Archive | January, 2014

Housing market on the up

GREEN shoots of recovery have started sprouting across the West Belfast housing market with property sale offices here recording their busiest periods since 2006. Proprietor of McGranaghan Estate Agents.com, Des McGranaghan, told the Andersonstown News that the property market at present is “just buzzing” “This is the first time in six years that house prices […]

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Pill dealer’s death threat

A well-known dissident republican has threatened to shoot the drug dealer who supplied the deadly ecstasy tablets that killed a West Belfast DJ last month – because his kids were at the same party. The Twinbrook man called to the Turf Lodge home of the dealer days after Gerard Mulholland died from taking the ‘Speckled […]

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Local MLAs front-up debate on Haass

West Belfsat MLAs led the debate at Stormont on Monday on the fall-out from the Haass talks. The talks, which broke up without a deal on December 31, aimed to help resolve ongoing disputes over flags, parades and the past. Speaking following a narrow defeat by 52 votes to 49 of  the Sinn Féin motion […]

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Union scathing of claims that crisis was just a one-off

A union representing staff at the RVH’s beleaguered Accident and Emergency Department has rubbished the Health Minister’s claim that last week’s crisis at the hospital was a one-off. The union also claimed that a major incident plan was put into action only because the media had been alerted to the huge backlog at A&E and […]

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Security alert

THERE’S been condemnation of those responsible for a security alert on the Bell Steele Road this week which turned out to be an elaborate hoax. The alert happened just after 4pm on Tuesday as many children were making their way home from school. Councillor Stephen Magennis said the security alert was created to cause “mayhem” […]

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Local shops had a bumper Christmas

SHOPS across the north may have seen a drop in business over the holiday period, but West Belfast has bucked the trend, confirming this part of the city as Belfast’s fastest-growing retail and entertainment hub. Footfall figures from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) showed a year-on-year decrease of 8.7 per cent over Christmas and […]

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