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Failure to lower corporation tax rate jeopardising employment growth says Grow NI
27th May 2015
Evidence is emerging that companies abroad are deferring, sometimes permanently, decisions to invest in Northern Ireland due to the continued failure to introduce a reduced corporation tax rate. This is putting jobs growth at risk and will result in increased inequality for those living here - that was the message today from Eamonn Donaghy, Chair of Grow NI, which represents all of t...
Ever been heartbroken?
21st May 2015
Seven local heart kids star in new nationwide awareness campaign. Most of us have been heartbroken at some time, but not like the seven stars of the new national billboard campaign to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and the work of the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The children, who range from 1 year old to 7, have each been through open-heart surgery at least once...
Belfast building transformation leads the way to city renaissance
20th May 2015
For about 7 marching seasons during the 2000’s I had the privilege of working with the Parades Commission as they set about the most thankless task in Northern Ireland, deciding on contentious parades and whether certain marches should be restricted or not. In my time with the organisation the membership of the PC changed in whole 3 times, and every one of the Commissioners was a...
Helm agreed £25 million funding for social housing with support of First Trust Bank
19th May 2015
Helm Housing Association has today signed an agreement with First Trust Bank which will see an additional £25 million of private sector finance for social housing across Northern Ireland. The agreement, which supports Helm’s financial requirements for the next three years, will fund the construction of new social housing across Northern Ireland, the maintenance and impro...
Is there a future for the arts in NI?
21st April 2015
Anne McReynolds, CEO The MAC, on the future of arts funding in NI In the debate around budgets and public funding for the arts, a number of points are consistently put forward and they fall into three categories: when will the arts learn to wipe its own face; isn't it all just for the middle classes; and, why can’t private finance fund the arts? The premise of each...
Eishtec expansion results in 320 jobs in Craigavon.
2nd April 2015
Eishtec, the Waterford based customer service solution provider iscontinuing its growth phase with the creationof 320 jobs in its new custom built centre in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. The jobs will be created over the next three years.Recruitment starts immediately and will be supported by Invest NI. Eishtecstarted trading in May 2011 with just 9 employees, and already employs 1100 ...
Helm Housing step up work at Sloan Street with Connolly & Fee
19th March 2015
Helm Housing Association have appointed Connolly & Fee as the contractor for their new £2.8 million development at Sloan Street, Dungannon. The Coalisland-based contractor recently began work on the scheme which is due for completion in December 2016. When finished, the development will provide 21 two-bedroom general needs apartments and seven one-bedroom general needs ap...
Hemsworth Court opened by Ministers Storey & Wells
12th March 2015
A new supported housing scheme which aims to maintain the independence of people with dementia has been officially opened in Belfast. Hemsworth Court, on the Shankill Road, was officially opened by the Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, and the Health Minister, Jim Wells MLA. It was built by Helm Housing with substantial funding of £4.7m from the Department for...
Helm Housing CEO Michael McDonnnell, Belfast Telegraph 'My View'
12th March 2015
In the coming years, Northern Ireland is likely to experience the highest growth in its older population of any part of the UK. By 2035 government statistics estimate that those over 65 will constitute 473,000 of the population (27% of the total), an increase of 180,000 from this year’s estimate of 293,000 (16% of the total). That presents significant challenges to both social ...
All-Island network an opportunity to deliver improved service in Belfast says charity
3rd March 2015
Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive, Children’s Heartbeat Trust has welcomed the adoption of all the recommendations of the International Working Group on paediatric cardiac surgery. Health Minister Jim Wells MLA told the NI Assembly today that he is accepting the recommendations and is working with the Republic of Ireland Health Minister Leo Varadkar to establish an all Ireland servi...
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