The relatives urge Micheál Martin and Boris Johnson to “immediately turn your attention to this matter and fulfil the commitment ... that the Stormont House Agreement be implemented in full without further prevarication or delay.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

3,500 relatives have signed an open letter to Taoiseach and UK prime minister

The first of the so-called grace periods – which limits the amount of bureaucracy applied some goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland, such as those going to supermarkets – is due to end on March 31st. Photograph: PA

Current circumstances ‘unsustainable’, Stormont committee hears

 MLAs on the Stormont education committee wre addressed by teaching unions at Parliament Buildings.  File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Northern Ireland reports 22 more deaths and 905 new Covid-19 cases

 Mary Ann McCracken – a philanthropist and social reformer who had a lifelong involvement with the Belfast Charitable Society.

Foundation aims to shed new light on Belfast’s association with the slave trade

Around 48 per cent of over-80s have so far been vaccinated, Patricia Donnelly, the head of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the North said. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty

A further 24 deaths, 713 new cases reported in North with hospitals at 97% occupancy

The grace period for supermarkets in Northern Ireland ends on March 31st. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Warning to North’s Assembly comes from DUP Minister for Agriculture Edwin Poots

Ambulances outside the emergency department entrance of Craigavon area hospital in Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Total of 823 people receiving treatment in North’s hospitals with 65 in intensive care

 Louise Lennox and her four-month-old daughter Lottie-Bow Hayden: Ms Lennox is a breast milk donor for  premature babies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rise in demand for donor milk has put Ireland’s only human milk bank under pressure

New arrangements for bringing pets and assistance dogs to Northern Ireland from Great Britain are in effect following the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1st.

New rules covering travel of pets across the Irish Sea border came into effect last week

A truck driver checks in with security at the Port of Larne. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Bloomberg

Stormont committee hears officials have so far operated light-touch approach

The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in a syringe before being administered to a patient at Falls Surgery, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Text message tells recipients they are ‘eligible’ for jab and seeks bank details

Prof Ian Young: Covid is always going to be with us. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Chief scientific adviser hopes impact of restrictions will be seen from end of week

Diane Dodds: “Significant cause for concern from both businesses and consumers.” Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Some retailers suspended parcel deliveries to North and some firms halted sales due to concerns over paperwork and checks

Arlene Foster said on Monday that the advice was that “we will need to take action and that we’ll need to take action very quickly.”  Photograph: DUP/PA Wire

North faces ‘very dire situation’ warns Foster

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing in August 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former Real IRA leader was one of four men found liable for 1998 atrocity in civil case

On Saturday, the department said there had been 3,576 positive tests in the previous 48 hour period, as well as an additional 25 deaths. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Almost 12,000 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the North in the past seven days

The Police Service of Northern Ireland also issued 34 prohibition notices in respect of house parties. File photograph: Getty

More than 120 revellers penalised £200 each for breaking coronavirus rules on the night

The first lorry disembarks on New Year’s Day from the first Cairnryan to Belfast Stenna Line ferry to dock after the end of the Brexit transition period. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

First ferry to arrive in Northern Ireland from Scottish port of Cairnryan docks in Belfast

A total of 492 people were seriously injured on the North’s roads in the year until October 31st, a fall compared to 2019 when 652 were seriously injured. File photograph: Getty

Total of 56 people died on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2020, according to PSNI figures

Near empty streets and a ‘stay safe’ sign are seen on Arthur Street in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: PA

More than 50 deaths were recorded between December 23rd and December 28th

The DUP’s eight MPs have said they will vote against the  deal when it is debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. File photograph:  Justin Tallis / AFP via Getty Images

Move follows meeting of ministers to discuss the agreement between EU and UK

 An infection control nurse  looks out from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Health Robin Swann warns New Year’s Eve parties could ‘cost lives’

Taoiseach Micheal Martin on television in a city centre pub during an address to the nation about imminent increased restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Stricter measures being imposed from Christmas Eve in response to soaring cases

Almost 200 people are awaiting admission, said the Department of Health.

