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Northern Ireland’s Alcohol Problem

Alcohol addiction – a report by James Tait   There exists a ‘Why would we give money to help those people?’ attitude in Northern Ireland in regards to alcoholics, according to Dr. Claire Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong, the Director of Addiction NI, believes that those suffering with alcohol addiction are often …

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We need more than ‘lip-service’ to Derry’s unemployment problems – Colum Eastwood MLA.

  Will Burton reports on the employment challenges facing Derry.   Former mayor of Derry, Colum Eastwood SDLP MLA, is not shy in speaking up for the rights of citizens in Derry and the Northwest. He feels strongly about the lack of civil service jobs based in the city. In …

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Wide-scale resistance to the household charge in Donegal

  William Burton investigates public reaction to the imposition of the household charge in Donegal   The implementation of the household charge of €100 has been one of the most controversial aspects of the economic collapse in Ireland. With revenue sources depleted after the property crash, the government is seeking …

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Vandals target Adria site

VANDALS, targeting a disused factory site in Strabane, are making life miserable for residents living nearby. Michele Canning looks into the problem Once home to hosiery giant, Adria, the 11.5 acre Beechmount Avenue site has lain derelict since the collapse of the town’s manufacturing industry in 2006. Today, the detritus …

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Scolaire Staire aims to bring academia to the masses

By Will Burton An exciting and adventurous new online Irish history magazine, Scolaire Staire, is aiming to bring academia to the masses and deliver peer-reviewed articles to a tablet or laptop near you. Scolaire Staire was launched in October by a Co Donegal academic and recent PhD graduate, Adrian Grant, …

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Colour Me Happy

By Rebekah Logan Despite the colourful workshops and glitter-strewn table-tops, art therapy is a serious and respected form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of practice. Not concerned with turning their clients into the next Picasso or Monet, an art therapist’s main aim is to enable their …

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Fracking concern for Ballycastle councillor

By Paul Mullin A Ballycastle councillor has warned of the damage a controversial new gas extraction process could cause to Northern Ireland. The process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it’s more commonly known, takes place by drilling rocks in order to get natural gas. Shale rock, which is …

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Cookstown looking good, looking great

November brought good news for Cookstown’s manufacuturing and construction sectors, with confirmation funds for a new police academy have been secured. Cookstown council is taking an active role in helping the towns small businesses. Michelle Loughran looks at the reasons why the district should not forget its rural roots … …

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Get the most from a year abroad

Gap years and cultural exchanges are growing in polularity, but many students are unprepared for possible pitfalls. Nadejda Vidinova reports Various cases in the last few years have drawn attention to the risks that people face when studying abroad. The infamous murders of British exchange students Meredith Kercher and Lindsay …

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Sports NI come under fire over allocation of sports funding

 By Damien Edgar A prominent MLA has claimed that he was “appalled” to find that GAA clubs across Northern Ireland have received more than double the exchequer funding allocated than their footballing counterparts over the past five years. According to the answer TUV leader Jim Allister received from a question to …