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Translink to increase services to Londonderry

Translink has announced it is to increase rail services on the Londonderry line by 70%. Mal McGreevy, Translink’s General Manager, made the announcement at the Coleraine Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening, 19 February. Services will be increased from 11 to 19 on weekdays, with an additional three services at …

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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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Counting Crows – August and Everything After-Live at Town Hall – Review

There was a time in the mid ‘90s when Counting Crows was one of the most critically acclaimed bands in the world. However their popularity began to wane at the start of the Millennium as their music became more erratic. Their early success was largely down to one album, “August …

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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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Once upon a Time in Anatolia they made a film

Once upon a time in Anatolia, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sixth film, is a stark slow-moving portrayal of an investigation team’s hunt for a buried murder victim on the Anatolian steppe. From start to finish the film is brilliantly shot, engaging and frustratingly mysterious. What emerges is not a …

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Belfast City Council April meeting

Belfast City Council held it’s monthly meeting at the city hall on April 3. Once the usual formalities were completed the Council were able to turn their attention to the business of agreeing and approving the committee minutes from the previous month, and a number of issues were raised during …

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Northern Ireland gears up to host Giro d’Italia in 2014

One of the world’s greatest cycling events is coming to Ireland in 2014. The Giro d’Italia’s “Grande Partenza”, the big start, will be held over three stages on both sides of the border from 10-12 May. Two stages will be held in Belfast on days one and two of the …

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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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Abraham Lincoln review

This film is, quite simply, misnamed. It is not primarily about Abraham Lincoln at all.  It is a film about the abolition of slavery in America in the mid 19th century.  More particular than that it is about the passage through Congress of the 13th amendment to the constitution of …

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Government Funding for GAA “Scandalous” claims Allister.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR GAA “SCANDALOUS” CLAIMS ALLISTER The belated announcement by the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development that it will part fund a GAA project in County Tyrone has been heavily criticised. The Traditional Ulster Voice MLA, Jim Allister described the funding as “a scandalous waste” of a “scarce …

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