Swann questions Dublin’s decision to fly people home from UK with Stormont split on travel ban

A sign at George Best Belfast City Airport advising that only those travelling are permitted to enter the terminal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

People arriving in Northern Ireland will also be advised to self-isolate for 10 days

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Custom House Square, Belfast. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Claims that policing of demonstrations was discriminatory were justified, report finds

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health Robin Swann said nobody should be travelling from England to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Robin Swann obtains advice around the legalities of imposing travel restrictions

Hand sanitiser in the reception area at the White Horse Hotel on the outskirts of Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Stormont agrees to tighten Christmas restrictions as another seven deaths reported

Northern Ireland: Flights between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain have been banned for at least 48 hours from midnight on Sunday because of concern over the new strain of Covid. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

‘Absolutely astonishing’ if new coronavirus strain not already present in NI, expert says

The Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, said they would keep the situation ‘under very close review’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

People in the North urged to limit any Christmas gatherings to December 25th

Poet and Nobel laureate  Seamus Heaney’s portrait by Tai Shan Schierenberg that is being used by the Northern Ireland Office to commemorate Northern Ireland’s centenary.

Use of poet in campaign for 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland causes controversy

Twelve additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Northern Ireland on Friday. File photograph: PA

Severity ‘will depend on people’s actions over next two to three weeks’, says Robin Swann

Mr Coveney was speaking at online event, Reflections on the Centenary of the Government of Ireland Act, held by Queen’s University, Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs called for respect for ‘diversity of memories and perspectives’

A man  walks through Belfast city centre as the two-week circuit-break lockdown began last month. The added restrictions are due to be lifted at midnight. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Another 14 deaths in Northern Ireland as ‘circuit breaker’ is lifted

Friends and colleagues Melisha Squire and Lesley Blues in the centre of Edinburgh stop for a chilly lunch break in the centre of Edinburgh. Photograph: Freya McClements

Good communication one of Scotland’s greatest strengths in dealing with pandemic

A crowd listens to former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speak during the funeral of Bobby Storey in Belfast in June. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Simon Byrne defended handling of funeral amid alleged Covid-19 regulation breaches

 Alistair Roberts, vice chair of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association. Photograph : Jeff Holmes

Fishermen in Clyde port of Greenock face going out of business if Brexit talks fail

‘People who don’t know us ... think we are a sectarian organisation and we hate everybody, we hate Catholics.’ Photograph: Sion Touhig/Getty

Orange Order grand master Jim McHarg says he believes Scotland will remain in UK

The North’s First Minister has written to the Taoiseach requesting a “fresh examination” into allegations of collusion between the Irish state and the IRA.  File Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

NI’s first minister says ‘many unanswered questions’ in role of State assisting IRA during Troubles

Robin Swann on Sunday said there were ‘a number of crucial days left’ of the current lockdown measures and people needed to stay at home and minimise their contacts in order to ‘fully maximise the benefit from these’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Another 11 people have died due to Covid-19 in the North with 419 new cases reported

A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Johnson’s bungling bolsters Sturgeon and the Scottish desire for independence

Val McDermid: ‘Scotland has become a modern, outward-looking nation at a time when England seems to have developed a frightening strand of the little-Englander world view.’ Photograph: Awakening/Getty

The novelist says Brexit will catalyse Scottish independence and have a domino effect

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will initially be used to inoculate the teams of more than 800 vaccinators followed by priority groups, beginning with frontline health and social care workers.   File Photograph: Hans Pennink/AP Photo

Inoculation programme set to begin next week with vaccinators to get jab first

Katherine Finucane, her brother John and mother Geraldine at the office of Finucane Toner in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Without a public inquiry, secrecy shrouds key questions about rule of law and collusion

Geraldine Finucane, the widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane says the decision is ‘yet another insult added to a deep and lasting injury’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘The questions that demand answers around Pat’s murder are not going away,’ widow says

Pedestrians in Belfast which along with the rest of Northern Ireland re-entered a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown on Friday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Minister announces new contact tracing measures after 290 more cases recorded

Brian Stanley apologised “for the content of an inappropriate and insensitive tweet”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party urged to take action over Brian Stanley’s ‘glorification’ of Narrow Water massacre

