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EXCLUSIVE: Care home heroes face escalating Covid-19 emergency, appeal for same resources as frontline hospitals

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increases in care homes and nursing homes across Belfast, there have been appeals for workers and residents in the care home sector to be treated on a par with hospital staff and patients.   “There is heroism in our care homes today as dedicated staff look after residents […]

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Lenadoon community steps up to help needy through Coronavirus storm

THE Lenadoon community is rallying behind vulnerable families and senior citizens as the Coronavirus Crisis continues to wreak havoc with lives of local people. 200 food parcels were delivered in recent days to seniors and vulnerable individuals and their families in a mammoth community drive.  Community leader Michael Doherty said groups in Lenadoon are providing […]

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If life-saving ECMO machine is available for Boris then why not for Brian or Betty from Belfast?

A life-saving oxygen machine will be available for British PM Boris Johnson if he becomes critically ill from coronavirus but the same ECMO machine is not an option for anyone in Belfast. That’s the shock claim by a South Belfast doctor Micheal Donnelly who has called for life-saving ECMO machines to be bought for local […]

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OPINION – Andrée Murphy: This is a rest of the world vs ideological space cadets issue

  There is a common thread in footage in documentaries broadcast regarding our contested past. In the old grainy photographs of the late 1960s and 1970s, in scenes of pogrom, bombings, violent internment raids, protest against injustice and discrimination of its various incarnations, this unmistakable theme is on display. Community solidarity. Lorries being driven by […]

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Shooting victim was gangland figure with links to bloody Drogheda feud

Robbie Lawlor, the Dublin criminal shot dead in Etna Drive, Ardoyne, at noon yesterday, was reported to have been warned by Gardaí not to travel to Belfast as his life was in danger. Four men were arrested yesterday and are being questioned by the PSNI in connection with the attack.  Robbie Lawlor (35) was linked […]

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VIDEO REPORT: West Belfast Food Bank appeals for more donations as ‘supplies run low’

Community activists who have co-ordinated a mammoth relief effort across West Belfast this week have appealed to the public to support a vital food bank which is supporting vulnerable families during the Coronavirus lockdown. Ann-Marie McKee (in video above) of Community Restorative Justice, who made a run of supplies collected in the Twinbrook area to […]

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BREAKING: 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Musgrave Park Hospital

Sixteen cases of Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed at Musgrave Park Hospital, the Andersonstown News can reveal. The news comes as Health Minister Robin Swann told a Stormont Health Committee hearing today that vital PPE supplies promised by the British Government have not arrived.  It is understood that the first confirmed case of coronavirus […]

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Argento founder backs local effort to manufacture lifesaving ‘Hero Shields’ for frontline health workers battling Covid-19

Pete Boyle, the Belfast businessman who built the Argento chain of jewellery shops, has donated £10,000 to a Newtownards company which has retooled its factory to produce vital PPE for health service heroes treating patients with coronavirus. His move comes after the repeated failure of the Health Department to commit to provide PPE in sufficient […]

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