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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – February 21, 2018.


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Theresa May meeting DUP and Sinn Féin in bid to start progress on powersharing: Belfast Telegraph

Direct rule could put GFA at risk, says Empey: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Leaked papers show 'Draft Agreement Text' between DUP and SF: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty and Pat Leahy

DUP will not publish talks detail: The News Letter

Karen Bradley to provide 'budget clarity' on Northern Ireland: Belfast Telegraph

Prospect of fresh elections in the North raised: Irish Independent
Michael McHugh

Government to 'decide shortly' on salaries of MLAs – Karen Bradley: Belfast Telegraph

David Davis backs Good Friday agreement as Brexiteers batter it: The Sun
Lynn Davidson

Nothing will be achieved by waiting and dilly-dallying, says Kate Hoey: The News Letter

DUP MPs insist Brexiteers are RIGHT to say the Good Friday Agreement has 'failed' after Irish minister slams Eurosceptics for 'irresponsibly' attacking the peace accord: Daily Mail
Tim Sculthorpe

David Davis can be the Conservatives' Martin McGuinness: Financial Times
Sebastian Payne

'The days of second class citizenship are over in the north': Irish News
Declan Kearney

How do you solve a problem like unionism?: The Irish Times
Denis Bradley

It looks like another period of direct rule is pending for NI: The News Letter
Chris Moncrieff

A new dawn for South Africa, but a false start for Northern Ireland (Feb 20): The Irish Times
Brandon Hamber

Brexit-proofing the Border counties – what's in the plan: Irish Independent

The UK and Ireland can resolve their Brexit difficulties, but the EU is muddying the issue: Daily Telegraph
Editorial

Decommissioning created opportunities that 'have not been nurtured': Irish News
Allison Morris

Sinn Féin should remove 'Tiochfaidh Ár Lá' Armalite rifle badge from website, says DUP: Belfast Telegraph

Mary Lou's sphinx-like smile not giving much away: The Irish Times
Miriam Lord

Funny Man: Village
Anton McCabe

We Protestants fear Gaelic, and we were raised to mock it: Irish Examiner
Richard Irvine

Alliance have lost the run of themselves: The News Letter
Jamie Bryson

Four Northern Ireland parties fined for failing to comply with electoral finance rules: Irish News
Deborah McAleese

Pressure on Catholic school over PSNI and Navy at careers event: The News Letter

PSNI appeal for dashcam footage in investigation of man who died in shotgun blast: Belfast Telegraph

Loyalist bonfire builders 'deeply regret' damage to Dungannon homes: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

British woman whose Nigerian father was killed by an IRA bomb has been driven from her Northern Ireland home by racists, she says, as she finally finds 'sanctuary' in England: Daily Mail
Richard Spillett

Man who admitted helping to destroy car used in John Boreland murder refused bail: Irish News

Northern Ireland could see same-sex marriage through Westminster, says Karen Bradley: Belfast Live
Deborah McAleese

Labour MP would launch bid to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland: Belfast Telegraph

PSNI asked to probe allegations of wrongdoing within Police Federation (Feb 8): Belfast Telegraph

Time to redefine collusion: Village
Deirdre Young

Workers Party member says 1972 Official IRA ceasefire was 'brave step': Irish News
Allison Morris

Just six extra border force staff for Northern Ireland, says union (Feb 15): Belfast Telegraph
Colm Kelpie

RTE's Claire Byrne – I stand by my call not to shut down item on live radio show: Irish Independent
Tim Healy

Sinn Féin says Minister Naughten 'sleep-walking' into interconnector conflict (Feb 8): The Northern Standard
Michael Fisher

Tuesday, February 20

Dublin and London in joint effort to restart Stormont talks: The Irish Times
Pat Leahy

Varadkar opposes the introduction of direct-rule in Northern Ireland: Irish Independent
Shona Murray and Ralph Riegel

Stormont deadlock – NI Secretary to update MPs on way forward: BBC

DUP's Foster urges Bradley to set budget as Sinn Féin say direct rule 'not acceptable': Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Mark Durkan says reports of Good Friday Agreement's death are premature: Irish News
John Manley

Sinn Féin 'in for a surprise' on direct rule issue, says DUP MP: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

DUP must now come clean over draft accord, says TUV's Allister: Belfast Telegraph
Claire O'Boyle

Paisley's war of words over Good Friday Agreement: Belfast Telegraph
Victoria Leonard

Bertie warns Mary Lou – Think of unionist feelings on language act: Irish Independent
Shona Murray and Ralph Riegel