Arlene Foster said while Ministers did not want to introduce further restrictions   ‘it was necessary, unfortunately, to protect our health service’.  File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Archbishop of Armagh seeks urgent clarification on whether churches may open for individual visits and private prayer

A mural supporting the NHS near the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland has extended restrictions by a week after bitter row

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in London on Friday for negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Talks overshadowed by turmoil in Downing Street as aides to Boris Johnson resign

Foundation chair Prof Seán Farren, with Tim Attwood, secretary to the foundation, and board member Dawn Purvis,  at The John and Pat Hume Foundation launch at Niavac studio in Belfast. Photograph: Kevin Cooper/Photoline

Former SDLP leader’s son announces plans for John and Pat Hume peace prize

Dr Tom Black, pictured in Derry, said the decision by politicians to relax restrictions gave a message to health workers: ‘we are abandoning you’. File photograph: Trevor McBride

Eleven more deaths and another 607 positive coronavirus cases reported in Northern Ireland on Friday

Goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, and the rest of the world, will need to meet EU rules on food safety. Photograph: iStock

British government accepts consignments would still be subject to checks and controls

The DUP this week used a veto to oppose a proposal to extend lockdown restrictions

Alliance Party leader says past week most disappointing in North politics for 20 years

A woman walks past the Brown Thomas Christmas window on Dublin’s Grafton street this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Medical officer rules out festive international travel even on compassionate grounds

John Hume and his wife, Pat, at home in 1999. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Hugely important’ that charity is named after both his parents, says John Hume jnr

‘There is now a decision and what we need to do is tell the public what that decision is and ask the public again to try to work with us.’ Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Agreement eventually reached, but not before a deluge of acrimony and rancour

Hand sanitiser in the reception area at the White Horse Hotel on the outskirts of Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Curbs to be unwound despite warnings that hospitals could be overwhelmed by virus patients

Four Covid-19 prohibition notices were also issued, and two people received fixed penalty notices for obstructing police.

PSNI issue 40 fines over Covid-19 breaches after the event

Socially distance markings on a shop wall in Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Business leaders seek clarity, saying politicians putting them in ‘impossible position’

Rosslare Harbour. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Potential capacity problems on ferries bypassing ‘land bridge’ flagged by hauliers

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Micheál Martin during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Enniskillen. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Call on 33rd anniversary of bombing to bring killers to justice

Then US vice-president Joe Biden with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin during a visit in June 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

President Higgins looks forward to the two countries working together to rebuild much-needed trust

A further 595 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

North confirms 4,160 coronavirus cases in the last 7 days

Caterpillar says the majority of the proposed redundancies are  in production, support and management roles at its plant in Larne, Co Antrim, and are expected to be complete within 12 to 18 months.  Photograph: Getty Images

The construction and mining equipment firm employs 1,600 in the North, and makes generators at its factory in Larne

A further 493 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Northern Ireland on Monday.

Two more deaths and 767 further infections confirmed in the State

Failure to quickly repay Covid-19 grants paid in error led to the resignation of Sinn Féin senator Elisha McCallion. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Minister vows to put in place recovery process for ineligible Covid-19 business grants

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

Deputy First Minister refuses to rule out further restrictions despite Foster optimism

Martha Campbell, front row, first from left, with her parents and siblings in a rare family photograph the Christmas before she was killed. Her brother Tony is behind her right shoulder. Photograph courtesy Campbell family

Logs put British Army unit in area and firing shots at time Martha Campbell (13) was killed

Elisha McCallion said she fully accepts ‘that as a named signature on the account that I should have taken extra steps to verify this situation, before it was brought to my attention on Tuesday’. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

£30,000 of grants were erroneously paid to three Sinn Féin offices in the North

Eight more people with coronavirus have died in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

361 people receiving treatment in hospital with 44 in intensive care

Stakeknife has previously been named as 73-year-old west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci (centre in a file image from 1987) who denies  he was Stakeknife, or a British spy. Photograph: Pacemaker

These are the first decisions issued by the PPS in regard to the inquiry into Stakeknife

Gimee Etwarysing with her baby, Leah, in her sister’s home in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Gimee Etwarysing and baby Leah were ‘the talk of the maternity ward’ in Letterkenny

