Former SDLP leader John Hume ‘passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning’, his family said. after a short illness. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

Former SDLP leader was awarded Nobel Peace Prize for his role in Northern Ireland

Peter Geoghegan contends that the money was channelled to the DUP through the official Vote Leave campaign. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A journalist has tried to smash the wall of silence around NI’s record political donation

First Minister Arlene Foster outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

First Minister says “rigorous” legal and others assessments had been made about safety of controversial Bill

Patrick Rooney’s brother Con Rooney and mother Alice. File photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Patrick Rooney (9) was first child to be killed in conflict allegedly by RUC officers in 1969

While holidaymakers arriving in Northern Ireland are required to quarratine for 14 days, people  who test positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate for at least ten days, up from seven days. Photograph: PA

People with coronavirus in UK must now self-isolate for 10 rather than seven days

Robin Swann, Northern Ireland’s health minister,   said the app would be launched “imminently”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Stop Covid NI App will be compatible with system in Republic, says health minister

A smartphone app designed to combat the spread of coronavirus is to be launched “imminently” in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals, the lowest number since early March

Arlene Foster insists that no Minister can go on a solo run with a controversial decision under the new legislation. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Row and confusion over new planning legislation causing headache for First Minister

Travellers pass Covid-19 signage at Belfast International Airport.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Total of 885 excess deaths are reported during four months to end of June

Three people were killed in a car crash in Co Antrim on Monday morning, the PSNI has confirmed. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The PSNI appeals for witnesses following collision on Lisnahunshin Road

The North’s Minister for Health Robin Swann outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Minister for Health defends move to impose quarantine on people returning from Spain

Gregory Campbell has been accused of being   “crass and offensive” by Sinn  Féin after comments he made in a Facebook post. File  photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin rebukes MP for “Vot is dis curried yoghurt, mein herr” comment

Travelers stand in a queue in front of the baggage drop-off desks at Terminal 4 of Adolfo Suarez-Madrid Barajas international airport, in Madrid, on Sunday. A surprise 14-day quarantine for all UK residents arriving from Spain was imposed at midnight. Photograph: EPA

Spain restriction highlights the benefits of ‘staycationing’, says SDLP Assembly member

Lives Lost: Fr Jim O’Donoghue

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Well-travelled cleric remembered as a kind and uplifting man

Jo-Anne Dobson, Kidney Care UK’s Northern Ireland ambassador said news of the consultation which is due to begin in the autumn was a “momentous day for the entire kidney and indeed organ donation family in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: iStock

Robin Swann’s move described as ‘momentous by kidney care charity

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin and Taoiseach Micheál Martin traded criticism over travel advice. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are just 15 countries on Republic’s list compared with 59 on Northern Ireland’s

Retail NI and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce have asked the authorities not to make the wearing of face coverings in shops in Northern Ireland compulsory. File photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

Retail groups ask that wearing of face coverings in shops not be made mandatory

First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

First Minister insists proposed change to legislation does not allow ‘solo runs’

The DUP Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson indicated on Tuesday that if Sinn Féin pressed for such a move his party would reciprocate by seeking to demand that travellers from the Republic also would have to quarantine when entering Northern Ireland. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

No new Covid-19 deaths in region for eight day in a row, Department of Health reports

Noah Donohoe with his mother Fiona. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

Family appeals for anyone with information to bring it forward

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Tánaiste understands people wanting ‘freedom pints’ but says pubs closed ‘for good reasons’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin takes leave of First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont Castle in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Foster and O’Neill meet FF leader in day of good neighbourliness on island of Ireland

Taoiseach Micheál Martin with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont: “I want to work out in practical terms how we share this island together over the next while and beyond.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Micheál Martin makes first visit to Northern Ireland since his appointment

 Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer,  said a decision on reopening pubs on August 10th would only be made in the week beforehand, and based on the number of cases at the time. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Total number of deaths from virus now at 1,749, as NPHET warns of rising R-number

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered evidence of Iron Age temples and residences of early kings of Ulster at Navan Fort.

Archaeologists hope to have uncovered residences of early Ulster kings in Co Armagh

One of the girls trapped in the barn raised the alarm by mobile phone and units of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service rescued the four teenagers and put out the fire.

