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People in Northern Ireland can offer to sponsor and house people fleeing conflict in Ukraine who have been granted visas under a new government scheme. It is part of a UK-wide scheme to receive those fleeing the Russian invasion, called the ‘Homes for Ukraine Scheme’, and households will be offered £350 a month to participate. …

Ireland is expected to experience mixed weather this week as outbreaks of rain have spread across the country with some clear spells in places. Over the weekend, Met Eireann predicted that snow would arrive on the heights. However, this week will see a dramatic turnaround in conditions. The national forecaster has identified the weather to …

People entering Ireland will no longer need a Covid certificate or a passenger locator form as part of major travel rule changes that are being considered. It is understood that this decision is taken by the government with the aim of facilitating the entry into the country of people fleeing Ukraine. The rule requiring Covid …

A community initiative in Co Fermanagh is helping men come together and tackle social isolation as the region emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. The Men’s Shed Fermanagh group brings together local men to participate in activities such as carpentry and upholstery. The group meets several times a week just outside Enniskillen and is mainly made up …

Tucked away in a winding lane off Moira Road in County Antrim, Glenavy’s Denis Wilson has been a go-to shop for all the community’s farming, DIY and crafting needs for over 45 years. The family business has grown into more than just an acclaimed hardware store since its inception in 1977 and is known as …

Ireland will see a big change in the weather as a low pressure system is expected to hit parts of the island. The low pressure will overtake northern Ireland bringing with it outbreaks of rain and drizzle across the country. But there is good news as the high pressure system will be back on after …

Have you always dreamed of becoming a librarian? Well, here’s a chance to make that dream a reality as the National Library of Ireland recruits for an exciting new position. The Library is recruiting for the position of Digital Engagement Librarian (Assistant Keeper, Grade 2) in Dublin. The job description reads: “This newly created role …

A Welsh council is considering making St David’s Day a public holiday for its workers. Gwynedd Council Cabinet will meet on Tuesday January 18 to discuss plans to make March 1 a public holiday for council workers. The meeting comes after the UK government refused to delegate power to allow Wales to create its own …

Conveniently located for both Antrim city and the M2 to Belfast, Randalstown has undergone a transformation in recent years that has put it on the map as a place to live, shop and explore . Despite the hardships the pandemic has imposed on Northern Ireland’s high streets, independent businesses have continued to do all they …

An American has been called a “hole **” for introducing herself with her friend as Irish – although she could not prove any connection to the island. We’ve all seen this happen at some point. If you are ever in America and someone hears your Irish accent then you will have a story about how …

The Irish government has been asked to oppose the European Commission’s plan to classify nuclear and natural gas power plants as green energy. EU taxonomic rules Brussels consulted with EU Member States on the move as part of the EU Taxonomy which aims to rank activities that contribute to a green transition so that private …

Ireland is reimposing strict Covid-19 restrictions, including closing nightclubs and limiting private gatherings. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said Ireland would reintroduce some Covid-19 restrictions, following “very harsh” advice from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. “My message tonight is difficult,” he told the country in a nationwide address. “I understand and share the disappointment and frustration …

Northern Ireland is “alone” in being the only part of the UK that does not have a permanent program in place to tackle menstrual poverty, a Stormont committee has said. SDLP MP Pat Catney appeared before the Education Committee, which is considering its private member’s bill to make period goods freely available to all in …

Comedian Matt Lucas memorably mimicked Boris Johnson’s often confusing messages about Covid-19 in an opening sketch for the Great British Bake Off TV show. Dressed like the Prime Minister with his tousled blonde hair in a press conference mockup in Downing Street, Lucas announced, “We are now approaching phase 46. “We are, we are, we …

As Europe has once again become the epicenter of Covid-19, many holidaymakers fear their Christmas vacation plans will be curtailed. Several European countries have seen a sharp increase in the number of recorded daily Covid cases, prompting them to reintroduce public health measures. Ireland has also seen a wave of Covid in recent weeks with …

