To Improve Water Infrastructure
An investment package of £14m is to be spent on improving the security of the water supply infrastructure, it has been announced.
Petrol Bomb Thrown At House
Police are appealing for information after a petrol bomb was thrown at a house in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. The property at Inishmore Park was damaged in the attack which happened at around 10.30pm on Saturday (25 January). No one was in the family home at the time.
£210,000 Road Improvement Scheme For Forkhill
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a major improvement and resurfacing scheme for the U5432 Carrickasticken Road. The road is located between Newry Road and the border with the Republic of Ireland. Work on the £210,000 project is scheduled to begin today (27 January).

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jan 27 2012, 3,288 days ago

Six Arrested In Limavady Drugs Bust
Police have seized cannabis with the street value of £30,000 following a raid in Limavady. A "cannabis factory" was found in houses in the Glens area of the town. Police seized herbal cannabis, cannabis resin, mobile phones, drugs paraphernalia and more than £2,500.
All-Ireland Fleadh Decision Due
A decision is due over the weekend as to the location of the 2013 All-Ireland Fleadh. The decision will be revealed in Dublin on Saturday when members of the 31-strong central executive of Comhaltas cast their vote. In the running are Londonderry, Sligo and Ennis.
Weather Alert Warns Of Weekend Snow
Weather forecasters are predicting that Northern Ireland could experience snowfall over the weekend. The Met Office has issued its BE AWARE warning for Northern Ireland and Scotland and said that people should be aware that ice and snow is to be expected.
Eastern Promise To Be Outlined At Asia Export Boot Camp
Northern Ireland companies with the potential to export to Asia will hear from some of the world’s leading experts on trading with the continent’s key markets during an Ulster Bank-backed event in Belfast next month.
NI Households Have Worst Mortgage Debt
One in three people are struggling to pay their mortgages in Northern Ireland. According to a study commissioned by the Consumer Credit Counselling Service a third of households who took out mortgages between 2005 and 2010 are now finding it difficult to make repayments.
Woman Saved From House Fire
A woman in her 50s has been rescued from a house fire in Newry. Firefighters attended the blaze at a house on Mary Street in the County Down city at 7:15pm. The woman, who was found in a downstairs room by fire crew, is being treated in hospital.
New TV Series To Be Filmed In NI
A new TV series is set to be filmed in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed. Produced by Twenty Twenty Television the new series is set in 1960 and based on the last intake of conscripts for National Service.
Robinson And McGuinness Host Holocaust Event
First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy Martin McGuinness have hosted the 11th regional Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. The theme of this year's event is "Speak Up, Speak Out" and will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp.
Innovation Boosts Sales Of Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has heard how the Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt company in Bangor has almost doubled turnover by investing in innovation.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jan 27 2011, 3,653 days ago

