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Mercy College welcomes boys for first time

WITH the school year now under way, Mercy College is getting used to life as the latest co-ed school in North Belfast. The Ballysillan Road school has welcomed 36 male students across both Year 8 and Sixth Form. The move to admit boys was part of a major shake-up of education in North Belfast, which […]

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AAD: Pipe bomb target threatened previously by INLA

THE man targeted in a pipe bomb attack in the early hours of last Tuesday had been threatened by the INLA in the past, the North Belfast News has learned. However, the bomb attack that saw a car damaged is understood to have been the work of vigilante group Action Against Drugs (AAD). It is […]

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Irish schools being ‘set up to fail’ by Dept of Education

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the trust fund for Irish-medium education has said that Irish language schools are being “set up to fail” by the Department of Education (DE). Pilib Ó Ruanaí of Iontabhas na Gaelscolaíochta (InG) has warned that, despite the growth and successes of Irish-medium schools, some are struggling to survive due to a […]

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Sumptuous Swilly at the Suffolk Inn

THE Swilly at the Suffolk Inn is one of the newest dining experiences in West Belfast having opened its doors only this year. Built in 1972, the popular Suffolk Road establishment is now in the safe hands of proprietor Tony Clarke with the view to bringing beautiful food at affordable prices to customers. The food […]

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Cross-party Stormont support for local artist’s project

WITH the Irish Language Act still a bone of contention at the Assembly, DUP, Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs put their differences aside and came together at a recent ‘closed door’ launch at Stormont celebrate cultural equality of the Ulster Scots and Irish heritages and a shared future for the north through the vision of […]

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Red Hand Commando link to Lisa Dorrian

RED Hand Commando members from Rathcoole are at the centre of the Lisa Dorrian murder investigation, the North Belfast News has learned. The news comes to light in the week that the Loyalist Communities Council – an umbrella group comprising the main loyalist paramilitary groups – lobbied British Home Secretary Amber Rudd to be taken […]

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