Bertie Ahern says he's been 'talking to Simon Coveney' about the ongoing Stormont talks: TheJournal.ie
Rónán Duffy

Ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Paterson slammed for Good Friday Agreement comment: Belfast Telegraph
Claire O'Boyle

Ireland condemns Kate Hoey's 'reckless' Good Friday agreement remarks: The Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll

Sinn Féin chased support for letter urging Varadkar to seek law changes in north: Belfast Telegraph

Survey reveals those in the Republic think the Irish language should be protected in the North: Irish Post
Ryan Price

Irish-language dispute is just an excuse not to talk to the other side: Irish Examiner
Fergus Finlay

Round and round and round we go to end in a mess of chaos and farce: The News Letter
Alex Kane

There's lots of 'ruaille buaille' following the collapse of talks in Northern Ireland: Irish Mirror
Paddy Clancy

Ex-paramilitaries from both sides show 'better way': The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

Northern Ireland business wary of 'smart border' after Brexit: Financial Times
Arthur Beesley

Warning hard Brexit would devastate sheep farming in North: Irish Independent
Colm Kelpie

Irish Border issue is a legitimate threat to the Brexit talks: The Irish Times
Patrick Smyth

Ireland's leaders must prepare for the worst on Brexit: Irish Examiner
Denis MacShane

The rise in paramilitary "punishment shootings" in Northern Ireland: Belfast Live
Andrew Madden

Weekend raids carried out into Ray Johnston murder: Belfast Media
Ciara Quinn

Dissidents plan paramilitary-style Easter parade in Belfast: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Terror plot accused banned from dissident gatherings: The News Letter

Derry republican Neil Hegarty has been released two months after his parole revoked: Derry Now

Backlash over 'IRA kneecapped gays' comment – but senator Norris stands by claim: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Critics of my plan for a Museum of the Troubles are sincere, but misguided… it is a vital antidote to collective amnesia about the past: Belfast Telegraph
Liam Kennedy

La Mon atrocity commemoration 'dignified and poignant': The News Letter
Mark Rainey

SNP MSP criticised over response to Scottish soldiers killed by IRA: The Scotsman
Angus Howarth

When the Wales rugby team faced 'death threats' in Ireland before a performance from the gods: WalesOnline.co.uk
Mark Orders

'Irish citizens here deserve Passport Office': Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

Northern Ireland suicides outstrip Troubles death toll: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Security review in Defence in wake of worker's IRA links: Irish Independent
Robin Schiller

Monday, February 19

Sinn Féin delegation to discuss Stormont fallout with Theresa May: Irish Examiner

SF and DUP agreed powersharing reform before talks collapsed: The Irish Times
Sarah Bardon

Dublin will not support direct rule at Stormont: The Times
Jennifer Bray

North's leaders 'stuck in victimhood', says peacemaker Soderberg: Irish Independent
Shona Murray

Proposed Irish Language Act would have created a 'central translation hub' in the Civil Service and Assembly: Irish News
John Monaghan

Constructive ambiguity won't make the border 'bulletproof': Irish Independent
Eoin O'Malley

Breaking the stalemate in Northern Ireland: Financial Times

Let's keep our island safe for Cork boys and Derry girls (Feb 18): Sunday Independent
Eoghan Harris

DUP under scrutiny but progress still possible: Irish News
Editorial

More of the same from Sinn Féin?: The Southern Star
Editorial

Letter urges Taoiseach to defend rights of Irish citizens in North: The Irish Times
Pat Leahy

We must not return to a hard border in Ireland: The Times
Jenny Chapman

Jeremy Corbyn warned of potential to destabilise peace process with hard Brexit: Belfast Telegraph

DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly to lodge complaint with SDLP over criticism of constituency surgery held in loyalist band hall: Irish News
John Monaghan

Replica Kalashnikovs and Armalites were checked, the PSNI has confirmed: Derry Journal
Kevin Mullan

Ray Johnston Belfast murder police carry out new searches: Belfast Live
Ryan Smith

NCA wants to meet north's political parties (Feb 16): Irish News
Connla Young

Former soldiers recall fears and doubts over NI tours: Irish News
Seamus McKinney

Former Tyrone GAA chairman backs calls for release of report into Aidan McAnespie killing: Irish News
Connla Young

Growing up in the Troubles – 'I remember showing a plastic bullet to my Mum to excuse my lateness': TheJournal.ie
Shauneen Armstrong

Suicide charity reinstates Green Party member O'Hara over tweet row – DUP's Pankhurst 'appalled' (Feb 16): Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Sinn Féin web shop drops IRA souvenirs: The Times
Darragh McDonagh

