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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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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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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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Northern Ireland human trafficking ‘fastest growing in UK’

Northern Ireland has been revealed as having the fastest growing human trafficking industry in the UK, Rebekah Logan reports. Once thought to be a crime limited to underground circles in distant war torn countries, human trafficking is now happening on our doorstep. Speaking at the Northern Ireland Assembly in February, …

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Bonus paid to head of failing A&E

Jordan Moates asks some searching questions about Antrim Area Hospital A bonus has been paid to the clinical director of Antrim Area Hospital Accident and Emergency despite it having the longest waiting times in Northern Ireland. Dr. Olivia Dornan was paid £11,828 on top of her salary in 2010/11 for the …

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The Youth Acting to Stop ACTA in Europe

The youth acting to stop ACTA in Europe   With almost 3 million signatories in protest against a bill that is still to be ratified by the European Parliament, one would assume the bill in question would be fairly well known amongst the public.Ethan Loughrey considers why two surveys on …

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SW Acute Hospital to open June 2012

As the South West Acute Hospital opens, Rebekah Logan examines the reasoning behind its Enniskillen location The countdown to the opening of the controversial new South West Acute Hospital, based in Enniskillen, has begun. The South West Acute Hospital, which is due to open in June 2012, will offer services …