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Angry scenes as Ardoyne parading impasse is resolved

Father Gary Donegan has spoken out about the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest that saw him aggressively heckled by residents and supporters of the anti-parading group. The priest, who will leave Ardoyne this week after 15 years at Holy Cross, was confronted by a group of residents and anti-parading protesters from other areas over […]

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It’s a marvellous time for a Moondance Festival

Appalachian bluegrass, Argentinian Tango, a street ceilidh, and a pop-up orchestra of refugees and asylum seekers – just some of the highlights of Moondance Roots Festival at Bank Square in Belfast on September 30 and October 1. Folktown, Belfast’s emerging cultural quarter, is hosting its second global Folk and Roots Festival with support from the […]

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Poppy used in tribute to UDA man who killed Battle of Britain vet

The niece of a Battle of Britain veteran murdered by the UDA says the poppy has been “debased” by its inclusion in a tribute to a sectarian killer. And this week the Royal British Legion moved to distance itself from a new mural dedicated to notorious gunman Stephen McKeag on the Shankill. McKeag was a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ADAMS SUES THE BBC

Gerry Adams is suing the BBC for libel on the back of an allegation made in last week’s Spotlight programme on IRA spies, the Andersonstown News can reveal. Speaking to us last night Mr Adams said: “I have been consulting with my lawyers and we will now be taking action against the BBC in relation to […]

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Mental health facility should be our priority

I don’t think there is a taboo around mental health anymore,” says Upper Springfield councillor Steven Corr. “It is talked about. In 2016 the issue is around resilience.” Having recently attended a three-day conference entitled Building Hope: Working Together To Prevent Suicide, the Sinn Féin man told the Andersonstown News that the ultimate goal “is […]

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New group issues warning on drugs

A NEW dissident republican group has contacted the Andersonstown News to issue “a final warning” to those engaging drug dealing and other crime to desist immediately or face “serious consequences”. In a phone call to the newsdesk, a spokesperson from the ‘Republican Reaction Force’ say they believe that the time has now come to take […]

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