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Varadkar’s airspace claim ‘foolish’ as Irish need RAF

The Irish state’s “dependence” on the RAF for air defence in the event of a terrorist attack makes the taoiseach’s claims over airspace rights appear “foolish,” Jim Allister has said.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at Derrynane House, Kerry, following a government cabinet meeting on Wednesday Photo Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar’s airspace ‘vendetta’ slammed by DUP’s Sammy Wilson

Leo Varadkar’s comments suggesting Irish airspace could be closed to UK flights post-Brexit have raised the border issue “to a new high” Sammy Wilson has said.

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Pope Benedict speaking with a newly ordained priest during a special Mass at the Vatican in 2006

Northern Ireland’s only training centre for priests to close

The only centre in Northern Ireland training Catholic seminarians for the priesthood is to close, church authorities have announced.

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Leo Varadkar speaks to the media after his cabinet's 'away day' at Derrynane House, Co Kerry

Varadkar’s claim over airspace restrictions ‘shameful blackmail’

Leo Varadkar’s claim that UK planes could be banned from flying over Irish airspace in the event of a hard Brexit has been dismissed by one Conservative MEP as “shameful blackmail’.

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Pair arrested after report of suspicious workmen cleaning gutters

A man and a male youth have been arrested by police investigating reports of irregular charging for work carried out at houses in Newry.

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Google Streetview image of the Moore Island Road in Loughgall

Man dies following tractor collision

An elderly man is reported to have died in a single vehicle tractor crash in Co Armagh.

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A colourful adult male Mandarin duck with an adult female

‘Hours not days’ in race to find stolen Mandarin duckling

A valuable duckling stolen from a wetland centre in Co Down will survive only “hours rather than days” without its specialist diet, the sanctuary has said.

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'The Petrol Bomber' mural in the Bogside.

Violent imagery on murals being emulated by rioters: Allister

A wall mural glorifying petrol bombers in Londonderry should be removed as it “blatantly promotes” the kind of violence seen in the city in recent weeks, Jim Allister has said.

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The Fountain estate has come under repeated attack over the past week

Fears lives will be lost if Londonderry violence continues

Lives will be lost if republican violence in Londonderry continues to escalate, a local DUP representative has said.

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The mainly Protestant Fountain area of Londonderry has been repeatedly attacked by nationalist youths throwing petrol bombs and other missiles

Fountain residents fearful but defiant after sectarian attacks

Residents in a mainly Protestant enclave close to Londonderry’s Bogside area have said they remain defiant in the face of nightly attacks on their homes.

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Doug Beattie said the HIU would ignore thousands of Troubles victims

Ulster Unionists oppose ‘parallel’ police body

The Ulster Unionists will not support the new body set up to investigate Troubles-related deaths as it “will ignore the majority of terrorist victims,” Doug Beattie has said.

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A screengrab from the Facebook video which appears to show a man simulating firing shots at an Orange parade in Randalstown at the weekend

Two arrests as police investigate video of man pointing gun at Orange parade

Police investigating a video appearing to show a masked man pretending to fire shots at an Orange parade in Co Antrim have arrested a man and a woman.

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Doug Beattie was critical of the NIO official's response to MPs

NIO’s legacy proposals flawed, says Beattie

Any mechanism for dealing with the legacy of Troubles violence will have “major flaws” if the 47,000 injury cases are not reinvestigated along with the 1,700 fatalities being considered, Doug Beattie has said.

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Julie Hambleton and other Birmingham pub bombing campaigners pictured at the launch of a recent fundraising drive

Birmingham pub bomb families still hope IRA killers will face court

The sister of a teenage girl who died in the Birmingham pub bombings has said her family retains hope of one day seeing her IRA killers in the dock of a court.

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NICS head David Sterling giving evidence to the RHI inquiry

Civil service minute-taking policy under investigation

A watchdog body’s “deep concern” over Stormont procedures designed to frustrate Freedom of Information requests has triggered an audit of the NI Civil Service (NICS).

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The body of Catholic man Joseph Donegan lying in the Shankill Road area after being murdered by remnants of the Shankill Butchers gang in October 1982

Shankill Butchers author brands republicans ‘delusional’ over RUC

A Belfast-born best selling author has branded republicans who denigrate the RUC over the Shankill Butchers’ killings as “delusional”.

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Rev Dr John Dunlop said he had been 'on a journey' trying to understand the experience of LGBT people

Former moderator: Presbyterian theology ‘redo’ could address LGBT difficulties

As Christians once had to “redo” the theology around the Earth’s position within the Universe, then perhaps similar thinking could be brought to bear on the same-sex relationships issue, a former Presbyterian moderator has said.

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Four-year-old Ava Mallon enjoys the water fountains at Custom House Square in Belfast city centre

Household supplies at risk if hosepipe ban not heeded: NI Water

Households could face a loss of water supply if the current hosepipe ban is not adhered to, NI Water has said.

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The severely damaged school bus after an IRA bomb in Lisnaskea in June 1988

Unseen effects of IRA school bus blast resonated for decades

Former part-time UDR soldier Ernie Wilson paid a high price for serving his community. Now, 30 years on he tells MARK RAINEY of a life on the front line

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David-Lee Clark suffered a series of medical misfortunes

‘Brave fighter’ from Co Antrim, 10, died following surgery

A young Lisburn boy who died following bowel surgery was a “fighter” who fought “a very brave fight until the very end,” a coroner has said.

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