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Val Sweeney


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Val Sweeney is an award-winning and experienced journalist. Having worked on several newspapers in the north of England in various roles as a reporter and feature writer, she joined the Inverness Courier in 2001.

Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

05 February 2024
Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

05 February 2024

A new project has been launched to bring the big screen to town halls, churches and libraries in the Highlands and Moray.


Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024
Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024

Motorists are being warned of various road closures in the Highlands following heavy rain.


Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024
Why we should all take time to talk and listen

Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024

"We should never underestimate the ability to change lives by being there for others," says Highland councillor.


Another weather warning issued for Highlands

29 January 2024
Another weather warning issued for Highlands

Another weather warning issued for Highlands

29 January 2024

Strong winds could bring disruption to the Highlands during Wednesday.


Rise in theft of materials from construction sites highlighted at Highland roadshow

27 January 2024
Rise in theft of materials from construction sites highlighted at Highland roadshow

Rise in theft of materials from construction sites highlighted at Highland roadshow

27 January 2024

A noticeable peak in theft of materials from building sites over the festive period when sites were closed has been highlighted at an Inverness event.


Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

24 January 2024
Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

Train services remain suspended in wake of Storm Jocelyn

24 January 2024

Train services in Scotland remain suspended this morning until the rail lines have been checked in the wake of Storm Jocelyn.


Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

Highland schools closed in wake of Storm Isha

22 January 2024

Thousands of pupils across the Highlands will miss school today in the wake of Storm Isha.


Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

22 January 2024
Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

Police Scotland warns drivers to avoid travel as Storm Isha brings overnight disruption

22 January 2024

Police Scotland has warned drivers to travel only if necessary after Storm Isha brought strong winds overnight.


Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024

No train services are running this morning in Scotland until rail lines have been inspected as Storm Isha hit the UK.


Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

16 January 2024
Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

16 January 2024

A major journalism award is to be presented in memory of writer and broadcaster Bill McAllister who died last April.


He leaves an 'incredible' legacy – tributes to Mikeysline founder

18 December 2023
He leaves an 'incredible' legacy – tributes to Mikeysline founder

He leaves an 'incredible' legacy – tributes to Mikeysline founder

18 December 2023

By his own admission, Mikeysline founder Ron Williamson had a "bull-in-a-china-shop, speaking-my-mind" approach.


Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

17 December 2023
Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

17 December 2023

Train passengers in the Highlands are being warned of potential disruption due to severe weather.


New Start Highland marks one of hardest but most successful years

17 December 2023
New Start Highland marks one of hardest but most successful years

New Start Highland marks one of hardest but most successful years

17 December 2023

A Highland organisation which tackles poverty, homelessness and long-term unemployment has had one of its hardest – but most successful – years.


Death of founder of Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

15 December 2023
Death of founder of Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

Death of founder of Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

15 December 2023

The founder of the Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline, has died following a long illness.


A9 closed near Thurso as police deal with accident

13 December 2023
A9 closed near Thurso as police deal with accident

A9 closed near Thurso as police deal with accident

13 December 2023

The A9 near Thurso has been closed due to an accident, Police Scotland has reported.


Eco-friendly shop gift card introduced by Highland charity

11 December 2023
Eco-friendly shop gift card introduced by Highland charity

Eco-friendly shop gift card introduced by Highland charity

11 December 2023

A new gift card for eco-conscious shoppers has been introduced by a Highland charity.


Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

11 December 2023
Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

11 December 2023

A Highland lockdown legend who captured the nation's hearts by climbing the equivalent of 2398ft high mountain for charity has died, aged 93.


Are the 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

04 December 2023
Are the 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

Are the 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

04 December 2023

A public consultation on the Highland-wide 20mph limit programme has been launched.


Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

27 November 2023
Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

27 November 2023

School support staff across Scotland have ended a long-running pay dispute with council leaders after they voted to accept a new pay offer.


Off duty Highland policeman up for bravery gong

17 November 2023
Off duty Highland policeman up for bravery gong

Off duty Highland policeman up for bravery gong

17 November 2023

A Highland police officer who leapt out of his car to tackle an armed man while off duty is to be recognised for his bravery.


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