SDLP leader Colum Eastwood arrives for the recording of UTV’s election debate in Belfast on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mail purporting to be from SDLP leader sought donations for party

Officers respond to domestic abuse incident every 17 minutes, PSNI says

DUP leader Arlene Foster:  said there was no suggestion North Belfast councillor  Dale Pankhurst had any involvement in, or knowledge of, intimidation or attacks.

Safety of woman in north Belfast house whose windows were smashed sparks row

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in Strabane, Co Tyrone, as part of a police investigation into an impovised mortar device found in the town in September.

PSNI says explosive, discovered in September, part of ‘callous attempt’ by New IRA to kill police

These puppies were among the 31 dogs seized by the police on Thursday.

PSNI warns that purchase of puppies from illegal breeders can have ‘devasting results’

DUP leader Arlene Foster: ‘We’re determined to have that effective functioning government at Stormont because we know that NI works best when we work together.’ Photograph: Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry/PA Wire

DUP leader reinforces party’s ‘commitment and desire’ to form an Executive

David Sterling, the civil servant who has led Northern Ireland for almost three years in the absence of a powersharing government at Stormont, is to retire. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

David Sterling says last three years among most difficult of 40-year civil service career

PSNI recover double unit after digger is used in theft at Castle Way premises

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  ‘The island of Ireland is facing its greatest threat through Brexit.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader in Derry to support SDLP candidate Colum Eastwood’s campaign

(Left to right) Anne Speed of Unison, Kevin McAdam of Unite and Maria Morgan from Nipsa outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Nurses and support workers engaged in industrial action over pay, staffing levels

Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at the switching on of the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dara Murphy should face inquiry over Dáil non-attendance, says Fianna Fáil leader

 Kathleen Harkin (93) and her daughter Margo. Photograph: Trevor McBride

A project highlighting the role of the women in the movement is in line for Turner Prize

DUP leader Arlene Foster (left) and party colleague Carla Lockhart

Constituency profile: on doorsteps in Upper Bann Brexit and Stormont dominate

Healthcare workers with Unison taking industrial action over pay and staffing levels

PSNI Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said people should never disclose personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they may seem.

Call for public to be vigilant against potential fraudsters

Hunter McGleenon, who was 11 months old. Photograph: PSNI

Charges of possession of indecent photograph of a child and illegal entry to UK also made

Sinn Féin’s MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew says unionists have pledged to vote for her in upcoming UK election. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Constituency profile: DUP stands aside for UUP’s Elliott in ‘single issue’ election

Screengrab taken from CCTV footage issued by the PSNI of the final known movements of Mike Kerr, who was found murdered on November 21st in his Bangor home. Photograph: PSNI/PA

Mike Kerr, a former BBC announcer, was beaten to death in his Co Down home last week

Rescue services pulled girl out of the water and treated her but she later died

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “There will be a vote, or votes, in Westminster, and it’s whether you want somebody who will go to Westminster and use their voice or somebody who won’t.”   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Constituency profile: It is a two-horse race between Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

Detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating the sudden death of a baby in  Co Armagh. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

PSNI arrest 31-year-old man after incident in Keady area on Tuesday

Pat Finucane Centre director Paul O’Connor said he had joined the IRA in 1970, aged 15, and had left in 1972.

Centre director admitted he had been an IRA member in the early 1970s

Barley leftover during the production of beer could be used to make fuel for homes, charcoal for barbecues or filters for clean water. Photograph: iStock

Low-cost technique developed at Queen’s University turns leftover barley into carbon

‘When such items are left in a public area they can be innocently handled by anyone’

The Alliance Party and the SDLP have called for talks to restore the North’s power-sharing Assembly to take place after the UK general election. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Alliance leader Naomi Long calls for ‘urgent, time-bound’ negotiations after election

Pictures of the victims of Bloody Sunday being carried through the crowd of thousands after the 25th anniversary march for Bloody Sunday in Derry. Photograph: Brian Little/PA

Legal submissions sent to NI’s Public Prosecution Service on behalf of victims’ families

A man in his thirties has been arrested by police.

Victim found with head injury in Cookstown shortly after 2am on Sunday

File image of Pat Finucane Centre director Paul O’Connor. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Paul O’Connor of Derry-based human rights body says he was in the IRA from 1970 to 1972

The body of 68-year-old widower Michael Kerr was discovered in his house on Birch Drive in Bangor on Tuesday. He had suffered injuries to his skull and face.