A new awareness campaign warning against doping is expected to be launched after the appearance of a “worrying phenomenon” with reports that women are drugged by people using needles. Higher and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said he had agreed to start an awareness campaign with the Students’ Union of Ireland warning of the risk …

Derry musician and singer SOAK has been chosen to represent Northern Ireland at Independent Venue Week. This will celebrate the importance of independent venues in building local talent across the UK. SOAK has been a champion of Derry and its music scene since he wrote “Sea Creatures” at the age of 14, now they will …

The village of Co Tyrone in Donaghmore won first prize at the Ulster in Bloom Awards. The highly regarded annual horticultural, environmental and community competition officially recognizes the finest plant and flower displays in local towns, cities and villages. Donaghmore received the “Village” award at the awards show, recognizing the efforts of community groups like …

An East Belfast GP surgery that has been described as a ‘lifeline’ for its patients has received the Northern Ireland GP Practice Award of the Year 2021. Greenway Practice, located just off Upper Newtownards Road, has won the prestigious award from the Royal College of General Practitioners, which represents over 1,500 general practitioners across Northern …

A number of energy companies have announced price increases across Northern Ireland. Over the next few months, many household bills will rise due to rising energy prices, with some having already increased it earlier this year. This means that some homes could pay hundreds more for energy next year. The Consumers Council said the news …

There was another setback for Slaintecare on Thursday when Professor Anthony O’Connor became the third senior official to leave the Implementation Advisory Board. He is believed to have resigned due to governance issues within the organization, but Professor O’Connor said he did not want to comment publicly. Professor O’Connor, clinical manager of the gastroenterology department …

A new street art project has been unveiled at Windsor Park celebrating some of the stadium’s most memorable moments. The Irish FA Foundation, the Linfield Supporters Trust, the Greater Village Regeneration Trust and the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs have joined forces for the project, which also celebrates the connection between the football teams …

Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough believes Blackpool forward Shayne Lavery will only get better for the club and the country. Lavery took his season tally for the Seasiders to six goals in 12 games with a superb volley in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Hull City, The 22-year-old, who joined Blackpool from Irish League champions …

The DUP said a Green Party proposal for a Belfast declaration on the rights of nature “will give rights to trees”. At the recent Belfast Council Policy and Strategic Resources Committee (Friday, September 24), councilors passed a green motion designed to start a public conversation in the city on the growing ‘Rights of Nature’ movement …

A man from north Belfast who has started his own black taxi tour business to provide an unbiased explanation of the issues hopes it will help people continue to be educated. Choppers Authentic Cab Tours was born out of the pandemic, starting in May 2021 after Chopper found himself in financial difficulty after getting into …

A pair of unlikely friends who met on an Alzheimer Society remembrance walk have gathered for the first time to cut the ribbon at this year’s event. Car retailer Ryan Harkness is the same age as former teacher Denise Morgan’s daughter, but they hit it off after Denise greeted Ryan at the finish line at …

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson held a meeting with an LGBT organization. He met with representatives of the Rainbow Project on Monday in Stormont. It is believed to be the first time that a DUP leader has had a meeting with an LGBT group. The engagement is the latest sign that the DUP is slowly …

Taoiseach Micheál Martin called the sinister demonstrators who gathered in front of Leo Varadkar’s house “despicable and shocking”. He also said the disturbing developments, which have seen an increasing number of private homes of politicians targeted, have “no place in our democracy.” He added: “I think we as a country tolerate political debate, we tolerate …

The government said recent incidents of unsafe water supply from two treatment plants have now been rectified and the water is now safe to drink. Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) described two serious incidents in recent weeks at drinking water plants serving parts of Dublin City (served by the Ballymore Water Treatment …

Sinn Fein has been accused of a “cynical stunt” over calls to tighten the Irish government’s lobbying rules while “acting completely opposite” in Northern Ireland. In the Republic, the party tables a bill aimed at further restricting former ministers and special advisers from lobbying to the government. Sinn Féin wishes to extend the cooling-off period …

