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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – April 19, 2018.

Donald Tusk says no Brexit deal until border resolved: BBC
John Campbell

British government need to 'get real' in Brexit negotiations says Derry MEP: Derry Now

Britain must show signs of definitive Border progress by June: The Irish Times
Simon Coveney

Sinn Féin candidate says Electoral Office adding 'unfair barriers' to postal and proxy voting: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

David Trimble – People of Northern Ireland should take credit for saving lives (Apr 9): Belfast Telegraph

A secret White House hero who made Irish peace possible: Irish Voice/

We should celebrate the Good Friday Agreement says Human Rights Consortium director Kevin Hanratty (Apr 10): Irish News
Kevin Hanratty

My son is the same age as the Good Friday Agreement – why that matters (Apr 9):
Caroline Eagles

DiNapoli hosting NY tribute to Martin McGuinness: Irish Echo

Dissidents can kill, injure and threaten us... the one thing they can't do is stop us laughing at them: Belfast Telegraph
Eilis O'Hanlon

Public still in fear of reporting paramilitary-linked crime: Irish News
Allison Morris

UDA killer Dalzell who 'stamped' on Mark Lamont's head must serve at least twelve years in prison: Belfast Telegraph
Michael Donnelly

Loyalist paramilitaries must leave the stage (Apr 11): Irish News

Northern Ireland Troubles victims face fresh trauma over benefits screening, says charity: Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

'Hooded men' seek Northern Ireland torture investigation: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

No new evidence to justify Hooded Men torture probe, court told: The News Letter

Belfast festival screening for Troubles victims film: The News Letter

When is bloodshed morally acceptable in the modern era?: The News Letter
Ian Ellis

DUP's Nigel Dodds calls for end to 'Wild West' of social media to tackle online trolls: Belfast Telegraph

Stream of online abuse can cut through even the thickest skin: Belfast Telegraph
Carla Lockhart

Belfast Agreement anniversary to be marked by arts events (Apr 8): The Irish Times
Amanda Ferguson

My Story – Young people's storytelling project details life 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement: Irish News

The Top Table's contributors on how the Good Friday Agreement has broken down barriers (Apr 11): Belfast Telegraph
Eimear O'Keeffe and Thomas Copeland

Government would support papal visit to Northern Ireland – Taoiseach:

Power to dissolve Dáil 'benefits' taoiseach's party, Assembly hears (Apr 14): The Irish Times
Jack Power

Sinn Féin MEP Anderson's stance on Syria bombing angers unionists: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Wednesday, April 18

Sinn Féin says British-only border jobs are 'discriminatory': Belfast Telegraph

Rethink needed on Border Force passport rules: Irish News

Good Friday pact did not innovate on identity: Financial Times
Graham Gudgin

Good Friday Agreement at 20 – We created a positive narrative for change... and steadily the tide turned in our favour: Belfast Telegraph
Quintin Oliver

The meaning of home and its place in the NI conflict (Apr 2): The Irish Times
Eli Davies

Unionists have nothing to fear from talk of a united Ireland (Apr 9): Irish News
Colum Eastwood

NI local government auditor to review Ian Paisley dinner: Belfast Telegraph

Wells – I went public because party was replacing me: The News Letter

David Sterling assures Michelle O'Neill that no Stormont ministers vetoed note-taking by officials: Irish News
John Manley

SDLP leadership backs renaming of Raymond McCreesh park: Belfast Telegraph

Action Against Drugs – Property seized after probe into republican group: Irish News
Claire Simpson

Sectarian graffiti daubed in Bangor warning 'Sinn Féin not welcome': Belfast Telegraph

Unionism politicised the Irish language (Mar 8): Belfast Media
Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh

Integrated schools 'roadmap to end division' in Northern Ireland: Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

IRSP distances itself from allegations INLA is involved in extortion and prostitution: Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

PSNI appeal 'Hooded Men' ruling: Portadown Times
Carmel Robinson

Probe into murder of SDLP woman's dad reopened after loyalist killer passes on information: Belfast Telegraph
Leona O'Neill

There is still no clarity on the cost of legacy inquests (Mar 9): The News Letter

Irish American Partnership digs deep to help young gardeners at Cliftonville IPS: Irish News
Simon Doyle

Schoolchildren to learn about Civil Rights movement in Derry: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement also anniversary of my rape in Belfast: Belfast Telegraph
Winnie Li

Derry republicans and Belfast unionists teaming up to oppose 8th reform: Derry Now

Any bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland should start in Donaghadee, says councillor: Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

