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Artwork highlights futility and impact of violence

A new art installation commissioned by the Thomas Devlin Fund and aimed at highlighting the futility of violence has been unveiled in an arts centre in North Belfast. The Permanent Present, by artist Mark Garry, was unveiled at the MAC in St Anne’s Square last week.

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Shock at loss of much loved teacher

Staff and pupils at Dominican College, Fortwilliam have paid tribute to teacher Michelle Donaghy, who passed away following a battle with a rare illness. The 33-year-old sociology teacher, who died this week, was praised by the school not just for her teaching ability, but also for her enthusiastic contribution to Dominican College, which also included work in the fields of music and religious education, and as a Co-ordinator of Personal Development for pupils.

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Mum forced to leave dying tot

A heartbroken mum who was forced to leave her dying baby to let paramedics in to her New Lodge apartment complex has said the newborn could have been saved had emergency services been able to access their home sooner.

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Family’s fight for justice moves on

The family of a North Belfast man murdered by the British Army more than 40 years ago said they hope the truth will finally be exposed after the Attorney-General agreed to reopen the inquest into his death. After more than four decades fighting to clear his name the family of Ardoyne man Barney Watts received notice recently the Attorney General will reopen the inquest into his murder and re-examine the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Weapons find ‘a blow to dissidents’

Police have recovered what they described as two ‘dissident republican’ firearms during a security alert in North Belfast this week. A 2.2 rifle that had been cut down and a 2.2 pistol were removed from a hedgerow at the back of homes in Etna Drive in Ardoyne. A number of houses were evacuated while the security alert was ongoing on Tuesday afternoon.

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Meeting to reassure parents

The principal of a North Belfast primary school has reassured parents the school is going nowhere and will continue to educate children in the area after rumours it could be set to close. Kieran McGarry, head teacher of St Mary’s Star of the Sea Primary School in Greencastle, spoke out to quash rumours the school might be set to close its doors.

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