PSNI trying to establish if Michael Kerr disturbed intruders or if vendetta behind attack

Sinn Féin candidate for North Belfast John Finucane is standing for election in what will be a closely fought battle against DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds. File photograph: PA

Police start inquiries to establish if slogans constitute ‘hate incident or hate crimes’

The PSNI said a number of men armed with machetes broke into the house at Trasna Way in Lisnaskea on Saturday. File photograph: iStock

Girl (13) suffered severe injuries during knife attack by gang of men in Co Fermanagh

Police in Co Down dealing with an attempted cash machine theft at a petrol station at Carlisles’ on the Belfast Road in Ballynahinch. Photograph: Pacemaker.

Thieves used digger in bid to rip cash machine from wall of Carlisle’s filling station

Conor  Murphy said the ‘DUP/Tory pact’ was ‘the biggest single opposition to the restoration of the institutions’

MLA for Newry Conor Murphy said it is now ‘make your mind up time for the DUP’

Little is known of how Michelle O’Neill and John O’Dowd differ on Sinn Féin policy. Photographs: Tom Honan, Charles McQuillan/Getty

No public debate and precious little sign of an internal one involving two contenders

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said the party would ‘oversee the most radical shift in investment to regions and small towns in decades’, including a ‘massive increase’ in Garda numbers.  File photograph: Collins

Finance spokesman promises ‘zero tolerance’ for banks that exploit customers

The amusement park opened in 1926. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Barry’s Amusements in Portrush on market after ‘significant’ consideration by owners

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Secretary Julian Smith at the British-Irish Council meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary says such an election would make ‘a failure of every politician’ in North

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill says she ‘would never take the membership for granted’. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Current vice-president seems likely to be re-elected to role despite John O’Dowd test

Childline conducted 140 sessions with children from Northern Ireland who had been groomed and forced into sexual activity in 2018-2019.  Photograph: Adam Peck/PA Wire

Childline calls for better relationship and sexual education as young targeted online

The Green Party, which had already stepped aside in a number of constituencies in favour of other pro-Remain candidates, is to stand in three constituencies. Photograph: iStock

DUP will run in 17 constituencies with Sinn Féin and SDLP fielding 15 candidates each

A peace wall at Flax Street, Ardoyne. 5 June 2019. Photograph: Darren Kidd/ ©Press Eye

More people living near peace walls want them removed within next generation - report

According to the survey, 76 per cent of all residents were strongly in favour of barriers being removed within the lifetime of their children of grandchildren. Photograph: David Sleator

New research finds ‘clear evidence of positive attitudinal change’ among communities

British prime minister Boris Johnson during an election  campaign visit to a  potato crisp factory in Co Armagh. Johnson left business leaders in the North confused after he tried to explain his Brexit deal. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty

Prime minister’s rambling speech in Antrim vows no checks on goods to North from Britain

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014 when he appeared charged under the Road Traffic Act. Photograph: Collins.

Documentation, laptops and other evidence seized by police in Derbyshire operation

New UUP leader Stephen Aiken at the party’s  office in Ballyclare. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Incoming UUP leader once commander of Royal navy nuclear submarine

Democratic Unionist Party deputy leader Nigel Dodds is defending a narrow majority of about 2,000 votes against the Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane in the upcoming British election. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Party’s leader-elect Steve Aiken says standing aside in North Belfast is best way to protect union

  Lady Sylvia Hermon has announced that she is not to seek re-election in North Down, a seat she has held for 18 years. File photograph: Stephen Davison

DUP MP David Simpson apologises for affair and says he will not contest election

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds embraces party leader Arlene Foster during the DUP’s recent annual conference. The North Belfast seat held by Dodds is likely to come under pressure due to a pro-remain election pact. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire.

Parties still divided by Brexit and splitting down leave-remain lines for general election

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald, fanked by North Belfast candidate John Finucane and party vice president Michelle O’Neill. Ms McDonald said there was no contradiction in asking republicans to vote for a unionist. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

Party standing aside in three constituencies to improve chances of pro-remain candidates

Writer and journalist Lyra McKee was one of three people killed by paramilitaries  in the last 12 months, according to the Independent Reporting Commission. Photograph: EPA

Reporting body says three deaths linked to paramilitaries in last 12 months

Ireland soccer player James McClean, also a signatory. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

Representatives of civic society seek dialogue on constitutional future of island of Ireland

Prof  Colin Harvey is one of more than 1,000 signatures on an open letter to Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

