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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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Councillors stand together on ‘Great Wall of China’ row

Belfast city councillors have voiced common concern over the failure of Belfast City Council to halt work on a security perimeter being built around the Chinese Consulate on the Malone Road. And SDLP representative Gary McKeown says it’s now vital the British Government intervene in the ongoing row after claims that the work will enjoy diplomatic […]

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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: Join My Midnight message to Irish America (online and tonight)

TEN years ago as part of Sinn Féin’s effort to win support for Irish unity we held a series of successful conferences across Ireland, including in Newry, Derry and Cork. We also held conferences in New York and San Francisco. Among those who participated in the US conferences were US Senator Chuck Schumer and Congress […]

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All change at top as Council meets under Covid restrictions to elect new Lord Mayor

IT was always going to be a Belfast City Council meeting like no other for the AGM on Monday night. (Click here for video of mayoral installations.) Often a highlight in the calendar year of local government, only 18 members were present in the Chamber at City Hall in order to obey social distancing guidelines […]

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