Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday headlines in Northern Ireland

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Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing in court for the murder of Shane Whitla.

The father of four was shot dead in Lurgan on January 12.

“Aggravated Assault”

A man in his 20s is in serious condition in hospital with head injuries after an attack in Newtownabbey.

Police say the victim was beaten unconscious on Tynan Drive just after 11.30pm. A 27-year-old man was arrested and remains in police custody.

“Congress Concerns”

A letter from members of the US Congress warning the Prime Minister of their grave concern over his administration’s controversial Legacy proposals was described as significant by Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill.

The bipartisan letter from 27 members claims legislation going through Parliament in Westminster would “deny thousands of families justice” and “hide the truth of the past”.

“Hospital Protests”

Protests took place outside a number of hospitals in Northern Ireland and the Republic this afternoon.

A demonstration was held at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine to raise concerns about overcrowding and the future of the hospital’s maternity services, which are currently the subject of a public consultation.

“Irish League Results”

There were five Irish League games this afternoon.

Glentoran defeated Newry City in Rodney McAree’s first game as manager.

There were wins for Linfield and Dungannon Swifts. Cliftonville drew with Coleraine and Larne and Crusaders were goalless.

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