The council boss who fought to safeguard the industrial future of the former Michelin plant in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, has offered to visit Dundee to share her town’s experiences and help Dundee get through their own Michelin closure announcement shock in any way she can.
As Dundee City Council bans its workers from smoking during office hours, how enforceable is the policy and what rights do employees have when it comes to breaks? Michael Alexander looks at the bigger picture.
North East Fife based Royal Marine veteran Mark (not his real name) said bonfire night can be an especially difficult time for combat veterans with mental health issues like him, with the loud bangs, bright lights and strong smells from fireworks causing serious anguish.
As a crowdfunding campaign is launched to raise funds for a pioneering brain tumour immunotherapy trial at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, surgeons – and a terminally ill patient – tell Michael Alexander why it could give hope to the hundreds of brain tumour victims diagnosed in Scotland each year.
Following recent crises to recruit sufficient community council nominees in some parts of Tayside and Fife, Michael Alexander discovers there are challenges to be overcome - but local democracy is far from dead.