IT will be a battle of Belfast at the SSE Arena on December 2 as Tyrone McKenna and Lewis Crocker get set to lock horns in a welterweight fight that has already set tongues wagging in local boxing circles.
North Belfast MP John Finucane has renewed his party's call for the Irish government to take an interstate case against the British government over its controversial Legacy Bill which has now become law.
A FRESH inquest into the killing of a West Belfast schoolgirl has been directed by the Attorney General. 13-year-old Martha Campbell was shot dead on May 14 1972 when she was walking with a friend in Springhill Crescent. Her family have always maintained that the St Louise’s schoolgirl was shot dead by British Army. A solicitor representing the family said the original inquest into her death “was deeply flawed”. A 2009 HET report concluded that “it is not known whether Martha was deliberately shot or an unintended victim of crossfire”. In 2021 research charity Paper Trail unearthed evidence that established that 5 Platoon, B Company, 1 Kings Regiment of the British Army fired shots into the area where Martha was killed. There were no reports of firing by other combatants at the time. This information was not made available at the original inquest. Pádraig Ó Muirigh, solicitor for the Campbell family, said: “The Campbell family welcome the decision by the Attorney General to direct a fresh inquest into the death of Martha Campbell. “In making this decision the Attorney General (Dame Brenda King) took account of the new civilian witness statements, the expert reports commissioned by our office and documents obtained by Paper Trail. She also considered our submissions on the inadequacies of the RUC investigation and the original inquest in September 1972.
Two of the longest established football clubs in West Belfast, St Luke's and Celtic Boys, have announced a major collaboration which they envisage will provide huge benefits for the children, teenagers and young people of the Twinbrook, Poleglass and Lagmore areas.