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‘Social housing site’ to be used for job centre

A major site close to Ardoyne which campaigners hoped could be used for social housing is instead to be used for a job centre, the North Belfast News can reveal. The old Dunnes Stores site at the corner of the Crumlin Road and Hillview Road is currently in private hands. However the NBN has learned […]

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£178m awarded to private landlords could have solved crisis

OVER £178 million given by the Stormont Executive to private sector landlords in North Belfast in the last 10 years could have solved housing inequality in the area, a leading human rights group have claimed. Statistics gathered by the Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) through Freedom of Information show that a total of just […]

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Sexual assault on 13 year old boy

THE mother of a 13-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted in North Belfast at the weekend has spoken of her horror at her son’s ordeal. The Duncairn Gardens mother said she was speaking out about the incident to make others aware that a predator was on the loose in the area. The mother of two […]

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Mum of six viciously beaten by 8-man gang

A New Lodge mother of six has insisted she will not be forced from her home after a gang of eight men brutally assaulted her and her father in a weekend attack. Catriona Arbuckle suffered a hairline fracture to her cheek, multiple facial injuries and lost eight teeth when she was attacked outside her Meadow […]

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Ardoyne man sleeps rough for two nights

An Ardoyne community worker has braved the streets of Belfast for 48 hours armed with just a sleeping bag in an effort to raise awareness of growing homelessness across the city. Paul McCusker, a healthcare support worker and volunteer at the Welcome Organisation, slept rough from 3pm on Monday to 3pm on Wednesday to highlight […]

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Shared space projects ‘aid demise of PLU’

Loyalists in Tigers Bay seeking to de-rail a project for shared space in North Belfast have claimed that such cross-community projects harm the Protestant community. Members of the North Belfast, Westland and Shankill UPRG attended a public meeting for Tigers Bay residents on the future of McCrory community hall last Friday and voiced their anger […]

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Soul of a nation captured in many beautiful songs

I listened to young Cathal Clarke in the Bridge Grill Bar last Sunday night. Cathal, from Ardoyne, is an accomplished […]

FAI embroiled in a sing-song pub ding-dong

THE New York Times rang Squinter to find out more about the most recent controversy to engulf Irish soccer. Here’s […]

Columbanus and Patrick

St Columbanus (he lived from about 550 until 615 a.d.) should never have got on the wrong side of Queen […]

West Belfast is on the road to nowhere now

WEST Belfast has traffic, Squinter’s pretty sure it does. The Glen Road is a nightmare much of the time – […]

‘Monster snake’ terror on the Cave Hill Road

The Belfast Zoological Gardens known as Bellevue Zoo opened in 1934. I haven’t visited it for a long time but […]

Mass warfare

AT the end of a year when the start of the First World War was remembered there is one puzzle […]