Harry McKeaveney from The Hatfield House bar, Belfast, wearing PPE as he delivers pints of Guinness. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty/AFP

Hatfield House suspended service after PSNI said it did not comply with licensing laws

An adaditional 1,083 people were tested in the last 24 hour period. Seventeen tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,696. Photograph: iStock

New statistics show care home residents account for more than half of region’s Covid-19 deaths

Gerry Jones, Neil Blaney and John Kelly (right) during the Arms Trial in Dublin in 1970

Unionist politicians say the Republic should give full account of its role during conflict

Minister for the cabinet office Michael Gove was giving evidence to the House of Commons committee on the future relationship with the EU, alongside Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost: Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

No pushback from EU on British government interpretation of protocol, minister tells MPs

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

Number of fines for breaches of social distancing guidelines drops by 90%

A number of elderly residents were moved out of Clifton Nursing Home in Belfast on Friday due to “ongoing concerns”. Photograph: Google Streetview

Governance concerns were raised after nine people living at Clifton Nursing Home died

Private Patrick Kelly, who was killed by the IRA as he searched for the kidnapped businessman Don Tidey in Co Leitrim in 1983. Image courtesy Kelly family.

David Kelly wants Sinn Féin leader to accept publicly that his father was murdered

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Mary Lou McDonald has said the IRA’s campaign was “justified” and, had she been older, there was “every chance” she would have joined.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald’s backing of IRA campaign ‘retraumatising’, David Kelly says

Nurses change bed clothes at the Mater Hospital Covid-19 recovery ward in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Further 25 positive tests for coronavirus in Northern Ireland

First minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill walk together as they arrive at Stormont. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

SF’s Michelle O’Neill also says response has brought parties ‘closer together’

Emma DeSouza with her husband, Jake. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

The Derry woman who took on the British government never meant to be an activist

Sixteen-year-old naturalist Dara McAnulty. Photograph: Elaine Hill

In Diary of a Young Naturalist the teenager tells of his struggles and devotion to nature

People on Henry Street in Dublin’s city centre on Friday as restrictions put in place due to  the coronavirus pandemic have been eased. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ministers discuss stringent measures including 14-day stay at ‘designated facility’

NI First Minister Arlene Foster said the Executive was ‘committed to delivering this pension’. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PressEye/PA Wire

Campaigners take first step towards legal action against Executive over scheme delays

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster urged the public not to try to pre-empt the lifting of  Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Arlene Foster describes exemption as a ‘generous move by the UK government’

NPHET members Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain at the Covid-19 press conference on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Further 11 patients with Covid-19 die in Republic bringing death toll to 1,592

It is the fourth week that there have been more deaths in care homes than in hospitals in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Data released by Northern Ireland’s Statistics and Research Agency reveal trend in fatalities

Fr Michael Canny at the door of St Columb’s Church in the Waterside,  Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Priest describes funeral Mass on Easter Sunday with only two mourners. ‘That was exceptionally sad’

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

A woman walks past shuttered businesses in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Number claiming job related benefits rose to 56,200, up 89 per cent over previous month

The European Commission’s office in Belfast closed at the end of January when the UK left the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers find Northern Ireland faces ‘serious democratic deficit’ due to Brexit

Three brothers, (from left) Bosco, Gerard and Charlie Kelly from Derry tee off on the 12th hole at  North West GC,  Lisfannon, Co Donegal. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

North West members delighted to be back on the fairways in Lisfannon, Co Donegal

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

Six further deaths and 16 more cases recorded in Northern Ireland

Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast where a man was shot on Sunday evening, dying at the scene. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dissident republican motive is ‘one of the lines of inquiry’, say police

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Seventy-one people with coronavirus died in care homes in the North in a single week, new figures show. Photograph: The Irish Times/ File photo

NI Department of Health announces a further five Covi-19 deaths bringing total to 427

Aer Lingus said it had conducted a review of the route. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Move comes after pictures emerged of almost full flight with no apparent social distancing

Tánaiste Simon Coveney defended the Government’s approach to the issues. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

‘We need to tackle [this disease] on an all-island basis’ says North’s Deputy First Minister

John Dallat (left) with Colum Eastwood, SDLP leader. Photograph: SDLP

John Hume says Coleraine mayor did not flinch 'in doing right for his community'

A family walk past a mural in Belfast’s Ardoyne area  paying tribute to key workers who have been responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire.