Swine Flu Claims Three More Irish Lives
While the health protection authorities have said the swine flu virus "has peaked" there were still two more deaths in Northern Ireland from swine flu last week and a further fatality across the Irish border.
Families Suffer As Bomb Clearance Continues
About 50 families have spent a second night out of their homes on Wednesday as the PSNI Commander in north Belfast said he hopes the ongoing security alert on the Antrim Road will be over by Thursday evening.
Cross Border Explosive Finds Revealed
An operation by the police in Co Galway carried out yesterday has uncovered "explosive material" and a number of firearms - while in Northern Ireland in an unconnected incident - the PSNI said they had discovered a pipe bomb during a security alert in Co Antrim.
Latest Steps In Causeway Centre Taken
Just over six months after preliminary developments took place, large-scale construction work has now started on the new Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site Visitors' Centre. Hundreds of jobs are to be created as construction work gets underway, with the target opening date set for summer 2012.
Sex Not Just 'In The City'
Prostitution is not confined to the cities - and certainly not just to Belfast - with over 60% of the police command units across Northern Ireland having reported cases involving 'street-walkers'.
Irish Finance Bill 'Passes Second Stage'
The Republic of Ireland's now minority Fianna Fáil Government has survived the crucial Dáil vote on the Second Stage of the Finance Bill after winning the support of independent TDs.
Latest Steps In Causeway Centre Taken
Just over six months after preliminary developments took place, large-scale construction work has now started on the new Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site Visitors' Centre.
Michael Martin Seeks 'Leaders Debate'
The new Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin has called for American Presidential style debates between the three leaders of the main Irish parties.
Report Outlines NI's Marine Environment
Fisheries, tourism, beaches and even shipwrecks have all come under the spotlight this week as the NI Environment Minister Edwin Poots and the NI Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew jointly launched a ground-breaking report entitled 'Northern Ireland State of the Seas'.
Kennedy Meets Vocational Committee
Trade and other vocational qualifications were in the spotlight this week as the regulator of general and vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland met for a discussion with the Stormont Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy.
Attwood Goes 'Walkabout' In Omagh
A new path has transformed a previously overgrown wasteland and inaccessible riverbank into an attractive link route connecting local residents to a Co Tyrone town centre.
Bloodsucking Aliens Land In Donegal
Bloodsucking aliens have invaded the quiet Donegal community of Inishowen this week, as the film crew for Hollywood film 'Grabbers' landed in town.
Kennedy Meets Vocational Committee
Trade and other vocational qualifications were in the spotlight this week as the regulator of general and vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland met for a discussion with the Stormont Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy.
Attwood Goes 'Walkabout' In Omagh
A new path has transformed a previously overgrown wasteland and inaccessible riverbank into an attractive link route connecting local residents to a Co Tyrone town centre.

Northern Ireland News on Wed, Jan 27 2010, 4,018 days ago

PM Leaves NI Without Deal
Gordon Brown has left Hillsborough Castle after failing to secure a definite deal on the devolution of policing and justice powers to the local Assembly. He chaired fresh negotiations aimed at saving Northern Ireland's power-sharing institutions before heading back to London this afternoon.
Sympathy As Body Recovered From River
Shortly after the police confirmed that a body recovered from a river in Omagh was that of missing local man, Mark Lynch, a local politician has moved to express his sympathy. SDLP Omagh Councillor Dr Josephine Deehan (pictured) described events as "tragic".
Dead Cattle Case 'Dreadful'
Twenty two severely neglected cattle have been found dead on a Co Armagh farm, and two more animals have had to be put down.
Illegal Fuel-Laundering Plants Dismantled
Four fuel-laundering plants, with the capabilities of producing around seven million litres of illicit diesel have been dismantled across Northern Ireland. Officers from both Revenue and Customs and the PSNI carried out raids at nine premises in Co. Tyrone and Co Antrim in a 24-hour period.
UTV Welcomes NI Affairs Committee Call
Regional broadcaster, UTV has welcomed yesterday's Northern Ireland Affairs Committee report on Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland. It called on the Government to set up a fund for non-news programming for NI.
First Phase Of Conway Mill Opened
The first part of the major refurbishment of an iconic west Belfast building has been completed. The Stormont Social Development Minister, Margaret Ritchie, attended the opening of the first phase of Conway Mill's Refurbishment Project this morning.
Boiler Scrappage Could Boost Economy
There has been a call to bring a domestic boiler scrap-and-replace initiative to NI. The Stormont Social Development Committee Chair Simon Hamilton has suggested serious consideration be given to the future introduction of a boiler scrappage scheme.
Tourism Matters In Focus
Whether it is 'flying your kite' surfing off Benone, (pictured) or enjoying cultural tourism in west Belfast, the way tourism is marketed has been in focus this week.
Jobs Created As Retailers Combine
Some 100 Irish jobs are being promised after the owner of Currys and PC World announced plans to combine both retailers under one identity. DSG Retail says the redevelopment will take place at a number of undisclosed locations throughout the company over the course of the next 18 months.
De-Icing Derry Airport Cost £70K
The cost of the recent cold snap across Ireland continues be counted, after the City of Derry Airport revealed it has spent £70,000 to keep the runway open during the icy spell.
Jobs Created As Retailers Combine
Some 100 Irish jobs are to be created after the owner of Currys and PC World announced plans to combine both retailers under one roof. DSG Retail says the redevelopment will take place at a number of undisclosed locations throughout the company over the course of the next 18 months.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 27 2009, 4,383 days ago

