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OPINION – REV JESSE JACKSON: ‘The riot is the language of the unheard – America needs to listen and to change’

The murder of George Floyd was a lynching in broad daylight. Three police officers stood and watched as a fourth, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck. They watched for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with Floyd unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that, according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin. They did nothing […]

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SQUINTER: The Lord Hamill’s bus stop, the gentleman bomber and the courteous UDR patrol

A DISCUSSION on Twitter this week about the respective city centre  locations of hamburger joints Wimpy and Lord Hamill’s caught Squinter’s attention because back in the 80s Squinter used to get his bus outside Lord Hamill’s (which was in Wellington Place, to answer the question – Wimpy was in Royal Avenue). Early one evening around 1982 […]

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OPINION – LIAM MURPHY: Soundbites as smokescreens to hide governments’ Covid shambles

AS I drove down the Antrim Road last Saturday on what was my first car journey of more than a mile I listened to Raidió na Gaeltachta. I must admit that I don’t understand all that I hear but I ‘get the gist’ of most of it. I choose this station because of the wonderful […]

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Giovanni’s rolls out new pizza takeaway with plans to open as restaurant post-crisis

MAMMA Mia! There’s a new Italian restaurant in town and it is causing a lot of excitement in North Belfast and beyond. Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant opened on Clifton Street last Friday night after weeks of tickling the tastebuds on social media. The brains behind the family-run business is Ryan Lindsay who has named his new […]

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VIDEO REPORT: Fire crews stretched as blaze at former St Pat’s home site is third major Belfast-area fire in 24 hours

In what has been a hectic 24 hours for the city’s firefighters, crews were rushed to the former St Pat’s Home site on the Glen Road/Monagh Bypass this afternoon to deal with a large blaze believed to have been set deliberately. Yesterday afternoon, the NI Fire and Rescue Service sent multiple crews to tackle a […]

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UPDATED COVID CRISIS TIMELINE: As lockdown restrictions are eased, testing and tracing are stepped up but without cross-border collaboration

Almost every mis-step made by the Health Department and the Stormont Executive in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic was a direct result of following the lead of Boris Johnson and his advisors in No. 10 Downing Street. One of the heroes of the pandemic, Dr Gabriel Scally, the Belfast-born-and-bred President of the Epidemiology and Public […]

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North-South loopholes in virus checks at ports and airports undermine travel restrictions

Dr Michael Donnelly reviews the last meeting of the Stormont Health Committee and warns that the scale of the Covid calamity in our care homes is nothing to be proud of. The Chair declared the meeting as quorate and, as Gaeilge, welcomed all to the meeting in the Seanad or on social mediae. The first […]

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Contact tracing operation swings into action…at last

Almost three full months after the World Health Organisation announced Covid-19 as a pandemic and urged countries to “test, test, test”, the Public Health Agency today officially launches its contact tracing programme. The establishment of the new initiative comes alongside a pledge to provide a Covid-19 test for anyone who requests it.  Said Health Minister […]

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