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NI Jews using Israeli contacts in search for missing Co Down man Oliver McAfee

The Jewish community in Northern Ireland has launched a campaign to raise awareness in Israel about a Co Down tourist who has gone missing there.

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Oliver McAfee from Dromore in Co Down has gone missing while on a cycling trip around Israel.

Israeli police: Dromore man Oliver McAfee is ‘still alive’

Israeli police say a missing Northern Ireland man who had been cycling in the southern Israeli desert is still alive.

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Friends of Oliver McAfee lost contact with him in November

Trail of Bible pages found in search for Dromore man missing in Israel

A man from Co Down who went missing in an Israeli desert left a trail of Bible pages and may be suffering from ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ it has been reported.

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Three Three Scottish Soldiers who were murdered in Belfast by the IRA in 1971. From left: Joseph McCaig, Dougald McCaughey and John McCaig.

Scottish Tory tables motion for release of IRA murder files

A conservative member of the Scottish assembly is pressing Holyrood to give its full backing to a campaign for justice for three soldiers murdered by the IRA in Belfast.

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On the first day of Hunger Strike by Bobby Sands in Maze Prison people marched to the Busy Bee on the Falls Road at Andersonstown where they heard his mother Rosaleen Sands speak. Photo:  Pacemaker Press.

Gerry Adams pays tribute to mother of Bobby Sands

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has paid tribute to Rosaleen Sands, the mother of Hungerstriker Bobby Sands MP, following her death today.

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Colin Worton called on the IRA to take the final step

O’Dowd remarks; now IRA must take final step, says victim

A Kingsmills massacre victim has welcomed condemnation of the atrocity by Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd - but says republicans must now take the final step and admit it was carried out by the IRA.

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John O'Dowd MLA

John O’Dowd condemns Kingsmills Massacre

A former Sinn Fein Stormont minister has come out to condemn the Kingsmills massacre.

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Kingsmills survivor: bigot McElduff danced on graves of victims

The sole survivor of the Kingsmills massacre has accused Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff being a bigot who has danced on the graves of the ten murder victims from the atrocity.

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The RCN is continuing to draw attention to what it sees as a crisis in the number of trained nurses. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Department declines to say who is responsible for ‘dangerous’ gap

The Department of Health has declined to say who is responsible for organising nurse staffing, after a union said the absence of a workforce plan is “dangerous”.

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The number of patients at A&E departments over the holiday period was 4% higher than last year

Nurses’ body ‘warned of A&E crisis two weeks ago’

The Royal College of Nursing said it gave advance warning of the exceptional crisis on A&E departments over the holiday period two weeks ago.

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James Brokenshire has been urged to not allow Sinn Fein the room to pull down Stormont

Call for action to break stalemate at Stormont

A DUP MP expects 2017’s political vacuum to continue throughout 2018 and has laid responsibility for progress squarely with Sinn Fein and the secretary of state.

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Senior Orangeman James Emery has been named in the Queens New Year Honours for his service to the BB and his local community

Queen honours Jim for 54 years BB service

A Co Tyrone man has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his 54 years service to the Boys’ Brigade and to his wider community.

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The BBC has pledged to enhance representation of religion in TV and radio dramas and documentaries

Mixed reaction to BBC pledge of more religion

A pledge by the BBC to increase the portrayal of all faiths in its output prompted a mixed reception across Northern Ireland.

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UDA leader John McMichael in the old UDA HQ in Gawn Street in east Belfast. He was killed 30 years ago today by the IRA

Shirley McMichael: My husband was a UDA brigadier but he wanted a political solution

Today marks 30 years since the IRA murdered UDA brigadier John McMichael – a leading figure through many years of the organisation’s bloodshed who was cut down as he was turning his attention wholeheartedly towards political solutions.

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Christmas dinner

Warm welcome for all at free community Christmas dinners across NI

A range of venues across Northern Ireland are opening their doors to welcome all comers for community Christmas dinners on December 25.

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The Duke of Edinburgh shakes hands with Pope Francis while the Queen looks on, during a visit to the Vatican in 2014

Queen meeting Pope in NI ‘feasible’

A former Vatican official who dismissed predictions of a “joint visit” between the Queen and Pope to Northern Ireland has said, however, that a meeting of the pair in the Province might still be “feasible”.

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Damage caused by burglars at Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church, where Rev Peter McIntyre is minister

Protestant and Catholics united by church burglaries in Fivemiletown

Free Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches in Fivemiletown have expressed solidarity with each other after burglars hit both churches on the same night.

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McCreesh Park, in Patrick Street, Newry, is named after IRA man Raymond McCreesh

We broke our ‘IRA playground’ promises to unionists: SDLP

The SDLP admitted last night that it had broken promises to unionists in Newry Mourne and Down by not voting to change the name of a play park named after an IRA man.

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The Patrick St playground in Newry is controversially named after IRA man Raymond McCreesh

Council to vote on ‘IRA playground’

A vote is to take place tonight in Newry which unionists fear could result in a council playground being permanently named after an IRA man - a move they believe will fail to fulfil directions from the Equality Commission.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre), Tanaiste Simon Coveney (right) and Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee speaking at the Government Press Centre in Dublin after the European Commission announced that "sufficient progress" has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Picture date: Friday December 8, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DUP comfortable with Brexit text but SF ‘concerned’

The DUP has emerged comparatively positive following yesterday’s agreement between the UK and the EU, having secured what it claims to be substantial changes to the text which the party rejected at the beginning of the week.

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