‘Consequences could have been devastating’ but for teenager raising alarm, says PSNI officer

 Sgt Wallace said the incident happened in Kings Lane,  Ballykelly, Co Derry on Sunday evening. File photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Trigger pulled but firearm appears to have jammed, according to PSNI

 Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, speaks on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Health expert says the reproduction number for the disease has increased here

Michelle O’Neill acknowledged that she was wrong to have had a selfie taken with two of the mourners. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

O’Neill and Sinn Féin should have learned from Foster’s mistakes during ‘cash for ash’

A man is pictured wearing a facemask on a Dart in Dublin. Masks are to become mandatory on public transport in Northern Ireland from July 10th, a Minister has announced. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins.

Department of Health reports one further Covid-19 death and seven new cases of disease

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and the North’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during Bobby Storey’s funeral. Photograph: PA

‘Michelle O’Neill will not be stepping aside as Deputy First Minister under any circumstances’

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and Bobby Storey address supporters at a protest on the Falls Road over the arrest of Gerry Adams in 2014. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Republican masterminded robberies before playing key role in Sinn Féin’s road to peace

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams  speaks alongside Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty during the funeral of Bobby Storey at Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Thousands congregate for former IRA and Sinn Féin member’s funeral in Belfast

Flowers and tributes for Noah Donohoe placed outside the gates of his school, St Malachy’s College on Belfast’s Antrim Road. Photograph: Photopress

Funeral of gifted and popular teenager to take place on Wednesday

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

No new Covid-19 related deaths but ‘worrying’ new trends as 24 new cases reported

 The PSNI detective leading the investigation into the murder of dissident republican Warren Crossan in west Belfast on Saturday has described the killing as “callous and reckless”. Photograph:  PSNI/PA Wire

Warren Crossan gunned down off Falls Road on Saturday afternoon

PSNI detectives are seeking to trace the final movements of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe to try to determine why he died.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Family speaks of special bond: ‘He taught his mummy so much. They were each other’s world’

A poster of  Noah Donohoe in a window near where he was last seen alive in north Belfast last weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Police say 14-year-old was found in extensive storm drain, no suggestion of foul play

A person attaches a poster of missing Noah Donohoe (14) to a window near where he was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast. Photograph:  PA

Search for teen seen falling from bike, then discarding his clothes and cycling naked

About half of Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland have occurred in care homes. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Health Minister says resignations are matter of regret “at this most difficult time”

Thomas McCabe was sentenced in England but sent back to Northern Ireland to serve out his sentence

PSNI appeals for information on Thomas McCabe who has been at large for more than two years

The man fell from the cliffs at Fair Head near Ballycastle, Co Antrim

Body recovered from Fair Head on the coast near Ballycastle

Sinn Féin’s John Finucane was elected as the MP for North Belfast in the 2019 election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin budget close to £37,000 while the Green Party in Northern Ireland spent 75p

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency reported five coronavirus-linked deaths among healthcare or care-related workers between March 1st and May 31st. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Five healthcare workers among 764 coronavirus fatalities, statistics agency reports

In the aftermath of a ‘punishment shooting’ in Belfast, the PSNI has said people must all  ‘work together to bring those responsible to justice’. File photograph: EPA

NI police describe suspected ‘punishment’ attack as ‘totally barbaric’

Jennifer McNern  said she has felt compelled to take a judicial review to try to force payment of the pension. Photograph: Liam McBurney/ PA

Stalemate over payment to victims who were severely injured is ‘cruel’

Survey finds the ‘neither’ category remains the largest of the three identities. Photograph: iStock

Almost eight in 10 nationalists in North believe united Ireland more likely due to Brexit

Nphet has  reported another 14 cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic  to 25,334. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Total of 1,709 people with disease have died, Department of Health says

While cost savings of £1.8m were eventually achieved, the C&AG found ‘no evidence to clearly demonstrate that the LandWeb project has delivered value for money’.

