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Extra afternoon pool sessions opened

The swimming pool in the Foyle Arena will open for extra public sessions on late afternoons on weekdays after complaints from the public over reservations for lessons for schools.

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Foyle Arena in the Waterside.

Swimmer wants open baths

A swimmer has complained that the reservation of the Foyle Arena pool for swimming lessons and by various local sports clubs for 24 per cent of the week is “disgraceful”.

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Tony Taylor with his Lorraine and, son Bliain and daughters Nicole and Ellie-Jo.

Durkan raises ‘extreme distress’ of Tony Taylor family and seeks meeting with Sugden

The Justice Minister Claire Sugden has indicated she may be willing to meet with the family of Derry republican Tony Taylor to hear their concerns over his ongoing incarceration after the issue was raised at Stormont by the SDLP MLA Mark H. Durkan.

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Schivo plight underlines the need for worker unity: McCann

Schivo plight underlines the need for worker unity: McCann

Eamonn McCann says high trade union density at the former Schivo factory prevented significant job losses for more than half a century of manufacturing at the Maydown site, which it’s feared may now be about to come to an end.

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The Foyle Hospice in Derry.

Health Minister visits ‘vital’ Foyle Hospice

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has visited the Foyle Hospice in Derry to meet with staff, volunteers and people using the hospice’s services.

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Appeal after arson in Limavady

Detectives are appealing for information after two wheelie bins were set on fire in the Coolessan Walk area of Limavady during the early hours of Wednesday (18th).

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John Hume

Twitter reacts: John Hume turns 80 years old

Former SDLP leader and peacemaking pioneer John Hume turned 80 today and several high-profile names have been quick to send him birthday wishes on Twitter.

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30 let go at Schivo site
to get statutory only

30 let go at Schivo site to get statutory only

Thirty workers have been made redundant at the former Schivo plant in Maydown and will now have to seek the minimum statutory payouts available as the rest of the workforce completes the final orders on the factory books and administrators try to find a last minute buyer to keep it open.

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Limavady Courthouse

Male who was assaulted taken to safety by Limavady school staff

A man who was punched outside a school in Limavady was taken to safety by staff, a court has been told.

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Video: ‘I will appoint independent person to look at adult learning disability underspend’

The terms of reference for the appointment of an independent facilitator to guide further investment in adult community learning disability services in the Western Trust were sent to Chief Executive Elaine Way last month, according to the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill.

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It’s time to get on your bikes and get active, says Deputy Mayor

It’s time to get on your bikes and get active, says Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jim McKeever, got on his bike at the Foyle Arena last week as part of a campaign to encourage more people to ‘Get Out Get Active’.

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Patricia Murphy, Deputy Returning Officer. (Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com)

Over 7,000 no longer on Electoral Register in Foyle and East Derry

Over 7,500 people across Foyle and East Derry have been removed from the Electoral Register, it has been confirmed.

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Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire pictured on Monday setting a date  for Northern Ireland  to go to the polls on 2 March. (Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

We need to safeguard stability in N. Ireland, says Brokenshire

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire said that government officials north and south had “engaged intensively” to try resolve issues at Stormont with a view to avoiding a fresh election.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Election 17: Archbishop warns politicians to avoid ‘denigrating’ language

Archbishop Eamon Martin has called on politicians here to avoid using ‘denigrating and divisive language’ ahead of the Assembly election.

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John Hume to celebrate 80th birthday with family

Nobel laureate John Hume will celebrate his 80th birthday at home today, surrounded by his family.

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John Hume pictured with Michael D Higgins in Inishowen back in 2014.

Hume ‘a man of peace and courage’ - Irish president

The Irish President has heaped praise on John Hume as a man of peace and courage as the SDLP founder and Nobel Peace recipient turns 80 today.

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Baseball bat attacker is branded a ‘coward’

Baseball bat attacker is branded a ‘coward’

A man who assaulted his friend with a baseball bat has been described as a ‘coward’ by a judge.

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Former UUP officer Terry Wright.

Ex UUP-chair blasts lack of leadership

Former UUP vice-chair, Terry Wright, has warned that unless there’s a fundamental change in the mind-set of unionism we are doomed to division and aimlessness for the foreseeable future.

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Former UUP officer Terry Wright.

‘Unionism quarrels its way to agreements’

The Palace cinema, one of several in Derry at the time,was in Shipquay Street.

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Derek to paddle up the Shannon for charity

Derek to paddle up the Shannon for charity

Derry canoeist Derek Lishman will paddle the River Shannon this spring in order to raise money for people suffering from diabetes.

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