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Mark me in at the school across the border

Like Jude Collins (keep reading, he’s in this week’s edition too), I’m a big fan of John O’Dowd’s proposal to allow people along the border to educate their children in the school they prefer – regardless of what state it sits in.

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Nesbitt criticised

NEW Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has been accused of “patronising” the working class with his plan to spend a day with the poor. Gerry Carroll, who stood in West Belfast for People Before Profit in last year’s Assembly election, hit out at Mr Nesbitt for the suggestion, made after he won the leadership election on Sunday. Mr Nesbitt said it was important to connect with ordinary people who feel the work done by Stormont is not relevant to them.

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Apartment U-turn welcomed

A LOCAL political representative has welcomed a decision by the Planning Service to refuse permission for four new blocks of apartments in Andersonstown. SDLP Councillor Tim Attwood said the decision was good news for residents of Stockmans Crescent who had been opposing the proposal since its submission in 2010.

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War of words over security alert

The PSNI have been criticised after residents in Poleglass had to seek shelter in a taxi depot in the early hours of the morning after they were evacuated from their homes. Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Magennis said residents of the Glenwood area were “extremely angry”

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Lead ghouls target home of a dead OAP

A LOCAL family grieving the death of their elderly father have been left devastated after his home was targeted by heartless thieves. The late Paddy Finnegan’s home was one of a number of bungalows inhabited by the old and the infirm in Conor Rise, off the Stewartstown Road, that had lead stripped from the roofs.

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Parades and events to mark Rising

REPUBLICANS across Belfast are set to remember their dead this weekend with a series of Easter commemorations. The Andersonstown Commemoration Committee will hold a special republican exhibition in the Andersonstown Social Club from noon to 6pm on Easter Saturday.

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