Brother of shot priest visits grave ahead of Ballymurphy inquest findings
Patsy Mullan visits the grave of his brother Fr Hugh Mullan in Portaferry, Northern Ireland, on the eve of the publication of the findings of the Ballymurphy inquests.
Fr Mullan was among 10 people shot dead in west Belfast 50 years ago in August 1971.Findings will be published on May 11 following fresh inquests into the fatal shootings in disputed circumstances involving the Army in west Belfast 50 years ago.
Londonderry father Noel Barr has spoken of expecting a tearful family reunion after 15 months in Spain.The musician was also looking forward to playing gigs in his home city after becoming one of the first travellers to arrive in Northern Ireland after isolating was scrapped for the fully vaccinated.
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England is to allow US and EU travellers who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter without the need to quarantine.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the new rules will be in place from 4am on Monday August 2.The Cabinet minister said: “We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK.”It has not been announced whether the change will apply to people arriving in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Theatre lovers in Belfast have been treated to a live performance for the first time since the start of the pandemic.Only 90 minutes after Stormont regulations formally changed to permit theatres to reopen, the lights went down at the Lyric Theatre for the opening night of Dracula. It was the first audience the famous venue had hosted for 16 months. Stormont rules meant the 390-capacity theatre was only a third full and all audience members had to comply with a range of Covid mitigation measures, including the wearing of face masks. However, the restrictions did not dampen spirits and the call for people to take their seats was greeted with a loud cheer in the theatre bar and foyer ahead of the performance.
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Police are investigating suspected arson following a fire at a waste recycling plant in Belfast.Crews from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene of the incident at Bailey Waste Ltd, Limestone Road, Belfast, on Monday evening.Six fire trucks and 46 firefighters were deployed to fight the blaze, which has been brought under control, while members of the PSNI also attended the scene.
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