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Irish schools being ‘set up to fail’ by Dept of Education

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the trust fund for Irish-medium education has said that Irish language schools are being “set up to fail” by the Department of Education (DE). Pilib Ó Ruanaí of Iontabhas na Gaelscolaíochta (InG) has warned that, despite the growth and successes of Irish-medium schools, some are struggling to survive due to a […]

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Sumptuous Swilly at the Suffolk Inn

THE Swilly at the Suffolk Inn is one of the newest dining experiences in West Belfast having opened its doors only this year. Built in 1972, the popular Suffolk Road establishment is now in the safe hands of proprietor Tony Clarke with the view to bringing beautiful food at affordable prices to customers. The food […]

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Cross-party Stormont support for local artist’s project

WITH the Irish Language Act still a bone of contention at the Assembly, DUP, Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs put their differences aside and came together at a recent ‘closed door’ launch at Stormont celebrate cultural equality of the Ulster Scots and Irish heritages and a shared future for the north through the vision of […]

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Red Hand Commando link to Lisa Dorrian

RED Hand Commando members from Rathcoole are at the centre of the Lisa Dorrian murder investigation, the North Belfast News has learned. The news comes to light in the week that the Loyalist Communities Council – an umbrella group comprising the main loyalist paramilitary groups – lobbied British Home Secretary Amber Rudd to be taken […]

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Local retailer rallies to the aid of the homeless

A SOUTH Belfast retailer has held a coffee morning in order to raise vital funds for the Welcome Organisation. The Welcome Organisation delivers a range of support services to people who are homeless or vulnerable and at risk of homelessness. The services include a drop-in centre, day and night street outreach services and crisis accommodation […]

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Angry Abbeyville residents protest after being refused speed bumps

A NEWTOWNABBEY community have been refused speed ramps after they were told there was no history of road accidents or fatalities in their area. Residents of Abbeyville held a protest to express their opposition at the decision by the Department of Infrastructure (Dfl). Emmanuel Mullan, Chair of Abbeyville Residents Association, said the community felt ‘let […]

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