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Jeffrey’s dire warning

THE Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson has been writing in his blog about the dread prospects for unionism if unionist unity is not achieved ahead of next May’s Westminster General Election. His words are worth considering carefully, because while Mr Donaldson, like most politicians, has had his intemperate moments, he’s generally considered to be one […]

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Transport in transition

WE report today that work on the much-heralded new Belfast Rapid Transit system is to begin in West Belfast in August. The new system has an impressive title, no doubt, but when you strip it right down it’s clear we’re not going to see anything nearly as visionary or as exciting as Dublin’s Luas service, […]

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Paisley’s judgement day

WHAT was it that prompted Ian Paisley to say the words he said in Monday’s BBC programme during which the former First Minister and former Free Presbyterian Moderator spoke to Eamonn Mallie about his long life and political career? Was it intimations of his mortality, in the wake of a lengthy bout of serious illness? […]

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Another drug death

THE death of 42-year-old Gerard Mulholland is another grim reminder of the devastating toll that drugs are taking on society. And it’s a reminder, too, that it is not just the young and impressionable who are at risk from the lethal substances being sold by ruthless and unscrupulous dealers. There has been much speculation about […]

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New dawn as Dunville Park opens

  ONE of the oldest public parks in West Belfast is set to open to the public after a £2 million renovation fund. Dunville Park on the Falls Road will boast a 3G pitch, adventure playground, running track and senior play area. The extensive upgrade got under way last year after Belfast City Council provided […]

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Bungling counterfeiters hit wrong note

THE bad news for local shops and businesses? West Belfast has been hard-hit by the biggest influx of counterfeit notes seen in the city in ten years. The good news? The dud £20 notes are easy to spot. Many local shops, pubs and clubs have been hit in the pocket in recent weeks by the […]

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