Senior Government sources confirmed that beds in hospitals in the Republic may be needed to facilitate any further increase in coronavirus cases in the North. File photograph: Getty

Non-coronavirus care in hospitals could fall by wayside if beds are needed for NI patients

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee  has described the proposals as ‘unilateral and unhelpful’. Above, Boris Johnson. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/PA Wire

New proposals condemned by NI victims’ groups, Irish Government and MPs

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster says the taxi, private bus and coach sectors have faced a “significant reduction in demand”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Amid extra curbs such as extended half-term school holiday, aid for transport sector urged

Gardaí  at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as they conduct checks asking people the reason for their journey. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

319 coronavirus patients are now in hospital as Tony Holohan urges public to ‘dig deep’

A police officer talking to an anti-lockdown protester on the Stormont estate in Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Unrealistic’ for police to enforce restrictions alone as more than 450 officers self-isolate

Anna Burns: “To go from being a wee girl haggling over library cards with my siblings, my friends, neighbours, my parents and my aunt, to be standing here today receiving this award is phenomenal for me.” Photograph: Eleni Stefanou

Troubles novel has already won Man Booker and Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prizes

Last week the North’s Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon, recommended planning approval for a new GAA stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Assembly’s public accounts committee shocked by findings of report

Hayley Donan with her son Tiernan and daughter Maebh in the garden where they grow their own veg. Photograph: Martin McKeown

Backyard veg patch became a pilot for the project that will recruit 100 families to grow their own food

Dr Tom Black: “The town knows what happened, and the town knows what they did. They were just over-confident, and let their guard down.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

‘Complacency set in, people thought they had the Covid pandemic beaten, and they socialised’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste  Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will meet around lunchtime today to discuss the implications of the public health advice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ministers divided over how to respond to latest Nphet recommendation on Covid-19

Four of the victims received hospital treatment for puncture injuries, which were not life-threatening, the PSNI said.

Two women were punched and four were stabbed by city centre cyclist

The restrictions  were brought to the Assembly by the First Minister, the DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/ PA Wire

Two more coronavirus-related deaths reported as new restrictions are introduced

‘Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum,’ chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan said on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Record high of almost 1,300 Covid-19 cases recorded in Northern Ireland on Friday

The women who had been stabbed received treatment in hospital for puncture injuries, which were not life-threatening, the PSNI said..

Four women were stabbed and two were physically assaulted by man on bicycle

Pat Blake of Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen is preparing  to close his pub once again. Picture: Ronan McGrade

North’s Ministers announce new Covid-19 restrictions to begin at 6pm on Friday

The man stopped an off-duty officer and presented a homemade PSNI ID card. File photograph: Paul Mcerlane/EPA

PSNI detain man (26) in Craigavon after off-duty officer pulled over

Fiona Roper, owner of the Old Stone restaurant, serves customers  Aidan O’Donnell and Jack Britton: “I don’t see any positive news coming out of that budget for us at all.” Photograph: Joe Dunne

Donegal ‘hospitality town’ business people on VAT, wage subsidy and debt warehousing

A student outside Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Despite high-profile breaches, offenders are a ‘small minority’ of students, president says

  Suffolk Street  in central Dublin: the rate of new cases in the capital is slowing after three weeks of Level 3 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Increased regional measures more likely than ‘circuit breaker’, sources say

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill is self-isolating after a contact tested positive for Covid-19; she has tested negative. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Executive to consider further restrictions after almost 2,000 cases over weekend

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during a press conference in Parliament Building, Stormont. File photograph: PA

Michelle O’Neill tests negative but will continue to self isolate

Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill is ‘self-isolating’ after a close family member tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire.

Michelle O’Neill self-isolating after family member tests positive

A garda performing a random vehicle check in the village of Muff, Co  Donegal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Total of 506 new cases reported in Republic and one death

In Belfast 1,171 people were confirmed positive for the virus in the last seven days. File photograph: Douglas Magno/ AFP

Northern Executive to meet to discuss restrictions as cases continue to rise

A European Union  flag flies outside the Berlaymont in Brussels, Belgium.  Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

When UK leaves EU, it will lose access to initiatives which apply only to member states

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