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Victims’ group supports ‘agreed candidate’ to challenge Sinn Fein

Any agreed “victims’ candidate” standing against Sinn Fein in the West Tyrone by-election must “command respect across the community” – and also be capable of representing the constituency on wider social and economic issues, a leading victims group has said.

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Ann Travers pictured at Stormont. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye

Ann Travers rules herself out of West Tyrone by-election

A victims’ campaigner whose sister was murdered by the IRA has ruled herself out of standing against Sinn Fein in the West Tyrone by-election.

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Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon and his father-in-law John Frizzell, were killed in the Shankill Road bombing of October 1993

Shankill bomb victim brands West Tyrone agreed candidate idea ‘toxic’

The prospect of an agreed cross-community candidate to contest the West Tyrone by-election has been played down by both the DUP and SDLP – and described by one IRA victim as “toxic”.

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The then minister for education John O'Dowd (right) with Peter Canavan during his visit to Holy Trinity College, Cookstown in 2015

Odds slashed on GAA star contesting McElduff seat

A leading Irish bookmaker has slashed the odds on GAA legend Peter Canavan standing in the West Tyrone by-election caused by Barry McElduff’s resignation.

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Arlene Foster said Sinn Fein got their handling of the Barry McElduff controversy badly wrong

McElduff should have resigned sooner: Foster

Sinn Fein should have acted much faster to ensure Barry McElduff did not remain as MP for West Tyrone after “mocking and insulting” the Kingsmills massacre victims, Arlene Foster has said.

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Colin Worton, the brother of Kingsmill massacre victim Kenneth Worton.  Picture: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

SF ‘mindset still the same’ despite McElduff resignation: Colin Worton

The brother of a Protestant worker murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills has called on Sinn Fein to end the public “glorification of terrorism” following the resignation of Barry McElduff.

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The MP for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff and South Belfast MLA Mr O Muilleoir

McElduff resignation: pressure mounts on O Muilleoir over ‘Kingsmill’ tweet

Pressure has continued to mount on Sinn Fein’s Mairtin O Muilleoir over the circulation of the Twitter video that caused Barry McElduff to resign as an MP.

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams with Michelle O'Neill following his speech at the 2017 Sinn Fein ard fheis in Dublin. Picture :: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Adams cites election in Republic as reason for standing down

Allowing time for a new Sinn Fein leader to prepare for an election in the Republic was the sole reason for his decision to stand down, Gerry Adams has said.

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Austin Stack whose father Brian was murdered by the IRA in Dublin in 1983

Victim’s son claims gardai ‘frustrating’ Stack murder probe

The son of a Dublin prison officer murdered by the IRA in 1983 has accused Irish police of “frustrating the investigation” to protect an informant.

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The change affects pupils sitting the exam this year and next year

Computer exam leak ‘unfair advantage’ risk

Hundreds of Northern Ireland pupils will have their GCSE computer science coursework marks discounted to prevent “unfair advantage” after an online breach.

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A bugler from 2 Rifles based at Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn

Thiepval troops return home to Lisburn from Iraq mission

Lisburn will on Wednesday welcome home 200 troops from its resident army battalion after their six month deployment providing training for the Iraqi army and security forces.

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Graffiti close to the Caterpillar (former FG Wilson) industrial plant in west Belfast

Unionist workers ‘will not be intimidated by graffiti’

Sectarian graffiti painted close to an industrial plant in west Belfast will fail to intimidate workers from the unionist community, William Humphrey has said.

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Lorraine Clyde (left) and Michelle McStravick who were killed when their vehicle was struck by another car as they negotiated a road junction in Co Antrim

‘Death trap’ junction in Co Antrim blamed for fatal collision

A Co Antrim road junction has been described as a “death trap” during an inquest into the deaths of two care workers in July 2016.

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McElduff Kingsmill stunt: ‘New generation aware of one of IRA’s worst atrocities’

McElduff Kingsmill stunt: ‘New generation aware of one of IRA’s worst atrocities’

A Sinn Fein MP’s apparent mockery of the Kingsmills massacre has made a whole new generation aware of one of the “IRA’s worst atrocities,” the brother of one victim has said.

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The Grove Road in Dromara where a bull attacked a farmer on Saturday

Co Down farmer attacked by bull expected to make full recovery

A Co Down farmer attacked by a bull on Saturday is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

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The Ulster-Scots Agency has launched Belfast Burns Week 2018 to celebrate the January 25 birthday
of Robert Burns - 
Scotlands favourite son.

Celebration of ‘The Bard’ and his work at various venues

A programme of drama, music and lectures celebrating the life of poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns has been announced by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

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A hospital trolley

‘Madness’ over Irish language affecting health

Sinn Fein allowing “a disagreement about Irish language legislation” to hamper key reforms in our hospitals has been described as “madness,” by the DUP’s Paula Bradley.

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Pastor Jack McKee from New Life City Church in Belfast  at  the launch of 39+1 near Twadell Peace camp in 2014.  Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

‘Paramilitaries have had their day’: Shankill pastor

A church pastor in the Shankill area of Belfast has issued a plea to paramilitaries and drug dealers to stop inflicting their criminal behaviour on the community.

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Parliament Buildings at Stormont. 

Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

‘Let parties willing to govern do so’: Wilson

The UK Government should let the parties willing to govern Northern Ireland “get on with the job” if Sinn Fein continues to opt out, Sammy Wilson has said.

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Republicans are suspected of murdering Denis Donaldson

Former IRA man rubbishes claims of ‘legitimate’ terror campaign

A former IRA bomber has given a scathing assessment of the ongoing drive by republicans to have the Troubles-era terror campaign deemed a “legitimate war”.

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