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PSNI seeking two over Londonderry church arson

CCTV shows the fire at Holy Family in Ballymagroarty was started by youths, the fire service says....

New PSNI chief Simon Byrne faces a 'crash course'

Simon Byrne could arrive in time for marching season - a 'crash course' in local policing....

Seamus McGrane: Real IRA leader dies in prison

Seamus McGrane was jailed for plotting a bomb attack during Prince Charles' visit to Ireland in 2015....

Spice Girls: Fans take to Twitter over Dublin gig sound

Mel B says she hopes the sound quality will improve on the rest of their tour after Dublin show complaints....

Ulster SFC: Tyrone thrash Antrim 2-23 to 2-9 in quarter-final

Tyrone make light work of an under-strength Antrim as they blaze their way into the Ulster semi-finals with a 14-point win in Armagh....

CrossFit Games: Is Emma McQuaid Ireland's fittest woman?

Emma McQuaid is heading to the CrossFit games, a competition for the "fittest people on earth"....

Bangor councillor nips out of meeting to get hitched

Partnership ceremony or council meeting? Bangor politician Ray McKimm found he was double-booked....

Irish local elections: Green Party surge suggested as counting begins

Exit polls suggest Green Party growth in Irish local elections and approval for liberalised divorce laws....

New PSNI chief constable named as Simon Byrne

The former head of Cheshire Police will take up his position after George Hamilton retires next month....

Dunnes NI pension scheme trustees replaced

Pension trustees replaced because they put 390 scheme members at risk, says regulator...

Sailor ID cards shed light on Belfast's maritime history

During WW1, the government invested in an ID card system to ensure sailors could not avoid conscription....

Fleadh Cheoil Dhoire: Derry showcase for Irish culture

More than 800 musicians and 900 dancers are celebrating traditional Irish culture in Londonderry...

May's exit could be 'dangerous' for Ireland - Varadkar

Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Theresa May's resignation could lead to a "Eurosceptic" prime minister....

Mount Everest: Second Irish climber dies on mountain

Calls have been made to limit the number of permits for ascents amid an increased death toll....

European election: Northern Ireland turnout 45.14%

The turnout for the European election in Northern Ireland fell by 6% compared to the previous poll....

Meet Belfast's young climate change protesters

Young people all over the world are walking out of school in protest of climate change - and Belfast is no different....

CrossFit: 'There's a lot of suffering, but it's worth it'

CrossFit ace Emma McQuaid is reportedly the fittest woman in Ireland, but uses her strength for more than a podium position....

50% plus one 'would cause further disunity'

Former deputy first minister Seamus Mallon says a 50% plus one majority would cause "deeper disunity"....

'A raucous Ryder Cup style atmosphere'

Five-time winner Tom Watson says the support for Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush will create an atmosphere similar to the Ryder Cup....

Bronze tribute to George Best

A statue has been unveiled at Windsor Park to honour former Northern Ireland international George Best...

Military prosecutions: 'Throwing veterans like me to the wolves'

A Conservative MP puts a question from one of his constituents, a Royal Marine veteran, to the PM....

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Students at Dundalk college resit exam after test compromised

Dundalk Institute of Technology says it is reviewing its examination procedures after the incident....

Arrests and searches over Drogheda gang feud

Gardaí (Irish police) carry out searches as part of an operation targeting feuding gangs....

Jordan Davis shot dead after tribute to murdered friend

Dublin man posted a tribute to his dead friend moments before he was killed in a separate attack....

Sailor drifted for more than a day near Mull of Galloway on new yacht

The man was last reported near the Mull of Galloway while trying to sail a recently-bought boat home to Galway....

Business chief sounds warning over Stormont stalemate

The head of the UK's biggest business lobby group says NI's economy will suffer unless Stormont returns....

NI house price figures show mixed picture

The average price of a house in Northern Ireland is now £134,811, according to latest figures....

100 jobs at Huhtamaki factory making McDonalds' straws

Packaging company Huhtamaki is investing £12m in the new facility in Antrim....

EE to switch on 5G in Belfast this month

Firm says that Huawei's 5G phones will not be available initially....

Weekly papers: A councillor's big day and noisy pigs

A busy first day in office for Ray McKimm, D-Day and dementia make this week's local newspapers....

Celtic: Neil Lennon offered manager's job after sealing treble treble

Neil Lennon is offered the Celtic job less than an hour after guiding the club to a domestic treble treble....

British Superbikes: Seeley leads Supersport series after Donington win

Alastair Seeley leads the British Supersport Championship by five points after winning Saturday's sprint race at Donington Park....

Isle of Man TT: Johnston out to secure first win at Mountain Course event

Northern Ireland rider Lee Johnston believes his best chances of a first Isle of Man TT success will come in the Supersport races....

Irish 2,000 Guineas: Phoenix Of Spain storms to impressive win

16-1 chance Phoenix Of Spain produces an inspired performance to overcome pre-race favourite Too Darn Hot at the Irish 2,000 Guineas...

Climate change and the warming wild north

BBC Radio Ulster's Tessa Fleming explores how biodiversity loss is affecting Northern Ireland's wildlife....

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'We entered a contest and won our baby'

After a failed round of IVF, Della McGill and her partner entered a competition and won the ultimate life-changing prize....

What should it take to win a border poll?

Former deputy first minister Seamus Mallon says a 50% plus one majority would cause "deeper disunity"....

The Chelsea Flower Show success with roots in NI

Taina Suonio, who moved to NI as her husband oversaw decommissioning, found a love for gardening....

Fermanagh man who has made Superbike title his goal

Former Liverpool trialist Josh Elliott hopes to continue his challenge for the British Superbike title at this weekend's third round at Donington Park....

Lyra McKee murder: Woman's house 'wrongly targeted' by police

A woman whose home was raided by police on the night Lyra McKee was killed denies links with dissidents....

Derry pipe bomb: Mum's disgust as boy picks up device

Those responsible for placing the explosive in Londonderry were "completely reckless", say police....

Smyth & Gibson in Derry closes with loss of 34 jobs

The company says that a volatile market has forced it to close its factory in Londonderry....

Women elected as Derry and Strabane mayor and deputy for first time

Michaela Boyle and Cara Hunter have been elected mayor and deputy mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council....

Portrush helicopter accident leaves 1,240 homes without power

More than 1,200 homes and business were affected after a helicopter struck overhead cables in Portrush....

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