St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny: With Level 3 restrictions coming into play, many made the most of the last opportunity to go to Mass. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Locals brace for restrictions and admit standards slipped: ‘Everyone got very casual’

The new cases were detected from 7,410 tests, representing a 3.7 per cent positivity rate. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

Other areas may move to Level 3 but ‘nothing inevitable about it’, says Dr Ronan Glynn

First Minister Arlene Foster, Finance Minister Conor Murphy and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on the latest coronavirus situation. Photograph: PA Wire

Foster asked about Sammy Wilson allegedly on London underground without mask

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: Progress on fisheries has been “disappointing” and “progress on an overall trade deal is linked to progress on fisheries”. Photograph:  Tom Honan/PA

‘Trust and relationships like everything in politics are what matter here’

The Stormont scrutiny committee was told that contingency plans needed to be ‘immediately developed and implemented’. Photograph: iStock

Facilities will not be in place ‘despite monumental efforts’ by January 1st, committee hears

The affected members of staff all work at Craigavon ambulance station in Co Armagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Affected members from Craigavon station in Co Armagh got virus on trip to Republic

Thames House, MI5’s headquarters. Photograph: iStock

Concerns raised that proposed legislation puts no specific limit on the type of crime

Prosecutors are now considering whether fresh prosecutions should be brought against the 15 defendants.

Offences involved 17 victims, 11 of whom were children at the time

Holy Cross School, Strabane. Photograph: Google Street View

Holy Cross College in Strabane is co-educational school with about 1,500 pupils

UUP leader Steve Aiken said that too often in the Brexit debate ‘it sounds like Boris bashing turns into Brit-bashing, and that is not something that I think it conducive or helpful for the people of Northern Ireland’. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA.

UUP leader Steve Aiken says Brexit debate too often descends into ‘Brit-bashing’

Northern Ireland first minister Arlene Foster: ‘I hope that people work with us in a partnership approach the way in which we have worked at the earlier part of the pandemic so that we can try and break the transmission.’   Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Society has to work in tandem with Executive to halt virus spread, DUP leader says

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson said the UK government was ‘driving a coach and horses through strands one, two and three of the Good Friday Agreement’ by attempting to change the Brexit withdrawal agreement. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

SF MLA says changes to withdrawal deal would drive ‘coach and horses’ through Belfast Agreement

First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

People from different households will not be allowed to meet inside private homes under new measures

Author Sam McBratney, who wrote the children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You, has died aged 77, his publisher, Walker Books, has announced.

Tributes paid to former teacher who saw his classic children’s book sell over 50m copies

Premises must offer table service only, and must calculate the number of people who can safely be accommodated in line with social distancing requirements and put this figure on public display. Photograph: iStock

Police issue £60 fines to young people breaking coronavirus regulations in Belfast

Debate on the Internal Market Bill in the House of Commons, London. Photograph:  UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Impact of UK’s Internal Market Bill on funding for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales raised at meeting

The message must go out loud and clear that dangerous anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated,” Robin Swann said.    Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Northern Ireland records two further Covid-19 deaths and 129 new cases

Susan Stanley on stage during Anything Can Happen 1972 at the Playhouse in Derry. Photograph: The Playhouse

Derry’s Playhouse has overcome Covid setbacks to stage Anything Can Happen 1972

Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken said thousands of sole traders and micro-businesses had been affected by the pandemic. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Calls for hardship fund for those outside supports with one in 10 young now unemployed

The 357 Covid-19 cases reported on Tueday, is the highest daily total since May. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin accounts for more than 60% of total as incidence of Covid-19 in capital rises

A screengrab from a video which appears to show a young girl driving a lorry on a motorway in Co Tyrone.

