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“You think coronavirus is terrible, but my generation has seen it all before”, a survivor of TB recalls the era of the White Plague

While fears sweep Belfast about the spread of the Coronavirus, one pensioner told the Andersonstown News how living with deadly disease used to part of daily life for residents of the city. Bridie Millar (90) told how “the White Scourge” – tuberculosis – swept through whole streets, wiping out families. It took her mother Annie […]

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Local pharmacy staff have ‘never been under so much pressure’

THOSE accessing prescriptions and services from West Belfast pharmacies are being urged to remain “calm and patient” as healthcare staff come under relentless pressure amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on behalf of Cooper’s Chemist, Michael Cooper told the Andersonstown News that the business, which has served the community for some 38 years, has “never been […]

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Eskander wants another chance of life

ESKANDER ran for an hour in total darkness the night the military burned down his family home. His mother had told him to run to her brother’s house to find refuge: the military had already come in the night and killed his father and his brother, and he was likely to be in similar danger. […]

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Ligoniel lad reaches out to share his harrowing experiences

A LIGONIEL teenager is hoping by sharing his own story about suicide and mental health matters that he can help others who are struggling with their own issues. 17-year-old Aidan McMeekin has suffered from poor mental health and depression since he was just 14-years-old. However, his state of mind took a turn for the worse […]

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Invest NI host 319 visits by investors but only 14 came to West of the city

ONLY 14 visits were made to the West Belfast constituency by potential inward investors, hosted by economic development agency Invest NI, compared to 181 in South Belfast new figures reveal. The figures for 2018/19 also show that East Belfast received 43 visits, while North Belfast had 40 visits. West Belfast is continually at the bottom […]

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New inquest sought

RELATIVES For Justice (RFJ) are to ask the Attorney General for a fresh inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of republican prisoner Francis Dodds. From St Katherine’s Road in St James’, Francis Dodds (31) was sentenced to four years imprisonment in March 1973 for possession of explosive material. The father-of-four was sent to Long […]

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