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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 …

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Unemployment figures down, but view remains bleak for graduates.

Despite the economic downturn and the swingeing cuts brought with it, unemployment figures remain below the UK national average in Northern Ireland. Damien Edgar asks why youth unemployment figures are at the bottom of the UK youth employment statistics. The most recent Labour Force Survey’s statistics reveal that almost a fifth of Northern …

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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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Revolutions rage around the world

By  Emma-Kate O’Reilly December 21, 2012 is the end-date for the ancient Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Maybe not the apocalypse as we imagine it literally but metaphorically. Maybe the Mayans were playing with the idea of a new collective conscience being born. Something strange has a hold on the world. …

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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 … …