Freemasons do a lot of good and no harm... why can't the 'progressives' let them be? (Feb 12): Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Growth statistics show Republic streaking ahead of North: Irish Independent
Ellie Donnelly

Why Rees-Mogg is tipped as next Tory PM and what it could mean for the border (Feb 17): Belfast Telegraph
Kim Bielenberg

More about the "The Girls of Fermanagh" and less about "The Boys of Wexford" young Kennedy is told: (from the Irish Echo)

Sunday, February 18

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald said Irish and UK governments should work on Irish language Act and marriage equality: Irish Mirror
Trevor Quinn

'Gaps remain' in Irish language deal: The News Letter

Stormont collapse threatens Clintons' visit: The Sunday Times
Newton Emerson and Stephen O'Brien

We should dare to imagine a life beyond the Good Friday Agreement ... a period of direct rule would allow us to do just that (Feb 16): Belfast Telegraph
Eilis O'Hanlon

Dublin's actions have inflamed North's Irish-language crisis (Feb 17): The Irish Times
Pól Ó Muirí

Why unionists can't allow Sinn Féin fake news to frame terms of debate about Irish language (Feb 15): Belfast Telegraph
Nelson McCausland

A republican justice minister would be a political disaster: The News Letter
Editorial

Foster not serving all of Northern Ireland's interests: Gulf News
Editorial

Women of Belfast – 'We get along. Why can't the politicians?' (Feb 17): The Irish Times
Susan McKay

Brexit has created havoc in Northern Ireland: The Herald
Iain Macwhirter

'Very big mistake' Ex-Irish diplomat SKEWERS Ireland for choosing team EU 'super state': Daily Express
Sam Sholli

Irexit would be the end of Irish nationalism (Feb 13): The Irish Times
Fintan O'Toole

No quiet retirement for Gerry Adams, as Mary Lou has big plans to put him to work: TheJournal.ie
Christina Finn

Sinn Féin sidles up to potential partner: The Sunday Times
Justine McCarthy

Concerns that NCA has not been meeting Policing Board amid Stormont crisis (Feb 13): Irish News
Connla Young

Through stained glass darkly – memorials to the lost McDonald boys of Belfast: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Survivors of the La Mon bombing on the memories that haunt them and their quest for justice: Irish Independent
Ivan Little

Remembering La Mon, one of the worst horrors of the Troubles: The News Letter
Editorial

Pain of La Mon still palpable 40 years on: Belfast Telegraph
Editorial

Former Senator and surgeon who treated Troubles victims was "a voice for peace and reconciliation" (Feb 15): Irish News
John Monaghan

Road closure for McGuinness and Paisley film justified on jobs and revenue generation grounds – PSNI: Derry Journal
Kevin Mullan

Should the Peace Park Host a First World War Memorial?: Dublin Inquirer
Conal Thomas

'The Church in Ireland is now a marginal voice, but what horrors do our new masters bring?': Irish Post
Joe Horgan

New South African leader Ramaphosa inspected IRA arms during peace process: Belfast Telegraph
Christopher Torchia

Scottish nationalists are already salivating over the spoils of Brexit: The Guardian
Kevin McKenna

Saturday, February 17

Northern Ireland secretary says power-sharing deal still possible: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Arlene Foster – I will not agree to anything that diminishes the Britishness of Northern Ireland: Impartial Reporter
Rodney Edwards

Sinn Féin insists direct rule 'not on the table' for North: The Irish Times
Colin Gleeson

McDonald – 'If the DUP crashed this thinking that they would return to the bosom of direct rule, they thought wrong': TheJournal.ie
Christina Finn

Allister – Repeal of ban on Irish in courts would only hinder justice: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

After talks collapse, renewed call for U.S. envoy: Irish Echo
Ray O'Hanlon

No more platitudes, we need direct rule – Wilson: The News Letter

Two governments under pressure to publish the deal that never was: Irish News
John Manley

Sugden – 'Two big parties not ready for justice portfolio yet': The News Letter

Mooted deal may set dangerous precedent – UUP: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Latest breakdown in relations driven by political interests: The Irish Times
Pat Leahy

I want devolution back, but Sinn Féin cannot be permitted to hold us all to ransom: Belfast Telegraph
Arlene Foster

Language Act impasse leaves talks stumped: The News Letter
Sandra Chapman

20 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, the DUP and Sinn Féin are making a mockery of it: The Independent
Michael Hugh Walker

The tiresome tribal baggage of North has hamstrung progress: Irish Independent
Ivan Yates

Unionist leaders risk steering Northern Ireland into uncharted waters: TheDetail.tv
Steven McCaffery

