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No plans to remove Northern Ireland’s first ‘Ghost Bike’

Michelle Loughran examines the appearance of ghost bikes in belfast There are no plans to remove a ghost bike memorial from Belfast’s Ormeau Bridge. The bike has been placed there in memory of south Belfast cyclist Michael Caulfield who tragically died on April 15 in 2011 as a result of …

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Invest NI: “A complete failure”

Has Invest NI met its targets? Paul Mullin reports Liam Gallagher from the Derry trades union council has called Invest Northern Ireland’s strategy for the North West a “complete failure.” It comes just a week after a report by the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) revealed that Invest NI – …

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North Coast derelict buildings set for brighter future

By NATASHA MILLAR Derelict properties in Portrush and Portstewart could get a facelift under plans revealed at Stormont on Tuesday.The buildings have caused concern within the community and one local councillor believes profit seeking at the height of the boom is behind the problem. DUP Councillor Norman Hillis says the …

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The new Cathedral Quarter

By Niamh Ferguson Yesterday saw the opening of the MAC theatre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The Metropolitan Arts Centre, or MAC, contains two theatres and three art galleries as well as a rehearsal space and dance studio. This new complex will bring a lot to the area but will it …

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Your time, our place. Your money?

By Niamh Ferguson This year, Belfast looks set to become a major tourist destination with the launch of “ni2012.” This campaign introduced by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is dedicated to showing what Northern Ireland can offer on a world stage level. With the Titanic centenary celebrations, the return of …

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Dodds – Investment In Youth The Way Forward

Gerard Walton examines education policy in Northern Ireland. Five years into Northern Ireland’s latest period of devolution, developing the next generation of young people is becoming a key political priority. Diane Dodds MEP, speaking to a group of journalism students in Brussels, outlined the need for school leavers to ‘become …

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The Future of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church’s Future A report by Ethan Loughrey At a time when the Church faces fresh challenges in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, lower mass attendance and most recently, further implications about Cardinal Brady by This World’s programme; how do the young men and women that make up the Church …

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Public transport- a low priority, stuck in a vicious cycle

As society is becoming more environmentally conscious, the issue of public transport must be raised. Nadejda Vidinova reports Transport is one of the biggest sources of climate changing gases. As we all know, using buses and trains is far more energy- efficient than private cars. Northern Ireland appears to be …

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Binge drinking-women pay a higher price, health-wise

Tackling binge Drinking is on the agenda once again, with minimum pricing for alcohol to be intoruduced by 2013 Nadejda Vidinova reports It’s an all too familiar scene around the UK- men and women, young and old alike, stumbling out of a pub or club at the weekend. Most of …

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Married to the Church

Married to the Church The censure of Father Brian D’Arcy for his outspoken beliefs raises serious questions over the Church’s ability to interact with its lay people reports Damien Edgar.   Fr. Brian D’Arcy, censured by the Vatican for his views on priesthood and marriage. In particular, the requirement for …