Other News In Brief

Resurfacing And Reconstruction Scheme Underway In L'Derry

A £240,000 resurfacing and reconstruction scheme on Strand Road, L'Derry has gotten underway today, Monday 30 April.

As a result of the works, between the Pennyburn Roundabout and Meadowbank Avenue, a full road closure began on Sunday 27 May and will remain in place until Friday 1 June between 7.00 pm and 7.00 am. A continuous closure will also be in operation from 7.00 pm on Sunday 3 June to 7.00 am on Tuesday 5 June. Lane closures may be necessary at other times however access for local residents and businesses shall be accommodated.

During closure periods a diversion will be clearly signposted via U1512 Rock Road, B507 NorthlandRoad, C574 Springtown Road and A1002 Buncrana Road and vice versa.

Road users may experience some delays and additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.

Subject to favourable weather conditions the work is expected to be completed by 9 June however the Department will keep the public informed of any change.

Russell Brand Cancels Tour Dates After Mother Involved In Hit-And-Run

Russell Brand's upcoming Belfast show has been cancelled after the comedian's mother was injured in a hit-and-run collision last week.
News Image
Brand posted a video to Twitter in which he explains why the rest of his UK tour has been cancelled. He said that his mother was involved in a "really serious road accident and has sustained what are called poly-traumatic injuries, that means numerous, life-threatening injuries".

It is understood that all tickets for the cancelled shows will be refunded "or possibly rescheduled".

97% Of Children Allocated Nursery School Places

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has welcomed confirmation that almost 97% of children have been allocated their nursery school place and over 99% of children have been allocated their primary school place.

Speaking after the Education Authority released both sets of figures, the Foyle MLA commented: "I know that for parents the waiting to hear if their child has been allocated a place close to their home can be an anxious time. The fact that 97% nursery places and over 99% of primary school places have now been allocated will come as a welcome relief to many parents.

"For those families who have not yet secured a place, I would urge them to stay in the process until appropriate nursery and primary school places are secured.

"I am also calling on the Education Authority to work closely with parents and schools in order to ensure the needs of parents and children are met."


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

02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
01 September 2021
Infrastructure Minister Welcomes Completion Of School Safety Improvements
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has welcomed the completion of a scheme to provide enhanced crossing facilities and improve road safety on Holywood Road, Belfast. The Minister met with the pupils and staff from Mitchell House Special School to view the upgraded PUFFIN crossing which is used regularly by the school community.
10 September 2021
Schools No Longer Expected To Carry Out Contract Tracing
Northern Ireland's schools will no longer be expected to carry out contract tracing, following an agreement between the departments of Education and Health. Contact tracing will now be taken forward by the Public Health Agency's (PHA) Contact Tracing Service, which brings Northern Ireland into line with that of England, Scotland and Wales.
19 September 2018
Up To 100 Roads Closed As Storm Ali Hits NI
A growing number of roads across Northern Ireland are closed due to adverse weather conditions as a result of Storm Ali.
22 January 2013
Heavy Snow Closes Over 80 Schools
Over 80 schools across Northern Ireland have been closed as the heavy snow continues to cause disruption on Tuesday morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, as the snow is continuing to affect many roads. Areas which have been majorly disrupted include Lisburn, Castlereagh and Carryduff.