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Chemist strike will have ‘huge impact’

A BELFAST pharmacist has blamed “chronic” underfunding and workforce pressures for the upcoming industrial action at community pharmacies. At a closed meeting in Belfast on Monday, 98 per cent of community pharmacy contractors in attendance voted for the action. The meeting was attended by 95 contractors representing 418 pharmacies across the north. Community pharmacists say […]

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KFC Glengormley closes after rat scare

KFC in Glengormley has closed for a “full refurbishment” just days after a rat was spotted in the fast food restaurant. A video of a large rat scuttling through the Antrim Road restaurant went viral on social media this week. The clip has been viewed over 196,000 times since it was posted on Facebook by […]

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Mallon: no plans to raise height of three suicide hotspot bridges

INFRASTRUCTURE Minister Nichola Mallon says she has no plans to raise the height of railings at three bridges in North Belfast notorious for suicide attempts. The Minister was responding to an Assembly question from North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín on whether her Department has plans to raise the railings on Arthur Bridge, […]

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They just can’t get enough of Shirley

PATHOS, poignancy, hilarity and a fortnight in Greece will collide once again as Tara Lynne O’Neill revives her Shirley Valentine on the Lyric stage this month. Before the initial Shirley run back in September, she had been approached to play one of Willy Russell’s most iconic creations by Lyric Executive Producer Jimmy Fay, a part, […]

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Big boost announced for SPAR Craic 10K runners

WITH less than a month to go until thousands of runners lace up for the annual SPAR Craic 10K on St Patrick’s Day, those who put in the miles on the day will be rewarded at the finish line with a carton of Avonmore Protein Milk. And leisure provider GLL will chip in with a free […]

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Young buyers in Belfast

IN spite of all the uncertainties young people are confronted with in Belfast and across the north more generally – from Brexit to political instability, to the alleged ‘brain drain’ effect and the looming threat of recession – many still choose to set down long-term roots here. The combination of a growing younger population, gently […]

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