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Brexit: Draft plans propose UK to get delay to 22 May

A draft EU document says the delay would come with the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week....

Cookstown disco deaths: No apology for drugs arrest of hotelier

Hotel owner Michael McElhatton was de-arrested over what turned out to be an "innocent substance"....

Laura Brennan: Irish HPV vaccine campaigner dies aged 26

Laura Brennan, from County Clare, has been described as 'a light in the life of everyone who knew her'....

Jim Donegan: Paramilitaries blamed for school gate murder

Police say republican group the INLA was behind the killing of Jim Donegan....

DUP 'won't be threatened' over deal

DUP MP Sammy Wilson believes the prime minister was trying to threaten Parliament into backing her deal....

Ballymurphy inquest: Ex-soldier 'ran through cover during firefight'

Ex-paratrooper was giving evidence to the Ballymurphy inquest that is looking into the deaths of 10 people....

Presbyterian minister fired from college over 'gross misconduct'

A professor is dismissed from a Presbyterian-run college mainly due to his comments on BBC Talkback....

NI hospital day surgery shake-up plan announced

The next stage in the transformation of health care in Northern Ireland is revealed....

Power to halt Assembly election 'extended'

NI Secretary told Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill the decision was due to the "uncertain" political situation....

Ballymurphy inquest: IRA ambush on army 'showed strength'

At the Ballymurphy inquest, Witness M226 said the IRA attacked an army convoy in west Belfast....

Hen party drowning: Ruth Maguire to be buried in wedding dress

Ruth Maguire, 30, drowned after becoming separated from friends on a hen weekend in Carlingford....

Six children saved from sex slavery in NI

More than 50 people were saved from human trafficking in Northern Ireland last year, new figures reveal....

Brexit: NI doctors concerned over 'devastating' effects

GPs are calling on Westminster to offset the effects of Brexit on the Northern Ireland health service....

Brexit: Dublin accused of 'racking up tensions'

Ulster Unionist assembly member Steve Aiken says comments by Irish politicians have been "unhelpful"....

Child sex images accused loses US extradition appeal

The FBI describe Eric Eoin Marques as the world's biggest facilitator of child abuse images....

Cookstown disco deaths: No apology for drugs arrest of hotelier

Hotel owner Michael McElhatton was de-arrested over what turned out to be an "innocent substance"....

Jim Donegan: Suspected killer 'stood among children'

The latest CCTV images of the alleged killer of west Belfast man Jim Donegan were broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on Thursday....

Brexit: DUP 'has not asked for cash in negotiations'

The DUP's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson says his party will not be "threatened" into voting for the government's deal....

Brexit: NI politicians disagree over EU votes

Stephen Farry of Alliance says his party would be comfortable contesting European elections, while the UUP's Steve Aiken says a second referendum would further polarise the UK....

NI stars visit prison to back football scheme

Northern Ireland players Josh Magennis and Niall McGinn visit Maghaberry Prison to take a look at an IFA scheme aimed at deterring inmates from re-offending....

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Donald Trump says he will visit Ireland this year

During a press conference with the Irish PM, the US president said he would make the trip this year....

Leo Varadkar welcomes Brexit delay vote

Mr Varadkar urged the UK government to make clear the purpose of a further extension....

Irish government unhappy over fishing row

The Irish Agriculture Minister said he was not happy with the "optics" of NI fishermen being taken to court....

NI Water to increase bills for non-domestic customers

NI Water reveals that prices are to rise by 2.7% for 80,000 business customers....

200 new jobs announced by home care provider

Connected Health has said the majority of posts will be based in Belfast and North Down....

Fane Valley buys duck producer Silver Hill Foods

The agri-food business says the move is part of its investment strategy....

NI firms see steep decline in export orders

Research suggests firms saw their steepest decline in export orders for five years in February....

Thursday's papers: Cookstown fallout 'farce'

Papers lead with comments by the owner of a hotel, where three teenagers died, over his drugs arrest and subsequent de-arrest....

Declan Rice: England and West Ham player apologises for 2015 Instagram post

England and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice apologises after a social media post emerges in which he made an apparent reference to the IRA....

Euro 2020 qualifiers: NI boss Michael O'Neill confident of success with 'new style'

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is confident his side can qualify for the Euro 2020 finals despite being in a group with Germany and Holland....

Cathal McCarron: All-Ireland winner announces Tyrone retirement

All-Ireland winning Tyrone defender Cathal McCarron announces his retirement from inter-county football....

Euro 2020: Estonia’s Mart Poom on Northern Ireland, almost replacing Schmeichel and that goal

Estonia's most famous goalkeeper Mart Poom is hoping help stage an upset against Northern Ireland in their Euro 2020 qualifier....

How do you talk to teens traumatised by tragedy?

How can we recognise and support children and young people who have witnessed terrible events?...

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What makes the spring equinox so special?

The spring equinox is the midway point between mid-winter and mid-summer....

First weight-loss surgery unit planned for Northern Ireland

The estimated costs of people being obese and overweight in Northern Ireland is £457m a year....

'Then the literal crushing started'

A teenager recalls being caught up in the Cookstown hotel incident, which left three dead....

Women's football: Tackling stereotypes by developing talent

A focus on youth development is getting results for women's football in Northern Ireland...

Making a career out of clowning around

Jess Harkin wanted to be a clown from the very first time she went to the circus when she was just three years old....

Londonderry youth club arson 'risks lives'

Fire crews were called to the derelict site five times over just two days....

Greysteel cash van robbery suspects charged

The cash-in-transit van was targeted in the Greysteel area of County Londonderry....

Bloody Sunday: Soldier F faces murder charges

The sole prosecution is seen as a "terrible disappointment" by some of the families of the 13 people killed....

Commander stands by Bloody Sunday soldiers

The PPS will announce on Thursday whether the soldiers will face criminal charges....

McClean wins damages for 'Provo' slur

Ulster Unionist Party representative Chris McGimpsey made the remark on a BBC programme....

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