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Car burning is latest attack on UPRG man’s girlfriend

The burning of a car belonging to the partner of a senior member of the UPRG in North Belfast on Wednesday is just the latest incident of intimidation against the interface worker’s girlfriend that he says is aimed at him. John Howcroft said his girlfriend has been targeted a number of times at her Glenbryn […]

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Local Primark workers say they won’t take off their Gaza loom bands

A CAMPAIGN waged by loyalists against staff at a major city centre retail outlet who are wearing wristbands in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza will not deter them from showing their support, a North Belfast worker has said. Some members of staff at Primark in Bank Buildings, Castle Street, said that they had […]

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Barnes fighting the lure of making history in Rio

NORTH Belfast’s gold medal winning boxing ace Paddy Barnes has dropped his biggest hint yet that he may be about to hang up the gloves on his amateur career. Just days after returning from winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Barnes admitted that he would “be away in the morning” if a professional […]

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Republicans dragged into loyalist pipe bomb feud

A UDA splinter group locked in a power struggle with mainstream members in the Tigers Bay area of North Belfast have been accused of trying to stir up further tension by blaming republicans on their latest attack. On Monday (August 4) a security alert was sparked in the Duncairn Gardens area after a viable pipe […]

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Bonfire builders told to expect crackdown

A blitz on internment bonfires is expected to take place in the coming days after the PSNI agreed to back community efforts to put an end to the beacons for anti-social behaviour. On Monday night (August 4) a packed Recy in the New Lodge heard top cop Bobby Singleton vow to ‘robustly’ police the fires […]

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‘More of the same’ from housing minister say PPR

By david whelan A GROUP set up to fight for equal social housing has accused Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland of ‘more of the same tactics’ after a damning report into his conduct last week. Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) said that the findings by the scrutiny committee only served to support […]

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Master blaster misses the point… again

“That’s terrible,” said Peter Sheehan as he sat in the Bridge Bar and Grill in Glengormley watching the Munster hurling […]

Bring the sweet bird song back to your garden

If only workmen weren’t so damned professional nowadays, our birdlife would be in better shape. When Dúlra was a youngster, […]

Why Dave and Enda must now take action

WITH the obscenities that are happening in Gaza, it’s an effort to wrench attention back to our own tormented situation. […]

Nature bestows its bounty on our birdlife

MAYBE it’s something to do with growing older, with the knowledge incrementally increasing with each day that you’ll not be […]

Why do loyal wee Ulster’s sportsmen get the best and worst of both worlds?

RORY McIlroy – or Rory McIlbhoy as he’s now referred to in the Twaddell caravan – probably thought he had […]

A vital change

THEY say it was a peaceful Twelfth. That   children’s faces painted with offensive slogans, marchers breaking the law, verbal and […]