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Raymond McCreesh: the man behind IRA playground row

The ongoing row over a Newry playground named after IRA man Raymond McCreesh has made national headlines – and still goes on.

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Peter Robinson says he was careful regarding the assurances he gave to Jim Wells

Resignation row: Wells produces email ‘promise’ from Robinson

The row over claims that Peter Robinson had promised to reinstate Jim Wells as a Stormont minister has taken a fresh twist with the emergence of an email from the former first minister about the South Down MLA’s future.

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Republicans have erected banners in honour of Raymond McCreesh at the park in recent weeks as tensions on the matter came to a head

SDLP may tell its councillors to change name of IRA playground

The SDLP leadership has warned party councillors in Newry that if the row over an ‘IRA playground’ is not resolved soon, then they should bring forward their own motion to rename it.

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Jackie Nicholl holds a photo of his 17 month old son, Colin, who was killed by an IRA bomb. He has just resigned from the Victims Forum after disovering a convicted IRA bomber is a fellow member.' Photo: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

‘I was gutted to find IRA bomber on victims forum’

A pensioner whose 17-month-old son was killed in an IRA bomb on the Shankill Road in Belfast has resigned from the Victims and Survivors Forum after discovering that a man he befriended on the body was a convicted bomber from the terror group.

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Robert McClenaghan campaigning with family members of those murdered in the 1971 McGurks Bar bombing, attend a meeting with the Police Ombudsman's Office to present new evidence on the atrocity.''Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

‘My daily job was to place bombs in Belfast centre’

A member of the Victims and Survivors Forum has said he was “immensely proud” of joining the IRA and how it was his “daily job” to plant bombs across Belfast.

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A grinning William McFall from Greenisland posing with a pistol and chainsaw in an image found on a mobile phone seized by police.

‘I knew him in his youth and was stunned at his role in murder’

A man who knew a Co Antrim killer before he carried out his first murder said he was “stunned” to find out that he had committed another brutal murder in England.

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Jamie Bryson published the claims on the Unionist Voice blog site

Leaked flags proposals ‘not agreed by parties’

Claims by a loyalist blogger that the Commission on Flags is set to recommend restrictions on bonfires and flying the Union Flag are premature, it is claimed.

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Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has donated a kidney to her son Mark

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and son doing well after kidney transplant

Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are both recovering well after she gave him the gift of new life in the form of one of her kidneys.

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Geraldine O'Reilly, aged 15, died in a loyalist bomb attack in Belturbet, Co Cavan in 1972. Her brother Anthony will tell her story at Stormont on Tuesday

I want closure for my Geraldine, says brother of 1972 Cavan bomb victim

A man whose 15-year-old sister was murdered by a loyalist bomb in Co Cavan is to tell his story at Stormont in his quest for truth and justice.

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Mark and Jamie Pollock with their daughter Lacey, aged four, who has now sadly passed away due to a mystery condition

NI family’s heartbreak as fifth child dies from mystery illness

A Dundonald family has been left “devastated and heartbroken” after losing their fifth child to a mystery illness which has baffled doctors for 17 years.

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From left, Thomas Rowntree from the Shankill, Pastor Jack McKee and Tom from the Falls take part in the walk

Ex-paramilitaries from both sides show ‘better way’

Ex-paramilitaries from both sides are walking the streets of west Belfast to demonstrate “a better way” - and praying together for a political breakthrough.

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Heather Neill died after a road traffic accident near Randalstown on Sunday

Crash victim Heather Neill ‘vivacious and fun loving’

A Lisburn woman who died in a road traffic accident has been described as a “vivacious, fun loving and extremely caring member of staff” at the school where she taught.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster says progress has been made.

DUP and SF: ‘body language has improved’

The DUP and Sinn Fein agreed last night that progress has been made towards restoring power-sharing as talks between the two largest parties continued into the evening.

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Sex Worker rights Campaigner , Laura Lee at Belfast High Court. Photo Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Tributes paid to ‘fearless’ Laura Lee

Friends and supporters have paid tribute to “fearless” high profile sex trade campaigner Laura Lee, who died on Wednesday aged 39.

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Orange Order Grand Secretary Mervyn Gibson refused to comment on the political talks

Orange Order won’t be drawn on hybrid Irish language/Ulster-Scots act

A senior Orange Order leader has declined to offer any comment on the possibility of a political deal involving a hybrid Irish language/Ulster-Scots culture act.

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Prof Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, at Keene State College, New Hampshire and Director of Academic Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.'He gave a talk at Belfast City Hall on 30 January 2018.'

Troubles killers will never admit they were wrong - genocide expert

An academic who studies how ordinary people carry out evil says Troubles killers will forever engage in ‘mental gymnastics’ in order to justify their bloodshed and reconcile it with a positive image of themselves.

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Birmingham pub bombing campaigner Julie Hambleton outside the Priory Court in Birmingham

Birmingham ruling may see terror suspects named in legacy inquests

A ruling about the Birmingham bombing inquest could see both terrorists and even more members of the security forces named in forthcoming legacy inquests, it has been claimed.

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A schoolgirl adds to the floral tributes left outside the home of murder victim Robert Flowerday on Mill Road Road in Crumlin

Ex-teacher Robert Flowerday ‘spent his life figuring out how to help people’

A 64-year-old teacher who was murdered at the weekend was an unbelievably generous man who “spent his life trying to figure out how to help people”, his pastor has said.

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Caoimhin Hynes now carries a large scar after his attack

Only cowards carry knives, says stabbed boxer Caoimhin Hynes

Knife crime is a major concern in mainland Britain. In Northern Ireland, it is relatively low level, but the effects can still be horrific. Here, boxer Caoimhin Hynes talks to PHILIP BRADFIELD about how a knife attack almost claimed his life, and the battle to reclaim his full mental strength.

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GB sees 61% rise in child knife crime

GB sees 61% rise in child knife crime

Thousands of children were found by police to have been carrying knives in England and Wales last year as the number of under 18s caught with blades rose for the fourth consecutive year.

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