29/11/2013

Other News In Brief

DFP Will Not Fund Exploris

Exploris, the Co Down aquarium facing closure, will not be given any financial assistance by the Department of Finance

It is understood that, when asked, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said: "Aquariums are not the responsibility of the DFP."

Exploris, in Portaferry, has been threatened with closure over concerns about its running costs.

Customers Hurt In Asda Disturbances During Promotion

A number of people have reported scenes of chaos at Asda stores across Northern Ireland over special "Black Friday" promotions being offered today.

It is understood that people have been injured in scuffles between customers and between security staff and customers.

According to reports, hundred of customers had queued for hours outside one Asda store advertising cut price TV's, only to find just 24 televisions available at the reduced price once they were allowed inside.

L'Derry In Irish City Of Culture Bid

Councillors in Londonderry have backed a bid to become the Irish City of Culture in five years' time.

The motion was proposed by Sinn Féin Councillor Barney O'Hagan, who said it would build on the legacy of Derry's "momentous" year as UK City of Culture.

It passed with cross-party support, after an amendment by the DUP's Maurice Devenny said that politics played no part in the bid and all communities would be included.

The Irish government said it had no plans at the moment to run the initiative on an all-island basis.

(MH/JP)

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