TWENTY years ago a historic peace agreement signalled the end of three decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. But what were the Troubles and what is the Good Friday agreement? Here's the lowdown on the years of bloody violence. When were The Troubles? The Troubles describe a 30-year period between the late 60s and early 90s, when sectarian violence in Northern Ireland caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and security personnel. Historians tend to place the beginning of the Troubles with the 1968 civil rights movement, which demanded an end to Unionist-dominated rule from the devolved Northern Ireland government at Stormont. Marches, protests, civil disobedience and increasing violence led to the British government's decision in 1969 to deploy troops to the streets, especially in Belfast and Londonderry. In 1971, the government introduced its policy of internment, locking up terror suspects without trial. By the following year, the situation had deteriorated. On … [Read more...] about When were the Northern Ireland Troubles, what happened in Belfast and what is the Good Friday Agreement?
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PICTURES: Take a peek inside the Grand Central Grand Central Hotel, one of the largest and most expensively constructed hotels ever seen in Northern Ireland, opened this morning. The £53 million committed to this project by Hastings Hotels has created an upscale venue for locals and visitors alike.Stephen Meldrum, General Manager of the Grand Central Hotel said: “We are delighted to open the doors of the Grand Central Hotel and see the vision of our late Chairman, Sir William Hastings, be fully recognised. "The Grand Central Hotel is a really unique proposition for Belfast. No detail has been overlooked and we are excited to bring a new era to the city. "The teams have been working hard over recent weeks to get the hotel open on time and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guests from the prestigious Hosts Global Forum who are staying with us this week.” … [Read more...] about First pictures: Opening of Grand Central Hotel in Belfast
0 Comments And the winners are... Northern Ireland's best experience, place to stay and eat named at Tourism awards BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Northern Ireland Tourism Awards have showcased the very best in local tourism for the fortieth time - at the venue where they first began 40 years ago. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/travel/and-the-winners-are-northern-irelands-best-experience-place-to-stay-and-eat-named-at-tourism-awards-36946022.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36946114.ece/275fb/AUTOCROP/h342/NI_tourism_awards_2059-.JPG Email The Northern Ireland Tourism Awards have showcased the very best in local tourism for the fortieth time - at the venue where they first began 40 years ago. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, was held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, where the inaugural awards took place in 1978. The black-tie event, now regarded as the highlight of the tourism calendar, was presented … [Read more...] about And the winners are… Northern Ireland’s best experience, place to stay and eat named at Tourism awards
Jeremy Corbyn is making a historic visit to Northern Ireland today, but it risks being overshadowed by his links to Irish republicanism. The Labour leader will his use first trip to the country since being appointed nearly three years ago to pitch a plan to break political deadlock in the Northern Ireland Assembly.Stormont has been without an power-sharing executive since January 2017.Mr Corbyn will suggest the reconvening of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC).It is a forum established under the Good Friday Agreement chaired by the British and Irish governments, and attended by the Northern Ireland executive.:: Corbyn's support for Irish reunificationThe visit has already stoked some controversy among unionists because of Mr Corbyn's long-standing support for reunification.On Wednesday, his spokesman repeated that position but added the Labour leader "respects the Belfast Agreement and the process".Asked if he would act as a persuader for Irish unity if he were … [Read more...] about Why Jeremy Corbyn is courting controversy with Northern Ireland visit
0 Comments Award for Northern Ireland couple who fostered 37 kids BelfastTelegraph.co.uk An inspirational couple from Co Londonderry have been named Northern Ireland's Foster Carers of the Year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/award-for-northern-ireland-couple-who-fostered-37-kids-36902658.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36902657.ece/cf3fd/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-14_new_40918747_I1.JPG Email An inspirational couple from Co Londonderry have been named Northern Ireland's Foster Carers of the Year. Patricia and Colm Gray have been fostering for 11 years as well as running a busy sheep farm and raising four children of their own. The big-hearted Draperstown family have helped to care for 37 people over the years, including toddlers, teenagers and mothers with babies. The Fostering Network gave them the top accolade for 2018 at the Foster Carer of the Year awards held in the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. Mrs Gray previously … [Read more...] about Award for Northern Ireland couple who fostered 37 kids