Over the past week Northern Ireland experienced 345 virus cases per 100,000 of the population. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Doctor concerned that service in North could be ‘overwhelmed’ in coming weeks

As of 2pm on Monday, 341 Covid-19 patients were in hospital. This is the highest figure since May 20th.

Three more deaths and a further 939 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported by Nphet

The Doraville Wind Farm proposal involved the erection of 33 wind turbines. File photograph: Getty

Proposal to erect 10 turbines with maximum tip height of 136m and 23 extending to 149m

Sighting of cattle egret recorded at Castle Espie, Co Down. Photograph courtesy of James Lee/WWT

Rare sighting of bird at Castle Espie in Co Down may be down to climate change

There are 342 patients in Northern Irish hospitals receiving treatment for Covid-19, with 39 people in intensive care and 30 on ventilators. File photograph: The Irish Times

A total of 34,832 cases confirmed in NI since pandemic began, with death toll rising to 658

 First Minister Arlene Foster, Minister for the Economy Minister Diane Dodds and junior minister Declan Kearney at a press conference at Parliament Buildings Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Foster insists Executive will continue as normal it looks to move past Poots’s remarks

1,039 new Covid cases and five deaths in NI; incidence in Derry and Strabane still falling

Edwin Poots. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Why did the DUP Minister go off-script and raise old trope of irresponsible nationalists?

Socially distanced queuing outside a cafe in Belfast. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

No evidence of higher transmission of virus in nationalist areas, says chief medical officer

After the murder of Paul Quinn, Sinn Féin finance minister Conor Murphy (pictured)  claimed that Mr Quinn was involved in criminality. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

SF minister says he stands over apology statements, again offers to meet family

People queue socially distanced outside a cafe in Belfast on October 16th. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Quarter of all cases in region have occured in the past week, department figures show

New uniforms for the PSNI. Photograph: PSNI

Frontline officers must have ‘professional, modern workwear’, says chief constable

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín said Anne McCloskey was ‘held in enormous respect, as a brave and courageous friend’.

Retired doctor critical of calls for people to wear face masks

Sinn Féin’s Pat Sheehan (C) said the PHA had ‘failed abysmally’ in creating a ‘rigorous and robust’ contact tracing system. File photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Public Health Agency chief rejects criticism that system was an abysmal failure

A man wearing a face mask walks past an entrance to Belfast City Hospital on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Irish officials report 763 new cases of virus and four more deaths

An image of the man PSNI officers wish to speak with, on Donegall Place in Belfast. Photograph: PSNI

Detectives seeking to identify cyclist after six women attacked in one day

 Chief Medical Office  Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Cork University Hospital has become ‘congested’ due to the impact of Covid-19

 Belfast city centre. The retail sector will remain open under the North’s new restrictions. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

New rules announced as North reports record 1,217 coronavirus cases in one day

A woman cycles across the Peace Bridge over the River Foyle in Derry. The highest incidence of the disease is in the Derry and Strabane council area which over the past week saw 970 cases per 100,000 of the population. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

North’s pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, while Varadkar confirms Border counties may face more restrictions

First Minister Arlene Foster says it is a balancing act between making sure that ‘we deal with Covid-19 but that we also try to protect our economy’. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

There are 150 people with Covid-19 in hospital in North; 23 in ICU and 15 on ventilators

A woman cycles across the Peace Bridge over the River Foyle in Derry. The highest incidence of the disease is in the Derry and Strabane council area which over the past week saw 970 cases per 100,000 of the population. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ten further deaths on island of Ireland as Northern Executive discusses tighter restrictions

Plans to develop the now virtually derelict stadium have been bogged down in controversy and legal and planning rows for about seven years

Nichola Mallon says GAA will be able to build 34,578-capacity facility at Casement Park

PSNI Chief Superintendent Simon Walls issues a statement at Musgrave St police station following attacks on five women in Belfast city centre. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Three women hospitalised after five separate attacks on Monday night

Shoppers  amid the  pandemic on Monday on Grafton Street, Dublin. “We can’t conclude we have turned the corner in Dublin even if we can see the growth rate is different to what it was,”  chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Announcement on moving Border counties up to Level 4 expected by Thursday

Patricia Devlin is a reporter with the Sunday World. Photograph: Patricia Devlin

Sunday World reporter says threat is from known criminal with loyalist connections

First Minister Arlene Foster sat Stormont. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Executive at odds over proposal for series of six-week lockdowns

Maggie Taggart

Reporters praised for their ‘diligence, tenacity, expertise and impartiality’

A woman shopping in a charity shop in Derry. Northern Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Conor Murphy, announced a £350,000 scheme to support hospitality businesses in the Derry and Strabane area, where greater Covid restrictions apply. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister warns of ‘grave situation’ with incidence of virus remaining high

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

Public urged to adhere to restrictions as over 4,000 cases recorded in past seven days

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar addressed a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday night. File photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

432 more cases confirmed as Holohan calls for renewed public effort

Current head of domestic abuse charity Sonas to take up permanent post in December

The scene of the shooting at a house in Coleraine, Co Derry on Tuesday. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Victim ‘fighting for her life’ after shots fired ‘indiscriminately’ into her Coleraine home

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill were due to discuss the sharp rise in coronavirus cases with the Taoiseach and British prime minister on Monday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA.

Calls for British-Irish concerted approach to virus as 616 new cases announced in NI

 Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan who met coalition party leaders and medical officers at Government buildings, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘It is vital we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory,’ says CMO

Journalist Chris Ryder covered the Troubles during its bloodiest periods. Photograph:  Pacemaker

IRA threatened to murder reporter who covered Troubles virtually from their outset

Chinese students arriving in Belfast on Qatar Airways plane specially charted by Queen’s University Belfast.

Income from foreign students important to finances of college

Young women shopping in Derry over the weekend. The Stormont Executive announced a wide-ranging series of restrictions for the Derry City and Strabane Council area on Thursday in an effort to stem the spiralling Covid-19 infection numbers in the northwest of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minister talks up preference for stringent all-island lockdown as 462 new cases seen in North

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

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

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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’

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