Catherine McHugh, principal of St Patrick’s College, Dungannon, pays tribute to   student Lauren Bullock who died at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘At one stage there was 10 people, maybe more, on top of each other’

From left, Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie

Bodies piled ‘10 deep’ outside Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown in St Patrick’s night crush

From left, Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie

Lauren Bullock (17) described as ‘a beautiful girl, a shining light in our school community’

From left: Jean Hegarty, sister of Kevin McElhinney, John Wray, brother of James Wray, and Paddy Nash, brother of William Nash, stand for a minute’s silence with other families of those who were killed, ahead of a press conference inside the Guildhall in Derry. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

No politician has managed to grasp this poisonous thorn

Family members of victims of the Bloody Sunday killings walk in procession holding portraits of their killed relatives in Derry  on March 14th. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP/Getty Images

North’s Public Prosecution Service explains its decision on Bloody Sunday prosecutions

Fr Edward Daly and others run with an injured man on Bloody Sunday in Derry on January 30th, 1972

Soldier F to be prosecuted for murder, attempted murder – NI Prosecution Service

Bishop Daly was filmed waving a bloody handkerchief on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: RTÉ Archives

13 people were shot dead by British paratroopers in space of 10 minutes

DUP leader Arlene Foster:  “I will be relaying the frustration amongst people . . . about a lack of devolution.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Foster to tell US administration that party is working towards a ‘sensible’ Brexit agreement

Michelle O’Neill: ‘The EU has shown considerable patience and a willingness to facilitate a Brexit agreement that enables Britain to leave the EU without creating a hard border.’ Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says MPs must decide between backstop or no Brexit at all

DUP leader Arlene Foster: she must be apprehensive that some of the party’s core vote is becoming jaundiced and fearful by its obdurate position on the backstop

Perhaps Cox could have merged the legal and the political, and got a lot of people off the hook, including the DUP

John Kelly, whose brother Michael (17) was killed in Derry on Bloody Sunday. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Some want British soldiers to be prosecuted for role in 14 killings in Derry in 1972

Organisations and colleges such as the Confederation of British Industry, the Construction Employers Federation, Queen’s University and Ulster University also are signatories to the letter. Photograph: iStock

Companies including Coca Cola, Norbrook Laboratories write open letter to British MPs

Northern secretary Karen Bradley: John Teggart, whose father Daniel was killed at Ballymurphy, said, “We have one request . . . and that is for her to resign immediately.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

‘She is an insult to women,’ says sister of man killed in 1981 by British soldier’s plastic bullet

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier sent a series of messages on Twitter following a meeting with ambassadors from 27 EU states. File photograph: Reuters

Chief negotiator offers reassurances to UK about backstop exit mechanisms

Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her teenage daughter Allison were killed at Glin Ree Court in Newry on Thursday.

Domestic violence is suspected motive in deaths at apartment block, says PSNI

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley  said she is profoundly sorry for deeply insensitive comments she made on Wednesday suggesting that deaths caused by soldiers and police during the Troubles were not crimes. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Northern Secretary criticised in North and State for saying killings by soldiers, police ‘not crimes’

The bodies of a man, woman and girl were found at Glin Ree Court in Newry. Photograph: Google Street

Victims not yet formally identified, police say, and cause of death is not established

 Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley: ‘never intended to cause offence’. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Northern Secretary criticised in North and State for saying killings by soldiers, police ‘not crimes’

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (centre): ‘I don’t think anyone in unionism today fails to grasp the fact that we do need to work together.’ Photograph: Getty Images

DUP’s soft cop has become one of most powerful politicians in Westminster

  Northern   Secretary Karen Bradley made her  comments in the House of Commons   in advance of next week’s decision by the North’s Public Prosecution Service  as to whether any former British soldiers will be charged over the Bloody Sunday killings. Photograph:   Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Comments of Northern Secretary criticised as outrageous and appalling by Sinn Féin and SDLP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a meeting  with business representatives in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach says law to be changed to restore UK-Ireland fishing rights

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a meeting at the Irish Secretariat offices in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Varadkar compares partnership to UK Conservatives and DUP agreement

Former Sunday Business Post journalist Tom Lyons with the paper’s former  editor, Ian Kehoe and the paper’s chief executive Siobhán Lennon pictured outside the Four Courts on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Review of defamation laws underway, Leo Varadkar says, in wake of Denis O’Brien case

Journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney leave Musgrave police station in Belfast after questioning.  Photograph:  Rebecca Black/ PA Wire

Reporters being punished for exposing human rights abuses in Northern Ireland – NUJ

