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Green light for 3G pitch in the park

By Ciara Quinn THE controversial new 3G pitch in the Falls Park has been given the go-ahead. The recommendation to proceed with the new pitch was made at a Belfast City Council Parks and Leisure Committee meeting held last Thursday night. Despite opposition to the plans from the Love Falls Park Group, Sinn Féin […]

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OAP foils knife gang by throwing sweets

ARMED thugs fled a North Belfast convenience store empty-handed after a plucky pensioner fought back by hurling sweets at the would-be robbers. The drama unfolded at around 7am on Sunday when three hooded men – one of them brandishing a fearsome nine-inch blade – entered Marshalls news-agents on the Oldpark Road. They threatened the 72-year-old shop […]

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It’s all change for Sinn Féin

At a special election con-vention in the Felons last night (Wednesday) Sinn Féin big-hitters Alex Maskey and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir were expected to be nominated unopposed as new MLAs for West and South Belfast respectively. The changes have been brought about by the resignation of former West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey. Two weeks ago we […]

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Top cop: ‘We will go where evidence takes us’

The PSNI officer in charge of investigating racist hate crime has told the North Belfast News that recent attacks on homes cannot be linked to loyalist paramilitaries. However, Superintendent Paula Hillman said that many of the recent attacks were still under investigation and police would “go where the evidence takes us”. Speaking from her office […]

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Students’ phones are snatched at bus stop

A GANG of criminals believed to be responsible for a rise in break-ins and burglaries in the New Lodge area are preying on vulnerable schoolchildren as they queue for buses after school on the busy Antrim Road. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old Belfast Royal Academy pupil became the second of the school’s students in a month […]

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Why don’t we want money for business?

Just over £7,000 has been offered to West Belfast business start-ups by Invest NI over the past year, leaving it way behind the rest of the north in the race to create new jobs. Shock new figures released by Invest NI show that in the financial year 2013 to 2014, just £7,780 in financial assistance […]

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Cowardly thugs target Alice (91) in her home

The daughter of a 91-year-old Whitewell woman who was subjected to a horrifying ordeal by a gang of burglars has branded the culprits “absolute scumbags”. Catrina McKernon said her mother, Alice McGreevy, is still badly shaken after her ordeal. At least two men were involved in the ransacking of her home on Thursday last. “My […]

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West tops child poverty league

West Belfast has the highest rate of child poverty in the whole of the north, according to shock figures in a new ‘deprivation map’. The Campaign to End Child Poverty, an umbrella group made up of 150 organisations including children’s charities and child welfare organisations, have released stats that show more than 20 per cent […]

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Who goes there, friend or foe…?

It must be hard for journalists to follow all the wars going on now. Because in these wars today’s enemy […]

From Hardinge to Street Park Lodge

The Christian Brothers were a great organisation for planning ahead. In the late 1950s they looked at the growth of […]

Top Gear’s bottom marks for figures

REGULAR readers of this column will know that Squinter enjoys the occasional punt, so the vagaries of chance are a […]

The numbers game

PICK a number – any number… That’s normally the line of a TV magician about to pull off a card trick, […]

Axing camouflages real target

Under Dr Maguire’s approach and restructuring of historic investigations, post-Al Hutchinson, the Office of the Police Ombudsman now enjoys the […]

Meeting goes downhill very quickly

THERE’S a car half-blocking the entrance to the Andytown News. It’s a black Fiesta with a southern registration and there’s […]