Department for Communities – Department has responsibility for sport, arts and culture
A Stormont department has been urged to reinstate grants for the restoration of listed buildings after masonry started falling from the Scottish Mutual in Belfast — the proposed site of a George Best-themed hotel.
The cost-of-living crisis, housing and an emergency fuel payment scheme: these are just some of the most pressing issues covered in the first written Assembly questions for Stormont’s caretaker ministers.
Just over £277,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on a long-awaited upgrade programme for Northern Ireland’s football stadiums — which has not yet been delivered despite being announced more than 10 years ago.
A body which represents estate agents has claimed that private rents in Northern Ireland are likely to increase as a consequence of a Stormont law which could see the forcible reduction of rents by 10% - even though the law is unlikely to ever be used.
The cost of diesel in the most expensive forecourts in Northern Ireland has soared by more than 35 pence per litre since the start of the month, with petrol up by more than 17 pence, it can be revealed.
From bizarre incompetence and dirty propaganda, to failing football and incomprehensible councillors, Andrew Madden takes a closer look at some of the more unusual things in the Assembly and further afield this week.
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