The remains of a digger used in the bomb attack on Loughgall RUC station in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

Legacy Inquest Unit to be established under Northern Ireland’s lord chief justice

The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

The Duke and Duchess are on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a coaching session during their visit to Windsor Park, Belfast as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

But one young person finds the British royal occasion a little overwhelming

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, play football during a visit the National Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes - Pool/Getty Images

William and Kate briefed on cross-community sport in Belfast

DUP MP Ian Paisley:  the Irish Government “must wake up to the reality” that the withdrawal agreement must be renegotiated. Photograph: Getty Images

Micheál Martin claims the risk of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is beginning to dawn on the Government

Leo Varadkar: “I wonder, if Fianna Fáil was 5-10% ahead in the polls for the last year, would they be quite so willing to facilitate us?” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Congress will not support trade deal with UK that undermines Border, says Taoiseach

The CBI warned that many NI firms are unaware it is not just relationships with EU customers that would suffer if the UK crashes out of Europe, but that trade ‘relationships across the globe’ would also be threatened.

Confederation of British Industry issues sobering warning for NI in the event of no deal

DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

DUP MP would tell Varadkar: ‘Listen mate, you have had enough fun with the politics of this’

An armed soldier attacks a protester on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Frederick Hoare/Central Press/Getty Images

Families to learn in March if 17 ex-soldiers will be charged over 1972 Derry massacre

Mary Lou  McDonald was warned from several quarters that her comments about the PSNI  could jeopardise the interview process.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

NI Equality Commission insists next police chief must be recruited in ‘non-discriminatory way’

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood will address the Fianna Fáil ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood to address Fianna Fáil ardfheis on Saturday

British lottery winner Peter Lavery at Crumlin Road Jail for the launch of his £5m distillery investment in Belfast. File photograph: Bill Smyth

Peter Lavery scooped £10m on the British lottery, but received 14,000 begging letters

Seán Murray, who directed ‘Unquiet Graves: the Story of the Glennane Gang’, with actor Stephen Rea who narrates the documentary about the loyalist paramilitary group believed responsible for more than 120 killings in the early to mid 1970s.

Former RUC officer tells film-maker military behind plot to attack Catholic school in Co Armagh

Local SDLP councillor Declan O’Loan said the murder was to be “deeply deplored”

PSNI pursuing ‘multiple lines of inquiry’ after farmer (52) killed in shotgun attack

Mary Lou McDonald: “There is nothing to apologise for and no retraction to be made.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin’s role in interviews questioned after comment about senior officers’ suitability

Mary Lou McDonald: ‘This is an issue of the culture of policing’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Sinn Féin policing spokesman contradicts leader who said no one in force was capable of taking job

A protester holds a placard that reads ‘We Deserve Better Politics’ at Stormont. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Talks to take place with five main parties in North on Friday despite Sinn Féin pessimism

Eddie Fullerton, a Donegal county councillor who was killed by the UDA. His daughter Amanda wants a meeting with the Taoiseach to discuss the implications of the non-disclosure

Ombudsman urges independent review into non-disclosure of ‘sensitive’ material

A goods lorry at the commercial harbour port in Larne, Co Antrim. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Expert says consequences of limit to permits for delivering to Continent would be dire

Former first minister of Ireland Lord David Trimble argues the backstop is in contravention of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Union of Ireland Act 1800 and the Belfast Agreement. Photograph:  Matthew Lloyd/Getty

Claims backstop would allow Dublin exercise ‘governmental functions’ in N Ireland

Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said that last year between January 1st and September 30th there were a total of 39 reports relating to dating scams in Northern Ireland when more than £218,000  was taken from people.  Photograph: iStock

Women befriended by two men online who duped them into sending money, PSNI says

The SDLP’s Daniel McCrossan (left), local man Eamon Holland (centre), and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood during election  canvassing in Strabane in 2018

Daniel McCrossan (30) says he will articulate wishes of majority in North who voted to remain in EU

The PSNI appealed for anyone with information to come forward

Body of Pat Ward found in alleyway of Co Tyrone town

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the launch of the new partnership in Belfast. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leader Colum Eastwood says party is building for next generation, not next election

Clare Bailey: ‘The effects of climate breakdown know no national boundaries and do not recognise lines drawn on a map.’ File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA File photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Clare Bailey says Brexit and lack of progress on equality impacting lives across North

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he did not find Simon Harris’s “explanations credible at all”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Taoiseach says he understands taxpayers ‘very annoyed’ about cost overrun

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with Diane Dodds MEP and Nigel Dodds MP after meeting  Leo Varadkar at the Irish Government residence in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach defends Donald Tusk’s remark there is a ‘special place in hell’ for Brexiteers

Prime Minister Theresa May (right) leaves Stormont after talks on Brexit with party leaders on the second day of her visit to Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

British prime minister continues visit to Northern Ireland canvassing politicians

European Council president Donald Tusk and Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar shake hands  after a meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters.