Chief medical officer says he is ‘reluctant’ to put in an ‘artifical timetable’ in place

PSNI said they were aware of footage that had emerged on social media over the weekend. Photograph: Stephen Davison/PSNI/PA Wire

Footage appears to show Sean Kelly being restrained during incident in North Belfast

An almost deserted O’Connell Street in Dublin on April 22nd. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Total of 125 outbreaks of Covid-19 reported in private houses

An additional 69 patients tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Hospital death toll for disease reaches 387, as total cases increase by 69 to 3,836 in North

Speaking at the Northern Ireland Executive’s daily media briefing on Friday, Michelle O’Neill said they had “talked about exit and recovery and how we can move at similar times given that the disease is obviously spreading at a similar way across the island.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Arlene Foster: ‘It’s not just about north-south but also about east-west’

Geraldine Donohoe of Oak View Nursing Home, Belturbet, Co Cavan. ‘We have had no new symptoms since the 20th, so please God we’re getting there,’ she says.  Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Two residents died, but nine others who tested positive are now getting better

The RHI scheme was set up in 2012 to encourage businesses in Northern Ireland to switch from fossil fuels to renewable heat sources, but a failure to include a cap on subsidies meant that participants earned £1.60 for every £1 they spent. File photograph: PA Images

Renewable Heat Incentive scheme: Minister responds to report which said many respondents suffered

Paula Stuart, principal of Belfast Model School for Girls in Belfast,  with a consignment of laptops  which have been donated to disadvantaged children. Photograph:  Stephen Davison

‘This is about equality of access and equality of opportunity’

The North’s Minister for Health says he is  reluctant to put a timetable on the steps needed to emerge from lockdown. Photograph: Reuters

Five more Covid-19 fatalities in North takes death toll to 299

Family and friends pay tribute as bells rang out at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, Co Tyrone,  in memory of local nurse Pat McManus, who died with Covid-19.

Pat McManus (60) believed to be first NI healthcare worker to have died of disease contracted through job

Dr Michael McBride, the North’s Chief Medical Officer, said  contact tracing would be expanded into a four-week training programme involving 300-600 staff. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

A pilot contact tracing scheme to begin early next week

A total of 689 people who are either confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus are currently being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland, with 37 patients in intensive care.  Photograph: Marijan Murat/dpa/AFP via Getty

Some 263 have died in hospital setting in region as confirmed cases reach 3,016

The scene at Haywood Avenue in south Belfast close to a flat where a 39-year-old woman’s body was found in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Emma Jane McParland (39) died from her injuries after she was stabbed on Wednesday

Robin Swann: he says any decision to exit the lockdown will take account of the all-island position, but will be based on “the science that is applicable to Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Getty Images

SDLP and Alliance Party have both raised the need for a co-ordinated approach on the island of Ireland

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals in Northern Ireland has risen to 250. Photograph: Danny Lawson/Getty/AFP

Total includes eight deaths on Tuesday and an additional 26 from previous days

The scene at Haywood Avenue in south Belfast close to a flat where a 39-year-old woman’s body was found in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Police called to Haywood Avenue property where 39-year-old’s body discovered

First Minister Arlene Foster at  Dougan Contracts in Bangor where staff are producing Covid-19 masks: “Now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal.”  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Fatality toll reaches 216 as Stormont divided over calls to reopen council-run cemeteries

University Challenge winners: Freya McClements with her Magdalen College team-mates Dave Cox, Matt Holdcroft and Josh Spero. Photograph: BBC

Our Northern Correspondent on lifting the trophy herself as the winning captain

Jonathan Bardon wrote and presented many radio programmes, including the BBC series, and accompanying book, A History of Ireland in 250 episodes. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prolific writer lauded for groundbreaking scholarly ability ‘that brought history to life’

Anne Cadwallader talks to her husband, Gerry O’Hare, from outside the window of his room in Fruithill Nursing Home in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Davison

As troubles mount in the North’s nursing homes, families and carers feel the strain

Martina McCarron, who was a great-grandmother, had worked as a carer for more than 20 years, most recently with NW Care.

