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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.

Fuel protesters target Kessock Bridge

05 July 2022
Fuel protesters target Kessock Bridge

Fuel protesters target Kessock Bridge

05 July 2022

Protesters targeted the Kessock Bridge in Inverness as part of a UK-wide demonstration over the impact of high fuel prices.


'It was terrifying to begin with but I haven’t got rid of the travel bug since!'

11 June 2022
'It was terrifying to begin with but I haven’t got rid of the travel bug since!'

'It was terrifying to begin with but I haven’t got rid of the travel bug since!'

11 June 2022

A Highland organisation giving a voice to young people has been awarded £60,000 for its life-changing work.


New rural and veterinary innovation centre set to bring further jobs boost to Inverness Campus

07 June 2022
New rural and veterinary innovation centre set to bring further jobs boost to Inverness Campus

New rural and veterinary innovation centre set to bring further jobs boost to Inverness Campus

07 June 2022

Hundreds of jobs are set to be created in the next few years as key projects come to fruition and development continues at Inverness Campus.


Acclaimed choir set for Sutherland summer date in aid of Mikeysline

30 May 2022
Acclaimed choir set for Sutherland summer date in aid of Mikeysline

Acclaimed choir set for Sutherland summer date in aid of Mikeysline

30 May 2022

An acclaimed choir from England will visit Dornoch this summer.


Eighty-six per cent of Highland households have now filled in returns for Scotland's Census

23 May 2022
Eighty-six per cent of Highland households have now filled in returns for Scotland's Census

Eighty-six per cent of Highland households have now filled in returns for Scotland's Census

23 May 2022

Deadline was extended by a month in April because of low completion rates


Police issue warning about bogus workmen in the Highlands

02 May 2022
Police issue warning about bogus workmen in the Highlands

Police issue warning about bogus workmen in the Highlands

02 May 2022

Police officers have issued a warning following reported incidents of bogus workmen calling at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people.


'Staggering' gains as clients seek help from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)

30 April 2022
'Staggering' gains as clients seek help from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)

'Staggering' gains as clients seek help from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)

30 April 2022

Clients gaining from help from the Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) network are on average £4400 better off, new figures reveal.


New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

29 April 2022
New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

29 April 2022

A proposed new supermarket in the Highland capital would not adversely hit retail in the city centre or other nearby retail parks – claim.


WATCH: Launch of Scotland-wide Dandelion programme including free festival in Inverness

28 April 2022
WATCH: Launch of Scotland-wide Dandelion programme including free festival in Inverness

WATCH: Launch of Scotland-wide Dandelion programme including free festival in Inverness

28 April 2022

Innovative miniature vertical farms will be among the attractions at a festival in Inverness which aims to inspire people to sow and grow food.


Objection to planning application may be 'significant' to murder investigation

26 April 2022
Objection to planning application may be 'significant' to murder investigation

Objection to planning application may be 'significant' to murder investigation

26 April 2022

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


Campaigners warn outlook 'bleak' for older people as energy, fuel and food costs soar

24 April 2022
Campaigners warn outlook 'bleak' for older people as energy, fuel and food costs soar

Campaigners warn outlook 'bleak' for older people as energy, fuel and food costs soar

24 April 2022

Campaigners for older people have issued a stark warning amid soaring energy, fuel and food costs.


WATCH: Green electricity project lit up in red and blue to commemorate anniversary of the Battle of Culloden

20 April 2022
WATCH: Green electricity project lit up in red and blue to commemorate anniversary of the Battle of Culloden

WATCH: Green electricity project lit up in red and blue to commemorate anniversary of the Battle of Culloden

20 April 2022

A green electricity project in Inverness was lit up in red and blue to mark the 276th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden.


Hospital ward reopens after norovirus outbreak but another remains closed due to coronavirus

20 April 2022
Hospital ward reopens after norovirus outbreak but another remains closed due to coronavirus

Hospital ward reopens after norovirus outbreak but another remains closed due to coronavirus

20 April 2022

Health bosses have reopened a ward at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after it was closed to new admissions due to an outbreak of norovirus.


WATCH: Custom-built boat returns to canal after two-year absence

18 April 2022
WATCH: Custom-built boat returns to canal after two-year absence

WATCH: Custom-built boat returns to canal after two-year absence

18 April 2022

A custom-built boat has returned to the Caledonian Canal after an absence of more than two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Scheme helps care experienced young people take up learning and job opportunities

17 April 2022
Scheme helps care experienced young people take up learning and job opportunities

Scheme helps care experienced young people take up learning and job opportunities

17 April 2022

Young people who have lived in care are being supported through a new scheme to help them take up learning and job opportunities.


Lidl defends plans to develop new food store

17 April 2022
Lidl defends plans to develop new food store

Lidl defends plans to develop new food store

17 April 2022

A proposed new food store will provide local residents with “a modern, attractive and convenient retail offering”, the supermarket giant has insisted.


Bug outbreaks close two wards at Raigmore Hospital

16 April 2022
Bug outbreaks close two wards at Raigmore Hospital

Bug outbreaks close two wards at Raigmore Hospital

16 April 2022

Cases of coronavirus and norovirus have resulted in two wards at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness being closed to new admissions.


Free family-friendly festival aims to inspire people to sow, grow and share

14 April 2022
Free family-friendly festival aims to inspire people to sow, grow and share

Free family-friendly festival aims to inspire people to sow, grow and share

14 April 2022

A free major outdoor festival is set to take place in Inverness in a bid to inspire people to sow, grow and share food, music, knowledge and ideas.


Close-run contest for three Highland homes in BBC Scotland's televised Home of the Year – here's how it went...

05 April 2022
Close-run contest for three Highland homes in BBC Scotland's televised Home of the Year – here's how it went...

Close-run contest for three Highland homes in BBC Scotland's televised Home of the Year – here's how it went...

05 April 2022

TV viewers were given a fascinating glimpse into three Highland homes as the popular programme Scotland’s Home of the Year returned last night.


PICTURES: Two Highland homeowners set to compete on BBC TV series' first episode

04 April 2022
PICTURES: Two Highland homeowners set to compete on BBC TV series' first episode

PICTURES: Two Highland homeowners set to compete on BBC TV series' first episode

04 April 2022

A look at two Highland-based contenders to feature in BBC Scotland's programme Scotland’s Home of the Year.


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