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Parties react to snap general election

AFTER yesterday’s surprise move by Prime Minister Theresa May to call a general election, political leaders here have been reacting to the prospect of a fourth visit to the polls in just over a year. Talks to save devolution stalled before Easter with hopes of a deal fading and the prospect of a Westminster election […]

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Angel’ award goes to South Belfast dad

A SOUTH Belfast dad has been awarded at a ceremony honouring parents coping with stillbirth. Simon Salter won the ‘Tommy’s Angel Award’ as part of the baby charity’s national awards, now in their 22nd year. Simon and his wife experienced the stillbirth of their daughter, Isobel, in June 2015. Held at the Landmark Hotel in […]

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Ormeau anger over voter clinic snub

ORMEAU ROAD residents have been left out in the cold by an Electoral Office decision not to hold a community registration clinic at Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre. In previous years clinics were held to facilitate registration of prospective voters in the bustling lower Ormeau area. Speaking to the South Belfast News, Gerard Rice of […]

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MLA shocked by child sex figures

SOUTH Belfast Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has expressed shock after new figures revealed five child sex offences are recorded every day here. Police said 1,809 sex crimes against children were reported here last year, the highest ever level, and up five per cent on the previous year. A total of 777 crimes were recorded against […]

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His was a life of ‘endurance and resolve’

The 19th century Donegal poet, lamenting his drowned son, comes closest to capturing our devastation at the news that Martin McGuinness is gone. An chéad Mháirt de fhómhair ba brónach tuirseach mo scéal. Lámh thapa a bhí cróga ag gabháil rohmam ar leaba na n-éag. On the First Tuesday of autumn, sorry and tired was […]

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Thousands of daffodils brighten up Marie Curie’s ‘Garden of Light’

ST ANNE’S Square in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter will be awash with yellow daffodils when it plays host to the Marie Curie ‘Garden of Light’ to mark the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The immersive art installation will be open to the public from Thursday 24 to Sunday, March 26. The Garden is made up of 2,100 […]

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