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O’Neill replaces McGuinness as party’s Stormont leader

Sinn Fein Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has become the party’s new leader at Stormont following Martin McGuinness’s decision to quit frontline politics.

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Jim Wells MLA �Edward Byrne Photography INNL1542

Jim Wells: ‘It sounds strange but I didn’t ask if family were on RHI’

DUP MLA Jim Wells said his family are not particularly close as he explained how he was unaware for so long he had multiple family members who are recipients under the RHI scheme .

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DUP boycotted a debate on children with autism in October 2015 (left) but attended another debate to stop a Spads Bill (right)

RHI scandal: Allister ‘tried to rein in Spads’

With several DUP Spads being thrown into the spotlight during the RHI scandal, one politician has sent out a reminder that he tried to put a tighter leash on special advisors back in 2015.

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Alex Kane

Paisley tribute to McGuinness was generous, genuine ... and necessary

Twenty years on from the start of the talks process which led to the Good Friday Agreement and a decade after Martin McGuinness became deputy first minister, why was there so much astonishment (and I can think of no other word for it) about Ian Paisley’s ‘praise’ of him; or, as Jim Allister described it, “a gushing eulogy towards IRA commander McGuinness”.

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Sinn Fein's Mairtin O Muilleoir

SF’s silence on RHI vote plans

A public inquiry into the RHI scheme will leave no hiding places, Stormont’s finance minister has vowed.

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James Brokenshire said a proportionate approach needed to be taken on legacy investigations

New law may protect OAP soldiers from prosecution

Secretary of State James Brokenshire and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP have both lent credibility to reports that a law is under discussion within government which would protect elderly soldiers from facing prosecution for their actions while serving during the Troubles.

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O’Neill is tipped to lead SF in Assembly

There is speculation that Sinn Fein will announce that Michelle O’Neill will replace Martin McGuinness as the party’s leader at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Martin McGuinness (left) follows the coffin of IRA man Charles English in Londonderry in 1984

File including religion of IRA targets ‘was destined for McGuinness’

Details of which religion police officers belonged to were contained in an IRA targeting dossier earmarked for Martin McGuinness, according to an account of a court case from the early 1970s.

Crime
The scene of Sunday night's shooting on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast. 
Picture by Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Doug Beattie: This cowardly gun attack is just like Troubles attacks

I utterly condemn last night’s gun attack on the Crumlin Road in which a police officer was injured.

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Morning View

Criticism of dissident terrorists is not enough: action to combat them must be supported

Last night a PSNI officer was shot in another terrorist attack in north Belfast.

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Jim Allister: Terror was terror in the past and it is terrorism now

Jim Allister: Terror was terror in the past and it is terrorism now

Last night’s attempted murder of a police officer is a reminder of the wickedness and criminality of all terrorism, no matter who it is committed by or when.

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Kathryn Johnston and her late husband Liam Clarke. Together they wrote the only biography to date about Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has tremendous duty to tell whole story: biographer

The only author to have written a biography of Martin McGuinness says that “history demands” that he now gives a full account of his life.

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Lagan Valley Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn

Alliance queries party posters deal

Lagan Valley Alliance Party MLA Trevor Lunn has challenged claims that a deal has been struck between parties in his constituency not to flood the area with candidate posters ahead of the pending election.

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Sinn Fein's Mairtin O Muilleoir

There will be ‘no hiding places’ from RHI public inquiry, says minister

A public inquiry into Northern Ireland’s botched green energy scheme will leave no hiding places, Stormont’s finance minister vowed.

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John O'Dowd is running again in Upper Bann

Sinn Fein to run two candidates in hotly contested Upper Bann race

Sinn Fein have announced the names of the two candidates who will run in what is sure to be a hotly contested Assembly race in Upper Bann.

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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams Brexit claims unfounded, insist government

The British government has said Gerry Adams’ claims Brexit will destroy the Good Friday Agreement are unfounded.

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Political parties to discuss terms of reference for RHI ‘scandal’ inquiry

Political parties to discuss terms of reference for RHI ‘scandal’ inquiry

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will meet with political parties tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

Business
David McCaughey (cousin of Dougald McCaughey) at the monument for the three Scottish soldiers murdered in the IRA honeytrap attack in 1971.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Omagh bomb lawyers target PIRA killers

Lawyers behind the successful civil court case over the Omagh bomb are now launching a private case centring on the three young Scottish soldiers killed in 1971.

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