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The fragile state of the economy in Northern Ireland, the UK government’s ‘austerity’ policies, and their impact on job security, terms and conditions, and public services, were the main focus of debate at the biennial Northern Ireland Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) in April.

George McBride’s headstone, unveiled in Clandeboye Cemetary earlier this month - almost 30 years after his death - commemorates a remarkable tale of love and solidarity.

Amendments to the Enterprise Bill to address unfairness in how the proposed cap on redundancy compensation will operate were defeated in the House of Commons on 8 March 2016.