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By VIEW deputy editor Kathryn Johnston ‘Can you feel the love tonight?’ These were the words of Colin Flinn, chair of Belfast City of Sanctuary, who said last Sunday he was delighted with the  huge ‘Refugees Welcome’ message at the Great Refugee Week Picnic in Ormeau Park. Several hundred people joined Amnesty International and Belfast City of Sanctuary (BCoS) Great Refugee Picnic last Sunday to show their support for promoting and building a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary and a home in Belfast. Belfast City of Sanctuary was founded on March 1, 2018 at Belfast City…

By Peter Hutcheon and Una Murphy NORTHERN IRELAND’S councils have been urged to take forward the campaign for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Councillors also called on the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to explore licensing options for medicinal cannabis and for the UK Home Office to withdraw prohibition of its use. The councillors’ unanimous support for a new law permitting the use of medicinal cannabis follows the emergency licence granted to 12-year-old Billy Caldwell from Castlederg, Co Tyrone for the drug, after he had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition having…

By Andrew Madden BELFAST Islamic Centre has hit out at far-right groups in Northern Ireland after a niqab was placed on a statue in the city as part of a “ban the burqa” campaign. The display was carried out by “Generation Identity”, a Europe-wide movement who are against immigration, multiculturalism and support different communities’ “right to difference” through separation. GI put the Islamic clothing (since removed) on one of the statues that make up the 1992 Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker on Great Victoria Street mall on Sunday as part of their “ban the burqa” campaign. Similar actions simultaneously…

A packed audience attended today’s Advice NI’s Rights4Seniors Digital event in the Andrews Gallery, Titanic, Belfast today. The keynote speaker was Eddie Lynch, the Commissioner for Older People Two films which highlighted the digital training work of Advice NI were screened to those attending. A number of digital training certificates were also handed out to the ‘graduates’ attending the event. The event was closed by Bob Stronge, Chief Executive of Advice NI

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A new Glider bus service rolls into Belfast later this year. New bus shelters throughout the east and west of the city have been erected to accommodate the service. You will have noticed two structures that are part of the new shelters. One is recognisably a bench for sitting on. The other one is just weird looking. I initially thought it was going to be a notice board as it’s totally impractical for any other use. After a spot of research, I can reliably inform our readers that it is a leaning bar/leaning post/perch. The…

The National Trust is seeking tenant(s) for a historic cottage on a remote island in Lough Neagh Measuring just under nine acres in size, and accessible only by boat, Coney Island has been in the care of conservation charity The National Trust since 1985. Located in the south west of Lough Neagh, archaeological evidence indicates that the island has been occupied at various times since the Mesolithic period. More recently it was the summer retreat of James Alfred Caulfield, seventh Viscount and eleventh Baron Charlemont and it’s his 19th century cottage that has been refurbished by the National Trust and is…

Marie Curie has welcomed a letter signed by Northern Ireland political party leaders which calls for work to reform the special rules determining eligibility for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for terminally-ill people. Writing to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities, the leaders of all of the main parties have asked for a working group to be established to look at how the eligibility rules can be changed in line with those adopted in Scotland’s new social security bill. Under the current rules in Northern Ireland, only people with a diagnosis of six months or less to live can…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Relatives of loved ones sat in grim-faced stony silence or held hands as the devastating report ‘Home Truths’ into Dunmurry Manor Care Home was read out today in Belfast. It seems out of place to use the word ‘care’ as it was totally lacking for many residents. If your loved one – your mother, your father – has to go into a care home, you want them to be treated with respect and common decency and not to be physically and sexually abused. The Commissioner for Older People Eddie Lynch, whose report, Home Truths’ was…

By Andrew Madden THREE buildings in the heart of Belfast will be demolished to make way for a £400m regeneration project, following a unanimous decision by the council’s planning committee. Belfast’s City Council’s planning committee approved the plans, without discussion, at tonight’s meeting at City Hall. Now the structures on 53-63 Royal Avenue and 16 Lower Garfield Street will disappear and be replaced with the urban development, previously known as the Royal Exchange project. Some of the key issues in the case presented by council officers at the meeting included the impact on adjacent listed buildings and sections of the…

Legal advice services should be sited in doctor’s surgeries and food banks, according to a new report on ways to help people out of poverty. Ulster University Law School researchers have also recommended that legal education should be provided to services providing advice to people in poverty. Ciara Fitzpatrick, the Law Centre NI’s Information and Communication Officer, is one of the researchers who wrote the report. She said: “In 2016, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published research on destitution in the UK. JRF’s research painted a picture of people already living in severe poverty being pushed into destitution by: “debt…

THE number of homes in Northern Ireland hit by the ‘bedroom tax’ has more than trebled in six months – despite Stormont pledges to prevent the controversial welfare cut. Top-up payments to mitigate against the cut ended for 86 housing benefit claimants in the period between October and March. It comes after The Irish News revealed last October the bedroom tax had arrived in the north, as it emerged 35 claimants were no longer receiving the top-ups. The controversial British government policy sees housing benefit claimants have their payments reduced if their home is deemed to have more bedrooms than…

https://youtu.be/hyIW2_p5XaI By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Wave after wave of women walked through Belfast city centre yesterday to mark 100 years of getting the vote in the United Kingdom. The event was part of Processions 2018 which also took place in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The marchers donned the colours of the suffragette movement – green, white and violet – as part of the mass procession. The protest banners carried messages about equality and a woman’s right to choose. The event was co-ordinated by 14-18 Now – an art programme connecting people with the First World War – and Artichoke…

By Una Murphy A major Northern Ireland charity has backed top medics in who have hit out at the “unfair treatment” of terminally ill patients refused welfare benefits. Advice NI said they backed the medical experts who called for the “compassionate model” in Scotland to be introduced to Northern Ireland’s social security system, when dealing with people with terminal illness who claim Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Kevin Higgins, Head of Policy, Advice NI, said: “There is a long overdue need to reintroduce compassion and fairness back into the system.” In an open letter published in a Belfast newspaper the medics…

Children from Ravenscroft Nursery in east Belfast yesterday celebrated BookTrust’s National Bookstart Week 2018 at Belfast’s Window on Wildlife in Belfast Harbour, The children took part in a bird themed reading and rhyming adventure led by Libraries NI before having a tour of the Wetlands Centre at the event. National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. It encourages families to pick-up a book together and get into the habit of reading every day – even if it’s just for 10 minutes. The launch and subsequent events in libraries and Sure Start centres for 6,000…

Cyprus Avenue. Written by David Ireland and directed by Vicky Featherstone. Performed at the Mac Theatre in Belfast (final night Saturday, May 26)  An Abbey Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production. By VIEW editor Brian Pelan “A lot of people who have seen Cyprus Avenue consider it to be a very anti-loyalist play. There was even a reviewer in London who took issue with it and said it was clearly written by an Irish Catholic Republican which he obviously got very wrong. Vicky Featherstone, who directed the play, said it was about the problem of loyalism which I think is accurate. Often…

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