Girl was pictured apparently behind the wheel of vehicle on motorway

Planning permission has already been approved for the Republic of Ireland section of the line.  Photograph: iStock

North-South 400kv overhead line will run from Co Tyrone to Co Meath

First Minister Arlene Foster says “A vehicle like this veering out of control into traffic is unthinkable.”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

North’s First Minister urges public to help ‘identify these people and make our roads safer’

First Minister Arlene Foster insisted the Executive was not ‘scaremongering’ about Covid-19. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Foster warns over spread of Covid-19 as department reports 109 additional cases

DUP MP Ian Paisley:  “We can’t close our country down because of Covid.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Belfast City Council, Ballymena and BT43, BT28 and BT29 postcode regions affected

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty

Simon Coveney says UK is damaging its reputation with ‘bogus claims’ and ‘spin’

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: ‘The Good Friday Agreement wasn’t written by nationalists, it was written by a lot of people in a room.’

SDLP leader well aware of the multiple challenges facing a referendum on a united Ireland

First minister Arlene Foster and deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill at Thursday’s media briefing at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

First and deputy first ministers resume briefings after Storey funeral controversy

 First Minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during a media briefing at Parliament Buildings in Stormont,  Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire.

Arlene Foster believes house parties a contributor to recent rise in case numbers

First Minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill arrive for the media broadcast at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Conferences suspended following controversy over republican Bobby Storey’s funeral

 Sir Declan Morgan Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland said the British government’s comments about the Northern Ireland protocol   enable ‘others to take the view that they can choose which laws apply to them’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Declan Morgan tells BBC government’s stance makes him ‘gravely uncomfortable’

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann. File photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

Department of Health records no further fatalities after 607 positive tests in last week

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

North secretary Brandon Lewis admits new internal markets Bill breaks international law

Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Conversation about a shared island must have boundaries, many unionists argue

Donna Best: ‘I don’t think Ireland can afford us – they can’t afford our benefits.’ Photograph: Trevor McBride

‘I don’t think the South could take us on financially, because we have the NHS’

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: David Young /PA Wire

Leaders say it is unacceptable for the UK government to abandon safeguards in Bill

Sammy Wilson: “I am pleased that the government is open to changes, but we will judge the legislation on its impact rather than the headlines and speculation”

DUP gives Bill a cautious welcome, and has called on the UK government to go further

Dara McAnulty: “I’ve proven that a young person’s voice in a literary world can be heard, and that it isn’t just older people doing nature writing.”

Judges call for Diary of a Young Naturalist to be listed at once on the national curriculum

 Health Minister Robin Swann: said he could not ‘find words to adequately describe the scale of this betrayal of trust, this scandal.’ Photograph:  Matt Mackey/PA Wire

Health minister orders statutory public inquiry into Muckamore Abbey Hospital

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Ronan Glynn voices concern over Dublin trend, with 182 new cases in the county

Emma De Souza with her husband, Jake. Photograph: Alan Lewis

Public ‘remind us we’re not in this alone’, says Derry woman who took on Home Office

Northern Ireland’s health minister  Robin Swann said there were ‘undoubtedly questions that will have to be answered by the Trust in relation to these outbreaks’. Photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

North’s health minister asks for immediate investigation into deaths at Craigavon

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill described the potential new British legislation as a ‘treacherous betrayal’. Photograph: PA

DUP also expresses concern that move is a cynical ploy to cover-up a possible ‘sell-out’

File photograph of an entrance to Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North reports 61 new cases of Covid-19 amid outbreaks on Craigavon hospital wards

The PSNI said there were ‘really, really difficult issues for us to resolve’. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘I don’t think it’s deliverable within the current resource base,’ says Simon Byrne

Teacher Joanne Conlon with pupils on their first day in class P1 at St John the Baptist Primary School in west Belfast, on Tuesday, as the pandemic continues unabated. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Final outlay expected to be much higher as some responses yet to be costed

Public health officials admit there are some delays around testing. Photograph: iStock

North’s Department of Health reports 49 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday

An electron microscope image of the Sars-cov-2 virus, which causes Covid-19. Photograph: US National Institutes of Health via AP

Only a small proportion of North's new cases linked with international travel, expert says

Michael McConville, Jean McConville’s son, at the Wave Trauma Centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, releasing five doves to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. Photograph: Kevin Cooper/PA Wire

Actor urges people to come forward as relatives of 16 abducted in Troubles gather at ceremony

 Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, where 21 people have tested postive for Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 450 tested positive for Covid-19 in last seven days, says department