My message to Stormont parties in Northern Ireland – 'Get on with it': Irish Mirror
Lord Henry Mountcharles

The sorry signs of a weakened PM and a weakened unionism: The News Letter
Ben Lowry

Fresh Brexit talks on Northern Ireland: BBC
John Campbell

Gerry Kelly – Funding must be released for legacy inquests: Irish News
Claire Simpson

McDonald says 'tiocfaidh ár lá' speech sign off 'not a harking back to the past': Irish Independent
Laura Larkin

Mary Lou McDonald divides opinion on The Late Late Show as she fields questions in first Irish TV interview as Sinn Féin leader: Irish Mirror
Brynmor Pattison

Orange Order calls for parading 'fresh start': The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

DUP delegation meets police over interface gang fight fears: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson

SDLP hit out at DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly after she hosts constituency surgery in loyalist band hall: Irish News
John Monaghan

Alliance pulls out of hearing over Jamie Bryson: BBC

Northern Ireland Committee chair explains Bryson invite, expresses surprise at Alliance move – 'but there will be tough questions for loyalist': Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Jamie Bryson's invitation to Commons 'risks devolution': The Sunday Times
Patrick Maguire

Jamie Bryson accuses Alliance of 'severe lack of tolerance': Belfast Live
Chris Sherrard

Alleged UDA boss banned from Shankill area during prison release to attend family funeral: Belfast Telegraph
Alan Erwin

Partner of Real IRA raider shot dead by garda fails in High Court bid to overturn lawful killing verdict: Irish Independent
Aodhan O'Faolain

La Mon hotel bomb victims 'shouldn't be swept under the carpet': Belfast Live
Michael McHugh

Memorial window rededicated as victims of La Mon massacre commemorated 40 years on: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson

Sinn Féin calls for release of Aidan McAnespie report: Irish News
Connla Young

Senator bringing Irish passport office campaign to Derry tomorrow: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

RTÉ's Byrne says SF panellist dismantled IRA allegation: Irish Independent
Tim Healy

So-called paedophile hunters using tactics from paramilitary playbook: Belfast Telegraph
Fionola Meredith

'Ireland may miss out' MEP fears rest of EU will gain MORE power after Brexit: Daily Express
Joey Millar

Friday, February 16

Theresa May should stop 'pussyfooting around' and impose direct rule on Northern Ireland, Lord Trimble says: Daily Telegraph
Steven Swinford

No appetite for return to direct rule in North, says Coveney: The Irish Times
Vivienne Clarke

Coveney – Irish language proposal not a threat: Irish Examiner
Elaine Loughlin

Sinn Féin reveal details of DUP deal – Irish and Ulster Scots language acts, Petition of Concern review and justice ministry change: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

DUP's Arlene Foster – There was no deal to put to party and 'nonsense' to suggest I've lost control: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Sinn Féin claims papers prove power-sharing deal was struck: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

PM calls DUP and SF to express disappointment: ITV

Sinn Féin and DUP don't rule out new Stormont talks after latest failure: Belfast Live
David Young and Michelle Devane

McDonald says there will be more Northern Ireland talks: Irish Independent
Graham Fahy

Only Alliance leader briefed on Sinn Féin-DUP deal: Irish News
Simon Doyle

No DUP split and Sinn Féin have egg on their faces – Campbell: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Smaller Northern Ireland parties can't mask frustration as hopes turn to dust: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Empey slams claim May's talks visit was a 'distraction': The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

DUP and Sinn Féin criticism of May visit 'bid to outsource blame for collapse of talks': Belfast Telegraph
Victoria Leonard

Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil row shatters Dáil co-operation on North: The Irish Times
Pat Leahy and Marie O'Halloran

We will not rest until we get stand-alone Irish act – language group: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

The DUP adds to May's woes by shattering hopes of a power-share deal with Sinn Féin: New Statesman
Stephen Bush

An answer is needed on Ireland: Financial Times
James Blitz

Spectacular Stormont talks breakdown does not bode well for the future: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Could direct rule solve Northern Ireland's political crisis?: The Spectator
Siobhan Fenton

Latest fiasco has proved that 2006 'agreement' was nothing of the sort: Belfast Telegraph
Jon Tonge

Unionist politics has painted itself into a corner: The Irish Times
Steven McCaffery

The DUP is a party that loves power but hates responsibility: The Guardian
Katy Hayward

So, you've got an hour with Theresa May to discuss inequality. And you are going to talk about the lack of an Irish Language Act? Really?: Belfast Telegraph
Malachi O'Doherty