Eames-Bradley Proposals Slammed
As the official publication of a widely leaked report on how NI should tackle the legacy of The Troubles looms today, an Ulster Unionist Assembly member and former terrorist victim, has condemned proposals by Robin Eames and Denis Bradley's 'Consultative Group on the Past' that the family of each an
Belfast To Host Tall Ships
The Atlantic Tall Ship Challenge is sailing back to Belfast - five years after its bid to have the event return to the city was launched. NI Sports Minister Gregory Campbell today welcomed the news of Belfast's programme of events to mark the finale of the Atlantic Tall Ship Challenge 2009.
Trust's £18m Causeway Centre Approved
Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has gave his backing to the National Trust's proposals for a new £18m Giant's Causeway visitor centre. Plans for the new tourist facility were submitted by the Trust last summer, following years of wrangling over the future of the development.
Pizza Jobs Boost For NI, But Powerscreen Cuts Back
While a Wicklow-based pizza firm has announced plans to expand its franchise presence in Northern Ireland, creating dozens of local jobs, around 90 are being lost elsewhere.
Pizza Jobs Boost For NI, But Powerscreen Cuts Back
While a Wicklow-based pizza firm has announced plans to expand its franchise presence in Northern Ireland, creating dozens of local jobs, around 90 are being lost elsewhere.
Cross-Border Visitors' Road Fine Toll Shock
It has emerged that drivers from the Republic of Ireland have failed to pay parking and other road traffic fines to the value of more than £1 million.
Troubles Movie Wins Screen Accolade For NI
Images of the haunting guilt suffered by a terrorist which feature in a new movie shot in Northern Ireland have gained the film two major international screen accolades - even before it receives its UK and Irish premier.
Millions Watch 'Banned' Gaza Aid Appeal
It has emerged that more than 4.5 million people watched an emergency appeal for aid in Gazza last night, even though neither the BBC nor Sky News showed the charity plea.
Call For Funding Applications As 'New Year' Celebrated
It was 'Gung Hei Fat Choy' (Happy New Year) for NI's minority ethnic communities yesterday as Stormont Junior Ministers encouraged applications to a £1million fund for local voluntary and community groups.
NI Child Neurology Boosted
A major investment in specialist childrens' health has been revealed this week with news that the Northern Ireland Health Minister Michael McGimpsey is investing an additional £220,000 annually in paediatric neurology services.