It is not clear whether the notices were issued to pubs, bars or restaurants. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland’s health minister to ask Executive to ‘prioritise stronger legislation’

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the  Health Protection Surveillance Centre. He said officials were seeing a “significant number of outbreaks” at present.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Over 250 of the outbreaks relate to social gatherings in private households, says HPSC

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Department of Health, with Professor Philip Nolan, chairman of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group and Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer, HSE pictured on Thursday evening at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Kildare lockdown to remain in place but rate of infection in county stabilising, officials say

Health minister Robin Swann said tackling coronavirus necessitated a ‘virtual lockdown’ of normal health and social care services. File image:   Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

‘Stronger legislation’ planned after footage surfaces of guests dancing at wedding

Veteran’s Commissioner Danny Kinahan: previously served as MLA for South Antrim and was the MP for the area between 2015 and 2017.

Danny Kinahan, an ex-British army officer, ‘honoured and proud’ to take up the role

Care NI is calling on the Executive to provide funding for CCTV, fencing and lighting for places of worship. Photograph: Getty

Recent incidents include an arson attack on St Saviour’s church in Craigavon, Co Armagh

Sinn Féin Derry Assembly member Martina Anderson faced a furious backlash from unionists and the SDLP after posting on social media. File photograph: Alan Betson

MLA claimed payment scheme for Troubles victims ‘mainly for those who fought Britain’s dirty war in Ireland’

John Mullan with his children, Tomás and Amelia, and wife Geraldine

John Mullan (49), children Tomás (14) and Amelia (6) die but mother Geraldine survives

The car in which a father and his two children  died in a crash at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal last night. Photograph: North West Newspix

‘Her whole family had been wiped out in one go’, says priest who attended scene with mother who survived crash

The body of Belfast-born priest Fr Stephen Rooney has been recovered four days after he was reported missing following a boating accident in the United States.

Michigan-based Fr Stephen Rooney reported missing after Detroit River incident on Sunday

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann wears a face covering during a media broadcast at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, in Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Robin Swann confirms ‘significant’ Covid-19 outbreak at plant in Co Antrim

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

Students at Hazelwood College in Belfast celebrate receiving their  GCSE results on Thursday. Photograph:  Dean Kernoghan/Hazelwood College/PA Wire.

Almost 90% of entries awarded grades A*-C, an increase of 7.6% on last year

North’s Minister for Education Peter Weir: abandoned the system after widespread controversy over a statistical “anomaly” that downgraded 37 per cent of marks. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Universities call for ‘urgent clarity’ around impact of grading controversy on admissions

The North’s health minister, Robin Swann: could not rule out a return to a full lockdown. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

North’s health minister to recommend reintroduction of restrictions

Health minister Robin Swann arriving for the daily media broadcast at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Measures may include lowering number of people allowed to meet indoors or outdoors

 Northern Ireland Minister for Education  Peter Weir:  rejected claims he had followed London, describing an ’inextricable link’ between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Peter Weir in U-turn following outcry over downgrading of students

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ireland’s rate of growth in new cases is fourth highest in Europe, Minister warns

A-level student Ruben Hughes protests in Belfast on Monday over the handling of this year’s final grades. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minister for Education Peter Weir announces major changes to results

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Prof Ian Young says rising level of infection in the North is of ‘considerable concern’

The PSNI said detectives were called to the property on Windermere Road, in the Four Winds area, on Sunday evening after receiving a report of a suspicious death. File photograph: EPA

Officers detain 61-year-old suspect following discoverey of body at Windermere Road

Jennifer McNern is taking a judicial review against the Executive Office at Belfast High Court over its failure to implement the legislation to create a compensation scheme for people injured during the Troubles. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Jennifer McNern lost both legs in bombing of the Belfast’s Abercorn restaurant in 1972

An electron microscope image of the Novel Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, which  causes Covid-19. Photograph: NIAID-RML via AP

Rate of infection rising in North, with most cases in past seven days in Antrim

Northern Ireland reported 48 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Robin Swann says virus is a ‘continuing threat’ as Northern Ireland sees 48 new cases

 First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill  have been urged to clarify the details of a teleconference with a senior Chinese official. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Arlene Foster had rejected the statement as a misrepresentation of call with consul

More than 8,750 redundancies were proposed in the North in the year until the end of July

Most redundancies are in manufacturing, wholesale, retail and transportation sectors

From left Catherine Lynch, Emma Ayriss and Lorrie Dawick were among those wearing r face coverings in Derry city centre on Monday.

