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# Belfast
Victim of Troubles-era bomb to take legal action over delay on victims' pensions
Jennifer McNern is taking a judicial review case against the Northern Ireland Executive.
# mick mulvaney
US envoy praises Northern Ireland as it's 'done a really good job' of tackling Covid-19
Mick Mulvaney said that the Northern Irish parties had all worked well together.
# covid restrictions
Mary Lou McDonald says Michelle O’Neill does not need to stand aside over attendance at Bobby Storey funeral
Police are investigating potential breaches of lockdown rules at the funeral.
# Northern Ireland
DUP motion on abortion passed by Northern Ireland Assembly
The motion doesn’t impact or change Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation.
# Northern Ireland
Sinn Féin to oppose DUP's motion against abortion in cases of non-fatal disabilities
The motion “rejects the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome”.
# ashes to ashes
'Cash for ash': Everything you need to know about the scandal that collapsed Stormont
The DUP is expected to be criticised heavily when the RHI report is published on Friday.
# seen it all
'Surprised, not shocked': What do the North's politicians make of the Sinn Féin surge?
Unionists and nationalists all agree that Sinn Féin is a powerful electoral force.
# Troubles killings
Foster urges new Northern Ireland secretary to 'revisit' scope of historical investigations unit
Plans to press ahead with the unit are being cited as a reason for Julian Smith’s sacking as Northern Ireland secretary.
# The Troubles
British government outlines Troubles victims pension scheme but SF criticises 'hierarchy of victims'
Those convicted of playing a part in an incident in which they were injured will be denied access to the scheme.
# Late Late Show
Arlene Foster says she 'lost friends' because she went to Martin McGuinness' funeral
There was a negative reaction from the audience when she outlined her opposition to same sex marriage.
# Money message
Northern Irish parties say 'no thanks' to £1,000 pay rise amid public anger
The leaders of the five main parties said they would seek to have the pay rise deferred.
# power sharing
The strangest thing about Northern Irish politics? There's a government, but no opposition
Some credit the short-lived opposition for helping to expose the ‘cash for ash’ scandal.
# Stormont
'Good Friday Agreement is working again': Varadkar and Johnson hail Assembly's return in Stormont visit
The UK Prime Minister was urged to follow through on funding commitments to Northern Ireland during his visit today.
# Back to Work
Arlene Foster re-appointed First Minister as powersharing returns to Northern Ireland
A new powersharing deal was agreed by the North’s main parties last night.
# Northern Ireland
Michelle O'Neill says it's up to UK and Ireland to ensure Stormont Assembly is 'sustainable'
Three years to the day since the collapse of the Assembly, the Sinn Féin leader in the North said talks are still “a work in progress”.
# Northern Ireland
Day two of Stormont talks rumble on - but Sinn Féin is confident it will secure Irish language support
UUP leader Steven Aiken said he was unsure of how close the parties were to a deal.
# Belfast
Coveney says it's 'end game' as talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont resume
A snap election could be called if a deal is not reached by 13 January.
# another year over
Why have parties in the North failed to agree a deal to restore Stormont?
Before Christmas, there had been hopes of a breakthrough in talks.
# Interview
Coveney: Boris' trade talks deadline is just part of his 'Get Brexit Done' message
In a wide-ranging interview, Coveney says he isn’t trying to manoeuvre himself into a leadership contest with Leo Varadkar.
# positive talks
UK Northern Ireland secretary 'confident' about Stormont restoration following DUP meeting
The Northern Assembly has been shuttered for nearly three years and all previous attempts to restore it have collapsed.
# Powersharing
DUP has prevented pre-Christmas deal to restore Stormont powersharing, Julian Smith says
Smith said he was “deeply disappointed” and urged the region’s largest party to reflect on its decision.
# Powersharing
Differences between political parties in Northern Ireland are 'marginal', DUP's Edwin Poots says
A round table meeting involving all five of the main Stormont parties took place today.
# Shake Up
Jeffrey Donaldson replaces Nigel Dodds as DUP's Westminster leader
Meanwhile, Sammy Wilson MP has been elected as the DUP’s chief whip.
# power sharing
Northern Ireland powersharing crisis must end, parties told
The fight over the Irish language remains the key stumbling block.
# Stormont Executive
After a dramatic election, the DUP and Sinn Féin are to talk today about reviving Stormont
“All the old certainties are gone,” Sinn Féin president mary Lou McDonald said.
# Northern Ireland
'Why would my leadership be in any doubt?': Arlene Foster on DUP's election outcome
For the first time, nationalist parties have more MPs than unionist parties.
FactCheck: Did Arlene Foster bring an Irish passport to the polling station?
The claim has been circulating around Twitter and Facebook with a close-up image of the burgundy passport.
# Results
Here's a list of MPs elected in Northern Ireland
The latest results from the 18 constituencies in the North.
# now what
Election results bring Irish unity and Scottish independence back to the fore
After an SNP surge and a DUP collapse, what happens now?
# uk election 19
For the first time, Northern Ireland has more nationalist than unionist MPs
There were gains for the SDLP, Alliance and Sinn Féin during a bad night for the DUP.
# Belfast South
Final countdown: On the doorsteps with the DUP and SDLP in one of the North's tightest races
The SDLP and the DUP are locked in a tight contest in Belfast South.
# New Rules
Pacts, alliances and stepping aside: Why this is going to be a very strange election for the North
For the first time in years, many races in Northern Ireland are proving difficult to predict.
Foster calls for more Stormont talks and says she's 'saddened' by Prince Andrew controversy
The DUP leader also shared her thoughts on an Irish unity poll.
Arlene Foster challenges Sinn Féin to condemn IRA shooting of her father
The DUP leader also called on the republican party to condemn a murder attempt on DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds.
# Northern Ireland
'I'm not backwards': How the DUP hopes to inspire a new generation of unionists
The party has traditionally struggled to appeal to young voters.
# pact
DUP to step aside and support UUP candidate in Fermanagh
Arlene Foster said she believes in unionist co-operation.
# Belfast
Investigation launched over threats towards Ulster Unionist Party staff
The DUP has also condemned the alleged intimidation.
# To the Polls
Northern parties welcome general election as a 'chance to reject Westminster chaos'
The UK will go to the polls on 12 December.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
The death of Isis leader al-Baghdadi, tense relations between the DUP and Irish government, and the Dublin City Marathon had everyone talking today.
# Brexit
Foster says Taoiseach's recent comments were 'detrimental to unionist-Fine Gael relationships'
The DUP leader said there is a feeling that unionist concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement are being dismissed.