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2008-09-25 12:00:29

By WILL ELLISON; ANNA QUIGLEY A CUSTOMER helpline has been set up for passengers affected by the closure of City of Derry Airport by a strike this week. And, as the strike by council workers draws near, a trade union official has called the pay offer to council workers derisory and said that it will "plunge many people into poverty." Liam Gallagher of Unite and the Derry Trades Council was speaking before the local government workers come out on strike tomorrow. They are striking over...

2008-09-25 12:00:29

By David Young Hundreds of air passengers were last night advised to make alternative arrangements after it was confirmed that the City of Derry Airport will close later this week due to strike action. The Derry City Council-owned facility will shut on Wednesday and Thursday after last ditch attempts to reach a resolution to the ongoing public service workers pay dispute failed. While some airlines have cancelled their scheduled flights, others are operating out of Belfast International...

2008-09-25 12:00:29

THE acting head of Derry City Council has warned that further strike action by council employees could put jobs at City of Derry Airport at risk. John Meehan is seeking another meeting with the Unite union to again ask for airport staff to be exempt from any further industrial action. Unions have warned more strike action is likely but John Meehan says airlines won't tolerate further closures. "The priority is that the jobs at the airport are not vulnerable. "If we have a position where...

2008-09-05 12:00:25

By ANDY CHAPMAN THE countdown is on as Londonderry prepares to host Northern Ireland's largest comedy festival tonight. The Magners Big Tickle Festival, sponsored by the North West Telegraph, promises an even bigger and better line-up of comedy when it opens its doors this evening. Eavan King, festival manager at The Playhouse in Derry, said: "We're really excited about kicking off this year. "This year's festival is the biggest and best yet with 17 top comedy names at the Magners Big...

2008-08-22 12:00:34

By BRENDAN McDAID HUNDREDS of Ireland's finest musicians, poets, comedians, DJs and performers are set to ply their arts on the streets of Derry's city centre tomorrow as the Roaring Meg Street Performance Competition gets under way. The one-day, all-Ireland arts festival will also see dancers, ranters and circus acts bidding for a share of the Pounds 4,000 prize fund - the biggest for a busking competition anywhere on the island of Ireland. In addition to Pounds 1,000 top prize for...

2008-08-21 12:01:28

By VICTORIA O'HARA A NORTHERN Ireland man who cheated death after plummeting to earth when a skydive in America went wrong has revealed how messages of support have given him strength to recover. Paul McMahon suffered multiple injuries after hitting the ground from over 100 feet during a jump in California two weeks ago. He smashed both legs, crushed his pelvis and lost six pints of blood. Paul, from Castlederg in Co Tyrone, lay unconscious in hospital for three days on a life support...

2008-08-21 12:01:28

By BRENDAN McDAID TWO people injured in a three vehicle crash in Londonderry were today described as being in a "stable" condition after being admitted overnight to Altnagelvin Hospital. Meanwhile, one of the two males arrested by police following the crash at Strand Road yesterday has been released without charge. The second male was released on bail. In total five people were taken to hospital yesterday following the collision involving two cars and a minibus near the junction of...

2008-08-17 18:00:51

By BRENDAN McDAID NORTH west cancer campaigners have been told the Republic's government is committed to ensuring a planned radiotherapy unit at Londonderry's Altnagelvin Hospital will be developed on a cross- border basis. Representatives from the Donegal Action For Cancer Care group met with Health Minister Mary Harney in Dublin to seek assurances on whether the Derry facility announced earlier this year by Northern counterpart Michael McGimpsey will cater for patients across the...

2008-08-13 21:00:25

By ANDY CHAPMAN AN army of teddy friends will be on emergency call thanks to the generosity of a local charity. The Friends of Altnagelvin recently presented a batch of 'Teddies for Tears' to Northern Ireland Ambulance Service personnel who are based on the Altnagelvin Area Hospital site. When the Ambulance Service responds to a 999 call for a child, every crew will now carry a soft toy so that if a child is distressed, they can be given a gift to comfort them on the child's way to...

2008-08-13 18:00:30

By BRENDAN McDAID OVER 200,000 passengers have now travelled on Ryanair's route from City of Derry airport to Liverpool. The milestone was reached recently on the route commenced in February 2006 and now operates a daily service to the European Capital of Culture. Ryanair currently offer seven routes from City of Derry Airport with the most recent announcement being two brand new routes to Birmingham and London (Luton), which will commence on October 26 and 28 respectively....


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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