Flybe Group Plc, Europe’s largest regional airline, plans to shut bases in Aberdeen and Inverness in Scotland, Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England and on Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man as it cuts almost 500 jobs.
Robert Ireland and John Bryars are from opposite sides of the 40-foot concrete walls that still embody the sectarian divide in Belfast. Fifteen years after a peace agreement was supposed to replace violence with prosperity, they are united only by unemployment.
Former U.S. diplomat Richard Haass is returning to Northern Ireland for talks aimed at preventing a repeat of the worst sectarian violence since the 1990s. He will find not much has changed since he left a decade ago.
Hours after Barack Obama stood in Belfast last week praising efforts to bring down the city’s 40- foot barricades, a few hundred yards away Jim Callaghan was stamping out a gasoline bomb tossed near his home in western Europe’s last divided city.
Belfast store clerk Chantal McCarthy never thought she would have to find a new home at the age of 57. That was before her husband lost his job as a builder three years ago and their finances spiraled downward from there.
Police in Belfast were attacked with explosives and gasoline bombs last night as riots continued for a fourth night and protests spread over a ban on a Protestant parade passing by a Catholic area of the city.