Martina McCarron, from Co Tyrone, did not contract the virus as a result of her occupation, it is understood

Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann: the new death figure of 1,500 is a “significant revision on the previous modelling total” of double that. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

Death toll in NI hospitals stands at 207 but figure excludes nursing home updates

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘There is no room for complacency’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Re-opening pubs would be ‘at odds’ with distancing measures, says Holohan

John Paul McDonagh died in hospital on April 13th. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

John Paul McDonagh died two days aftergroup with weapons clashed in Enniskillen

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

SDLP leader and trade union call for all-island efforts in the fight against Covid-19

A cyclist passes by a bus stop with a public health warning on Covid-19 in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

One further death recorded in Northern Ireland as death toll there rises to 194

Chief Superintendent Simon Walls

Victims told X-rated photographs would be sent to families if they did not pay £2,000

Clodagh Dunlop recovering in hospital

Clodagh Dunlop’s stroke at 35 caused locked-in syndrome but she defied the odds

The 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot by dissident republicans as she watched a riot in the Creggan area of Derry, and died shortly afterwards. Photograph: Jess Lowe Photography / AFP/Getty Images

Det Supt Jason Murphy offers anonymity to anyone who wants to talk to police

Northern Ireland’s  Minister for Health  Robin Swann. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Public Health Agency says 18 people have died in past 24 hours, 113 further cases

PSNI officers check the validity of driver journeys in Portstewart, during coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Statistics agency puts Covid-19 deaths at 79 compared to health agency figure of 56

An almost empty Newtownards Road in, Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Figures released each day do not include deaths that occur outside of hospitals

‘Chaplains are often the only persons other than doctors and nurses who can be with people suffering from Covid-19.’

‘Our approach to ministry with the sick has had to change ... to slow spread of the disease’

Dr Connor Bamford: he says a vaccine is still probably at least a year away, but tests which identify whether people have had the virus “might be a way out of lockdown”

Outbreaks of coronavirus are evolving at the same time in both the South and North

Some of the PPE donations at the drop-off point in Derry’s Foyle Arena

‘The people on the front line need them more than I do’

Members of the Orange Order take part in the Twelfth of July demonstration in Markethill, Co Armagh in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Events were due to take place at 18 venues across Northern Ireland and Co Donegal

A man passes by a sign in Belfast urging the public to practise social distancing, as the coronavirus outbreak continues. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Total number of confirmed cases rises to 1,089 with 8,486 people tested

There have been concerns in the North about the lack of PPE equipment for health workers, as well as tensions between Sinn Féin and the other parties over how to handle the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

Sources say shared shipment from China fell through when ‘bigger players’ entered market

A man  passes by a sign in Belfast urging the public to practise social distancing, as the coronavirus outbreak continues. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North’s Public Health Agency also reports an additional 130 confirmed cases of Covid-19

The North’s First Minister has defended health minister Robin Swann (pictured). Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Michelle O’Neill says Robin Swann was ‘too slow to act’ over Covid-19 crisis

Workers in the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, Co Derry, where Bloc Blinds have set up a factory floor making protective equipment for the health services North and South. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Bloc Blinds sets up shop in sports arena to make face shields for healthcare workers

A section of a  British army base in Co Down  is to be prepared  as a mortuary as part of the North’s Covid-19 planning. Photograph: Alan Lewis - Photopress

Minister says in the absence of vaccine there will be a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus cases once current restrictions are reduced

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, pictured on Wednesday evening at the coronavirus press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Eight of the 14 patients who died were reported as having underlying health conditions

Donegal priest changes Mass times to suit Americans as online services go global

Politicians in the Stormont Assembly gave a mixed response to new abortion laws coming into force in Northern Ireland today. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Terminations can be provided without restriction up to 12th week of pregnancy as of today

Draft legislation which would create a new offence of domestic abuse has been introduced in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Image: iStock.

