• Thu 28th May 2015

    Claims made by a Royal Navy submariner that Britain was on the verge of a nuclear disaster have been formally dismissed. William McNeilly went absent without leave earlier this month – after publishing a report online about alleged safety and security breaches at Faslane, where the Trident nuclear deterrent is based. A formal investigation into […]
  • Two arrested in drug smuggling probe.

    Thu 28th May 2015

    A man and a woman have been arrested as part of a major crackdown on drug smuggling. They were detained in Milton Keynes this morning and are being taken to Belfast for questioning. Police said the 35-year-old man and 34-year-old woman would be quizzed about alleged drug trafficking and money laundering offences. Detective Inspector Andy […]
  • Thu 28th May 2015

    The Christian owners of a bakery found to have discriminated against a gay man are to appeal. A judge at Belfast County Court ruled that Ashers Baking Company acted unlawfully by declining an order from gay rights activist Gareth Lee last year. Mr Lee, a member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, wanted a […]
  • Government considers welfare reform

    Wed 27th May 2015

    The Government has said it cannot rule out implementing welfare reforms in Northern Ireland over the head of the devolved Assembly. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said a budgetary crisis that has engulfed Stormont over the ongoing failure to introduce the changes to the benefits system had forced her to “reluctantly” consider the option of […]
  • Stormont votes down welfare reforms

    Wed 27th May 2015

    Northern Ireland’s faltering power-sharing Executive has lurched towards another crisis after the Assembly voted down a bid to implement welfare reforms in the region. The fall of the already long-delayed proposed legislation, prompted by Sinn Fein and SDLP opposition, leaves the stumbling administration facing a budgetary black hole estimated at around £600 million. Unless political […]
  • Critical welfare debate set to fail

    Tue 26th May 2015

    The power-sharing administration in Belfast is facing a major crisis after a vital Assembly debate on implementing welfare reforms began without a last minute political deal. The passage of the welfare legislation now looks doomed, due to the triggering of a contentious voting mechanism by Sinn Fein and SDLP. The two parties have effectively secured […]
  • Robinson stabilises in hospital

    Tue 26th May 2015

    The condition of Northern Ireland’s First Minister has stabilised in the wake of a suspected heart attack, a senior party colleague has said. Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson, 66, underwent a procedure at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday. He was transferred in an ambulance to the RVH’s specialist cardiac unit after seeking treatment early yesterday […]
  • £160m spent in negligence claims

    Tue 26th May 2015

    Health bodies have spent almost £160 million on negligence claims over the past five years, a new report has found. The costs include compensation pay outs totalling £109.3 million plus defence costs of £12.3 million, according to the Northern Ireland Audit Office. The anticipated liability of settling nearly 3,000 outstanding cases is also expected to […]
  • DUP leader Robinson in hospital

    Mon 25th May 2015

    Northern Ireland’s First Minister has been admitted to hospital. Peter Robinson was taken in just after 9am this morning. A spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party said: ” The First Minister felt unwell this morning and has been admitted to the hospital for some further tests.” It is understood the DUP leader is being treated […]
  • Sun 24th May 2015

    There was a serious assault involving a man and woman in Belfast last night. Police want to speak to taxi drivers who may have seen or collected a man and young woman in the Bradbury Place area between 11 last night and 1 this morning. The man’s described as being 6 ft, slim with dark hair and short, dark […]