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Celebrating the life of ‘Home Rule Harrison’, a forgotten British war hero and Parnell lieutenant

As an Oxford-educated Protestant landowner and Member of Parliament who was decorated for bravery in the First World War, Henry Harrison was fairly typical of the unionist aristocracy who represented Ireland in the British House of Commons in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But Henry differed from the social circle in which he […]

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Cartoon art tells the history of a forgotten decade

South Belfast historian Barry Sheppard is to showcase the fascinating political art and cartoons of a forgotten decade at this year’s Spring Festival in Belfast.   Barry is a post-graduate of Queen’s University Belfast where by he studied the art and politics of 1930s Ireland in great detail and it is this period on which […]

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Fox News star in hot water over 1984 Divis Flats claim

A long-gone blot on the Belfast landscape has been hurled into the centre of a growing international row that could threaten the future of one of the United States’ top broadcasters.   Irish-American cable news presenter Bill O’Reilly – the biggest name in the Fox News galaxy of stars – has come under fierce pressure […]

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Search is on for lost treasure in campaign to bring back the Floral dance

A campaign to restore one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings has taken a sparkling twist as campaigners search for one of the derelict venue’s lost treasures. Volunteers working to secure funds that would bring the Floral Hall at Bellevue back to its former glory are on the search for the venue’s famous glitter ball. Once […]

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Lord Mayor says St Patrick’s Day celebrations will be best-ever as 2015 programme is revealed

Belfast is gearing up for a spectacular St Patrick’s Day parade and concert.

 Strictly Come Dancing finalist and member of smash hit boy band Blue, Simon Webbe, will be the concert’s headline act at Custom House Square on Tuesday, March 17. And the story of Ireland’s Patron Saint will come to life on the streets […]

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What gets measured gets done – so when it comes to ‘social clauses’ where’s the information?

Sara Boyce examines why large scale infrastructure projects are not delivering in the way that they should for the disadvantaged Members of the Assembly’s Finance and Personnel Committee were recently updated by officials on how government departments have been integrating ‘social benefits’ into public contracts. The use of ‘social clauses’ was first championed here over […]

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