Monthly Archives: September 2012

Belfast’s phantom roadworks that did little except add to drivers’ woes

Concerns have been raised about a mystery set of roadworks which are snarling up one of Belfast’s busiest routes. As thousands of irate rush hour drivers were brought to a halt by new bus lanes in the city centre this week, some motorists had an extra obstacle to add to their misery. Once they had negotiated the severe tailbacks caused by a new traffic system, College Square, close to Millfield, threw up more delays with two lanes closed. Barriers and cones funnelled two lanes of traffic heading towards the Metropolitan College into a one-lane bottleneck, preventing frustrated motorists from accessing an off-slip to turn onto Castle Street. Another turn-off onto Castle Street, yards up from the main junction, was also blocked off. Despite the seemingly urgent nature of the works at a traffic island, given the extra disruption they were causing, the Belfast Telegraph couldn’t establish who was responsible for … Continue reading

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Alliance sides with Sinn Fein on Allister bill

Mr Allister outlined in the chamber why he had introduced the bill, saying that the catalyst for it had been Anne Travers, the sister of Mary Travers, who was murdered by former Sinn Fein special adviser (Spad) Mary McArdle. Mr Allister paid tribute to Ms Travers’ father, Tom, the magistrate injured in the IRA attack which killed his daughter and said that as a QC he had known him from the courts. The TUV leader praised the late magistrate as someone who was always fair and courageous, saying that Ms Travers had reflected her father’s courage. The SDLP’s Alban Maginness, another barrister who knew Judge Travers, asked Mr Allister whether he believed that the murderous attack on him was an attempt by the IRA to intimidate Catholics out of the judiciary. He said that he suspected that Sinn Fein had appointed Ms McArdle “out of political arrogance and sheer indifference … Continue reading

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Call for Cameron to visit constituency

Just over an hour after the official announcement, Mr Dickson was at the gates of the generator factory at Old Glenarm Road, talking to workers. He said: “This is shocking news that will devastate many workers and their families. Many more will also be affected by the fall out, as job losses to this extent will have a knock-on effect on secondary companies and groups in the area. “Following the job cuts announced in July I held a meeting with the management of FG Wilson and was not satisfied with answers given regarding the company’s future. I left that meeting with an uneasy feeling, which unfortunately has turned into a reality today. “The landscape of Larne and Monkstown will be drastically altered forever, making this a national economic disaster. I am calling for the Prime Minister to meet with the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister (Arlene Foster, DUP) immediately to … Continue reading

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Good News at Last for Lindara Residents after Minister’s Visit

Ulster Unionist Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy was in Larne on Wednesday afternoon with officials from the Roads Sservice and NI Water to see for himself the unfinished Lindara development. Lindara has the largest value of outstanding roads bonds (£795,260) activated by the Department for Regional Development, in the whole of Northern Ireland. The Minister was shown around the development by a delegation of Ulster Unionist Party representatives led by Roy Beggs MLA and accompanied by Cllr Maureen Morrow and Ald Roy Beggs Snr. Roy Beggs MLA commented: “The issue of the unfinished groundwork at Lindara has been a pressing issue for local residents even well before the developer Eassda Holdings went into administration in 2009. Last summer (July 2011) the DRD Roads Service initiated Article 11 of the Street Order to start the process of completing the outstanding work on the roads, footpaths and sewers using the 10 … Continue reading

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‘Smoother’ journeys for train users – Beggs

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