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N Ireland debates EU exit but unites to lobby Irish Presidency on CAP reform

As the UK eyes the EU exit door, Northern Ireland is looking to the Irish Presidency of the European Council as an opportunity to lobby on behalf of farmers in upcoming Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) negotiations. At a Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Committee report meeting Monday, …

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Northern Ireland Rail speeding towards a bright future.

Just as the train line between Londonderry and Coleraine is set to re-open on the 24th March, one week ahead of schedule, Mr Mal McGreevy updated Coleraine Borough Council on Translink’s recent achievements. The Derry-Coleraine track has been closed for major engineering works since July 2012. Since then Mr McGreevy …

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Coleraine Borough Council: Translink’s 15% increase in custom & WiFi on the beach

Translink Mal  McGreevy, general manager of rail services at Translink, addressed Coleraine Borough Council on Tuesday to discuss the completion of the consultation process on the new Derry-Londonderry rail line. Councillors were told how the 70% increase of train services is helping transform the North Coast. The Belfast – Coleraine line has seen …

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UK welfare reform, the universal credit and empty purses

Universal credit is the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government’s great white hope. The symbol of their attempts to mend broken Britain. Chancellor George Osborne said: “The benefits system is broken, it penalises people who try to do the right thing, and the British people badly want it fixed.” The Welfare Reform …

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Changes needed for fertility regulations

The death of Sir Robert Edwards, the pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation, has come as a blow to the world of fertility medicine. He died peacefully after a long illness and tributes have poured in from all across the world, led by the first “test tube baby”, Louise Brown, who said …

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Council meeting

HEATED WORDS AT COUNCIL MEETING There was a heated exchange at the monthly meeting of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council on Monday 6th May between the Chief Executive, Mr Ian Frazer and Councillor Maurice Morrow. The exchange arose when Councillor Morrow enquired about the progress of an urban renewal …

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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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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 …