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We could be heroes….

All has changed in Belfast in the space of a short few days. We have learnt more about ourselves and about our neighbours and are the richer for it. At every turn, we hear echoes of other trying times when backs were to the wall and a battered and fearful community felt it had no-one […]

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Bad news for lockdown kids, great news for parents as West Partnership delivers home-school iPads

The West Belfast Partnership Board has handed over its educational store of iPads to a local community group to ensure children confined to the home during the Coronavirus emergency can continue their learning. Angie Mervyn, Education Programme Manager with the Board said the group teamed up with staff from Beechmount’s Blackie River Centre to distribute […]

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Community Restorative Justice say time now ripe for PSNI-Garda task-force to take on criminal gangs

An all-Ireland anti-crime body dealing with offenders, victims and the community has called for a new North-South policing task force to tackle criminal gangs. The call by Community Restorative Justice comes after the murder on Saturday in Ardoyne of leading Dublin gangster Robbie Lawlor. Last night, three men who were being questioned by PSNI detectives […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Care home heroes face escalating Covid-19 emergency

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increases in care homes and nursing homes across Belfast, there have been appeals for workers and residents in the care home sector to be treated on a par with hospital staff and patients.   “There is heroism in our care homes today as dedicated staff look after residents […]

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Lenadoon community steps up to help needy through Coronavirus storm

THE Lenadoon community is rallying behind vulnerable families and senior citizens as the Coronavirus Crisis continues to wreak havoc with lives of local people. 200 food parcels were delivered in recent days to seniors and vulnerable individuals and their families in a mammoth community drive.  Community leader Michael Doherty said groups in Lenadoon are providing […]

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If life-saving ECMO machine is available for Boris then why not for Brian or Betty from Belfast?

A life-saving oxygen machine will be available for British PM Boris Johnson if he becomes critically ill from coronavirus but the same ECMO machine is not an option for anyone in Belfast. That’s the shock claim by a South Belfast doctor Micheal Donnelly who has called for life-saving ECMO machines to be bought for local […]

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OPINION – Andrée Murphy: This is a rest of the world vs ideological space cadets issue

  There is a common thread in footage in documentaries broadcast regarding our contested past. In the old grainy photographs of the late 1960s and 1970s, in scenes of pogrom, bombings, violent internment raids, protest against injustice and discrimination of its various incarnations, this unmistakable theme is on display. Community solidarity. Lorries being driven by […]

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Shooting victim was gangland figure with links to bloody Drogheda feud

Robbie Lawlor, the Dublin criminal shot dead in Etna Drive, Ardoyne, at noon yesterday, was reported to have been warned by Gardaí not to travel to Belfast as his life was in danger. Four men were arrested yesterday and are being questioned by the PSNI in connection with the attack.  Robbie Lawlor (35) was linked […]

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