Northern Ireland News on Fri, Jan 27 2006, 5,479 days ago

Coleraine food plant to close: 380 jobs axed
Around 480 employees are facing the axe as one of Northern Ireland's biggest food processing factories has announced it is to close.
Armagh company benefit from EU grant aid
An Armagh company is one of 13 Northern Ireland food and horticulture companies to benefit from £3.46m in grant aid from the EU Agricultural Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme.
Jobs go at Lisburn factory
A thread factory in County Antrim is to close with the loss of 85 jobs. Coats Barbour thread factory at Hilden, just outside Lisburn, has been in operation for over 170 years.
Political parties to meet with US envoy
The US special envoy for Northern Ireland, Mitchell Reiss, is to today begin talks with political parties on possible ways to restore devolution.
Paul Berry hearing put back for two weeks
The Democratic Unionist Party has today been prevented from taking any legal action against a suspended Assembly member for a further two weeks.
Man arrested in connection with attempted murder
Police in Armagh have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder. The incident happened at around 8pm last night in the Creevroe area of the town. A man was later taken to hospital with injuries to his upper arm.
Attempted abduction of child in Armagh
Police in Craigavon have appealed for information relating to the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy. The incident occurred at around 6pm yesterday evening, in the Drumbeg area of the town.
Rising Sun killer appeals against sentence
A killer has today appealed against a four year jail term which would mean that he would not have to serve eight life sentences for the 1993 massacre at the Rising Sun bar.
Search to resume for body of missing fisherman
The search for the body of missing fisherman Connor Bogues is to continue later today. Yesterday, off Ardglass police and army divers carried out a search of the wreckage of the Greenhill, using a remote control underwater camera.
Chelsea post record loss of £140m
Chelsea FC plc today posted the biggest ever losses of a UK football club. The Blues have sought to play down the huge £140m loss, which far exceeds the £88 loss recorded by the company on 2004/2005.
Police appeal over South Belfast robbery
Police in South Belfast are appealing for information following the theft of thousands of pounds worth of equipment from a building site in South Belfast last weekend. Items taken from the site in Derryvolgie Avenue include industrial saws, nail guns, drills and some Junckers Beech wooden flooring.
Hilton Belfast scores award hat trick
Belfast's Hilton has made it three in a row as the hotel was again named as the number one Hilton in the UK for customer care.
Suspicious object found on Lurgan rail line
The Portadown to Lisburn railway line has been reopened following a security alert in Lurgan. The closure was caused by the discovery of a suspicious object on the track near Lurgan earlier today.

Northern Ireland News on Thu, Jan 27 2005, 5,844 days ago

Taxi petrol bombed in north Belfast
A taxi has been petrol bombed in north Belfast overnight as a loyalist feud continues to escalate in the area. One man was arrested and subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries following the incident which occurred in the Silverstream Avenue area just after midnight.
UCF launch cancer prevention initiative
The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) has launched a new cancer prevention resource for young people which aims to reduce and prevent behaviours that contribute to the development of the disease.
'Misrepresented' NI muslims feel vulnerable says academic
Muslims in Northern Ireland feel vulnerable because of misrepresentation in the West of the true nature of Islam, a law professor at the University of Ulster has warned.
Appeal court overturns £82,000 asbestos damages award
The Court of Appeal has reversed a High Court decision to award damages of £82,000 to a woman who developed an asbestos-related disease years after she had washed her husband's contaminated work clothes.
Research reveals extent of drug use in NI
A new report into behavioural habits of injecting drug users in Northern Ireland has found that almost one in three people who use needles to inject drugs have been diagnosed with Hepatitus C.
Minister reiterates support for London Olympic bid
A successful London bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games would bring a once in a lifetime opportunity to Northern Ireland that must be seized with both hands.
NI film success recognised by Oscar nominations
Two Northern Ireland films have been nominated in this year's Oscars. Writer/director Terry George has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his feature 'Hotel Rwanda' and director Gary McKendry has been nominated in the Best Live Action Short for 'Everything In This Country Must'.
Halloween injuries up on previous year
The number of people injured over the Halloween period in 2004 increased on the previous years figures, it was revealed today.
Kick-off time confirmed for England v NI World Cup qualifier
The kick-off time for Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying fixture against England at Old Trafford in March has been confirmed.
Headlamp beam test to be introduced for MOT test
Environment Minister Angela Smith today confirmed that a new headlamp beam test is to be introduced into the MOT from the end of March. Commenting on the test, the Minister said the new examination would be expected to improve road safety.