Brexit ‘changed everything’ and dialogue on reunification of Ireland now ‘centre stage’

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds with party leader Arlene Foster at the DUP annual conference in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken said ‘we listened respectfully’ after calls for voting pact

Ulster Unionist headquarters in east Belfast. The party has refused an electoral pact with the DUP for the upcoming Westminster election. Photograph: Google Street View

‘Threatening’ calls made to UUP headquarters after the party’s refusal of electoral pact with DUP

Judge remanded 45-year-old in custody

Quinn Industrial Holdings head office in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Staff ‘sickened’ by assault of Kevin Lunney but some afraid or unwilling speak out

Det Chief Insp Daniel Stoten from Essex Police is pictured during a press conference in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press .

Investigating officers urge men to hand themselves in to PSNI

A sign targeting QIH directors. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Senior PSNI officer says QIH investigation is a ‘critical priority’ for the force

This sign  remains standing on the outskirts of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan a few hundred feet from the border with Co Fermanagh.  Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

New threat issued to directors earlier this week also said anyone removing signs will be ‘targeted’

Liam McCaffrey in his office at QIH in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

QIH directors have had six weeks to ‘acclimatise’ to the severity of the threat against them

Businessman Kevin Lunney was kidnapped on Tuesday, September 17th, on a roadway in Co Fermanagh as he drove home from work.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar promises extra security resources for Border area amid meeting with Garda chief

A masked man was photographed with a statement threatening directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) this week. Photograph: Courtesy of the Irish News

Chief executive says region could become ungovernable

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: ‘We will not accept a Customs Border in the Irish Sea.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Party conference theme of ‘next generation unionism’ amid ongoing Brexit uncertainties

Maurice Robinson  grew up in Laurelvale. The 25-year-old was charged with manslaughter on Saturday.  Photograph: via Facebook

Lorry driver Maurice Robinson (25) grew up in the Co Armagh town and still lives nearby

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the Brexit referendum result ‘was not for a Great Britain Brexit, it was for a United Kingdom Brexit.’ Photograph: Getty

DUP 'willing to support a sensible Brexit deal' but 'not at any price', says Dodds

Emma Gallen, Danielle Roberts and Elaine Crory, all volunteers with Alliance for Choice. Photograph: Freya McClements

Pro-choice campaigners say there is much yet to do, but for now they are celebrating

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking  during the annual Belfast Chamber of Commerce lunch. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney appears to point to further intervention on devolved issues by UK parliament

 Police officers stand on duty at a cordon near to where a lorry containing 39 bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Questions remain over how container holding 39 bodies arrived in Britain

Pro-choice supporters in Belfast stage a demonstration to highlight the 21 women a week on average who are forced to travel for an abortion. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Doctor says abortion services not deregulated and abortions up to 28 weeks not allowed

Pro-choice supporters at Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Legislation due by end of March 2020 but the situation in the meantime is uncertain

Abortion-rights demonstrators march through Belfast ahead of a meeting at Stormont  on October 21st. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

Westminster Act also paves way for same-sex marriage and ‘victims pension’

Arlene Foster said the DUP would ‘take every possible legal option open to us’ to prevent the legalisation of abortion in the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vote on new Assembly speaker fails to take place after Sinn Féin and SDLP boycott vote

Pro-choice activists gather in the grounds of Stormont after the Assembly was recalled by MLAs wishing to protest against changes to abortion laws. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

MLAs back in Assembly after extended absence to protest against changes in NI’s law

A 30-year-old man was injured as he attempted for flee after two masked men entered the property on Margaret Street in Derry. File photograph: Trevor McBride

Police condemn ‘merciless attack’ after shooting on Margaret Street on Tuesday

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

NI Secretary says threat to policing co-operation in event of Brexit delay ‘unacceptable’

In September PSNI officers came under petrol bomb attack while carrying out searches targeted at dissident republicans in the Creggan area of the city.