Legislation a bid to end patterns of controlling behaviour against partners, relatives

An empty Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chief medical officers in North and Republic to formally co-ordinate responses, says O’Neill

Quinn Industrial Holdings’ offices in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Directors take 50 per cent pay cut amid layoffs resulting from coronavirus outbreak

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill rejected any suggestion of disunity. File photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Executive demonstrating ‘common purpose’, say political leaders

‘For those on the front line, for sound health reasons, we must have every protection available.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Police to be given spit and bite guards to protect against ‘abhorrent’ attacks

Donations have fallen in Northern Ireland but there is a contingency to get blood from the NHS in Britain.

Plans in place to ensure clinics can stay open in the event of further travel restrictions

Last week the National Off-Licence Association told its members off-licences were acting as a ‘vital cog’ in the community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Standalone off-licences among list of ‘essential’ retail services in Republic

Northern Ireland chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride has warned  that there would be further numbers of deaths in the coming weeks. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Chief medical officer warns rate of pandemic related fatalities will rise in the weeks ahead

A file photo of an abortion rights rally staged outside  Belfast City Hall in May 2018. Abortion services will be available without restriction in Northern Ireland until the 12th week of pregnancy from March 31st.  Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Terminations can be provided up to 12th week of pregnancy without restriction from March 31st

Chief Medical Officer  Dr Tony Holohan speaking at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times/PA Wire

Two more deaths reported in North as Harris says country is just at beginning of the crisis

Brenda Doherty (R) pictured with her mother Ruth Burke, who passed away on Monday. Photograph: Facebook

Breda Doherty says relatives cannot see her mother in her coffin after death from virus

Mark McCleary of Glassagh Taxis delivering from  Ráth Mór Centre in Creggan, Derry

Demand for home delivery services in Derry area growing daily

204 new cases in State as gatherings restricted to four people and measures extended until April 19th

A rough sleeper in Belfast city centre. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Plans also in place to enable people in temporary accommodation to self-isolate

PSNI is appealing appeal for anyone who was on Galgorm Road Saturday afternoon and who witnessed the incident to contact them

Inayat Shah died from injuries sustained in incident in Ballymena on Saturday

First Minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill give a Covid-19 press briefing in Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Colm Lenaghan/PA

North records 20 new cases and may use emergency laws to enforce social distancing

An  electron microscope image shows the virus that causes Covid-19. More people in Ireland have contracted coronavirus in the community than as a result of foreign travel, the latest figures show.  Photograph:  NIAID-RML/Reuters.

Chief medical officer says importance of social distancing should be remembered on Mother’s Day

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster said on Friday evening that  schools were a good place to provide free childcare for key  workers during the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

UK’s cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close after announcement by Boris Johnson

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: he is talking to his Northern  counterpart Michael McBride five times daily.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘The coronavirus has no political consideration. It is neither British nor Irish, unionist or nationalist’

O’Neills, which is more than 100 years old, supplies sportswear to GAA clubs and has a number of sportswear stores. Photograph: Inpho

Company has ‘no alternative’ but to suspend operations until at least May

Hospital capacity in the North has been increased so that 280 adults with coronavirus could be treated in designated wards. Photograph: iStock

‘The scale of the surge coming towards us is of biblical proportions,’ says health minister

Minister for Education Peter Weir said previously that the time was not yet right to close schools. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

North’s Department of Education denies primary school’s request to close for two days

British prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to end what he has described as ‘vexatious prosecutions’ against former servicemen, who argue they are being unfairly pursued many years later.

Move to mean ‘end to the cycle of reinvestigations that has failed victims and veterans’

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