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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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EXCLUSIVE – WATCH: Our man in Wuhan – we talk to the Lower Ormeau teacher in the city which birthed the Coronavirus

Belfast teacher Seán Ó Garmaile (interviewed via Zoom above) is living in the heart of a city which will forever be linked in the public mind with the coronavirus: Wuhan. But far from being locked down, he is back at work, taking part in regular five-a-side football matches with his pals in the local gym, […]

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Free and virtual, Mela 2020 will bring summer park joy to fans

THE popular Belfast Mela will this year be marked with a special free virtual festival. The event, which attracted 30,000 visitors last year, was due to take place in Botanic Gardens on August 30 but has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisers will instead mark its 14th year with a special free virtual […]

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EDITORIAL: After rocky start, Stormont finding its feet in Covid crisis

MONDAY was a milestone in the Covid crisis, as it was the first time since the first death in Ireland on March 11 that no deaths from the virus were reported on the island. But when the history of the pandemic in Ireland comes to be written, will it have been a positive milestone or […]

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