We will not gamble on peace or put a sell-by date on reconciliation says, Tusk

British prime minister Theresa May  giving a speech on Brexit in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister says during Belfast visit promise to avoid hard border is ‘unshakeable’

Theresa May  indicated she wasn’t so much rejecting the backstop, or performing a U-turn, but rather she needed a modified backstop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Analysis: PM seems to imply time-limited backstop would dig her out of ever-deepening hole

 British prime minister Theresa May makes a speech during a visit to  Northern Ireland  in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/WPA Pool/Getty Images

British prime minister to hold meetings with leaders of North’s five main parties

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May isexpected to urge renewed efforts to restore Stormont. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister spending two days in North meeting business and political leaders

Mourners attend the funeral of Ian Ogle at the Covenant Love Church in east Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mourners told not to seek revenge but to ensure justice must be ‘relentlessly pursued’

British prime minister Theresa May is expected to explain why she is now seeking an alternative to the backstop that she had previously agreed with the European Union. Photograph: Reuters

Keir Starmer says some form of backstop now appears ‘inevitable’

The funeral of Micheal Roarty in Dunlewey, Co Donegal. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Funeral of four young men leaves families ‘briste agus bruite’, mourners told

Floral tributes left near at the scene in east Belfast where community worker Ian Ogle was murdered on Sunday night. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Victim and his son refused to attend ‘by appointment’ for paramilitary punishment attack

Literature on display at the “Beyond Brexit  – The Future of Ireland”  event in Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

1,500 turn up for well-organised Belfast conference on future of Ireland

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at ‘Beyond Brexit - The Future of Ireland’  event in Beflast on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It is ‘arrogant’ to shout down unity referendum, says SF leader

Deputy leader of Fianna Fail Dara Calleary (left), Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (second left), SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Minister for Education Joe McHugh (right) at today’s conference in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP’s ‘sneering contempt’ for parity of esteem and Irish language criticised

Forensic officers inspect the remains of the vehicle  used as a car bomb outside Derry courthouse on January 20th, 2019. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Paramilitary organisations see opportunity in Brexit – the harder Brexit the better

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the launch of the new partnership in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland is a sceptical place, and previous alliances failed to achieve lift-off

Jude Perry from Co Sligo who has establishing a Young Fine Gael branch at Queen’s University in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Former minister’s son wants to see party run candidates in North within 10 years

Colum Eastwood of the SDLP and Micheal Martin of Fianna Fáil arriving for at a joint press conference in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna with ‘serious reservations’ does not attend

Ian Paisley: “Nothing was finalised until a few days before travelling to the event.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Other participants including Simon Coveney flew economy which was 10 times cheaper

Minister for Education Joe McHugh among the expected speakers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Senior Dáil figures to speak but unionists not invited because of their Brexit stance

Kate Burns on hard Brexit: “There is so much misinformation and naivety about it.” Photograph: Kate Burns/PA Wire

‘My market is Europe and I don’t see why I should look beyond that,’ says Kate Burns

Alliance health spokeswoman Paula Bradshaw MLA said there was a need to “break the taboo” around alcohol addiction. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Politicians call for action to tackle alcohol abuse

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said: ‘Mrs May will now be able to demonstrate to the Brussels’ negotiators that changes are required if any deal is to command the support of parliament’ Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/ EPA

DUP will oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence motion in British government

Sammy Wilson, DUP MP in  his constituency office in Larne, Co Antrim: “For 40 years the IRA tried to separate us from the rest of UK but failed. In my opinion this agreement would separate us from the rest of the UK.”. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

Backstop must be scrapped for DUP MPs to support May, MP says

British Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said the British government would accept an amendment from a Tory MP aimed at limiting the duration of the backstop Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A ‘time-limited backstop is not a backstop’ says Sinn Féin on interpreted one-year cap

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he held an ‘open and frank discussion’ with a DUP delegation led by party leader Arlene Foster but failed to shift their insistence that the disputed Brexit backstop should be dropped. Photograph: PressEye/PA Wire.

