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Blackmail gang jailed after botched scheme

Evan Short Members of a blackmail gang that included a former INLA prisoner were jailed in Belfast Crown Court last Friday after pleading guilty to setting up a fake kidnapping that was foiled when the target informed the PSNI. Damien Morgan, 44, of Fianna House, New Lodge Road; Colm Cassidy, 37, of Rosehead, North Belfast […]

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Victims confront Villiers over past

A LOCAL woman whose mother was gunned down by the British Army in Ballymurphy confronted British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers yesterday over her comments that state murders should be given less emphasis than murders by paramilitaries. Briege Voyle was one of a number of relatives of the 11 innocents killed in the Ballymurphy Massacre […]

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European Commission backs state funding for new Casement Park

The use of public funds to redevelop the three main sports stadia in the North – including Casement Park – has been okayed by Europe. Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín yesterday welcomed a decision by the European Commission that the use of public funds for the redevelopment of the regional stadia was in conformity with […]

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New housing plan sparks concerns over local access

Furious residents living off the Whitewell Road say they will do everything in their power to prevent a housing development being built that they claim will adversely impact their ability to access the Antrim Road. Glengormley-based Abcord Building Services Ltd have submitted a planning application for ten semi-detached homes and a detached house on waste […]

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Mum says there must never be a repeat of fatal errors

A NORTH Belfast woman whose baby died after admitted shortcomings by the Northern Trust says she hopes her tragedy will never be repeated. Louise McAuley, originally from Ardoyne, lost her baby Erin in 2008 at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine. Last year, the McAuleys reached a settlement with the Northern Trust over the death of […]

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Thousands of Irish speakers march to city centre

by Francesca Ryan f.ryan@belfastmediagroup.com 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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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 […]