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Council story: Campbell criticised at council

UUP Councillors have slammed local MP Gregory Campbell for failing to “rally” councillors over the threat of DVLA job losses in County Hall. It is feared 259 jobs will be moved from Coleraine to Swansea as part of ongoing centralisation in the DVLA. Councillors David Barbour and William McCandless, speaking …

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Coleraine Council welcome improved railway line

Coleraine Borough Council met in the council offices in Cloonavin on Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 6.30pm. Deputy Mayor Alderman Creelman, chairman for the evening, opened proceedings by welcoming everyone to the meeting. The first item of business was an update from the General Manager of Rail Services in Translink, …

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Council Report

Mal McGreevy began the Coleraine Borough Council meeting on 19th February 2013 with an update on the Coleraine-Derry/Londonderry rail line. Mr McGreevy, General Manager of Rail Services at Translink, confirmed that the Coleraine-Derry/Londonderry line will reopen one week ahead of schedule on the 24th March. He continued to outline what …

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Cervical cancer – Awareness and prevention in Northern Ireland

Every day in the UK, nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three lives are lost to the disease, a major charity has warned. In Northern Ireland, women are invited to cervical screening appointments at the age of 25. However, the uptake of women attending smear tests is lower …

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Councillors pleased with improvements to North Coast rail lines

BY JAYNE MCCORMACK Coleraine councillors were told of the huge transformation to the North Coast’s railway system at their meeting on Tuesday, 19 February. Mal McGreevy, general manager of rail services at Translink, said that there had been a 70% increase in the number of trains operating between Belfast to …

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Fracking Future to be Decided

  The possibility of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, in Northern Ireland could be decided within the next 12 months. The Northern Ireland Assembly passed a moratorium in December 2011 by 49 votes to 30 to allow more time to assess the safety of the procedure, which Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster …

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Return of the Mac: CD Review

The world rejoiced earlier this year when legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac announced a 2013 world tour. Jayne McCormack takes a trip down nostalgia lane to explain why ‘Rumours’ is still one of the best albums of all time. Music lovers everywhere are ecstatic that the band responsible for classics …

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Concerns amidst council shake-up

The re-organisation of local government will mean that there will be just 11 instead of 26 councils and 120 fewer council seats in Northern Ireland. The first elections with the new format will take place next year. The planning Bill is at Committee stage but it is hoped that it …

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Film review: Olympus has fallen

I was excited by the trailer of the movie, Olympus Has Fallen and even more so when I discovered that it was directed by Antoine Fuqua who also directed Training Day. I was further buoyed when I received a text from a friend that read “Olympus Has Fallen is the …

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Thatcher’s ghost will continue to haunt Britain’s EU relations

Europe may have been the issue that led to Baroness Thatcher’s political downfall in 1990, but 23 years later, in the wake of her recent death, it appears that she might just yet win in her fight against an United States of Europe. When news broke of her death, David Cameron …

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