Offences of riotous behaviour, criminal damage and throwing petrol bombs cited

Solicitor Pat Finucane, who was murdered in 1989 by loyalists

Hard drives owned by lead investigator on Pat Finucane murder ‘wiped clean’

Tony Morgan in his shop, Lipton’s. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Small enterprises are sceptical about any of Donohoe’s €1.2bn Brexit fund reaching them

Peter Hain says Boris Johnson is working on a ‘not me Guv’ basis. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

NI’s former secretary of state accuses Johnson of ‘passing the parcel’ on Border issue

A colour party passes a police vehicle in Newry, Co Down on Sunday. The political party Saoradh had organised the parade to commemorate hunger strikes. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Commemoration held by Saoradh, who are regarded as the political wing of the New IRA

Born in Belfast in 1948, Ciarán Carson published 14 collections of poems. Ciarán Carson. Photograph: Manus Carson

Member of Aosdána and Fellow of Royal Society of Literature won many literary awards

Children of the Troubles: Desmond Guiney, Charles Love, Lesley Gordon, Julie Livingstone and Siobhan McCabe (top row); John Dougal, Dessie Healey, Brian Stewart, Peter Watterson and Patrick Rooney (middle row); and Michael McIlveen, Paula Strong, Clare Hughes, Angela Gallagher and Philip Rafferty (bottom row)

186 children died during the Troubles. Joe Duffy and Freya McClements tell some of their stories

Chief Constable Simon Byrne at Policing Board headquarters, Belfast. ‘I have absolute awe for what people do... every day having to check underneath their car, having to check their route to work.’ Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

‘My job is to try and use my experience from elsewhere to try and reset the equilibrium’

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne: ‘We’re clearly there to facilitate normality and day-to-day policing.’ Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

No role for officers ‘checking documents, goods, the back of white vans and so on’

Any inability to process export health certificates (EHCs) could lead to delays, increased costs, a reduction in cross-Border trade and job losses in the agri-food sector

Chief veterinary officer has warned that resources are finite and demand for export certs may exceed supply

Gavin Killeen, managing director of Derry-based firm Nuprint Technologies. Photograph: Freya McClements

‘Listen to the things he’s not saying ... there will be checks, just removed from the Border’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said border checks on goods in Ireland was a deeply political issue. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Taoiseach speaks to British prime minister on phone after alternative proposal outlined

Neil Doherty: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.’ File photograph: Trevor McBride

Widespread concern voiced among business people and those living along the Border

 The wreckage of the mechanical digger and the van used by the IRA men at Loughgall. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Security forces knew of the planned attack ten days before it took place, BBC programme told

A sign on the main road outside Newry, Northern Ireland, pointing towards an old customs and excise station near the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Photograph: AFP

UK will make formal proposals ‘within days’ as Border proposal is shot down

Jeff Wright at the Green Pastures Church in Ballymena, Co Antrim, which was was heavily funded by the Wright family. Photograph:  Stephen Davison

Cornerstone gave over £16m to local church in the years before mass redundancies

Members of the William King Memorial Flute Band  at the graveside in Derry of William King, who died  on September 25th, 1969, hours after being attacked by rioters from the Bogside

‘All the rioting was going on, and then suddenly someone you knew was in the middle of it. And then suddenly they were dead’

Patrick Ryan: “I would have liked to have been much more effective than I was but we did not do too badly.” Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Police force says it is too early to say whether it will seek Patrick Ryan’s extradition

Garda commissioner Drew Harris (right) and Chief Constable of the PSNI Simon Byrne speak to the media during the cross-border conference on organised crime at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commissioner Drew Harris says definite lines of enquiry being pursued

 Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the DUP, said   the “shenanigans” in Westminster had made it less likely there would be a deal, but despite this “we still do need a deal with the EU to be negotiated.”  File photograph: Eric Luke

Deputy DUP leader said it would be unwise for anyone to predict what’s going to happen next week never mind next month

Margaret Thatcher considered Fr Ryan, above, to be the main channel between the IRA and Libya for a decade. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Patrick Ryan tells BBC documentary he regrets not having been ‘more effective’

Kevin Lunney, the chief operating officer with Derrylin-based company Quinn Industrial Holdings, was taken from his car by masked men as he arrived home from work a week ago.  Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Appeal made to driver of silver Ford Focus which had to slow when a black Audi pulled out in front of it to come forward

Kevin Lunney: senior executive with Quinn Industrial Holdings  was brutally attacked after he was snatched on his way to his home in Derryline, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: PA

Searches continue in Cavan as gardaí identify container inside which businessman may have been attacked

 Kevin Lunney, a senior executive with Quinn Industrial Holdings, was snatched and brutally attacked on his way from work to his Co Fermanagh home last Tuesday. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Container inside which businessman was tortured is believed to have been identified

A dig being carried out previously on Bragan Bog in Co Monaghan for the remains of Columba McVeigh. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Disappeared: ‘Impossible to describe continuing pain of another search ending’

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