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Church leaders look for hope after uncertainty of 2016

Posted By: December 25, 2016

Church leaders in Northern Ireland are offering prayers for hope arising out of the uncertainty of 2016 this Christmas.In a joint message, Archbishops of the Church of Ireland and Catholic Church in Armagh noted that “the world at the end of 2016 seems a very different place than it did at this time last year”.The Most Reverend Richard Clarke […]

Irish human rights priest blazed trail for us to follow

Posted By: December 25, 2016

Hugh Harkin. Irish Independent. Thursday, December 22, 2016 If we want a seat at the top table, Ireland needs to live up to its heroes. The international dimension of this year’s 1916 commemorations gave an opportunity for an early offensive in Ireland’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2021-22. Ireland needs to secure the support […]

RHI scandal: RHI “cash for as”‘ scandal to cost NI taxpayers £490m

Posted By: December 25, 2016

BBC NI  December 23,  2016Image caption Flaws in setting the scheme’s subsidy rate left it open to abuse as claimants could earn more cash the more fuel they burnedThe cost of the botched renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme to the Northern Ireland taxpayer will be £490m, the Department of the Economy has said.The original estimate for the scheme given at an Assembly committee […]

Dripping a Paddy accent no longer enough for illegal Irish in U.S. after Trump threats

Posted By: December 24, 2016

John Daly Irish Independent. Saturday, December 24, 2016If there’s ever a tough time to be an expat, it’s surely at Christmas. Whether you’re munching turkey on Bondi Beach, hiking in the Hindu Kush or paragliding above Ko Samui, that old adage, ‘the savage loves his native shore’ applies with a vengeance this week.For the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the […]

RHI scandal: Cost to NI “could be 50% higher than thought”

Posted By: December 24, 2016

Mairtin O Muilleoir, who took over Stormont’s finance ministry in May, is pictured on a TV screen in Stormont’s Parliament Buildings. News Letter. Belfast. Friday, December 2, 2016Finance minister Mairtin O Muilleoir has said that the cost to Northern Ireland’s public purse of the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme could be far higher than thought.He said up to £600 million […]

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