Weekly Roundup: Seamus Heaney Centre Appoints Children’s Writing Fellow, NI Chamber Calls For Certainty For Businesses & Murder Investigation Launched In Downpatrick

Award-winning author and illustrator Paul Howard has accepted the post as the new Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

Paul Howard is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, best known for illustrating Jill Tomlinson’s classic The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark and The Burpee Bears, a new picture book series from Joe Wicks.

According to the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Paul Murnaghan political stability, the completion of negotiations between UK Government and the EU, the upcoming review of education and the UK Government’s levelling up agenda will be vital to NI businesses in the year ahead.

Whilst bolstering optimism for the new year, Mr Murnaghan called for the need of ‘certainty’ for businesses in all sectors of trade. 

And finally, detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation after a 28-year-old man died in Downpatrick on Monday.

The man was stabbed in the Church Street area of the town around 11am on 3rd January and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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