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Pallets burned at Sandy Row bonfire site

A blaze that destroyed a large quantity of pallets at a bonfire site in south Belfast was started deliberately, the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said.

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Brian McCann of Newgrange Falconry with the young golden eagle Boru

Search on for escaped golden eagle near border

Members of the public are being asked to report any sighting of an extremely large bird of prey on the loose in the border region near south Armagh.

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Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass Gary Haggarty. Pacemaker Press

Special Branch agent handler ‘hung out to dry’ after battle to save lives

A former Special Branch detective who directly supervised the handling of UVF informant Gary Haggarty has spoken for the first time about the mental and physical trauma of spending 17 years under investigation.

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Ann McCabe and her late husband detective Jerry McCabe

Garda’s widow ‘proud’ of city freedom award

A Garda detective murdered by an IRA gang as he escorted a cash delivery van in Co Limerick is to be posthumously awarded the freedom of the city later this month.

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At the launch of the report were (from left) Dr Bethany Waterhouse Bradley, Ulster University, Prof Ch�rie Armour, Ulster University and Dr Paula Devine of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, QUB

Overwhelming backing from NI public for help for veterans

The provision of specialist mental health services for military veterans in Northern Ireland would be supported by more than three-quarters of the NI public, a new survey has found.

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DUP chief executive Timothy Johnston has held a number of senior positions within the party, including special advisor to three party leaders

Former DUP Spad acts as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ on discipline matters

The DUP has defended its internal disciplinary processes after a whistleblower complained of monetary fines for unauthorised comments to the media.

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Sir Desmond de Silva QC

Finucane report author Sir Desmond de Silva dies aged 78

The international lawyer who carried out a major review of the Pat Finucane murder investigation has died aged 78.

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Same-sex couple: 'Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Same-sex couples welcome in Presbyterian Church – but cannot be full members

People in same-sex relationships are still welcome in the Presbyterian Church, but “speak the truth we must,” and refuse to administer the sacraments, a former moderator has said.

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Belfast City Hospital where the Belfast Trust has its headquarters

Inquiry will examine neurology patient care concerns

An independent inquiry will examine whether the Belfast Trust could have had earlier warning of potential neurology patient care concerns.

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DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds

Dodds welcomes Brexit backstop proposal as a ‘step forward’

Nigel Dodds has welcomed the government’s ‘backstop’ Brexit proposal, which treats Northern Ireland no differently from the rest of the UK, as “a step forward”.

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Stafford Carson at the 2018 Presbyterian general assembly. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Presbyterians cut ties with ‘mother church’ over same-sex marriage

A decision by the Church of Scotland to conduct same-sex marriages has resulted in a “theological Brexit” from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).

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Sinn Fein calls for IFA to cancel Israel match

Sinn Fein has called on the IFA to cancel a Northern Ireland friendly game against Israel in September.

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Rev Dr Trevor Morrow. Picture. Matt Mackey: Presseye.com

Presbyterian Assembly: Fears NI will follow Republic’s lead on abortion

A senior Presbyterian has said he fears Northern Ireland will follow the Republic’s lead on legalising abortion.

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Former Presbyterian moderator Rev Dr John Dunlop has branded the NIO legacy consultation 'toxic'

Troubles legacy consultation ‘one-sided and toxic’: former moderator

The government’s consultation on dealing with the legacy of the Troubles has been branded “toxic” and the “pursuit of the unobtainable” by a former Presbyterian moderator.

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PSNI officers cleared of smashing ‘non-existent’ television

PSNI officers cleared of smashing ‘non-existent’ television

Police officers have been cleared of damaging a 43-inch television during a house search – after video evidence showed there was no TV in the room at the time.

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Sinn Fein's Deirdre Hargey has become the new Lord Mayor of Belfast. 'Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Victim’s sister in plea to new SF lord mayor

A sister of murder victim Robert McCartney has challenged Belfast’s new lord mayor to tell police everything she knows about the circumstances.

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Victims’ group questions suitability of top PSNI officer for Garda commissioner’s post

The Relatives for Justice (RFJ) group has cited a senior PSNI officer’s “pride in the RUC” when apparently questioning his suitability as a potential Garda commissioner.

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The parents of south Armagh murder victim Paul Quinn at his grave. They believe Provisional IRA members were responsible for the 2007 attack

No place in society for terrorists who ‘sanction brutal murders’: Robinson

Paramilitary godfathers who remain in place to “sanction brutal murders,” or arrange forensic clean-ups after horrific crimes, have no place in society, Gavin Robinson has said.

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Jamie Dornan will star alongside Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly in Death And Nightingales

Jamie Dornan reunited with creator of The Fall in new BBC Two drama

Jamie Dornan has been reunited with The Fall creator Allan Cubbitt to star in a three-part drama set in Fermanagh at the end of the 19th century.

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Pressure mounting on May for abortion law uniformity across UK

The relaxation of strict abortion laws in the Republic will have “no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland” Arlene Foster has said.

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