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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

Lafferty double sees off Finland

Northern Ireland have taken a massive step towards qualification for Euro 2016 after a 2-1 win over Finland at Windsor Park. Kyle Lafferty’s first-half double was enough for the hosts as they held on to record their fourth win in five games in Group F. Michael O’Neill praised the mentality …

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Harry’s Shack Restaurant review

According to Virginia Woolf; “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Last week I visited the almost infamous Harry’s Shack. Harry’s Shack is a very suitable name for the restaurant which opened its doors to the public in August 2014. Situated at the gateway to …

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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 …

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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 …

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Football

Van Gaal accuses his players of complacency after Everton defeat

Manchester United witnessed another defeat on Sunday (26th April) after losing 3-0 to Everton. The match, held at Goodison Park inflicted a second Premier League loss on Louis van Gaal’s side. While the game ended in defeat for Manchester United, van Gaal must have been glad that he would not …

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