Work by NOTA and the TMN crew (see previously) on the construction hoarding around the old Botanic Lodge (87-91 Botanic Avenue) Belfast. Work started in December (2019) on two commercial units and 14 apartments above (Future Belfast).
On March 24th, the Mater Infirmorum hospital closed its doors to all but Covid patients, partly enabled by a dramatic fall in emergency cases once the coronavirus struck (Irish News). In October, ICU care was moved from the Mater to the City; non-ICU Covid cases are still being treated in the Mater (Belfast Trust). The ICU beds in the City and in Altnagelvin were full last week (BelTel), as cases resurge. The carved statue in the Mater is the creation of Belfast City Sawmill (Fb) in Ballinderry (BelfastLive has in-progress shots).
Emigration of Irish nations outstripped their returning counterparts for most of the 2010 but stabilised in 2018 (Irish Times). (Migration data for NI nationals could not be found.) This Connolly Youth Movement (cym.ie | ig | tw account currently suspended) sticker on Northumberland Street street sign encourages young people to stay and work for change at home.
Locals in the Market area and their supporters (who lodged 856 objections Belfast Live) are celebrating yesterday’s decision by the Belfast City Council’s planning committee not to permit the development of an office park at the corner of Stewart Street and East Bridge Street, with buildings as tall as 14 storeys (BelTel). The proposal was originally rejected by the High Court in May, 2017 (see Sunshine Not Skyscrapers) but was revived last month by developer Kilmona Property (Irish News), causing the renewal of placards and banners in the area, such as those shown in today’s post.
East Belfast’s Lismore Street is recently famous for the removal of bonfire materials in 2019. (See previously: A Vote For The IRA | Dump Wood, No Shite.) The corner of the street usually serves as the “Dump Wood” sign but is currently functioning as a ‘thank you’ to NHS workers.