09/04/2018

Other News In Brief

Power-Sharing Agreement 'Number One Priority' For Govt

Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State, has said that restoring the power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland is the "number one priority" for the UK government.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Bradley said that the Conservative government "will stand firm behind an agreement which, along with its successors, has been the bedrock of all that has been achieved over the past 20 years".

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "Everything we do will have as its core aims the protection and implementation of the agreement, including, of course, as we leave the European Union.

"The restoration of devolved government at Stormont must be our number one priority.

"I still believe that this is achievable and, as we reflect on the anniversary of the 1998 agreement, all of us need to redouble our efforts to make it a reality. Only then, with all parts of the agreement working properly, we will be in a position to build a Northern Ireland that is fit for the future. That is our goal and we are determined to achieve that."

Ballymoney Money Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

A Ballymoney woman has been convicted at Coleraine Magistrates' Court for claiming benefits she was not entitled to.
News Image
Billie Jo Hargan (36) of Esdale Gardens, Ballymoney claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £18,386 while failing to declare living with a partner. She was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities

She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

Sinn Féin Appeal For Information On Crumlin Arson Attack

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has appealed for the public to assist police inquiries following a serious arson attack in Crumlin.

Mr Kearney said: "I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the arson attack on a home in Crumlin at the weekend.

"The fact that those responsible chose to launch their attack in the early hours of the morning, in the full knowledge that the occupants of that house would be asleep, is particularly sinister.

"It is frightening to think what could have resulted if the homeowner had not woken in time to raise the alarm.

"The perpetrators have shown a callous disregard for their victims and need to be apprehended without delay.

"It is in everyone's interests to see these criminals removed from within our community and I am therefore asking the public to assist the police in any way possible with their investigations."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 July 2018
Police Appeal For Witnesses To Arson Attack On Lisburn House
A house has been badly damaged in an arson attack in Lisburn. Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred in the Iniscarn Close area at around 10.40pm on Saturday, 14 July. The house was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.
16 July 2018
Arson Attack At School Being Treated As Sectarian Hate Crime
Police are treating an arson attack at a school for disabled children as a sectarian hate crime. Emergency services were called to St Vincent's Centre in the Willowfield Drive area in east Belfast at around 9pm on Friday, 13 July. A window was smashed and flammable liquid was poured in and set on fire.
25 June 2018
Man Injured In Arson Attack In L'Derry
Police have issued an appeal for information following an arson incident in L'Derry. A man is being treated in hospital for injuries he sustained while trying to extinguish a fire on a vehicle outside a house in the Sevenoaks area of the city in the early hours of Sunday morning.
29 January 2014
PSNI Appeal For Information After Cars Set Alight In North Belfast
The PSNI have appealed for information after four cars were set alight in north Belfast. Police say the suspected arson attack happened at around 22:30 on Tuesday night on the Whitewell Road. It is understood no one was injured in the incidents.
12 June 2018
Mobile Classrooms Destroyed In Suspected Arson Attack
Five mobile classrooms have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack in Belfast. The incident happened in the Barrack Street area on Monday, 11 June. Police and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene and put out the blaze. Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused.
04 June 2018
Car Significantly Damaged In Larne Arson Attack
Police in Larne are appealing for information after a car was significantly damaged in an arson attack. A Mitsubishi car was parked in the Inver area and it was set on fire at around 2am on Monday, 04 June.
08 August 2014
Good Friday Agreement Under Threat - Adams
The Good Friday Agreement is facing its greatest ever challenge, according to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Mr Adams made the comments in a keynote statement today, when he said the "political process faces its greatest challenge since the Good Friday Agreement negotiations in 1998.
10 April 2013
Cameron Hails Good Friday Agreement
Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the Good Friday Agreement to mark the 15th anniversary of the power-sharing deal. "I have no doubt that the Agreement was a truly momentous event in the history of Northern Ireland," he said.
27 September 2012
PSNI Officers Invited To Apply For Top Gardaí Jobs
For the first time PSNI officers will be invited by Garda management to apply for permanent senior posts in the Republic. The move, which comes about as a consequence of the Good Friday Agreement, follows the signing of new regulations during the summer by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
04 May 2012
Bairbre de Brún To Step Down From European Parliament
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has announced that the party's MEP representing the north, Bairbre de Brún, has submitted her resignation to the European Parliament. Mr Adams said: "Bairbre de Brún has submitted her resignation as MEP to the European Parliament.
31 March 2009
Police Attracts Record Numbers Of Catholic Recruits
Catholic composition within Northern Ireland's police force now stands at just over 26%, the highest level since the introduction of temporary 50:50 recruitment provisions in 2001. The NIO Policing Minister Paul Goggins revealed the details today in a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons in London.
04 June 2008
Don't 'Say No!' Urges Paisley
The newly elected DUP Leader and the Prime Minister have held crisis talks aimed at avoiding a political crisis in Northern Ireland.
21 March 2008
Change Assembly Voting: Mallon
Ten years on from the signing of the Belfast Agreement, one of the main contributors to its construction has said he would radically change the voting system at Stormont.
16 May 2006
Children's park named in honour of Mo Mowlam
A children's park within the grounds of the Stormont estate has today been named after former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam. Ms Mowlam, was one of the most popular and respected NI Secretary's during the her time in office between 1997 and 1999. She died in August last year after a lengthy illness at the age of 55.
30 March 2005
All criminality and paramilitarism must cease – Murphy
Secretary of State Paul Murphy has reaffirmed the need for all criminal and paramilitary activity to end before the peace process can get back on track.