• Axe killer still free after a year

    Sat 20th Dec 2014

    An axe murderer is still at large one year after killing a man in Belfast in a frenzied attack, police have warned. Detectives have renewed their appeal for help to catch whoever was responsible for the death of 50-year-old Basil McAfee in the north of the city. Mr McAfee was found by his mother at […]
  • Ulster parties ‘agree welfare deal’

    Fri 19th Dec 2014

    A deal on welfare reform which would help unlock Northern Ireland’s political impasse over public spending has been agreed by the parties in Belfast, Stormont sources said. It is now up to Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to the proposals, part of wider negotiations involving issues left unresolved from the peace process. The power-sharing […]
  • Supply fears over NI Water dispute

    Fri 19th Dec 2014

    Northern Ireland Water has warned that planned industrial action by hundreds of workers over a pensions dispute could cause significant difficulties for customers. The employees are pushing ahead with a work-to-rule protest next week after negotiations failed to resolve the row over proposed changes to their pension scheme. NI Water, a state-owned company, said it […]
  • Teenager shot in leg by attackers

    Fri 19th Dec 2014

    An 18-year-old man has been shot in Belfast. He was hit twice in the right leg after being targeted by three masked men at a fast food outlet in the west of the city. Police said the gunmen shot the victim at the rear of the property on Falls Road just after 9pm last night. […]
  • NHS staff to stage fresh strikes

    Fri 19th Dec 2014

    The Government is facing a fresh wave of strikes by health workers in the new year amid the bitter dispute over pay. Unison announced that its NHS members in England will walk out for 12 hours from 9am on January 29, while ambulance workers in the GMB union in England and Northern Ireland will strike […]
  • Inaccurate terminology ‘a problem’

    Thu 18th Dec 2014

    Outdated and stigmatising labels are still placed on people with learning disabilities in hospitals in Northern Ireland, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) said. Terms such as learning difficulty, mental handicap and mental disability were used frequently and interchangeably, according to the NHS regulator. It said: “Educating staff in the use of correct terminology […]
  • Jet lands safely after engine fire

    Wed 17th Dec 2014

    A Flybe flight from Glasgow to Belfast was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine fire. Flight BE130, which was travelling to Belfast City Airport, was diverted to Belfast International Airport. The airline said the plane was met by emergency services “as a routine and precautionary measure”. There were no injuries among the […]
  • Youth injured in hammer attack

    Tue 16th Dec 2014

    A 17-year-old youth has been beaten with a hammer in Belfast city centre. Detective Inspector Michelle Griffin from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “The teenager was walking along Great Victoria Street close to the junction with Ventry Street just before 6pm when a car with a number of men on board pulled up […]
  • Stakes are high in NI talks – Villiers

    Tue 16th Dec 2014

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has insisted the “stakes are high” when talks to resolve a series of major disputes resume this week. Ms Villiers said all parties agreed a failure to secure an agreement before Christmas would threaten the chances of such a deal for months or even years. She added to MPs in […]
  • PM signals move on Ulster deal

    Mon 15th Dec 2014

    David Cameron has signalled he is prepared to offer a further “small level” of financial flexibility for Northern Ireland in a bid to prevent the collapse of the power-sharing Executive, the Stormont First Minister has said. Following talks in Downing Street, Peter Robinson suggested the sums on offer were still far short of the assistance […]
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