Some unionist commentary on Irish language Act was hysterical and irrational: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

We must expose Sinn Féin's big lie of the moment, equality: The News Letter
David Campbell

Ultimately DUP and Sinn Féin will have to get back to talks: Irish News
Editorial

Talks have failed so let's start slashing pay of our politicians: Belfast Telegraph
Editorial

A grim moment, yes, but also a very necessary one: The News Letter
Editorial

The Guardian view on Northern Ireland talks collapsing – the lost language of power-sharing: The Guardian
Editorial

Northern Ireland – May urged to 'take forward equal marriage': The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Jamie Bryson to appear be before Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Questions raised over loyalist Jamie Bryson's invite to give evidence to a Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Irish News
John Manley

Ray Johnston murder detectives probe dissident republican link: Belfast Live
Sarah Scott

Cameras capture killers fleeing murder scene as police confirm dissidents may be linked: Irish News
Allison Morris

Alarm at sectarian gang fights set up online: Belfast Telegraph
Cate McCurry

La Mon 40th anniversary – savage attack charred victims beyond recognition: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

Peter Robinson – I declined DUP nomination for seat in the Lords: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

Strong growth in NI trade with Republic: BBC

'Entirely false and untrue' that Sinn Féin political manager was senior member of IRA army council, court hears: Irish Independent
Tim Healy

Thursday, February 15

Talks to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland collapse: The Guardian
Henry McDonald and Jessica Elgot

Theresa May humiliated by DUP partners after Northern Ireland government talks collapse after her visit: The Sun
Harry Cole

NI Secretary – UK government will take 'practical steps' after talks breakdown: The News Letter

Sinn Féin accuses DUP of collapsing deal to restore Assembly: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Michelle O'Neill – 'We had reached an accommodation with the DUP leadership': The News Letter

We are in uncharted territory – Calls for DUP/Sinn Féin talks details to be published after collapse: Belfast Telegraph

Mallon slams secrecy over DUP-Tory No.10 meetings: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Allister – It's overdue but the DUP has faced up to reality: The News Letter

Talks Collapse – 'The deal is there – it's now up to the DUP to reflect and come back' – Foyle MP: Derry Now

Northern Ireland descending into utter chaos – time to move on – How Greens, TUV and PBP reacted to talks collapse: Belfast Telegraph

Nobody notified in advance of DUP's decision to leave talks: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Swann – Publish details of any 'accommodation': The News Letter

Deal's collapse shows unionists will not cross language barrier: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Alarmist unionist arguments against Irish Language Act totally spurious: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Donnelly

Irish language is the nationalists' weapon of choice: The Sunday Times
Ann Marie Hourihane

History tells us that Ulster Scots don't react well when offered 30 pieces of silver: The News Letter
David Taylor

What this talks process needs is the chemistry we saw between Chuckle Brothers Martin and Ian: Belfast Telegraph
Alban Maginness

Talks collapse will test Anglo-Irish relations: The Irish Times
Editorial

SF's new leader makes clear she'll only accept full Irish language act: The News Letter
Editorial

The DUP's way of doing business: Irish News
Editorial

Arlene Foster says 'not now' to powersharing deal – North in limbo: Irish Examiner
Editorial

Hard border a possibility after Brexit, Taoiseach acknowledges: Irish Examiner
Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

Civic leaders could offer an 'alternative' NI voice at Brexit talks: Belfast Telegraph

The EU is no friend of Irish independence: Spiked.com
Mick Hume

The A-Z of Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (Feb 11): RTE
Mícheál Lehane

A message to Mary Lou – if you want to unite Ireland, you must unite its people and leave war cries where they belong – in the past: Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Gerry Adams loses appeal over IRA prison breakout convictions: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Republicans challenge ruling not to release Neil Hegarty over alleged tagging breach: Derry Now

First picture of man 'shot dead in own home as horrified partner and children looked on': Daily Mirror
Sarah Scott, Shauna Corr and Sophie Evans

West Belfast cannot be abandoned to the mercy of criminal gangs: Irish News
Allison Morris

Family of Aidan McAnespie call for return of missing body part: Irish News
Connla Young

Ballymurphy Massacre – Coroner appeals for witnesses to come forward: Belfast Telegraph

DUP nominates former leader Peter Robinson for a peerage: Irish News
John Manley

SF manager claims he was 'hugely defamed' by RTÉ: Irish Independent
Tim Healy

Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator: TheJournal.ie
Christina Finn

Alex Salmond's comments on Scots football behaviour act repeal "a disgrace", say campaigners: The Herald
Martin Williams


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