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Altnagelvin has worst driving test pass rates

Learner drivers are least likely to pass their driving test at Altnagelvin, Co. Londonderry. The Derry test centre had a pass rate of 42.58% in 2019 – the lowest in all of Northern Ireland, according to a Freedom of Information request to the Driver & Vehicle Agency. This figure has …

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Portrush Bank Closures: A Cashless Town?

The last bank in Portrush closed in 2018. When the Ulster Bank announced in 2017 that they were closing their branch, local Councillor and businessman Alderman Norman Hillis spoke to the media expressing his worry about the closure. In the two years since the bank closed, how have businessmen, like …

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Northern Ireland Food Bank Use

There are empty stomachs, cupboards and wallets across Northern Ireland. When these people reach a financial breaking point, they turn to foodbanks for assistance.  Foodbanks in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are overseen by a charitable organisation called the Trussell Trust. Trussell Trust foodbanks operate according to …

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Mobile Journalism- Mark McKillen

I interviewed local musician Conor McKillen for my mobile journalism piece about how coronavirus is impacting musicians. Conor is my brother and due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic I was unable to interview anyone outside my family home. His recording session in Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin was …

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Number of pupils entering education system in Northern Ireland continues to increase despite funding cuts

It was announced in the run up to the 2018/19 academic year that primary schools in Northern Ireland would be receiving £56 less per pupil. The cuts to funding would leave education in Northern Ireland “at crisis point” said one primary school Principal. By analysing the steady trend in increasing …

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How supermarkets are going the extra mile to ensure staff and shoppers safety during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus has hugely affected our ability to carry out basic daily tasks. One of such tasks is a trip to the local supermarket. Since the outbreak of the virus which has seen measures introduced by the government to combat its spread, supermarkets have had to adapt. I spoke to an …

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Visit to Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron, Palestine, June 2019

Ayat Alturshan runs several different projects for women and children at different refugee camps in the West Bank, Palestine. I recently had the opportunity to go and visit the Al Fawwar refugee camp on the outskirts of Hebron, West Bank, Palestine with the cultural and educational project, Go Palestine which …

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Surf Lebanon: The Middle East’s core surf scene

Surf Lebanon is a crew who surf a range of waves just south of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. After a quick surf, I spoke to the founder and centre of Lebanon’s surf scene, Ali Elamine, about his shop and met a few of the local surfers hanging out on the beach.

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Lyra McKee: Who was she and why are people talking about her?

Lyra McKee was a 29 years old reporter, writer and campaigner. Friends and colleagues described her as a “rising star” in the world of journalism – she was named Sky News young journalist of the year in 2006. Lyra was writing her first book which was due to be published in …

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The Loughinisland Massacre

On June 18 1994, six men were brutally murdered as they sat having a drink in their local pub.  They were watching Ireland play Italy in the soccer World Cup in the Heights Bar, Loughinisland – a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland.    Their only crime that night was …

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