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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.

‘It’s such a personal thing to have somewhere to call home’ - MSP who was once homeless joins committee

19 June 2024
‘It’s such a personal thing to have somewhere to call home’ - MSP who was once homeless joins committee

‘It’s such a personal thing to have somewhere to call home’ - MSP who was once homeless joins committee

19 June 2024

Highlands and Islands MSP who was once homeless has been appointed to a Scottish Parliamentary committee which focuses on housing.


Rural Scotland and migration in spotlight as Highlands mark Refugee Festival Scotland

19 June 2024
Rural Scotland and migration in spotlight as Highlands mark Refugee Festival Scotland

Rural Scotland and migration in spotlight as Highlands mark Refugee Festival Scotland

19 June 2024

A Kurdish-born Scottish politician and human rights activist will join a panel at an Inverness event to mark the Refugee Festival Scotland.


A9 at Daviot reopens after two-vehicle crash

18 June 2024
A9 at Daviot reopens after two-vehicle crash

A9 at Daviot reopens after two-vehicle crash

18 June 2024

The A9 at Daviot has fully reopened following a road crash involving two vehicles this afternoon.


Inverness Provincial Mòd returns to present showcase of Gaelic music, poetry and song

18 June 2024
Inverness Provincial Mòd returns to present showcase of Gaelic music, poetry and song

Inverness Provincial Mòd returns to present showcase of Gaelic music, poetry and song

18 June 2024

An annual festival of Gaelic music, poetry and song returns to Inverness this coming weekend.


Lifelong socialist and passionate trade unionist with strong sense of history dies aged 85

17 June 2024
Lifelong socialist and passionate trade unionist with strong sense of history dies aged 85

Lifelong socialist and passionate trade unionist with strong sense of history dies aged 85

17 June 2024

A stalwart of the trade union movement and driving force behind the creation of an Inverness memorial to honour those who have died at work has died.


Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

16 June 2024
Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

16 June 2024

June 2011: Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the future queen, completes the gruelling Highland Cross.


‘We lost out on quality time when the children were little’ - devastating toll of Infected blood scandal on family

13 June 2024
‘We lost out on quality time when the children were little’ - devastating toll of Infected blood scandal on family

‘We lost out on quality time when the children were little’ - devastating toll of Infected blood scandal on family

13 June 2024

The thought of coming home from school and finding her father dead was one which used to fill Bruce Norval’s daughter with dread.


Inverness actor returns for Q&A on cult horror Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey II

13 June 2024
Inverness actor returns for Q&A on cult horror Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey II

Inverness actor returns for Q&A on cult horror Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey II

13 June 2024

A former Inverness performer who appears in a new cult horror film is to take part in a Q&A following a special screening at Eden Court Theatre.


‘It made us social pariahs’ - Black Isle campaigner reflects on personal impact of infected blood scandal

12 June 2024
‘It made us social pariahs’ - Black Isle campaigner reflects on personal impact of infected blood scandal

‘It made us social pariahs’ - Black Isle campaigner reflects on personal impact of infected blood scandal

12 June 2024

As he reflects on the personal impact of the infected blood scandal, Bruce Norval recalls how he was once threatened in an Inverness city centre pub.


Deadline looms for public consultation on improving transport in Highlands and Islands

12 June 2024
Deadline looms for public consultation on improving transport in Highlands and Islands

Deadline looms for public consultation on improving transport in Highlands and Islands

12 June 2024

The deadline is looming for people to give their views on a 20-year vision to improve transport in the Highlands and Islands.


‘It is not like a lottery win’ - Black Isle victim of infected blood scandal says compensation does not match decades of suffering

11 June 2024
‘It is not like a lottery win’ - Black Isle victim of infected blood scandal says compensation does not match decades of suffering

‘It is not like a lottery win’ - Black Isle victim of infected blood scandal says compensation does not match decades of suffering

11 June 2024

The compensation scheme announced for UK victims in the infected blood scandal victims is not like a lottery win, says a Black Isle campaigner.


Inverness plumbing apprentice wins renewable competition

11 June 2024
Inverness plumbing apprentice wins renewable competition

Inverness plumbing apprentice wins renewable competition

11 June 2024

An Inverness plumbing apprentice won top prize in a Scotland-wide competition.


Historic fishing lodge in finals of BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year

10 June 2024
Historic fishing lodge in finals of BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year

Historic fishing lodge in finals of BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year

10 June 2024

An historic Highland fishing lodge will feature in tonight’s televised grand final to find Scotland’s Home of the Year.


Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

09 June 2024
Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

09 June 2024

December 2016: Hollywood actress Karen Gillan films in High Street, Inverness.


Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

02 June 2024
Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

02 June 2024

March 2022: The Hydro Ness on the River Ness in Inverness becomes operational.


Mental health charity Mikeysline moves to new base in Inverness city centre

02 June 2024
Mental health charity Mikeysline moves to new base in Inverness city centre

Mental health charity Mikeysline moves to new base in Inverness city centre

02 June 2024

A Highland mental health charity has relocated to a new base in Inverness city centre as its work continues to expand.


PICTURES: Pupils at Inverness primary school turn hall into art gallery

02 June 2024
PICTURES: Pupils at Inverness primary school turn hall into art gallery

PICTURES: Pupils at Inverness primary school turn hall into art gallery

02 June 2024

Pupils at an Inverness primary school have shown off their artistic talents after turning their school hall into an art gallery.


Feedback sought on plans for new indoor skatepark for Inverness

31 May 2024
Feedback sought on plans for new indoor skatepark for Inverness

Feedback sought on plans for new indoor skatepark for Inverness

31 May 2024

Public feedback is being sought on plans to create the first indoor skatepark for Inverness.


Hydro developers in race to pump Loch Ness dry, says fishery board

30 May 2024
Hydro developers in race to pump Loch Ness dry, says fishery board

Hydro developers in race to pump Loch Ness dry, says fishery board

30 May 2024

Developers are in a race to pump Loch Ness dry, according to a salmon conservation body.


Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

26 May 2024
Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

Behind The Lens: The Legacy of a Highland news photographer

26 May 2024

Donkey enclosure, Black Isle Wildlife Park.


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