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Thousands of Irish speakers march to city centre

by Francesca Ryan Thousands of Irish speakers and supporters of the language from across the country are set to converge on West Belfast this Saturday for a protest march into the city centre. An Lá Dearg is part of an organised national campaign to highlight and protest at the lack of rights and equality […]

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Twaddell flags and bunting are lowered

LOYALIST flags and bunting have been removed from the Twaddell interface in response to residents’ “concerns”. A leading member of the Twaddell Woodvale Residents’ Association (TWRA) took to social media this week to explain why members of his  group removed flags and bunting from their community centre located across the road from the ‘Civil Rights’ […]

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Mayor and Queen are set to meet

Belfast’s Lord Mayor is travelling to London today, Thursday, to join the Lord Mayor of Dublin at a reception hosted by the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh. The engagement is part of the State Visit to Britain by President Michael D Higgins. On Tuesday night deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended a […]

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£30,000 to be given to ‘Beast’ bonfire builders

£30,000 of ratepayers money is set to be handed over by Newtownabbey Council to create a site for Ballyduff’s 12th of July bonfire this year – despite council officials admitting the shadowy group behind the construction is refusing to take any responsibility for the event. The proposal was put forward at Monday night’s monthly council […]

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City Hall and the West say yes to Papal visit

THE chance to welcome Pope Francis to Belfast took a step closer on Tuesday night after Belfast City Council voted to extend an invitation to the Pontiff. It could mean the historic Papal visit to the city many Catholics and Christians have been waiting for since the late Pope John Paul II came to the […]

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Slain RIRA leader to be buried from Cliftonville

The funeral of slain RIRA leader Declan Smith is to take place from his family home on the Cliftonville Road this weekend, two weeks after he was gunned down in North Dublin. At the time of his death Smith, 31, was wanted for questioning by the PSNI over the deaths of fellow dissident republicans Joe […]

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Visteon housing plan hit by ‘toxic’ warning

An analysis of land at the former Visteon site has led an environmentalist to describe it as “a toxic time bomb”. A report on soil at the site, where Fold Housing want to build 244 homes, found that toxins there pose “potential unacceptable risks” to human health. The campaign group opposing Fold’s plans says the […]

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Arson attack guts top floor of bar

A landmark bar on Oldpark Road was almost destroyed this week when arsonists set fire to the roof in what police are describing as a malicious attack. The Corner House – formally known as Henry Joy’s – was set on fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning (April 2) in an incident that the […]

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Why I’m going to meet the queen

Last night, I attended the most solemn occasion in the calendar of any republican mayor: a Mass in Clonard in […]

A BIG response to Squinter’s recent piece on Buckfast and the fact that it’s not big in West Belfast. Some […]

The secrets of a long-lost medal are finally known

There’s a fella I meet in the pub most weekends. He always has a smile and he can tell a […]

Squinter’s review of the year: part one

JANUARY LOYALIST community representative Jim Wilson said on the Nolan Show on Tuesday morning that the continuing violence was having […]

Jane’s bird in the hand is a very trusting little fella

A robin’s not just for Christmas – they’re our favourite bird all year around. And as this picture shows, it’s […]

Debate on FRC proposals comes down to the haves and have nots

THERE has been a hot debate in recent days after the report by the Football Review Committee gave the details […]