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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.

Virtual ward hailed as 'exciting development' for respiratory care

11 August 2022
Virtual ward hailed as 'exciting development' for respiratory care

Virtual ward hailed as 'exciting development' for respiratory care

11 August 2022

A new service which enables respiratory patients to receive specialist care in their own homes has been launched by NHS Highland.


Miniature gardens carried on cargo bikes to visit Wick and Thurso

03 August 2022
Miniature gardens carried on cargo bikes to visit Wick and Thurso

Miniature gardens carried on cargo bikes to visit Wick and Thurso

03 August 2022

A fleet of cargo bikes carrying miniature vertical farms will visit Wick and Thurso on a Scotland-wide tour ending in the Highlands.


Royal Dornoch selected to host international golf championship in 2023

14 June 2022
Royal Dornoch selected to host international golf championship in 2023

Royal Dornoch selected to host international golf championship in 2023

14 June 2022

Top women players are coming to Sutherland.


WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre

13 May 2022
WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre

WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre

13 May 2022

A new video shows progress on the construction of Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.


Alistair Wilson murder: Objection to planning bid for decking at hotel may be 'significant' to investigation

26 April 2022
Alistair Wilson murder: Objection to planning bid for decking at hotel may be 'significant' to investigation

Alistair Wilson murder: Objection to planning bid for decking at hotel may be 'significant' to investigation

26 April 2022

A planning application may hold the key to the murder of Alistair Wilson more than 17 years ago.


Paralympic sport coming to Highlands with weekend goalball session

21 March 2022
Paralympic sport coming to Highlands with weekend goalball session

Paralympic sport coming to Highlands with weekend goalball session

21 March 2022

A goalball taster session aimed at sighted and non-sighted people will be staged in the Highlands, with everyone welcome and no experience required.


Construction begins on pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre to serve Highlands

13 March 2022
Construction begins on pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre to serve Highlands

Construction begins on pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre to serve Highlands

13 March 2022

Construction has got under way to develop Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.


Nicola Sturgeon sets out how £107m will be shared between sectors hit by Omicron variant

29 December 2021
Nicola Sturgeon sets out how £107m will be shared between sectors hit by Omicron variant

Nicola Sturgeon sets out how £107m will be shared between sectors hit by Omicron variant

29 December 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced how £107 million is being allocated to support businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron variant.


Family says planned Haven Centre for Highlands will make a difference to so many lives

16 December 2021
Family says planned Haven Centre for Highlands will make a difference to so many lives

Family says planned Haven Centre for Highlands will make a difference to so many lives

16 December 2021

A pioneering centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs is set to make a massive difference for Highland families.


Council to 'rationalise' offices as part of strategy to reduce property and emissions

07 December 2021
Council to 'rationalise' offices as part of strategy to reduce property and emissions

Council to 'rationalise' offices as part of strategy to reduce property and emissions

07 December 2021

Highland councillors will consider a list of offices for review and potential rationalisation as part of a 15-year capital strategy on Thursday.


Still time to submit views for public consultation on self-directed support

12 August 2021
Still time to submit views for public consultation on self-directed support

Still time to submit views for public consultation on self-directed support

12 August 2021

Members of the public still have time to contribute to a consultation on self-directed support (SDS).


Torridon's Kenny Smith accepts invitation to become a patron of the Archie Foundation

11 August 2021
Torridon's Kenny Smith accepts invitation to become a patron of the Archie Foundation

Torridon's Kenny Smith accepts invitation to become a patron of the Archie Foundation

11 August 2021

The frontman of popular Highland folk rockers Torridon has become a patron of the Archie Foundation children’s charity.


Modernisation plans will deliver safer air navigation in the Highlands for decades, say airport bosses

11 August 2021
Modernisation plans will deliver safer air navigation in the Highlands for decades, say airport bosses

Modernisation plans will deliver safer air navigation in the Highlands for decades, say airport bosses

11 August 2021

Bosses of airports in the Highlands and Islands say they cannot guarantee air connectivity unless they move forward with the modernisation programme.


Plans to centralise air traffic control services will disrupt local communities, says European transport workers organisation

10 August 2021
Plans to centralise air traffic control services will disrupt local communities, says European transport workers organisation

Plans to centralise air traffic control services will disrupt local communities, says European transport workers organisation

10 August 2021

A European trade union organisation is calling for a rethink on plans to centralise air traffic control services in the Highlands and Islands.


Police launch awareness campaign after number of vehicles stolen rises amid easing of coronavirus restrictions

13 July 2021
Police launch awareness campaign after number of vehicles stolen rises amid easing of coronavirus restrictions

Police launch awareness campaign after number of vehicles stolen rises amid easing of coronavirus restrictions

13 July 2021

A rise in the numbers of vehicles being stolen has prompted Police Scotland to launch an awareness raising campaign.


Rapid rise in coronavirus cases hits previously unaffected Highland areas

06 July 2021
Rapid rise in coronavirus cases hits previously unaffected Highland areas

Rapid rise in coronavirus cases hits previously unaffected Highland areas

06 July 2021

Health bosses in the Highlands have warned of a rapid rise in cases of Covid-19 across the region with more than 100 cases now notified daily.


Consultation on self-directed support to be launched by NHS Highland and Highland Council

01 July 2021
Consultation on self-directed support to be launched by NHS Highland and Highland Council

Consultation on self-directed support to be launched by NHS Highland and Highland Council

01 July 2021

NHS Highland and Highland Council are begin a consultation on self-directed support (SDS) for social care.


Bikes on buses set to become easier as new pilot scheme is launched in Highlands

30 June 2021
Bikes on buses set to become easier as new pilot scheme is launched in Highlands

Bikes on buses set to become easier as new pilot scheme is launched in Highlands

30 June 2021

A new pilot scheme has been launched in the Highlands to make it easier for cyclists to take their bike on a bus.


Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Highlands to be cancelled

09 June 2021
Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Highlands to be cancelled

Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Highlands to be cancelled

09 June 2021

Overnight rail services between London and the Highlands will be cancelled during an 11-day strike by rail workers starting next week.


PICTURES: New £42m NHS Highland treatment centre starts to take shape

12 April 2021
PICTURES: New £42m NHS Highland treatment centre starts to take shape

PICTURES: New £42m NHS Highland treatment centre starts to take shape

12 April 2021

A new £42 million world-class treatment centre for the Highlands is starting to take shape at Inverness Campus.


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