Some 189 of Wednesday’s cases were in  Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

People urged to drastically cut contacts as socialising fuels outbreaks

Belfast city center and docklands. Photograph: iStock

Assembly politicians briefed on likely impact of British EU withdrawal legislation

The North has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in one day since the start of the pandemic. File photograph: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

One more person has died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

The murder inquiry was launched after the murder of the man in a flat in the Crebilly Road area of Ballymena, police said.

Senior officer urges anyone with information about killing to bring it forward to police

DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has ‘apologised unreservedly’ for failing to register a luxury family holiday to the Maldives in 2016 with a parliamentary watchdog. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

House of Commons watchdog rules North Antrim MP should have notified it about 2016 trip

The decision to close pubs at 11pm has been taken in the context of the rise in the incidence of coronavirus cases, First Minister Arlene Foster said. Photograph: iStock.

Chief scientific officer says current pattern needs to change as record 320 cases recorded

The family of Helen McCourt, who was murdered in 1988, at Downing Street with a petition to Introduce Helens Law in England, in 2018. File photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Proposed legislation would deny parole to killers who do not reveal location of bodies

Electron microscope image of Covid-19. File photograph: NIAID-RML via AP

Students at Queen’s University Belfast told to self-isolate after ‘small number’ of cases

    Niall Murphy   is the Belfast solicitor who is leading the drive for a Border poll on a united Ireland:  Photograph: Liam McBurney

Ireland’s Future movement convinced unity inevitable sooner rather than later and pushing for referendum in three years

Could the Government be somehow pressured into arguing precipitately for a Border poll? Photograph: Getty

A new Irish Times series on the future of the island of Ireland begins today

A mural on the Catholic side of the Cupar Way in Belfast. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

‘Catholics may emerge as largest population group but still not be a majority,’ says expert

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Martin Kenny described  new legislation on Garda enforcement powers in pubs was ‘abnormal’ but ‘does what it says on the bottle’.

Government ‘messed up’ allowing pubs serving food open but keeping others closed

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: ‘This virus relies on human contact. The virus has not changed and neither have the basic measures that keep us all protected. It is these basic measures that are most important to keep Covid-19 under control.’  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than half new cases are in Dublin while Northern Ireland records one further fatality

Northern Ireland health minister  Robin Swann said he was ‘increasingly of the view that Covid-19 has the potential for another full-scale assault’. File photograph: PA Wire

Two new Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland taking toll to 562

No new Covid-19 deaths have been reported for the past fortnight and just four occurred in the month of August. File photograph: The Irish Times

Modest extra effort can derail ‘slowly growing epidemic’, says public health team expert

The PSNI is investigating a ’paramilitary-style’ beating and shooting in Bushmills, Co Antrim

Gang armed with crow bars targeted victim at his home in Bushmills, Co Antrim

Under the guidance published by Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis on Friday it was repeated that those who suffered an injury at their own hand when carrying out a paramilitary attack will not be entitled to payments. File photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

DUP and Sinn Féin quarrel over who should be entitled to payments

Dr Ronan Glynn,  acting chief medical officer at the Department of Health. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland is ‘sleepwalking’ towards major Covid-19 surge later this year, expert says

Taoiseach Micheál Martin  greets British prime minister Boris Johnson  on the steps of Hillsborough Castle in Belfast. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson insists there will be no border down the Irish Sea – ‘over my dead body’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin walking with British prime minister Boris Johnson in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Partition’s failure or otherwise dealt with deftly as Taoiseach recalls history teaching

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British prime minister Boris Johnson ahead of a meeting at Hillsborough Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Micheál Martin warns of challenging times ahead as he meets Boris Johnson

The CCEA said the standardisation process ensured that standards were maintained. Photograph: The Irish Times/File

North’s Minister for Education says system of estimated grades was ‘robust and fair’

Britain’s PM Boris Johnson: ‘Together we will make sure Northern Ireland is ready to take full advantage of the many opportunities that lie ahead, and that no part of Northern Ireland is left behind.’ Photograph: Getty Images

British PM to announce two new groups to mark next year’s centenary of creation of the North

Michelle O’Neill: ‘In particular, the role of the PSNI in investigating Noah Donohoe’s disappearance and his death has been questioned by some.’ Photograph: PSNI/PA

Inquest into teenager’s death to be held in January next year

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, outlined the new figures. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Reproduction rate of Covid-19 has fallen slightly this week, from 1.8 to 1.6

Emergency workers recover a Ford Orion car from the River Bann at the New Ferry Road in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

James Patterson disappeared during the Troubles but police say death not suspicious

 The NSPCC said there were an average of 23 contacts to Childline each week about child sexual abuse in the home. Photograph: iStock

Calls to Childline service tripled during coronavirus lockdown

The scene in Distillery street, Belfast, where 29 police officers were injured after being attacked as they were involved in removing bonfire materia. Photograph: Stephen Davison

PSNI ‘sick of being punchbag for failures of society’, says Police Federation chairman

East Belfast GAA player Dave McGreevy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

PSNI questioning man (54) over incidents, as clubs says ‘Our door remains open to all’

Northern Ireland’s Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) includes deaths in hospital,  care homes, hospices and  at residential addresses or other locations in its total. Photograph: Getty

People aged 75 and over accounted for 80 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in North

Michael Gove visited Northern Ireland on Friday with Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis. File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters.

Funding includes £355m to assist traders and £300m to support peace projects

 Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer at the  Department of Health. Photograph: Collins

Residents in Kildare, Laois and Offaly urged to take extra care after cases spike

New inductive date for reopening is September 1st. Photograph: iStock

Move follows a notable rise in infections in Northern Ireland with 43 new cases recorded

Lawyer Ian Coulter and former banker Frank Cushnahan

Businessman Frank Cushnahan and lawyer Ian Coulter face prosecution over portfolio

People clap as they watch the funeral cortege of the former SDLP leader John Hume leave St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Funeral takes place in cathedral that was a haven for Hume near the end of his life

 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

A mural in Derry’s Bogside depicting John Hume, Martin Luther King jnr, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Covid-19 complicates community desire to pay respects to man who gave city so much

Flowers and a message to the late John Hume rest below a Free Derry Corner in the Bogside of Derry City. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Nobel Laureate’s remains to be brought to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry on Tuesday

SDLP leader John Hume addressing the party’s 28th annual conference  in Newry in May 1998. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘It all went back to Derry and its people and expanded into a humane and generous view of Ireland and its people, and the world’

SDLP leader John Hume pictured in January 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

‘He taught us that it is better to live for Ireland than to die for Ireland,’ says Eastwood

U2 lead singer Bono holds up the arms of Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble (left) and SDLP leader John Hume on stage during a concert  at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images

Former first minister praises John Hume’s role in shifting attitudes even if he had ‘jaundiced’ view of unionism

John Hume speaks to a British soldier at an anti-internment rally in Derry. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Politicians pay tribute to former SDLP leader who was ‘a great hero and a true peacemaker’

John Hume, pictured in 2014 at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke / 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

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