THERE are almost 1,000 residential properties in West Belfast lying vacant even as demand for housing rockets towards crisis point. A figure of 986 homes – many of them recession-linked repossessions – was revealed in the Assembly recently by Finance Minister
A LOCAL MLA has said the housing crisis is so bad in West Belfast that some people on the housing waiting list are resorting to drastic measures to improve their chances of getting allocated accommodation – including paying dissident paramilitary groups to send them bullets in the post.
A MAN found unconscious in the back yard of a home in Beechmount on Sunday night may have attempted to take his own life, the Andersonstown News has been told.
EARLIER this week when I heard that pop megastar Rihanna had been reprimanded for her “inappropriate” behaviour by a Co Down farmer, I recoiled with embarrassment.