Northern Ireland News on Tue, Jan 27 2004, 6,210 days ago

NI MPs will vote against Blair's top-up fees
The SDLP's three Westminster MPs will be among a number of NI MPs who look set to vote against the government's controversial tuition top-up fee proposals.
Hundreds of people attend Belfast anti-racism rally
Several hundred people took part in an anti-racism rally at Belfast City Hall today in a protest against the recent spate of racist attacks in the city.
Unionists are uniting around the DUP, claims Iris Robinson
The DUP has responded to a call for unionist unity by UUP MLA David McNarry claiming that unionism is uniting - around the DUP. Strangford DUP MLA Iris Robinson said: "Unionists are uniting around the position and policies of the Democratic Unionist Party.
NIE warns fliers to stay clear of powerlines
Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has said that it has written to a number of flying clubs throughout the province to warn amateur pilots to stay clear of overhead powerlines.
Two women injured in head-on collision
One woman is being treated for severe head injuries after a collision between two cars in Co Armagh on Monday night. The head-on collision occurred at around 8.00pm on the Newry Road, Crossmaglen in south Armagh.
Northern Ireland hosts Holocaust Memorial Day
Northern Ireland is hosting the fourth UK Holocaust Memorial Day and hundreds of people are expected to attend the commemoration.
Age Positive campaign launched in Belfast
The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment have launched a new Age Positive Northern Ireland campaign, which is aiming to change attitudes by eradicating outdated stereotypes and encouraging employers to adopt good age practices in order to benefit both their businesses and individuals.
'Economic wasteland' warning on insurance costs
Northern Ireland risks become an economic wasteland if the Government continues to refuse help to small businesses struggling for survival, an MLA warned today.
EDF report a 'wake-up call' for business, say PwC
Business advisors, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), have described the recent report by the Economic Development Forum as a "wake-up call for action". PwC’s Chief Economist, Philip McDonagh, said the report represented a consensus opinion on the challenges facing the local community.
Stena Line offers 'Landbridge' deal for NI travellers
Ferry company Stena Line have announced details of its 2004 Landbridge fares to Europe, which could mean savings of over £500 for customers taking their car to Europe this year.
Internet recruitment effectiveness doubles, says report
The effectiveness of the Internet in the recruitment process has doubled since 2000, according to research commissioned by recruitment group Reed.

Northern Ireland News on Mon, Jan 27 2003, 6,575 days ago

Teenagers killed in weekend road crash named
Police have released the names of the two teenage girls who died in a road accident in Co Antrim over the weekend.
Don't lose sight of human rights government warned
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has today called on the government not to lose sight of human rights protection ahead of the second Holocaust Memorial Day event in Co Armagh tonight.
Trimble calls on Ahern to clear up spy claims
The Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has called on the Irish government to make a formal response to a newspaper report concerning an alleged attempt by republicans to spy on senior government members in the Republic.
Fire strike to begin tomorrow morning
Firefighters are to press ahead with their plan to strike for 48 hours from Tuesday morning as part of their long running pay dispute.
Kerr to be named as Republic’s soccer manager
The Football Association of Ireland are expected to appoint Brian Kerr as the next manager of the Republic of Ireland football team.
Concern over paedophiles’ picture messaging mobile phones
SDLP assembly member Patricia Lewsley has expressed concerns that new mobile phone technology would allow paedophiles to take pictures of children and download them over the internet.
Robbers bind and gag woman and daughter
A Chinese woman and her eight-year-old daughter have been left shaken after a robbery in Co Londonderry over the weekend. At around 7.45pm on Saturday night, four Chinese men burst into the woman's Glenshane Road home and bound and gagged the pair.
Government told to 'come clean' over Bloody Sunday
SDLP West Belfast assembly member, Alex Attwood, has called on the government and army to "come clean" over the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday. Mr Attwood, who was in London today at a Bloody Sunday Rally, paid tribute to the families of those who were killed nearly 31 years ago.
Private and public sector tourism forums announced
NIO Trade Minister Ian Pearson has announced the setting up of two new bodies designed to boost the province's tourism industry at a meeting today with the Northern Ireland Tourist Industry Confederation (NITIC).
Orange Hall damaged by digger
An Orange Hall in Co Tyrone has been damaged after a digger was driven into the building in the early hours of this morning. Police were called to Morree Orange Hall at around 5.30am after a digger – which police suspect was stolen from a nearby site – damaged a wall and the roof of the building.
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