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  • Soldier jailed for killing comrade

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    A soldier found guilty of murdering his comrade in a vicious attack at their barracks has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 15 years. In a majority decision, the jury at Birmingham Crown Court returned its verdict against Lance Corporal Richard Farrell, after 19 hours of deliberations. Throughout a four-week […]
  • Draft budget agreed before deadline

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    Stormont ministers have agreed a draft budget for next year ahead of tomorrow’s Treasury-imposed deadline. The deal, which will see hundreds of millions of pounds being removed from certain governmental departments, was struck at a meeting at Stormont Castle in Belfast. If the power-sharing executive had failed to agree a provisional 2015/16 budget before the […]
  • Man held over McConville murder

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    A pensioner has been arrested by detectives investigating the kidnap and murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville. The 73-year-old man was detained in Dunmurry in greater Belfast. The abduction, killing and secret burial of Mrs McConville in 1972 is one of the most notorious crimes of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The police case lay effectively […]
  • Draft budget ‘best possible deal’

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    Northern Ireland’s draft budget is the best possible deal in the circumstances, the Deputy First Minister has said. Martin McGuinness claimed anyone who believed they could strike a better deal, given the current financial pressures, was living in a fantasy land. He said: “It is the best deal possible in the circumstances that we are […]
  • Omagh intelligence ‘withheld’

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    Police intelligence officers withheld some information from detectives investigating a Northern Ireland bombing in which 29 people were killed, a new probe has found. Even though it could not have prevented the Real IRA attack on Omagh 16 years ago, the failure to disseminate the data – telephone numbers – detracted vital resources from the […]
  • Alert at Alliance party offices

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    There has been a second security alert at an Alliance Party office in a week. A suspicious object was spotted at the Newtownards Road premises on Wednesday night. Police have revealed it’s a hoax, and the road has reopened. The east Belfast base was also targeted on Monday. The constituency’s MP condemned the attacks. Naomi […]
  • Budget meeting ahead of deadline

    Thu 30th Oct 2014

    Stormont ministers will hold a crunch meeting today in a bid to strike a deal on a hard hitting budget ahead of a deadline on Friday. If the power-sharing executive fails to agree a draft 2015/16 budget by then, the UK Government has warned ministers they will forfeit a £100 million emergency loan from the […]
  • Plea for change on domestic abuse

    Wed 29th Oct 2014

    Domestic violence victims need help to get over their “British mindset” towards abuse in order to tackle under-reporting of the crime, an MP has said. Democratic Unionist Jim Shannon (Strangford) said that many victims feel embarrassed about coming forwards if they are being abused by a partner as they feel a sense of shame. Mr […]
  • SDLP hails US envoy Hart’s arrival

    Wed 29th Oct 2014

    The introduction of US envoy Gary Hart to political talks in Northern Ireland has breathed new life into efforts to resolve long-standing Stormont disputes, the SDLP has claimed. Leader of the nationalist party Alasdair McDonnell hailed the arrival of the former senator after meeting the diplomat at the start of a round of bilateral encounters […]
  • Calls for end to street violence

    Wed 29th Oct 2014

    There has been widespread condemnation after the third consecutive night of rioting in parts of Belfast. Petrol bombs, fireworks and bottles were thrown at police close to a sectarian interface in the east of the city last night. A 70-year-old woman had to be treated for shock after being showered with glass when her home […]
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