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Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Attitudes to alcohol need to change

I see last week’s announcement by the British government that they intend to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England as a very welcome development for the whole of the United Kingdom.

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Digital discourse

News that Dublin City Council has greenlighted a series of Wi-Fi hotspots across the capital will cause those who promote Belfast as the best location for inward investment on the island green with envy.

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School report is an ‘opportunity’

St Louise’s College won’t be amalgamating with another school – that’s the message from Principal Carmel McCartan, who was responding to the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education’s report containing recommendations for the future.

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West Belfast celebrates Oscar success

THE celebrations for Twinbrook film director Terry George are set to continue this weekend as he returns home to Ireland after picking up an Oscar for his short film ‘The Shore’. The film took the top prize in the Best Live Action Short Film at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Monday night, causing much celebration among his West Belfast family and friends who were assembled at the Anchor Bar in Killough,

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While families watch and wait, close to 1,000 homes lie empty

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

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Catholics and those living in flats will die earlier

New Department of Health research that shows Catholics and tenants living in flats are more likely to die earlier than Protestants or those living in houses is proof that families should not be living in the New Lodge tower blocks, a local campaigner said this week.

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