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Prevent home heating oil theft this winter

With colder weather upon us, and many households stocking up with home heating oil, The Consumer Council has shared tips to avoid potential oil theft. Richard Williams, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said, “Home heating oil tanks can be a target for thieves, especially if they are unsecure.     “If you […]

Volunteers lift millionth piece of marine litter in Rostrevor

Rostrevor was the scene of an historic moment recently as volunteers for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful carried out a clean-up on the town’s beach and lifted the millionth piece of litter that the environmental charity has counted across the ten beaches that they survey nationwide. The organisation has been carrying out these surveys since 2012, […]

Southern Trust Care Home Transformation Proposals

The Southern Trust and the Public Health Agency are working with local Care Homes to help improve the experience of people living in care homes. Local care home managers have participated in a workshop hosted by the Trust in order to share best practice in enhancing the quality and safety of care for residents.   […]

Christmas bonus for millions of workers

Millions of employees in the service industry could collect an early Christmas present from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Workers including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and those in retail and food may be able to claim rebates.   Staff in these types of roles sometimes have to dip into their own pockets to pay for […]

‘Take care and know your rights when buying online’ warns Trading Standards

We all love a bargain and many Northern Ireland Consumers will have taken advantage of Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. Others may still be bargain hunting or desperately searching online for that popular, in-demand Christmas present that has sold out in many stores.     The Department for the Economy’s Trading Standards Service is […]

One in five NI consumers experience additional online delivery costs

With one in five Northern Ireland consumers having experienced additional online delivery costs to Northern Ireland, The Consumer Council is calling for retailers to consider fairer delivery charges to Northern Ireland.    Fair Delivery Day, which coincided with one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, aims to raise awareness of delivery issues consumers […]

Firefighting for a Christmas Number 1

Firefighters from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are aiming for a Christmas number one after teaming up with fire service personnel across the UK to release a charity single. Patsy Begley, Assistant Group Commander (Cookstown District), and Barrie Davies, Station Commander (Lisburn Headquarters), joined over 40 fire service personnel including stars from TV’s […]

£4000 of herbal cannabis seized by police

Police have arrested three men after drugs were found during a search in Newcastle on Friday, 30 November. Almost £4,000 of herbal cannabis was seized.     A large sum of cash was also seized during the proactive operation at a property in Burrendale Park.     The arrested males, aged 35, 32 and 24 […]

Communities ‘dig’ makeover competition

Community groups, schools and playgroups are being given the opportunity to transform their green spaces thanks to a “bloomin’ marvellous” garden makeover competition. Organised by Belfast Harbour and The Conservation Volunteers, four groups from across Northern Ireland will receive a makeover worth £3,000 each to help turn underused areas into vibrant community spaces.      […]

Newry’s Around Noon wins place on Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100

Food-to-go manufacturer, Around Noon, has won a place in the prestigious Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table for the second year in a row. The Newry-headquartered business is one of a small number of companies to make the prestigious ranking twice in succession, and it is believed the first food manufacturer in […]


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