Good News June 2017

In Business

Belfast Harbour enjoys record pre-tax profits of £36m

Belfast Harbour has announced an unprecedented success this year with pre-tax profits rise by 7% to £35.8m, as well as increasing the amount of goods processed to 23 million tones and the number of ferry passengers to over 1.5million - its highest in over a decade.


David Dobbin, Belfast Harbour chairman, commented on the successful year by saying that Belfast Harbour is an "ambitious investment pipeline which will continue to drive our business and enhance the capacity of Northern Ireland's economy, creating jobs and maintaining Belfast Harbour as the region's most important access point to the global marketplace."
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Belfast: The Global Hub for FinTech

Northern Ireland’s reputation as a global hub for a rapidly increasing form of Financial technology or FinTech has been further cemented in the continued investment by several large technology companies and the creation of a new global support centre in Belfast.

The CEO of Invest NI Alastair Hamilton broke the news earlier this week and proudly announced that “Once again our reputation as a great place to do business has secured another new inward investor. Redline provides financial technology services, with its customers including four of the top five leading investment banks.”
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Going Green: The future of energy in Northern Ireland?

The amount of onshore wind power connected to the Northern Ireland grid has breached the 1 gigawatt (GW) mark for the first time, meaning almost a quarter of the region's electricity comes the renewable energy source and with plans to expand similar environmentally friendly projects the future of Northern Ireland is looking green.

The continued and increasing interest in green energy within Northern Ireland has been extremely beneficial for the local economy, with investment so far in 2017 totalling over £127 million and with the two most recent windfarms opening last week generating £41million in investment.
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Belfast sails ahead of rivals as cruise sector prospers

Cruise tourism is a fast-growing sector and Belfast, with its rich maritime history and offering many unique tourist attractions and day trips to the Giants Causeway, Hillsborough Castle, Mount Stewartis it is determined not to be left behind and will outperform Liverpool and Cork in 2017 !!!
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In Culture

From Derry’s walls to China

A group of 30 Irish dancers from Londonderry have announced plans to perform their show ‘Titanicdance‘ in a five week tour throughout China.

The Irish Musical Dance sensation tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean and is set to perform in front of sold out audiences in Beijing and Shanghai.

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In Science and Education

Queen’s Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery in Fight against Bowel Cancer


New research led by Queen’s University Belfast has discovered how a genomic approach to understanding bowel (colorectal) cancer could improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients.

Dr Philip Dunne, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University talking about the scientific breakthrough said "It will allow us to identify particular gene signatures that indicate sensitivity or resistance to specific therapies. Thus, we can tailor treatment to the individual patient, maximising its effectiveness while minimising potential side effects.”

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Breakthrough by Queen’s University paves way for smaller electronic devices

Queen’s researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology.

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In Tourism

Irish Open Golf: Top five things to do away from the course

The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open taking place this month in Ulster’s stunning Causeway Coast town of  Portstewart Is set to be an unmissable and the biggest event in the tournaments history full of golfing superstars – including golfer and host of the event Rory McIlroy, A-list celebrities and a chance to see all the Hidden gems at Portstewart.

Alongside the world class golf there is lots to see and do in Portstewart, including a range of places to eat out such as Harry’s Shack and the Anchor Bar, stunning scenery to explore in areas like the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills and those looking for something really adventurous can have a go at surfing or diving.

To read the full list of the top rated activities and find out about the event  in Ireland please click here.



Best of Northern Ireland: The iconic cliffs of Fairhead

The north coast of Northern Ireland is well known for its scenic views and now a new walking route at Fairhead, near Ballycastle is certain to bring even more visitors to the Causeway Coast.  Steeped in breath-taking views, stunning local wildlife and unique history, folklore and mythology the new route allows visitors to see and experience all the best that the coast has to offer!

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Game of Thrones passport launched in Northern Ireland        


It’s only a matter of months now before Game of Thrones returns to our screens for its seventh and penultimate season. However, if you just can’t wait for the new season, you can now head to Northern Ireland to explore some of the islands and Westeros’ most famous locations with the new Game of Thrones passport from Discover Northern Ireland.

The unique themed passport takes you to ten of the most beautiful and iconic locations that Northern Ireland has to offer!
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Queen’s University Belfast’s chartered flights from China arrive safely in Belfast


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Northern Ireland Bureau, 2020-2022 Strategy Report.


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Chinese government & NI Bureau work to secure Northern Ireland’s PPE supply.


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NI Bulletin 2019: Time to review progress


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GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION Opens in Belfast with Exclusive Additions


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