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Niall Harkiss


Rural communities reporter

Niall Harkiss is our rural communities reporter, mostly covering stories for the Northern Times, Ross-shire Journal and Strathspey and Badenoch Herald titles. An experienced writer and publisher covering sport and community news, Niall joined the company in 2021.

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IT expert from Thurso warns of 'ever-changing' nature of cybersecurity threats in new book

01 March 2024
IT expert from Thurso warns of 'ever-changing' nature of cybersecurity threats in new book

IT expert from Thurso warns of 'ever-changing' nature of cybersecurity threats in new book

01 March 2024

Brian Mackay (54) explores the basics of cybersecurity in his new book, Cybersecurity Fundamentals Explained.


Thurso High School film recognised for 'inspiration' at FilmG Gaelic short film awards

25 February 2024
Thurso High School film recognised for 'inspiration' at FilmG Gaelic short film awards

Thurso High School film recognised for 'inspiration' at FilmG Gaelic short film awards

25 February 2024

Their film, "Ar Sealladh aig Àrd-sgoil Inbhir Theòrsa", explored the topic of Gaelic medium education.


'Exciting' exhibition to feature North Highland banner art celebrating women's right to vote

25 February 2024
'Exciting' exhibition to feature North Highland banner art celebrating women's right to vote

'Exciting' exhibition to feature North Highland banner art celebrating women's right to vote

25 February 2024

The Stalls Gallery at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness will host "Highland Women Making History".


Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

13 February 2024
Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

Raigmore are 'first in Scotland' to employ new breast cancer treatment

13 February 2024

The breast team at Raigmore Hospital were first to use the new Pintuition System.


Far North line reopens after earlier closure due to flooding at Muir of Ord

07 February 2024
Far North line reopens after earlier closure due to flooding at Muir of Ord

Far North line reopens after earlier closure due to flooding at Muir of Ord

07 February 2024

The line had been closed due to flooding.


Habitat restoration fund open for applications from organisations targeting declining salmon numbers

02 February 2024
Habitat restoration fund open for applications from organisations targeting declining salmon numbers

Habitat restoration fund open for applications from organisations targeting declining salmon numbers

02 February 2024

The Salmon Scotland wild fisheries fund will see £140,000 invested by Scotland's salmon farmers.


Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

21 January 2024
Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

Met Office issue fresh Storm Isha amber alert warning of gusts up to 90mph from 6pm

21 January 2024

The amber warning will remain in place until 6am on Monday.


ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

21 January 2024
ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

ScotRail services to end early today ahead of Storm Isha amber warning

21 January 2024

Several routes have been cancelled this evening and tomorrow morning.


'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

20 January 2024
'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

'Damaging gusts and heavy rain' ahead as Storm Isha warning is raised to amber

20 January 2024

The public are being warned to prepare for a 12-hour spell of 'very strong, damaging winds'.


A9 closed between Latheron and Achavanich due to gas tank leak

20 January 2024
A9 closed between Latheron and Achavanich due to gas tank leak

A9 closed between Latheron and Achavanich due to gas tank leak

20 January 2024

The road has been closed in both directions.


Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

19 January 2024
Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

Rail passengers urged to check warnings before travelling as Storm Isha arrives

19 January 2024

The storm could bring winds of up to 70mph on Sunday night and into Monday.


Snow results in call-offs across the north, as Wick Academy vs Brechin City is postponed

19 January 2024
Snow results in call-offs across the north, as Wick Academy vs Brechin City is postponed

Snow results in call-offs across the north, as Wick Academy vs Brechin City is postponed

19 January 2024

Games have been called off at Wick, Brora and Golspie, but Thurso remain hopeful.


Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes along north coast without power

19 January 2024
Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes along north coast without power

Unplanned SSEN outage leaves homes along north coast without power

19 January 2024

The fault was reported to SSEN at 8.39am this morning.


'Strong demand' for new Sutherland train stop

18 January 2024
'Strong demand' for new Sutherland train stop

'Strong demand' for new Sutherland train stop

18 January 2024

A survey has found almost 90 per cent support for the idea of a stop at Edderton to benefit those travelling both north and south.


Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

12 January 2024
Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

Highland MP calls for meeting over 'worrying' news for staff as Menzies Parcels faces closure

12 January 2024

The north of Scotland firm has notified staff of its impending closure.


WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

11 January 2024
WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

WATCH: MP Drew Hendry calls for 'fairness and equity' in energy pricing with launch of Highland Energy Rebate campaign

11 January 2024

The proposed scheme aims to provide financial relief to people in the Highlands and Islands


6.18am service from Wick to Inverness will not call at Thurso due to 'frozen' points

08 January 2024
6.18am service from Wick to Inverness will not call at Thurso due to 'frozen' points

6.18am service from Wick to Inverness will not call at Thurso due to 'frozen' points

08 January 2024

The rail operator has provided a replacement bus for people making the journey.


Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

25 December 2023
Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

Greens MSP Ariane Burgess welcomes £1.5m school meal debt write-off

25 December 2023

The Highland MSP said it would be a 'huge relief' for families.


Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

24 December 2023
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pledges to enshrine 'legal Right to Food' in new year

24 December 2023

Roll out of the National Good Food Nation Plan has been delayed for six months.


Farr Primary pupils answer festive toy appeal

13 December 2023
Farr Primary pupils answer festive toy appeal

Farr Primary pupils answer festive toy appeal

13 December 2023

To support the appeal, the pupils created posters and spread the word via friends and family.


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