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Officers saved by bulletproof windows as police car is raked by gunfire

Police have described the firing of shots at an unmarked police car in West Belfast last night as “a mindless, reckless attempt to kill officers”. Around eight shots were fired at the vehicle in Rossnareen Avenue at around 6.50pm. Most of the rounds struck the front passenger side of the vehicle but, as the picture […]

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GAA revamps its Casement team as Kingspan kingpin takes over as head of project

The GAA has revamped its Casement project team as plans for the new stadium go full steam ahead. In a joint statement released last night, Ulster GAA, the Central Council of the GAA and Antrim GAA said the Project Board is continuing to work closely with the planning and delivery teams to prepare a revised scheme […]

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Despite British government apology for killing, soldier maintains that shots were fired from dead man’s vehicle

AN UNNAMED former member of the Parachute Regiment maintained that he believed he was under fire when a colleague shot and killed an unarmed man in Belfast in 1971. An inquest into the killing of Henry ‘Harry’ Thornton (28) outside Springfield Road barracks yesterday heard that the ex-soldier giving evidence, referred to in court as […]

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Fraud and error accounted for 3.4% of overall spend on housing benefit last year, according to new figures

Housing benefit fraud and erroneous payments last year are believed to have totalled 3.4 per cent of the total amount spent, according to figures contained in a new Audit Office report. The figure flies in the face of claims by many that housing benefit fraud is rampant. Earlier this year it was reported that some […]

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Brother’s relief as Police Ombudsman prepares to open investigation into 1987 murder

The brother of an Ardoyne man gunned down by the UDA 28 years ago has said that he feels like he has been given “a million pounds” after being told that the Police Ombudsman is to open an investigation into the murder in the New Year. It’s seven years since Paul McAuley first complained to […]

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Anto Finnegan: Aisling Person of the Year

ANTO Finnegan has always been an inspirational figure. That’s whether on the football field, where in 2000 he captained Antrim to a first Ulster Championship win in 18 years, or off it, where he is leading the way to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The St Paul’s and Lámh Dhearg clubman was diagnosed with […]

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PJ: ‘I want the best players playing for Antrim

NEW Antrim hurling manager PJ O’Mullan has stated his desire to get the best players playing for the county next season. The former Loughgiel Shamrocks boss was ratified last Wednesday night after seeing off competition from Ger Manley, Mattie Lennon and Jim Greene, who were also interviewed for the role. Admitting he didn’t think he […]

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Linfield fans taunt massacre dead with sick insult to Para victims

THE brother of a teenager shot and killed during the 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre says he’s disgusted by an insult to victims of the Parachute Regiment flaunted by Linfield supporters at Windsor Park. Pat Quinn attended Saturday’s crunch Linfield v Cliftonville game at Windsor where a flag was flown displaying a Para crest and a union […]

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Squinter: the autumn leaves are falling like flags

SO ANYWAY, there’s Squinter dandering along the Ormeau Road on Monday night, the dog at his side, looking up at […]

Disco Spin

It would appear that last week’s rant worked, no one has cross examined me about my training regime this week […]

Jog Blog, Positive Mental Attitude!

PMA does this really work? I’m an expert at PMT I know how to work that. It’s hard to motivate […]

Jog Blog

Why do we eat so much when we train? Correction, why do I eat so much when I train? My […]

Life got in the way

This week I hit a few snags, it’s very true what they say sometimes ‘life just gets in the way’ […]

The prince, the UDR and ‘failure of the few’

The Duke of York is in the news again with accusations of impropriety coming from USA. A spokesman for Buckingham […]