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‘Amnesty’ needed to protect veterans says DUP

The DUP says it cannot be right that On-The-Run letters exist for terrorists yet no consideration is put in place to protect security force members from prosecution for events relating to the Troubles.

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Brian Service whose mother, Ann, bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Bereaved mother in legacy probe plea to Brokenshire

A mother bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict.

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Dublin warned of Good Friday Agreement breach

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has warned the Irish Taoiseach that his proposal to manage Northern Ireland jointly with London over the heads of local politicians would be “a fundamental breach” of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Former soldier Dennis Hutchings appearing at Armagh courts in March. He has been charged with the attempted murder of John-Pat Cunningham,  who was shot dead by members of an army patrol in Benburb in 1974. His case was one of several that prompted proposals for a statute of limitations on such prosecutions. 
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Concerns at plans to consult on forces’ Troubles ‘amnesty’

Concerns have been raised that a proposed government consultation on an ‘amnesty’ for security force members who served during the Troubles could also be applied to terrorists.

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McCreesh Park in Newry was named after IRA man Raymond McCreesh

Council ‘could sidestep’ vote over IRA playground name

The Equality Commission recommendation that councillors take a fresh vote on a Newry playground named after an IRA gunman could be sidestepped if the land is gifted to the local community, it is feared.

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The new memorial to the 12 victims of the IRA's 1987 Remembrance Sunday bomb as it was unveiled on 8 November 2017 in Enniskillen. It was removed and put into storage soon after it was unveiled. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Church informed on bomb memorial ‘a year in advance’

Victims of the 1987 Enniskillen bomb say they had “countless” conversations with the Catholic Church confirming the location for a memorial over the past 12 months - apparently contradicting clerical claims it was first brought to their attention in September.

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Representatives from Sinn Fein including Padraig Mc Laughlin T.D. at County House, Lifford, Sinn Fein launch of 2012 Easter Lily campaign Photo Brian McDaid 2703bd294

Alliance to oppose Easter lily move

The Alliance party has surprised a former UUP mayor of Belfast by saying it will oppose efforts by Sinn Fein to have the Easter Lily sold in Belfast City Hall.

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The unveiling of the memorial for the victims of the IRA Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb on November 8, 2017.

Concerns on SF bid to equate lily with poppy

There are concerns that a Sinn Fein motion to introduce the sale of Easter lilies at Belfast City Council could be a pretext for banning the sale of poppies at the authority.

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DUP Leader Arlene Foster arrives at Laganside Court with Bea Worton and her son Colin Worton in May for the Kingsmills massacre inquest. Mrs Worton's son Kenneth was one of those killed in the attack. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Nairac link to Kingsmills ‘sensationalist fantasy’

The most senior army intelligence officer in south Armagh at the time of the Kingsmills massacre has told an inquest that it was a “sensationalist fantasy” to suggest that Capt Robert Nairac was involved with the atrocity.

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Dromore stonemason Leslie Ross was charged with the murder of two girlfriends

Double-murder accused Leslie Ross dies suddenly at home

A Co Down man who was charged with the murder of two girlfriends has died suddenly at home, it has been confirmed.

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The minibus the men were travelling in at the roadside in south Armagh where they were lined up shot. Numerous bullet holes are clearly visible in the side

Kingsmills fingerprint expert denies cover-up

A fingerprint specialist who twice failed to match a suspect in the Kingsmills massacre to a palm print on the getaway vehicle has denied deliberately making the mistake to protect the suspect.

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A funeral cortege of one of the Kingsmills victims passes the scene of the massacre in 1976

Fingerprint expert has ‘no answer’ for missed Kingsmills palm print

A fingerprint specialist who twice failed to match a palm print from the Kingsmills massacre getaway minibus told an inquest that he had “no answer” for his error.

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Former Sinn Fein South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane

Ex-Sinn Fein MLA got £24,500 ‘golden handshake’ as well as salary

Catriona Ruane received a £24,500 payment on top of the tens of thousands of pounds which she was paid for months after leaving the Assembly, it has emerged.

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George Hamilton was giving evidence to the Commons NI committee

Police chief: GAA and SF fail to encourage PSNI careers

Chief Constable George Hamilton has said the GAA and Sinn Fein are failing to encourage nationalists to join the PSNI.

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Glenavy man Matthew Bradleys family have paid tribute to him after he died in a hit-and-run incident in Liverpool

Glenavy man killed in Liverpool hit-and-run ‘funny and generous’

A Glenavy man who was killed in a hit and run incident in Liverpool was a “funny, kind-hearted and generous young man who will be sorely missed by all that knew him” his family have said.

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Declan Kearney, pictured in a Creggan Kickhams tracksuit, said Trevor Ringland was attempting to foment division within the GAA

Ringland offers to meet GAA club that shunned Peadar Heffron

Reconciliation campaigner Trevor Ringland has offered to take a cross-community delegation of sports people for a private meeting with the GAA club which is alleged to have shunned Peadar Heffron for joining the PSNI.

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SF chairperson Declan Kearney (centre) with, from left, Car�l N� Chuil�n, Pat Sheehan and M�irt�n � Muilleoir at a SF press conference

Kearney challenged to condemn GAA club that snubbed relative

Sinn Fein’s Declan Kearney has come under fire after slamming UVF sectarianism on the same day he refused to comment on his relative Peadar Heffron’s claims that he was shunned by their GAA club for joining the PSNI.

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UUP: Did shadowy figures overrule O’Neill in talks?

UUP MLA Doug Beattie has claimed that senior IRA men have been present at Stormont talks, and has asked if “shadowy figures” are directing Sinn Fein policy after claims that Michelle O’Neill’s willingness to strike a deal was overruled by more senior republicans.

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Glen Barr pictured taking part in a parade to the Londonderry War Memorial by the International School for Peace Studies in 2012

Crowds mourn passing of ‘his own man’ Glen Barr

Around 800 mourners have turned out to pay their respects to the man that led Ulster to a standstill but later devoted his life to reconciliation.

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