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Unionism’s ‘blind side’ to victims of loyalists

A WOMAN whose father suffered a horrific death at the hands of the Shankill Butchers has accused unionism and the Orange Order of having a ‘blind side’ to victims of loyalism after images emerged of a former member of the gang stewarding a parade past a North Belfast church. Pictures of Eddie McIlwaine outside St […]

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Twelfth weekend stabbing and hate crimes investigated

A 19-year-old from Ligoniel was treated for a stab wound to his back on Saturday in the most serious of a number of crimes reported over the twelfth weekend. The teenager was rushed to hospital after he was attacked on the Mountainhill Road following an incident in the early hours of Saturday (July 12). The […]

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Killer ‘anti-drug’ gang heads west

A CRIMINAL gang that extorts North Belfast drug dealers while claiming to oppose them has started to spread its tentacles into West Belfast. Action Against Drugs (AAD) had until recently operated almost exclusively in the North of the city, particularly the New Lodge area. They are widely believed to have been responsible for the murder […]

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Housing Executive deny DUP claim they are giving up barracks site

The Housing Executive has denied ending their interest in building houses on the old Glengormley RUC barracks site after a local DUP politician said he had a letter stating they are “suspending” interest in the site. The disused barracks on the Antrim Road had been earmarked in the Glengormley Master Plan for social housing which […]

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Divis says no as bonfire builders start their work

A LOWER Falls Sinn Féin Councillor has hit out at those collecting for the dreaded August bonfires. Jim McVeigh says bonfires have no place in the area as they have merely become a magnet for anti-social activity. He was speaking after a mound of flammable material appeared in the Divis district, clearly intended for the […]

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Cancer sufferer attacked returning from tests

A New Lodge cancer sufferer who was struck with a brick as he returned from hospital along North Queen Street has told of how he cried in pain following the attack. Patrick McDonald, 52, was walking home last week (Wednesday, July 9) when a gang of youths – believed to be the same people involved […]

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Post Office is just the ticket

Garth Brooks may have pulled out of Croke Park, but music and comedy fans can come to West Belfast and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland’s biggest and best community festival. As the countdown to Féile 2014 gathers pace, with ticket sales breaking all previous box office records, organisers have given the community something […]

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Shock at sudden death of well-known barman

The family of a well known barman who died suddenly on Monday have spoken of their beloved ‘big gentleman’ who ‘got to everyone’ with his kindness. Twenty three year old Joe Burns, who worked as an electrician by day and in The Chester in the evenings, took ill in the early hours of Monday morning […]

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Nature bestows its bounty on our birdlife

MAYBE it’s something to do with growing older, with the knowledge incrementally increasing with each day that you’ll not be […]

Why do loyal wee Ulster’s sportsmen get the best and worst of both worlds?

RORY McIlroy – or Rory McIlbhoy as he’s now referred to in the Twaddell caravan – probably thought he had […]

A vital change

THEY say it was a peaceful Twelfth. That   children’s faces painted with offensive slogans, marchers breaking the law, verbal and […]

Rolling out the red carpet

For those of us who believe Ireland is a country of six million and a nation of 70 million, the […]

Unionist walk-out was no surprise

PLATFORM: By Seán Murray The disengagement from the current talks process by political unionism came as no great surprise to […]

Badly in need of democrats

They say the Scottish independence movement is having success on at least one front: they’re rounding up people who haven’t […]