31/08/2017

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Liam Gallagher To Perform At Ulster Hall

Rock star Liam Gallagher has announced he is to perform at the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

He is to perform on Monday 30 October which will follow the relase of his album 'As you Were'.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, 08 September.

Green Party Calls For More Investment In Renewable Energy

The Green Party wants to see an increase in investment in renewable energy to reduce climate footprint in Northern Ireland.

East Belfast Councillor Georgina Milne and Party Secretary Rowan Tunnicliffe made the announcement after they met with Harland and Wolff Ltd. to discuss how the party can work with local businesses involved in the renewable energy industry.

Cllr Milne said: "The Green Party and companies involved in the renewable energy market have many common aims and objectives.

"Our message is clear – the Green Party wants to work with business, but not for business.

"Together, through co-operation and partnership we can transform Northern Ireland's economy from one blighted by low wages and insecure jobs to a truly leading economy. This type of economy can also help tackle the threats from climate change and out of control greenhouse gas."

Alliance Demands Immediate Restoration Of Executive
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Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has demanded the immediate restoration of the Executive after figures showed waiting lists are soaring.

The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the publication of the quarterly waiting times statistics, which showed as of the end of June, a rise of 17.2 per cent of people waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment than at the same point last year.

A rise of 3.2 per cent meanwhile was seen from the same period last year for patients waiting for admission to hospital.

"It is clear the big two parties are now shirking their responsibilities with regards to managing the health service and the reform programme to which they committed," said Ms Bradshaw.

"Implementation of the recommendations of Bengoa is urgently required as they are specifically designed to reform the broken system which leads to far too many people on waiting lists. It was also the DUP and Sinn Fein who chose not to raise health spending in line with England, and they cannot run away from their responsibility to fix that.

"There is now no more time for the cynical blame game. Proposals already exist for a compromise on the issues which they themselves claim caused the breakdown. Now is the time to restore the Executive, while allowing the Assembly to scrutinise and debate free from improper use of petitions."

(CD)

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