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2008-10-11 09:00:17

The Belfast Telegraph has a message for its readers today - an old saying adapted for a new era. It's "Vote Early, Vote Often". You'll be relieved to know this has nothing to do with elections but instead refers to tonight's editions of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. Co Down's Christine Bleakley is an early favourite on the BBC1 dance show, while Dungiven teenager Eoghan Quigg is bidding for X Factor glory on ITV. But they won't stand a chance of success without strong support from...

2008-10-10 09:00:34

By Grania McFadden It certainly has resonances for modern Ulster, but local playwright Owen McCafferty's new production is a reworking of an ancient, Greek classic. He tells Grania McFadden why he was very determined to resurrect it for this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's The war is over. But the conflict continues over how to honour the dead. Should we turn our backs on the troubled past, or should the future wait while we remember the fallen? It's a question which has often been...

2008-10-09 12:00:38

By LESLEY-ANNE HENRY NORTHERN Ireland's Health Minister has threatened to pull the plug on plans for a Pounds 190m hospital in Omagh if the local council does not support him. The proposed new 'enhanced local hospital' falls short of being the full acute hospital that Omagh District Council and local campaigners want. In an unusual move, however, Michael McGimpsey issued a stark warning that it is this enhanced local hospital or nothing. He told the Belfast Telegraph: "What I am...

2008-10-06 09:00:47

RENEWABLE electricity consumption in Northern Ireland has gone up by 60% since 2005 with wind taking up the biggest share of the market, a conference in Belfast on wind energy has heard. Energy Minister Arlene Foster addressed the Irish Wind Energy Association's (IWEA) autumn conference, the theme of which was Actions for Economic Prosperity in a New Energy Era. The Minister said renewable energy development remained at the forefront of her agenda. "With 99% dependence on imports to meet...

2008-10-06 09:00:33

By MARGARET CANNING AN OFF-site building company in Co Tyrone has won a Pounds 700,000 contract from the British Airports Authority for a new detention centre at Edinburgh International Airport. McAvoy Off-Site Building Solutions will manufacture the immigration detention centre to UK Home Office regulations at the airport. The two-storey, steel-framed modular building will be manufactured at the McAvoy's Dungannon factory and is due to be handed over in February 2009. The contract is...

2008-09-29 16:05:00

By CLAIRE HARRISON PRESCRIPTION charges are to be completely scrapped for all in Northern Ireland within 18 months, it was announced today. In a major victory for a Belfast Telegraph campaign, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey this morning announced his intention to make all prescriptions free of charge by April 2010. He spoke of "a historic and happy day" for thousands of patients across Northern Ireland as he revealed details of how fees are to be phased out, subject to agreement from...

2008-09-29 09:00:44

By ED CURRAN I don't think the Stormont Executive was ever invented to survive your education policy and it is worth asking the question: Can it? People are saying they are confused. They don't understand what you, as Education Minister, are doing. Primary school children don't know what will befall them next year. What kind of exam or assessment awaits them? How many of them will be admitted to grammar schools? And then there are the 11-year-olds of 2010 and 2011. What's their future?...

2008-09-25 15:00:55

By Matthew McCreary NORTHERN Ireland's Executive has been urged to "get on with it" to ensure cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland are not left out in the cold over prescription charges. Yesterday's decision from Prime Minister Gordon Brown that drugs charges for cancer patients in England are to be abolished means Northern Ireland is now the only area of the UK which has not announced that the fees for cancer patients will be scrapped. The Prime Minister's plans will not extend to...

2008-09-25 15:00:00

By CLARE WEIR THE strike shutdown at City of Derry airport next week - at the height of the holiday season -prompted fears of chaos for tourists today. Despite last-minute negotiations last night, no agreement could be reached between council and union representatives and services have been suspended from midnight on Tuesday until midnight on Thursday. A Derry City Council spokeswoman said that it had made a strong case to representatives from the Unite union to make council staff who...

2008-09-25 15:00:37

By Linda McKee EAST Belfast residents were urged to write to Environment Minister Sammy Wilson asking him to come to their homes to experience aircraft noise for himself. Campaigners seeking tighter controls told a public meeting in Ballymacarrett the minister needs to control the activities of George Best Belfast City Airport, or it could end up becoming Northern Ireland's biggest airport. Around 50 residents gathered at Connswater Community Centre for what became a heated debate on...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.