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Friday, Nov 28 2014

A Sinn Féin councillor is planning to take legal action over his arrest by police investigating paramilitary activity near Dungiven.

62 year old Tony McCaul, was one of four men released unconditionally by police - another man remains in custody.

Tony McCaul said the events of the last 24 hours had left him feeling angry and his family distressed.

Councillor McCaul said the police came at 7 o'clock in the morning and disrupted his whole family.

He says the arrest was totally unjustified.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

An investigation has found that Iris Robinson committed a "serious breach" of the Northern Ireland Assembly's code of conduct.

The assembly's Committee on Standards and Privileges report follows allegations four years ago.

Mrs Robinson broke assembly rules by failing to register three payments, including two from property developers to help her teenage lover.

The investigation found First Minister Peter Robinson did not breach the code.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

Plans to close Portora Royal School and the Collegiate grammar school in Enniskillen have been approved by Education Minister John O'Dowd.

They will be replaced by a new amalgamated school.

A petition against the plans, which was signed by 7,000 people, called on the education minister to seek consensus on the future of the schools.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

A former grammar school vice principal has been given a suspended sentence after admitting indecently assaulting three female pupils.

Sixty eight year old Francis Noel Stroud, was sentenced to three years on probation.

He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the teenage students while working as a maths teacher at Hunterhouse College in south Belfast.

Stroud, of Sandymount Mews, Dunmurry, Belfast, indecently touched the girls and kissed one on the lips.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

Trócaire has announced that, thanks to the generosity of the public in Northern Ireland, the charity’s Lenten appeal 2014 received an extra £2 million of UK government funding.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

500 jobs could be cut at the the Department of the Environment.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

A charity says many people are using food banks because they have 'nowhere left to turn'.

Friday, Nov 28 2014


A report by Stormont's Standards and Privileges Committee on the conduct of First Minister Peter Robinson and his wife Iris will be published today.

Friday, Nov 28 2014

The prominent Belfast republican has been arrested in relation to the murder of Jean McConville has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

Three hundred jobs could go at Translink.

The company has published its draft budget for next year containing saving of £65m.

It's as a result of proposed budget cuts at the Department of Regional development.

Rail and bus passengers are also facing huge fare increases.

 

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

The US engineering firm Caterpillar is to cut 140 jobs across its Northern Ireland operations.

That's according to the Unite union which says the job losses will affect 65 employees and 75 agency workers.

The firm employs about 2,000 people across its County Antrim plants at Larne, west Belfast and Monkstown.

 

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

Detectives investigating shooting incidents and threats in the Dungiven area have now arrested a fifth person.

Earlier four men including Sinn Fein councillor Tony McCaul were arrested.

The latest arrest - a 31 year old man- was made in the Antrim area.

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

Police have launched their annual Christmas crackdown on drink-driving.

Last year during the festive period an average of seven arrests were made per day.

The oldest to be detained was 78 and the youngest drove illegally at 15.

 

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

More than twenty patients at Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry had to be evacuated after smoke was discovered in one of the wards.

The smoke was seen coming from a bed pan washer on ward 5.

The Western Health Trust says it hopes the hospital will return to normal later today.

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

A prominent Belfast republican has been arrested in relation to the murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

A public spending watchdog says GPs could save millions of pounds by prescribing generic medicines.

Thursday, Nov 27 2014

Police have uncovered 2.5 million pounds worth of cocaine hidden in a delivery of furniture.

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