Scheme estimated to cost £46m ended up costing close to £100m by April last year

Northern Ireland attorney general John Larkin who during his tenure was embroiled in different degrees of controversy. Photograph:  NewRayPics

John Larkin QC not to take up position on the bench until tenure as AG concludes

Sinn Féin MLA Deirdre Hargey is to undergo surgery. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Belfast South MLA announces she is taking a break from the role due to illness

Any second or subsequent waves of coronavirus in Northern Ireland have the potential to be “significantly worse” than the current outbreak, scientists have warned. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Major easing of lockdown as zero deaths recorded in North in six out of nine days

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill: ‘We want to keep giving people that wee bit more to try to get back to some semblance of normality.’ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

‘Significant’ announcement on easing of lockdown in region expected this week

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including hijacking, driving whilst disqualified and breach of bail. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Woman escaped from vehicle as suspect drove off from filling station at Finaghy Road North

 Shoppers in Belfast after all shopping centres and retailers were given the green light to reopen in a significant relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland records no deaths for fifth time in eight days

Sinn Féin deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill. Her party  and some victims’ groups have argued that the terms of the scheme could be used to block people from a republican background who were injured during the conflict getting pensions.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

Chairman of Commons committee accuses party of playing with people’s ‘lives and hopes’

North’s Minister for the Economy Diane Dodds: offered sympathy to the 600 workers about to lose their jobs at the Bombardier aerospace plant in Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

‘Each month of lockdown . . . akin to a large recession’ as Covid-19 death takes toll to 538

The pistol found in Derry, which was used in the killing of Lyra McKee

Examinations show gun recovered was used in shooting of journalist in Creggan

Conor Murphy said: ‘The reason we had to go into lockdown is because the health service has been under-resourced through austerity cuts for many, many years’. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin minister criticised for blaming Covid-19 lockdown on ‘British austerity’

Friends and relatives stand in the car park observing social distancing as they talk to the residents at Gracewell residential care home in Adderbury near Banbury, west of London. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Arlene Foster says mass events are against the law ahead of planned Black Lives Matter rallies

An estimated 600 kilos of herbal cannabis was recovered from among a cover load of vegetables from a lorry stopped in Templepatrick, Co Antrim in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph:   National Crime Agency/PA

Cannabis valued at £10-12 million seized as officers pledge to disrupt drug supply routes

 Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster, health minister Robin Swann and deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill during the daily media broadcast at Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Anyone arriving into North from outside the Common Travel Area must self-isolate for 14-days

Belfast mural depicting Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill (L) and the DUP’s Arlene Foster as the unlikely bedfellow characters from the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

What is behind rapprochement between Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill?

First Minister Arlene Foster said that the DUP had been “consistently pro-life”.  Photgraph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Arlene Foster wants vote to send message to British government of Stormont’s rejection of abortion law enacted at Westminster

There have been  4,732 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, with a total of 53,704 people tested. Stock photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Pleas for people to observe social distancing rules amid recent anti-social behaviour

First Minister Arlene Foster said the DUP motion addressed the “distressing issue” of the abortion of foetuses with Down’s syndrome. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Amnesty says Sinn Féin must not ‘prop up dangerous anti-choice agenda’

 North’s economy Minister Diane Dodds stressed that progress on reopening would depend on controlling the rate of transmission of the virus

Guest houses, B&Bs, hostels and caravan parks also set to open next month

The psychological impact of Covid-19 during the first month of lockdown in Northern Ireland was “quite striking”, a new study from Queen’s University, Belfast has found.

One-third of people surveyed suffering from virus-related anxiety and depression –study

Both the DUP in its motion and Sinn Féin in its amendment to new abortion legislation for Northern Ireland cite the work of Heidi Crowter (above), who has Down syndrome, and who has been campaigning for a change in the British law which allows for abortion up to full term in cases of Down syndrome. File photograph: Guardian

Alliance for Choice says SF move would mean still having to travel for terminations for foetal anomaly diagnoses

 First Minister Arlene Foster  and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said these relaxations would not happen if the R rate went above 1 and that it was just below that figure at the moment. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Two more coronavirus-related deaths in the North brings toll to 518

Medical staff in the respiratory emergency department at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Some departments could run out of cash before the end of July, Minister warns

A member of the PSNI Covid-19 unit speaks to a nurse at Musgrave Street custody suite in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two-thirds of 514 coronavirus deaths among those aged over 80, department figures show

Dublin’s Georges Street during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Collins

A further 12 people have died from virus and 76 new cases have been detected

If Gerry Adams pursues a compensation case he could be in line for a  six-figure payment.

