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Legionnaires’ scare forces pool to close

THE swimming pool at Whiterock Leisure Centre has been closed down amidst concerns over the presence of high levels of the bacteria which cause the feared Legionnaires’ disease. Belfast City Council said this week that the popular community amenity was closed until further notice after routine water sampling identified “water quality issues in the showering […]

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Father and child hurt in fun fair attack

A NORTH Belfast father has spoken of his disgust after he and his 10 month old son were injured during an attack at a Belfast ‘fun fair’. The man (24), who sustained a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and was examined for concussion and a possible broken jaw, had taken his seven-year-old daughter and 10-month old […]

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RNU blame ‘spooks’ for bomb alert

REPUBLICAN Network for Unity have blamed “British spookery” for a security alert in West Belfast. The party leafleted homes in the district following a scare in the Springfield area last week which saw people evacuated from their homes. The leaflet claims that the PSNI are working with MI5 to create disruption in the area through […]

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‘There was no help for my brother’

A North Belfast woman has criticised the PSNI and the NHS following the publication of a report into her brother’s suicide. Julie Magee has said the police handling of her brother’s case was unacceptable and that the NHS failed to provide him with the help he needed. Jonathan Magee, who had a history of mental […]

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Showdown looms as Casement case starts

DECISION day is close in the Casement Park saga as both sides go to court next week for a judicial review of the decision to grant planning permission for redevelop-ment of the stadium. The Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents’ Association (MORA) applied for the High Court review in the hope of getting planning approval for a […]

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Mum and baby in firing line in gun attack

A LONE gunman opened fire on a mother and her baby during a terrifying attack on a house in Ardoyne last night (Wednesday). The woman, believed to be in her thirties, opened the door carrying her baby after an attack on the household’s car, thought to have been carried out in a bid to lure […]

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Road closures hurting local business

BUSINESSES on the New Lodge road are being left high and dry due to a severe drop in footfall caused by ongoing road works, shop owners have claimed. Michael O’Kane of O’Kane’s butchers and Barry Saunders of Saunder’s Vivo said that their businesses have been brought to their knees since work by Northern Ireland Water […]

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Patience is urged as rapid transit works get going

WEST Belfast MP Paul Maskey has urged commuters to be patient as roadworks get under way during the busy back-to-school period to prepare the West Belfast section of the city’s new Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The extensive preparations for BRT are bound to cause traffic chaos, not only as schoolkids go back to class, […]

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Memory narratives

AT the weekend an event, ‘Armed Forces Jobs and Trades Fair’, was held at the ‘King’s Hall, Belfast, the aim […]

We hate loud music

ALL the news from the beating heart of Ulster loyalism. Camp Twaddell’s latest Twitter news as the battle for civil rights continues… […]

Coffee shop opens on top of the Black Mountain

If someone had said years ago that one day, someone will open a coffee shop at the top of Black […]

The Poor Old Woman left a very rich legacy

Having been relieved of the editorship of The Northern Patriot after just three issues in December 1895, it might have […]

The long wait for freedom

An Irish politician said recently that Irish people would have got freedom sooner – and better – if the 1916 […]

Master blaster misses the point… again

“That’s terrible,” said Peter Sheehan as he sat in the Bridge Bar and Grill in Glengormley watching the Munster hurling […]