Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30
Controversial British MP George Galloway has been given the go-ahead to appear at a Belfast event next Saturday.
Pro-Israeli unionists had asked Belfast City Council to ban the politician from the Ulster Hall which is owned by the council.
But after a legal review the council announced last night that the event would go ahead, saying that to ban it could have led to a judicial review under freedom of expression laws.
The DUP is planning to picket the hall.
Wine sales tumble
Government taxes on wine are hitting jobs as sales fell almost 9pc, a lobby group says.
A tax hike of 62pc or €1.50 on the average bottle of wine in the last two budgets has meant that wine has been the hardest hit alcohol category in the past few years.
Michael Foley, chairman of the Irish Wine Association, said: "More than 1,100 people are employed directly by Irish wine distributors and importers, and thousands more jobs are supported in the 13,000 pubs, restaurants and independent off-licences that sell wine - their livelihoods are now at risk due to the actions of the Government."
100 shooting stars
Scientsts using one of Ireland's most sophisticated cameras say they have tracked more than 100 shooting stars in the past few days.
Armagh Observatory have been using 'meteor cameras' on the roof of its building in the city to watch the Perseid meteor shower.
The meteor shower will continue at a low rate until around August 24.
Irish IndependentFollow @Independent_ie