Plastic visors that flip up and down and daisy patterned masks among coverings in use

Sign advising customers at Trespass store in Belfast that the wearing of face masks is mandatory. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minister warns against ‘complacency’ as department records 76 new Covid-19 cases

Patricia Hume (centre in grey jacket) walks behind her husband’s casket as it is carried from St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry, following his funeral service on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mourners line route to cemetery as coronavirus restrictions close cathedral grounds to public

Bill Clinton with a candle lit in honour of John Hume.

Pope Francis, the Clintons and the Dalai Lama united in praise of former SDLP leader

Pat Hume  arrives with family members at St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/ Getty

Influence of wife of late former SDLP leader highlighted by mourners at funeral

 Pat Hume as the funeral takes place of her husband John Hume. Photo graph: Stephen Latimer/POOL/Getty Images

‘Even in the darkest moments, when people would have been forgiven for having no hope, John made peace visible for others’

Tom Burns, outgoing head boy of St Columb’s College in Derry, with the bust of past pupil  John Hume that is displayed in the school’s foyer. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Post-Belfast Agreement generation are grateful for former SDLP leader’s legacy

 Pat Hume (L) is comforted by family members as the body of her late husband John Hume is brought to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Nobel Laureate brought from Donegal ahead of funeral in St Eugene’s Cathedral

Prof Ludwig Mühlhausen was a professor of Celtic studies at Berlin University and a Nazi spy. Photograph: BBC

Documentary uncovers true story behind Prof Ludwig Mühlhausen’s visit to Ireland

The North’s Minister for Health has written to his Irish counterpart asking him to consider the introduction of new laws to track the movements of international travellers across Ireland.  File photograph: Ana Ferreira/Bloomberg

Robin Swann voices concerns over ‘inability’ of North and South to share data on arrivals

Fiona Donohoe pictured with her son Noah who died last moth. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

Preliminary hearing of inquest into death of Belfast teenager to take place on Friday

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said the current situation was a ‘very confusing picture’.  Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

British-Irish summit called for to address inconsistencies in Common Travel Area

The consultation is part of an independent, two-year project being carried out by the Working Group on Unification Referendums on the Island of Ireland

North’s residents being asked to share views on how such a referendum could be designed and conducted

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

O’Neill seeks all-island alignment as Foster urges ‘respect’ for Common Travel Area

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health at a Covid-19 press conference. File photograph: Collins

Six new cases but no further deaths reported in Republic on Monday

Paula Bradshaw: “I love Italy, and look forward to travelling there again when it is safe to do so!” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Paula Bradshaw says everyone should follow spirit and letter of guidance

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin cannot lead conversation as party is ‘toxic to unionists’, says Colum Eastwood

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin visit to Northern Ireland comes a week later than originally planned. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader will seek to promote ‘practical’ co-operation during delayed visit

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer,  pictured at a Covid-19 briefing earlier this month. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

An additional 96 outbreaks in private households were reported in the week to last Sunday

British troops  in west Belfast on  April 19th, 1976. Former British soldiers who served in the North during the Troubles are being ‘persecuted’, veterans’ groups have claimed. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Veterans’ groups criticise what they say are politically motivated legacy investigations

Lyra McKee: shot in the head during a night of rioting and petrol bombing in 2019. Photograph: Jess Lowe/AFP

Journalist was shot dead in Creggan, Derry in April 2019

Alan Warke of Different Skins with his collection of Lambeg drums on the Twelth in Newbuildings, Co Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Coronavirus regulations make for an unusual celebration in Newbuildings, Co Derry

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill arrive at the funeral of senior IRA figure Bobby Storey. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Martin does not want anger over Bobby Storey funeral to undermine North’s institutions

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