Belfast

Prominent Dissident Republican Gunned Down In Daylight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK

Tommy Crossan, the Continuity IRA's former commander in Belfast, a prominent dissident republican, has been gunned down in Northern Ireland. Crossa...

In Defence of 'Whataboutery'

Ian Linden | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The Northern Ireland peace process is fraying at the edges. That is if you can call cultural and religious divisions and social hostilities "the edges" when they feed so powerfully the persistence of political problems at the centre.

Returning to Belfast as a Tourist

Siobhan Starrs | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Starrs

My links to this city are deep, my mother's family are rooted here. My experience as a resident twenty years ago was one of discomfort, Belfast seemed uncomfortable in its own identity as a place of bombs, bullets and suspicion.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 14 March 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The world is often a troubled place, and sometimes world leaders need to not just be strong, but also look strong to inspire confidence. At least that must be the rationale David Cameron was using, otherwise he's simply a vain lunatic with the presence of mind of a sloshed uncle at a wedding...

Housing Is the Path to Renewed Students' Union Relevance

Bart Williams | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Students' Unions need to devise long term plans, which elected individuals can champion, but are essentially run and managed by the longer term 'backroom machine' of the SU. Only then will we start seeing real, organised change in Students' Unions.

Baby Dies In Belfast Hospital After Father's Arrest

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

A three month old baby girl has died in hospital hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing her grievous bodily harm. The injure...

Dozens Of Teenagers Taken Ill At Concert In Belfast

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

Fourteen young people were treated in hospital overnight after dozens of concert-goers fell ill in Belfast. Heavy drinking revellers were planning ...

Balls: The New Holy Land Is in Newtownabbey

Stephen Hagan | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

The Reduced Shakespeare Company was scheduled to perform their production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) twice this month at The Mill Theatre in Newtownabbey, just outside Belfast. A week before it was scheduled, the local council 'persuaded' the artistic board to cancel the performances.

Warning Over 'Speckled Rolex' Ecstasy Tablet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Revellers have been warned to steer clear of a yellow ecstasy tablet called "speckled rolex" after a man died at a house party in Belfast, Northern Ir...

The UK's Happiest City?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Belfast may be a city with a troubled past, but according to a new iPhone app using technology that can analyse people's faces in Instagram photos, it...

More Safety Fears After Suspected Fire Bomb Found In Belfast

PA | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

A fire bomb is believed to have ignited at a Belfast shop in the latest attack on the city's commercial heart. It was removed by a member of staff ...

Belfast Killings: Man, 33, Arrested Over Double Murder

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Detectives investigating a double murder in Belfast have arrested a man. The 33-year-old was detained shortly after police revealed the deceased - ...

Security Tightened After Belfast Bomb Explosion Outside Restaurant

PA | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK

Security measures are being ramped up in Belfast city centre following an explosion outside a busy restaurant that could have killed festive revellers...

Am I Living in Ireland or Iran?

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Because I'm from Northern Ireland, support the Union with Great Britain and identify myself as a cultural Protestant, I can't be a proper Irish person. That my friend is racism, jingoism and xenophobia - defined.

The UUP: Ulster's Unexpected Progressives?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Scott De Buitléir

Whenever a political party's annual conference takes place, one can look forward to nothing but speeches, applause at regular intervals, speeches, workshops, goody bags filled with pens and branded notebooks, and maybe a speech. It's like Christmas for politicos, and last week's UUP Annual Party Conference at Belfast's Ramada Hotel was no different.

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

First House Price Rise Since 2007

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

House prices in Northern Ireland have increased for the first time since 2007. Between the start of this year and June, residential property prices...

Belfast Riots Condemned as 'Mindless Anarchy' (PICTURES)

PA | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Fifty six police officers were injured during loyalist riots in Belfast city centre in a night of chaotic violence that Northern Ireland's Chief Const...

PICTURES: Belfast Loyalists Riot, Protesting Controversial Republican Parade

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Twenty six police officers were injured when serious loyalist rioting engulfed Belfast city centre in violence linked to a contentious republican para...

Iraqi Kurdistan - The Hidden Jewel of the Middle East?

Gary Kent | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Somewhere near Dohuk and the 4,000 year old town where the three wise men possibly began their journey to Bethlehem is a Christian monastery set high on a mountain with commanding views of tremendous scenery. Sadly, our driver had no idea where it was and I only managed to get directions by e mailing a friend in Hawaii.

Blast Bombs Thrown At Police As Belfast Violence Flares Again

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK

At least four blast bombs have been thrown at police in east Belfast, it has been confirmed. Several petrol bombs were also hurled after disturbanc...

The Twelfth of July: Northern Ireland's Cultural Coma

Jason A Murdock | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

The police are covered from head to toe in jet black riot gear, the ground is covered in broken glass and the remnants of an entire twenty four hours of consumption litter the surrounding area. The streets themselves are masked with propaganda and crude sectarian graffiti.

PICTURES: Rubber Bullets, Bricks And Petrol Bombs

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

Seven police officers and an MP were among those injured during a night of fierce violence in Northern Ireland. Four hundred extra police officers ...

Belfast: A Tale of Two Cities

Jilly Luke | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jilly Luke

The working class enclaves in inner-city Belfast have soaring poverty and joblessness rates. Once the voice of hardline unionism, the DUP has become increasingly mainstream and is seen to represent these communities less and less, with a similar process happening on the other side of the political divide.

We Need to Help Teenagers to Find the Opportunity in Uncertainty

Ken Deeks | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ken Deeks

If your life is a doorway, a backpack and the sodden, dirty clothes you are dressed in, then it can be easy to feel unloved, miserable and devoid of any hope for the future. Last year in the UK, 100,000 young people faced a night on the streets. One in three attempted to commit suicide.