Another country was removed from the list of designated states for mandatory hotel quarantine, with Minister Stephen Donnelly posting another updated trip on Saturday. Mr Donnelly confirmed that Ecuador has now also been removed from the list of countries requiring people traveling to the country to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival. The change …

An eight-year-old boy from Co Tyrone who died of cancer has been described by his local pastor as a “special little boy”. Jake Rankin of Castlederg died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a battle with illness. At Jake’s funeral on Tuesday at St. Bestius Church in Killeter, Reverend Peter Ferguson paid tribute …

Young members of the Riverine Environmental Project in Strabane, County Tyrone made an impressive discovery last week after capturing images of a pine marten rare in the area. Seven-year-old Josh Cairns spotted an animal trail in the undergrowth and decided to place the camera, before returning 48 hours later to take pictures of the animal. …

Ógra Fianna Fáil called on Leo Varadkar to resign and accused him of “rude double standard” on Merriongate. Fianna Fáil base members are furious at Mr. Varadkar’s presence at the infamous Merrion Hotel garden party for 50 VIP guests last month. And this has now manifested itself in a demand from the party’s official youth …

The men in the Donagh area in County Fermanagh have used an initiative by a GAA club in the area to get people to play non-competitive sport. The GFC St Patrick’s Club in the village runs the ‘Dads and Lads’ program within the club, which allows older men and those who do not wish to …

For anyone planning a trip, whether across the water or further afield, it can be difficult to keep abreast of changing travel rules. When it comes to testing and self-isolation, it can be difficult to know when to do either and what to prepare for before you go. We’ve put together a list of everything …

A leading immunology expert criticized the government’s “last minute” approach to establishing Covid vaccine certificates, calling the deployment a “disaster.” Liam Fanning, professor of immunovirology at University College Cork, called for the use of antigen testing in public places to identify infectious individuals. He believes rapid tests should be widely available and should be used …

The North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) has opened registration for its Summer School program for young people, ages 13-24, passionate about change and social justice. The six-day program runs August 21-26, 2021, at the City Hotel, Derry, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Summer School for Effective Activism Supporting Cross-Community Practice, open to up …

Hundreds of people lined up along the Tryweryn Dam in Gwynedd on Saturday July 10 to highlight their stand against housing market forces which they say are undermining both the Welsh language and communities. Activists joined forces for the rally of Cymdeithas yr Iaith along the 600-meter dam near Bala with musician Dafydd Iwan addressing …

Ireland has taken an incredible new vaccine milestone with over 5 million doses due to be administered here. The deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine has accelerated at an incredible rate, especially in the past few days due to the announcement that 18-34 year olds can now register for the Janssen single injection vaccine at pharmacies …

The Irish public has been urged to remain vigilant in recent months over the growing number of scams that attempt to separate people from their hard-earned money. Gardai and the Department of Social Protection have warned people not to give out sensitive personal and banking information over the phone. There has been a recent wave …

A bonfire north of Belfast has been described by the Chief Constable as the “most controversial” in Northern Ireland. Simon Byrne made the comments to the Northern Ireland Police Council regarding the Adam Street pyre in the Tiger’s Bay area. The bonfire is located on land owned by several departments of Stormont. Belfast Live understands …

The current scourge of fraudulent callers targeting thousands of Irish phone numbers continues as more and more people appear. Scammers called standard mobile numbers 083, 085 and 087, with many elderly people falling victim to robocalls. When people answer these numbers, an automated message is broadcast, with the organizers claiming to be from the Welfare …

A mental health tsunami is brewing among the thousands of people affected in mica-infested homes, it has been claimed. Paddy Diver, who spearheaded the campaign that led to the march in the capital, said he feared it was only a matter of time before a death occurred. Thousands of people affected by the bad blocks, …