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Public Meeting Report: Launch of the Citizen’s Dialogue and Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Stability, jobs, growth – these are Ireland’s goals for the presidency of the Council of the European Union this year.  In connection with this, on Thursday 10 January, MC Pat Kenny was joined in Dublin City Hall by citizens, politicians and journalists to officially launch the European Year of Citizens 2013 …

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Family lift veil on murder 70 years ago

It was the height of World War II and on the shores of Lough Fyne in Scotland, thousands of military personnel formed part of the British war machine. Servicemen and women were drilling for the D-Day landings in the highlands of Inverarary, chosen because it was beyond the reach of …

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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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Call for block on suicide internet searches

Jordan Moates considers the need to block internet suicide websites The government should block internet searches for methods of suicide northern Ireland MP Willie McCrea has said. Mr McCrea was speaking as he introduced a 10 minute rule bill in Westminster. Mr McCrea said the thrust of his bill was …

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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 …