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SDLP selects Matthew O’Toole as South Belfast MLA

THE SDLP has selected Matthew O’Toole as an MLA for South Belfast following Claire Hanna’s election to the House of Commons last month.  Mr O’Toole has a background in economic policy and communications having worked in roles in the private sector and in government, including in both the UK Treasury and 10 Downing Street. Announcing […]

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Orange Order says No to ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal

ORANGE Order leaders have fired a shot across the DUP bows with a no-holds-barred attack on the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal tabled last night by the Irish and British governments. Previously, Order Grand Secretary Mervyn Gibson had warned the DUP that any concession on an Irish Language Act would be fiercely opposed by Orangemen. […]

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‘Action is needed’ after Duville park mayhem

A FALLS councillor has called for an “emergency action plan” to deal with escalating anti-social behaviour that saw emergency services attacked and equipment destroyed at the Dunville Park. Serious unrest during the festive period culminated in a night of destruction when up to 70 youths gathered at the park last Friday night. Bins were stolen […]

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Belfast Celtic contract on display at museum

THE Belfast Celtic Society has revealed a further fascinating piece of local footballing history in the form of a professional contract between city’s grand old team and one of its star players. The 115-year-old contract, which secured the services of Downpatrick footballer Jimmy Connor, is now the oldest artefact in the society’s museum. Signed on […]

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‘Cillian brought joy to everyone he met’

A LOCAL schoolboy “brought joy to everyone he met,” mourners were told at the funeral yesterday of 11-year-old Cillian Draine. The Year 8 pupil at Blessed Trinity College died suddenly at his Salisbury Avenue home last Thursday (January 2). Hundreds of mourners gathered for the young amateur boxer’s funeral which took place at St Therese […]

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Heartbreaking scenes as 13-year-old Eoin Hamill is laid to rest

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered under grey skies this morning to pay their respects to 13-year-old Eoin Hamill who was knocked off his bicycle and killed on Friday afternoon. Pupils and teaching staff from the young boy’s school Coláiste Feirste and the Gleann Boxing Club stood in the morning rain and formed guards of honour at […]

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