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Air Ambulance Dream Takes Flight.

From being the only province in the UK not to have one, Northern Ireland is set to witness a Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) take to the skies to help save lives. The news comes after the well publicised incidents at the North West 200 in 2015 whereby an Air Ambulance was summoned …

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Stormont Elections: Why do so few young people vote?

In just under a week’s time, the people of Northern Ireland will visit polling stations across the country to vote for the next Stormont assembly.  The struggle with every election is getting young people to vote, but why are the youth of the province so afraid of politics? Kevin Mc …

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What has Game of Thrones done for Northern Ireland?

It has been five years since the epic fantasy drama first hit our screens—but as the chief filming location for the series, how has Northern Ireland benefited from  the show’s global success? In April of 2009, America’s leading cable network, HBO, confirmed that filming for a pilot episode of their …

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Festive ‘cheer’ at Coleraine campus

Student councillors at Ulster University are trying to help with exam stress with their ‘Be Happy’ event. The Students’ Union at the Coleraine campus have set-up a ‘Cheer’ stall, which offers free tea and coffee, as well as mince pies and other festive treats. Video interview HERE Vice President Emma Bonner says …

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Planning for the future

  “The entire process has been so stressful. If we knew what was involved we would never have started it.” These are the words of Julie and David McGowan. They have been fighting to obtain planning permission for an extension to their family home in North Down for almost a …

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Football Racism

  The number of reports of discrimination in English football have risen in the past year to 184. The anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out have reported a 35% increase in the period August-December 2014.  This compares with the same period in the 2013-2014 football season when there were 136 grievances …

Arts

Stewart Lee Review

“Comedy is the new opera” Stewart Lee quipped at the outset of his new show, referring to his Grand Opera House surroundings. He might just be right too. Lee’s brand of comedy is dramatic, intense and, at times, beyond his audience.   Throughout the ninety minute set Lee effortlessly kept …

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Super Council’s and Ratepayers Clash over Bills

Figures from the Department of Finance have shown that up to 350,000 households in Northern Ireland have been affected by increased rates due to the formation of the super councils. Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said that the people affected will be able to get a discount and that he …

Local

Safety of North West 200 questioned as injured spectator in critical condition

A spectator and rider were airlifted to hospital after a crash involving three motorcycles at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Saturday. The crash happened on a straight section of the course between York corner and the Mill Road Roundabout in Portstewart during the opening Superstock race. The injured spectator, Violet McAfee, a mother of one was hit …

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‘The New council of Newry, Mourne and Down have ambitious hopes to lead and serve a district that is prosperous, healthy and sustainable.’

On April 1 2015 the councils across Northern Ireland changed into what is now known as ‘Super councils.’ The council numbers went down from 26 councils to 11 councils. This is conveyed in the diagram below: The councils would still retain the same powers as previous councils but now with …