Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Watch: Wednesday morning headlines in Northern Ireland

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A manhunt is underway for two missing prisoners, both convicted of murder.

Alison McDonagh, 49, and Stephen McParland, 54, were last seen at Lanyon Place train station in Belfast on Saturday afternoon, but police have only just released details.

McDonagh was jailed for murder in 2004, while McParland was jailed for another 1997 murder. Police say they have not been able to locate her despite attempts to contact her.

Ambulances and health workers are on strike

fFrom midnight tonight, ambulances and health workers will go to the picket lines.
The 24-hour campaign is a result of the ongoing wage dispute.

Around 4,000 employees from the five health foundations will be involved. Two more 48-hour strikes are scheduled to take place next month.

Impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on medical care

Health experts are to outline the impact of the protocol on healthcare in Northern Ireland. The evidence will be heard later today as part of an inquiry by a House of Lords committee.

It is the second time the committee has investigated the matter. This time it focuses on legislative changes introduced by the EU and the UK since 2021.

Braille plaque unveiled in Londonderry

A Braille tablet has been unveiled on the wall of Free Derry in the Bogside. The new addition to the city’s iconic wall is part of the events marking the 51st anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

In 1972, 13 people were shot dead at a civil rights march. The plaque was unveiled by the founder of the Children in Crossfire charity. Richard Moore, who went blind when he was hit by a rubber bullet at the age of ten.

Irish film nominated for an Oscar

The Northern Irish short film An Irish Goodbye has been nominated for an Oscar. It hopes to win the Best Short Film category. The lead role is played by Belfast actor James Martin.

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