Foster hopes Government recognises ‘there is a better way’ than disputed withdrawal deal

Theresa May speaking during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons in London on January 9th. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

UK parliament forces prime minister to quickly present ‘plan B’ if withdrawal deal rejected

Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  “very optimistic” Stormont will be restored before the end of the year and “optimistic” a no-deal Brexit will  be avoided.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

‘We don’t have a generation’s worth of time to waste,’ says Coveney of Stormont limbo

Locked gates at Stormont Buildings in Co Down, east of Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

DUP denounces move by British government as ‘cosmetic and meaningless’

Sir John Gillen said lengthy interviews with victims of serious sexual crimes hugely enhanced his knowledge of the situation. Photograph: Aaron McCracken

Society cannot afford not to implement comprehensive change, Sir John Gillen says

Concerns have been raised about the possibility of civil disorder arising from new Border arrangements under a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

PSNI requested reinforcements to deal with any trouble that arises from no-deal Brexit

British environment secretary  Michael Gove   said that in particular smaller farmers would be harmed if the withdrawal agreement were rejected. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Secretary says such outcome could lead to tariffs of more than 40% on meat

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has with deputy leader Nichola Mallon written to party members assuring them that any relationship with Fianna Fáil would be for the party to endorse or reject. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Colum Eastwood and Nichola Mallon aware ‘change won’t be comfortable for some’

Fianna Fáil and SDLP leaders Micheál Martin and Colum Eastwood hope to start a project that will  “evolve” into a formal link-up of the two parties, according to sources.

‘Focus will be on co-operation and partnership . . . rather than any talk of a merger’

 DUP leader Arlene Foster says legal text of the withdrawal agreement must be watertight for the United Kingdom. Photograph: Reuters

Unionist leaders remain united in their opposition to proposed Irish backstop

Micheál Martin:  he has  tried to calm nerves without giving too much away

Losing the SDLP name will rankle with many members of the party

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and his SDLP counterpart Colum Eastwood have been keeping the detail on a party merger secret from most of their own party members. File photographs: The Irish Times/Reuters

‘Significant’ announcement expected to take place early in 2019

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: “Hypocrisy of those espousing the current withdrawal agreement with its trap of a backstop has been completely exposed.”

Dodds: ‘Even in the event of a so-called no-deal scenario a hard border won’t happen’

A truck passes a Brexit billboard in Jonesborough, Co. Armagh, on the northern side of the Border. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Stormont head says plans must be in place to address potential disruption

 Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland George Hamilton, who has said more than 300 new police officers and staff are to be recruited in Northern Ireland by 2020 for Brexit preparations. File Photograph: PA Wire

Police Federation warns more money may be required in event of hard exit from EU

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher speaks to the media in Belfast to give an update on the Stakeknife investigation.Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

British police officer Jon Boutcher says he would be furious if there are no prosecutions

Freddie Scappaticci in west Belfast in 2003. He has been named as the British agent code-named Stakeknife. He denies this. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘We are going where the evidence takes us,’ says head of inquiry into British army agent

Darren Moore was severely beaten  in a pub in Doagh, Co Antrim in March 2017. Photograph: Alan Lewis

Victim and witnesses would not cooperate with PSNI investigation

DUP leader Arlene Foster attends the launch of A Better Deal in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The party seems to be considering extreme measures in order to block the existing deal

Peadar Tóibín:  local elections in May “will be the foundation of our growth in the future”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘There is an avalanche of support coming in our direction. This is a movement that is starting to happen’

Police attending the scene of a suspected shooting in West Belfast Glen Road close to St Mary’s grammar School. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Jim Donegan was targeted while he waited to collect his teenage son

Alan Frame’s beautifully illustrated book contains many stories about its alumni who include writers John Hewitt, Robert Greacen and Glenn Patterson; artists Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw and Colin Davidson; concert pianist Barry Douglas; actors Jamie Dornan and James Ellis, and stained-glass artist Wilhemina Geddes, who has a crater named after her on Mercury. Above, detail from the book’s cover

New illustrated book celebrates 150th anniversary of Methody in Northern capital

Nigel Dodds said the advice of the British attorney general Geoffrey Cox QC “vindicates the DUP opposition to the backstop” and was “devastating for the prime minister”. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Hard border is a ‘practical, political, physical impossibility’, says Gregory Campbell

A still from CCTV footage issued by  the PSNI of the suspected gunman who murdered Jim Donegan on the Glen Road in West Belfast on Tuesday.  Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

‘There is no place in a civilised society for such vicious and hostile actions which endanger the lives of all within the communit(...)

Police attending the scene of a shooting close to St Mary’s Grammar School, west Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Dissident republicans blamed for killing of man as children were leaving the school

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