News

  • Sir Van to receive street sign

    Thu 02nd Jul 2015

    Belfast City Council is to present Sir Van Morrison with the sign of a street which inspired one of his most famous songs to mark his 70th birthday. Sir Van grew up in a terraced house at Hyndford Street in the east of the city, close to the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. He later wrote […]
  • Alliance Party spent £246,000

    Thu 02nd Jul 2015

    The Alliance Party in Northern Ireland spent almost a quarter of a million pounds last year, electoral accounts showed. It has eight Stormont assembly members, two of whom are two ministers, and a number of councillors. According to the Electoral Commission the party had an income of £244,448 and spent £246,099. A total of 23 […]
  • Health, social care complaints up

    Thu 02nd Jul 2015

    The number of complaints about health and social care is on the rise in Northern Ireland as patients lose trust in the health authorities, assembly ombudsman Dr Tom Frawley said. Clinical decisions, treatment and social care represented nearly two thirds (62%) of issues determined by the watchdog last year, according to his annual report. While […]
  • Teenager loses police photos fight

    Wed 01st Jul 2015

    A teenager has lost a Supreme Court fight over the police’s use of images of children suspected of being involved in riots or of causing criminal damage. Supreme Court justices considered whether police should be allowed to publish such images at a hearing in London in November and today published a ruling Lawyers representing the […]
  • Wed 01st Jul 2015

    Two men in their fifties have been arrested after ammunition was discovered in west Belfast. It’s after a house was searched in Sorella Street yesterday. The pair are being questioned at Antrim Serious Crime Suite.
  • Wed 01st Jul 2015

    Courts here are empty almost half of the time they could be in use. The criminal justice inspectorate is backing plans to close eight courthouses across Northern Ireland in a bid to reduce costs. The justice minister hopes the closures will absorb an 11% funding cut to the courts service – which is the equivilant […]
  • Broadband scheme ‘was mismanaged’

    Wed 01st Jul 2015

    A government department was more concerned with meeting grant-making targets than properly examining claims for a mishandled broadband project in Northern Ireland, a public spending watchdog said. Stormont MLAs found the cross-border high-speed Bytel scheme was appallingly mismanaged and claimed the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s oversight was unacceptable. Equipment was bought for 1.3 […]
  • New 5 million pound pedestrian bridge opens in the city

    Tue 30th Jun 2015

    A new bridge across the River Lagan has been opened in Belfast city centre. The £5 million Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge connects Donegall Quay with Queen’s Quay. It replaces an old footbridge which was used by 16,000 people each week. Social development minister Mervyn Storey said: “This magnificent bridge considerably improves the connection […]
  • Warning on surplus school places

    Tue 30th Jun 2015

    More than 70,000 school places in Northern Ireland are surplus to requirements, the audit office warned. The number of schools has reduced since 2006 and performance has improved but there are still significant problems with underachievement and the quality of leadership and management is not good enough in a significant minority of post-primary schools, comptroller […]
  • Child mental health funding fail

    Tue 30th Jun 2015

    The Government has failed to properly fund mental health services for children in Northern Ireland, a charities report said. More than a quarter of young people were concerned about their state of mind and inter-generational trauma has been caused by the conflict, research from Save the Children and the Children’s Law Centre suggested. The organisations […]
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