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Good Friday Agreement: ‘20 years on, all our politicians talk about is gaelic road signs’

Disappointment has been voiced about the Province’s political progress 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement by some of the attendees of a major event marking the milestone.

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Anne McCann's funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Dunmoyle on Friday

Victim of ‘freak accident’ was preparing for daughter’s wedding

A woman who died in a “freak” car accident was preparing for her daughter’s wedding in just a few weeks when she was killed.

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Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were both cleared unanimously on March 28, 2018.

Jackson and Olding rape acquittals faster than average, figures show

The time taken to clear Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding of rape was significantly faster than average.

Crime

UFU chief tells of farmers’ snow headaches, while parts of NI untouched

A blanket of snow several inches deep carpeted parts of Northern Ireland today, as about 300 schools shut their doors and roughly 1,500 bus journeys were cancelled – but other parts were left virtually untouched by the blizzard-like conditions.

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Convicted killers among four convicts at large

Four convicts – including two with murder convictions – have gone missing within the space of a fortnight, it can be revealed.

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Google map file showing the rough locations of shootings of people in Belfast, as reported by police, between December 30, 2017 and January 30, 2018

Justice for gun thugs ‘still not happening’ as wave of shootings hits city

A former UUP leader has said meting out justice to people behind gun attacks is still “just not happening”, after a fresh slew of shootings in Belfast.

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Lady Hermon has been MP for North Down since 2001

Lady Hermon: I won’t lose any sleep over constituency plan

Northern Ireland’s only independent MP has said she is not worried by planned changes to the Province’s political boundaries, even though they would see her seat radically redrawn.

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Sammy Wilson, DUP MP, in the Commons on Brexit on Tuesday

DUP MP and Brexit minister unite to trash idea of economic forecasts

DUP stalwart Sammy Wilson and government Brexit minister Steve Baker united together on the floor of the Commons today to rubbish the idea that the economy can be predicted, as MPs debated a gloomy set of post-Brexit predictions.

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Whincroft House, Braniel, Belfast, with its old flat roof - before the �210,000 new one was added

Tower block fire safety issue ‘may not be fixed until end of year’

It could be the end of the year before a “very significant oversight” concerning the safety features of a trio of towerblocks are fixed.

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The aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy in June last year

Post-Grenfell fire review finds work still needed in NI tower blocks

Work still needs to be done to bring some publicly-owned high-rise blocks in Northern Ireland fully up to standard, seven months after the Grenfell tregedy in London.

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Ian Luney, President, AES UK & Ireland

Future of energy bills for NI raised as plant faces axe

The man behind the running of Kilroot power plant has claimed energy bills for consumers across Northern Ireland could rise as a result of the plant’s pending closure.

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Fares on Metro buses and Ulsterbuses are set to rise

Fresh unease at transport budget

Fresh disquiet has been voiced about the state of the Province’s public transport system after renewed reports about possible threats to services.

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Gerry Adams dancing with Michelle O'Neill in a picture posted on Twitter by Mr Adams on Saturday

Equality over terror ‘real test’ for new SF leadership

The treatment of Troubles victims says more about Sinn Fein’s commitment to equality than having a female-dominated leadership, the son of an IRA victim has said.

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The details of the map concerning North Down

Plan to ‘extend Belfast into countryside’ dubbed bizarre by ex-Alliance chief

The former leader of the Alliance Party has hit out at proposed changes to the Province’s electoral map.

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Jim Nicholson said that Sinn Fein appears to have adopted 'multiple positions' on whether Ireland counts as a 'tax haven' or not

Sinn Fein under fire for helping EU tax haven proposal fail

Sinn Fein has come in for criticism by figures from both political left and right after taking a crucial decision to abstain over whether Ireland is a tax haven or not.

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UUP leader Robin Swann

Swann rejects Irish language act as DUP say all issues on discussion table

The UUP has set out its clear opposition to an Irish language act as it prepares to enter a supposedly last-ditch round of talks alongside the DUP, Sinn Fein, and others.

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Police

Man charged with heroin supply and manslaughter after man dies

The PSNI have charged a man in connection with the death of a person whose body was found in Newry.

Crime
Salting the roads on the Upper Springfield Road, Co Antrim

Mix of snow, sleet and rain to hit Province

Northern Ireland has not seen the last of the current wintry spell, with more snow set to fall during the rest of the week.

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Nelson McCausland

Unionists cautious about new election map while SF fume over ‘gerrymandering’

There has been a cautious response from unionist figures to the new blueprints, while Sinn Fein has been quick to blast them as an example of “gerrymandering”.

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Kevin Skelton, chairman of Families Moving On

Omagh bomb victim: I’ll take on Sinn Fein in McElduff’s old seat

A man who lost his wife in the Omagh bombing has said he would be prepared to stand against Sinn Fein in a battle to take control of the seat vacated by ex-MP Barry McElduff.

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