Former Sinn Féin leader’s solicitor says aid based on merits of case, not financial means

Phased return possible for other students starting in September, according to Minister for Education

Coronavirus death toll in the North tops 500 after seven more fatalities from virus

Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch: was reported missing on January 9th, 2002

Car belonging to man missing since January 2002 found in Co Fermanagh lake this week

Fr Jimmy McPhillips is   seen operating a mobile device to play the final tune but instead of a hymn or some other piece of music we hear the familiar opening bars of The Sash.

‘It’s a bit early for that, isn’t it?’ says priest after playing Orange Order tune

First Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the degree of ‘clarity’ provided by Michael Gove in his House of Commons statement. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

‘Obviously I didn’t like the protocol at all but we have to make sure we minimise it’ – Foster

The North’s Health Minister warned that the service faces considerable strain when coronavirus abates. File photograph: Reuters

Covid-19 fatality rates North and South comparable, says NI health minister

Irish News editor Noel Doran said the  support for journalists “sends out a strong message that all the attempts at intimidation will have no effect on our coverage”. File photograph: Getty

Dissident republicans and Ulster Defence Association members made threats recently

Members of the PSNI Covid-19 unit at Musgrave Street, Belfast. Photograph: PA

Seven more Covid-19 deaths were reported in in the North, bringing the total to 489

Medical staff in the respiratory emergency department at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the State now stands at 24,112

The Nassau Street bombing aftermath in Dublin, 1974. Three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan in May 1974. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

‘You are not forgotten,’ former English chief constable Jon Boutcher tells bereaved families on 46th anniversary of UVF attacks

The posts would be at Belfast Port (above), Larne and Warrenpoint and would be designed to accommodate additional customs officers and vets, who would be dealing with livestock

EU-UK deal means border posts to be created at Northern Ireland ports, says SF Minister

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster speaks to the media during a visit to Pond Park primary school in Lisburn, Co Antrim on Wednesday. Photograph: Birmingham City Council/PA Wire

Assembly hears of plans for customs posts at NI ports, setting the cat among the pigeons

Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake, said they know a number of families who will benefit from this change. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/ Photopress

Move comes after court case involving Derry woman over residency rights of US-born husband

It would be surprising if Gerry Adams did not seek recompense. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

If Gerry Adams does take a civil case he could be in for ‘six-figure’ sum, according to rough legal estimates

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Birmingham City Council/PA Wire

Final stage of easing lockdown will be ‘long before December’, says Arlene Foster

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

UK Supreme Court rules former Sinn Féin leader’s detention in 1970s was unlawful

First Minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill arrive at Stormont prior to announcing the Executive’s approach to coronavirus decision-making. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Easing of measures to be ‘led by science and not by the calendar’ as part of new roadmap

While chief medical officer Tony Holohan is seen as co-operating well with the North, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is accused of not sharing information in advance. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Despite idea of full co-operation, Foster and O’Neill claim Varadkar leaving them in dark

The North’s Department of Health reported that 30 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, leaving the total number now confirmed with the disease at 4,149. File photograph: PA

Three more coronavirus deaths in North bring death toll from the disease to 438

Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry was among the politicians in the North to be threatened. Photograph: File/AFP via Getty Images

Sources say threats to Assembly members issued by elements of UDA in east Antrim

Officials have estimated that deaths in care homes will increase the Department of Health fatality figures by at least one-third. File photograph: Getty

Stormont Executive plans to publish “roadmap” for relaxing restrictions next week

File image of Julian Smith at Downing Street in September 2019 in London, England. File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ex-secretary of state says he has ‘no hard feelings’ over being sacked by Boris Johnson

After the Pulitzer award was announced, Dominic Gates said: “Boeing now must not only fix the defects but also fix the culture that produced them.”

Dominic Gates led ‘groundbreaking’ reporting for Seattle Times

An infection control nurse  looks out from a Covid-19 recovery ward  in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coronavirus: 14 more deaths recorded in Northern Ireland

Michael Gove wrote to the SDLP, Sinn Féin, Alliance and the Greens saying that an EU office in Belfast was unnecessary. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

Pro-Remain parties in Northern Ireland criticise ‘petty’ decision by UK government

“It is very difficult to listen to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (above) announcing a comprehensive strategy for reopening society and businesses less than a mile down the road while our Executive is still publicly squabbling about (opening) garden centres,” said SDLP leader Mr Eastwood whose constituency is on the border with Donegal. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Dublin and Stormont should come together to plot way forward, says Colm Eastwood

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