News

  • Four held in ‘dissidents’ probe

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Detectives investigating dissident republican activity have arrested four men in west Belfast and recovered a firearm and ammunition. A suspect aged 29 was detained on the Grosvenor Road last night after a vehicle was stopped. An assault rifle is being examined. In a follow-up operation three men aged 27, 29 and 46 were arrested in […]
  • 24 Ulster Bank branches to close

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Twenty-four Ulster Bank branches across Ireland are to close early next year as consumer champions warned large areas risked becoming “financially forgotten”. Ten offices in counties Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Derry will shut but no staff in Northern Ireland are likely to be made redundant, a spokesman for the business said. Another 14 will go […]
  • 24 Ulster Bank branches to close

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Twenty-four Ulster Bank branches across Ireland are to close early next year as consumer champions warned large areas risked becoming “financially forgotten”. Ten offices in counties Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Derry will shut but no staff in Northern Ireland are likely to be made redundant, a spokesman for the business said. Another 14 will go […]
  • Health service cuts ‘unpalatable’

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Health service savings already proposed are unpalatable and next year will be even more demanding, minister Jim Wells said. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has to find £70 million to break even by April. Regulators have expressed concern about long waiting times at the Royal Victoria Hospital emergency department in Belfast […]
  • Three stabbed after bar brawl

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Three men in their 20s have been stabbed during a brawl outside a Belfast bar. Two of the men aged 21 and 26-years-old were arrested and are assisting police with their enquiries. A third man, aged 23 is in a stable condition in hospital. The fight happened in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast […]
  • Four held in dissident probe

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    Detectives investigating dissident republican activity have arrested four men in west Belfast and recovered a firearm and ammunition. A suspect aged 29 was detained on the Grosvenor Road last night after a vehicle was stopped. An assault rifle is being examined. In a follow-up operation three men aged 27, 29 and 46 were arrested in […]
  • Belfast security alert ends

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    There has been a security alert close to Belfast city centre. Part of the Grosvenor Road was closed on Thursday night and the offslip at the Westlink was also shut to traffic. The bomb squad was sent to the scene. Grosvenor Rd closed at jct Barrack St and Collingtree Rd. Off slip at the West […]
  • Smaller Stormont proposed

    Fri 21st Nov 2014

    A smaller Stormont Assembly with fewer government departments could be on the horizon. The First Minister has said we don’t need twelve ministers and 108 MLAs to govern a region of less than two million people. The state of our political institutions is just one of the topics being discussed at all party talks. Politicians […]
  • Still ‘big divisions’ after talks

    Thu 20th Nov 2014

    Big differences remain between Stormont parties over significant issues, the Northern Ireland Secretary has said. Theresa Villiers is due to submit a report on progress in the five-party negotiations to the Prime Minister at the end of this month. This week dialogue focused on the legacy of Troubles violence, parading and potential reform of devolved […]
  • RBS fined £56m over 2012 IT crash

    Thu 20th Nov 2014

    An IT meltdown landed Royal Bank of Scotland with more big fines today after millions of its customers were left unable to access key banking services. Penalties totalling £56 million from the UK’s two financial regulators are on top of the £70 million in redress already paid to customers following the systems crash in 2012, […]
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