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Stormont Health Committee hears Chief Scientific Advisor to Department of Health missed crucial SAGE meeting that scrapped Covid testing due to ill-health

The Health Minister and the Chief Scientific Officer to the Department of Health were before the Stormont Health Committee on Thursday. Robin Swann stated that this was his sixth attendance at the health committee and he had also attended three Ad-Hoc Committee meetings about Covid-19. Whilst deaths were down he did not want complacency around […]

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SEE INSIDE THE NEW-LOOK BLACK TAXIS: Community transport Service back on the road from Monday

West Belfast’s famous Black Taxis are to return to service on all routes from Monday 8 June – but passenger numbers will be reduced from six to four.  The Black Taxis, which travel routes from the city centre to as far as Lagmore in West Belfast and Ardoyne in North Belfast, have implemented comprehensive safety […]

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WATCH: Brassneck starlets acting up a virtual storm during Covid lockdown

  Treading the boards was not an option with playhouses and acting academies shuttered during the Covid lockdown but local theatre company Brassneck Youth Theatre has premiered a dramatic new way to keep its young members engaged.  Director Alison McCrudden says the Arts Council emergency funding meant the financially-stretched West Belfast theatre company could initiate […]

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‘I Can’t Breathe’: New mural and poem protest racism and memorialise George Floyd

As Belfast prepares for rallies in protest at the killing of African American George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, West Belfast activists have unveiled a mural in his honour.   The mural on the International Wall on the Falls was commissioned by Féile an Phobail and local tourism agency Fáilte Feirste Thiar.    Fáilte Director […]

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Stormont newbie Matthew O’Toole pledges to battle Brexit and boost local media

WITH Brexit looming and the world in the grips of a deadly pandemic it would be fair to say that South Belfast MLA Matthew O’Toole hasn’t taken up his latest role in the most auspicious of circumstances. That said it would be difficult for even the most critical of commentators to argue that he has […]

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Clock ticking down for Malachy: Ormeau man faces deportation

A FORMER INLA prisoner has said he is being “scapegoated” by the Trump Administration as he faces deportation from United States. Malachy McAllister fled Belfast after a loyalist gun attack on his home in 1988 and now runs a construction business in New Jersey. He was previously jailed for seven years for two attacks on […]

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