In this week’s Manx Independent, MHKs are going to debate whether they should still say prayers before their sittings.

We talk to the Bishop about his view about that.

Also this week, the first "results" of the census have been published. There are lots of interesting nuggets of knowledge from it.


Elizabeth Ann Edge, who failed to declare money she was receiving from a man online in a platonic relationship, has been sentenced.

More than three-quarters of teachers in the Isle of Man says their job has had an adverse impact on their mental health in the past year, according to a union.

Manx Wildlife Trust has raised £20,000 for seal rehabilitation.

The Manx government wants to improve access to cash machines, according to a new report.

A fixed charge for refuse for every property in Braddan - whether a mansion of a flat - has been justified by the chairman of the commissioners, who asked our reporter: ’What’s wrong with a poll tax?’

The health service has slipped further into the red than originally forecast and is asking for £10m more from the government.

Dawn Diane Neeson, who tried to hide cannabis in her oven’s extractor fan, has been sentenced.

A new law is coming into force which will make it easier to record whether people want to donate their organs in the event of their death.

Kieran Michael Cain, who punched an off-duty police officer and threw gravel at cars, has been sentenced by the High Bailiff.

Teenage Manx artist Megan Griffin has won the Global Students Prize 2022 presented by the Sovereign Art Foundation.

In our Down Memory Lane feature we look at old post offices.

William Senior has been put on probation and banned from driving for two years after admitting being drunk in charge of a car.

The Interview - the new book from crime and mystery writer, and former island resident Chris Ewan - will hit the shelves in two weeks’ time. We talk to him about it in our Island Life section.

We also look at other books with a local theme inside.

The Douglas Choral Union will return to the Gaiety Theatre stage next week to perform the ’The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.

We picture the Foxtrap gig in the Mitre in Ramsey and write about the return to gigs in the centre pages.

On the back page our sports team report on Kaytlyn Adshead, who was justly proud to receive the FIM World Cup bronze medal for finishing third in Trial2 Women’s 2021 Championship.

There are 10 action-packed pages of sport in the paper.

There is also plenty of community news, a page of your letters, the latest from the Manx Bard, our puzzles pages, the gig guide and a seven-day television guide.

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