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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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One million steps challenge for Carly

A West Belfast woman is preparing to walk a mammoth one million steps all the while promoting and fundraising for two vital mental health awareness charity organisations.  Lenadoon’s Carly Walsh told the Andersonstown News how she had been bereaved by suicide at the start of the year.  Carly credited Downpatrick-based ALPS (All Lives Are Precious) […]

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Mark Cousins, child of the Grosvenor and filmmaking genius on bathwater, bullying and a better Belfast

Mark Cousins is the hottest documentary filmmaker on the planet – though some might say he’s slowing up. For his latest epic, Women Make Film, an acclaimed homage to female directors tops out at just 14 hours. His last gargantuan effort, The Story of Film: An Odyssey consisted of 15 one-hour chapters.  Regardless, he has […]

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OPINION – Prof Mike Tomlinson: North’s Covid-19 death rate significantly higher than in South by mid-May

Anyone see BBC Newsnight last Friday (22nd May)? Me neither. But I was tipped off to watch it on iPlayer as there was a package on how the Executive is managing Covid-19. The opening narrative was that the ‘power sharing Assembly’ (sic) had steered a clear path towards the resumption of contact tracing last week, […]

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EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: A Brave New World – The City’s boldest Architect imagines a Belfast reborn post-Coronavirus

As the Royal Society of Ulster Architects launches a campaign to encourage new thinking about our post-lockdown city, leading urbanist and Forum for Alternative Belfast founder Mark Hackett (left), takes a radical look at how we could develop a new city for its all its people. If we want to kick start the city in […]

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FEATURE: A Road Runs Through It – The Bog Meadow Lakes explored in new book

We publish here an excerpt from ‘A Road Runs Through It: The Bog Meadows of Belfast’, a proposed new book by David Branagh of Co Wicklow. David is keen to find a publisher for his work and can be contacted via our offices. There were four main lakes and three ponds or pools in this […]

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