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EXCLUSIVE: Legal battle with Local Government Commissioner over a case involving notorious IRA boss revealed

By Jamie Bryson Alderman Ruth Patterson is being hauled before the Local Government Commissioner on the basis of a factual and accurate speech which highlighted the fact Crumlin Star FC had on their committee a senior IRA terrorist. Despite not naming the aforementioned terror boss, Eddie Copeland self-identified himself as the person to which the […]

FEATURE: East Belfast FC- A big family combining sporting success with building a strong community

East Belfast FC secured a historic third Steel and Sons Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over local rivals Sirocco Works in the prestigious Christmas Day final. The club had previously secured the trophy in the 1954-55 season with a 5-0 over Dundela at Grosvenor Park and again in 1992 under the management of Jim […]

EXCLUSIVE: Loyalist refutes “malicious” allegations published in Sunday World

Loyalist Willie Young has told Unionist Voice that he is has felt “compelled to respond” after a Sunday World article published today (16th December) made a number of allegations against him, including that he was a ‘tout’. The article alleged that Mr Young had been ejected from a pub in east Belfast and further went […]

SPORT: East Belfast FC secure their place in Christmas Day’s Toals Steele and Sons Cup final

SPORT: East Belfast FC secure their place in Christmas Day’s Toals Steele and Sons Cup final

East Belfast FC progressed to the Steele and Sons Cup final after a historic victory at Seaview last night. A Danny McKee goal late in the game was enough to see Stephen Matthew’s NAFL Premier Division side book their place in the showpiece final on Christmas Day. On a cold night at Seaview over 1,000 […]

NEWS: East Belfast FC requests that Unionist parties support a political declaration condemning demolition of their community hub

NEWS: East Belfast FC requests that Unionist parties support a political declaration condemning demolition of their community hub

East Belfast Football Club have released a statement in the wake of last weeks invasion of their football club by masked men. The statement calls on unionist elected representatives to indicate their support for a political declaration which slams the actions of Belfast City Council, reaffirms that no unionist political representatives were consulted about the plans […]

WATCH: East Belfast FC protest against the invasion of their sporting club by masked men

WATCH: East Belfast FC protest against the invasion of their sporting club by masked men

On Saturday East Belfast FC organised a protest in response to masked men, aided by the PSNI, invading their facilities in order to demolish a children’s community hub, earmarked for mental health provision and educational workshops for the local community. The appalling actions of Belfast City Council has drawn anger from right across the local […]

Editorial: East Belfast ‘hub’ row exposes the institutionalised sectarianism directed at the unionist community

Editorial: East Belfast ‘hub’ row exposes the institutionalised sectarianism directed at the unionist community

By Jamie Bryson   “Horrified”. That is how Labour MP Kate Hoey described the news of masked contractors invading a community sports facility in East Belfast to tear down a self-funded hub, designed to provide education and mental health provision for young people, many of whom come from areas of social deprivation. That was bad […]

EXCLUSIVE: Secret recording reveals Council officials told EBFC to place hub on site

EXCLUSIVE: Secret recording reveals Council officials told EBFC to place hub on site

A recording has emerged which shows Belfast City Council officials advising East Belfast Football Club that all that was required to temporarily place their community hub at the Inveraray site was the agreement of the Parks manager. A spokesperson for the club has said the tape, obtained by Unionist Voice, is ‘damming evidence’ and claimed […]

EDITORIAL: Fatally flawed Communities in Transition report reads like an Alliance party manifesto

EDITORIAL: Fatally flawed Communities in Transition report reads like an Alliance party manifesto

By Jamie Bryson Last week I, with a number of other loyalists and community representatives, attended a public meeting as part of the Communities In Transition (CIT) project. This project flows from the Fresh Start agreement, which was set up in response to an internal Provisional IRA feud which had seen two murders on the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Belfast City Council staff ordered to remove Britain’s Got Talent posters 🇬🇧

EXCLUSIVE: Belfast City Council staff ordered to remove Britain’s Got Talent posters 🇬🇧

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI A leaked email, exclusively obtained and published by Unionist Voice, shows that council officer John Nelson ordered staff members across the council’s community centres to remove posters advertising Britain’s Got Talent auditions, because they contained a Union flag. Mr Nelson advised that the existence of the Union flag had been “pointed […]