Ireland is on the verge of getting its own Independence Day: Irish Post
Aidan Lonergan

Devolution settlements must be overhauled to cope with Brexit, experts warn (Apr 8): Belfast Telegraph

UK asks Supreme Court to rule on Scottish and Welsh Brexit laws: Financial Times
Mure Dickie and Jane Croft

Tuesday, April 17

Ireland warns of perils of failing to agree Brexit 'backstop' solution on border: The Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll

Conor Murphy – British government 'wants to impose hard border after Brexit': Irish News
Claire Simpson

Jim Allister – DUP just 'feeding crocodile' by trying to revive failed Stormont: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Sinn Féin seeks 'urgent meeting' with British Prime Minister Theresa May: Irish News
John Manley

TUV's Jim Allister a rebel with a cause preaching to converted as he has a right rattle at political enemies: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Like our peace, it's still imperfect, but we must hold on to Agreement: Belfast Telegraph
William Graham

Sinn Féin is just a pimple on the bottom of history... its irrelevance is becoming clear: Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Northern Ireland Catholic and Anglican archbishops mark 20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement:
Charles Collins

The inside story of how the Belfast Agreement was struck (Apr 10): The Irish Times
Colin Gleeson

1998 deal: John Alderdice – 'We shared the doubt that there would be agreement' (Apr 10): The News Letter
John Alderdice

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement – 'High hopes but little has been achieved': Impartial Reporter
Gerry McHugh

The Guardian view on the Good Friday agreement – still a shared achievement (Apr 9): The Guardian

1998 deal had good points but London failed to back Trimble (Apr 10): The News Letter

Victims' craving for justice still ignored (Apr 11): Belfast Telegraph

Loyalists' rejection of criminality will help 'uplift' communities – Hamilton: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

Tough loyalist talk needs to be matched by actions: The News Letter
Alex Kane

Tackling Paramilitarism – How hundreds of women set to change Northern Ireland's future: Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

Ex-Ombudsman critical of authorities for turning a blind eye to bonfire illegality (Apr 9): Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

DUP 'delighted to replace me and has candidate lined up' says Jim Wells over spat with party: Belfast Telegraph

Segregation in school system must be tackled, charity urges: Irish News
Simon Doyle

Lockhart in Foster Twitter photo bullying complaint: BBC
Mark Simpson

SF and SDLP back Carla after online troll abuse: The News Letter
Carmel Robinson

Former IRA gunman faces €150,000 legal bill: Irish Independent
Tim Healy and Shane Phelan

As Stormont's politicians stand on their principles, report on suicides gathers dust and the vulnerable continue to die (Apr 14): Belfast Telegraph

Brexit 'will be massive draw on gardaí' (Apr 11): Irish Examiner
Cormac O'Keeffe

Ensuring the Irish language survives and thrives (Apr 14): The Irish Times

Passion, poison, perspective ... tackling sectarianism in Scotand (Apr 8): The National (Scotland)
Hugh MacDonald

'Stop behaving like victims' – Anti-Catholic sectarianism a thing of the past in Scotland, claims leading historian (Mar 20): Irish Post
Richard Purden

Monday, April 16

Simon Coveney to urge state talks on restoring power-sharing: Irish Examiner
Juno McEnroe

North's political structure is not set in stone (Apr 15): Sunday Independent
Dan O'Brien

Good Friday Agreement must be defended (Apr 9): Irish News
Michelle O'Neill

1998 deal: Mark Durkan – 'There was scepticism we would get a joint first minister office' (Apr 10): The News Letter
Mark Durkan

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement – 'Do Republicans want to make Northern Ireland work?' asks Arlene Foster (Apr 10): Impartial Reporter
Arlene Foster

With the toss of a wig! Mo Mowlam and the Belfast Agreement (Apr 5): The Irish Times
Maria Dalton

"Deja Vu" for those who lost loved ones during the Troubles (Apr 9): Irish Voice/
Ed Neafsey

The SDLP has a proud history of achieving change – and a crucial role to play in future (Apr 11): Belfast Telegraph
Alban Maginness

Punters keener on seeing celebs than in celebrating Good Friday Agreement (Apr 11): Belfast Telegraph
Jim McDowell

Northern Ireland – seeking a route out of the impasse (Apr 9): The Irish Times

Our twisted politics means potential of deal still unfulfilled (Apr 10): Belfast Telegraph

North's chorus of despair – Veneer looks as if it may finally crack (Apr 9): Irish Examiner

Good Friday Agreement transformed our society (Apr 9): Irish News

Whither the peace agreement now? (Apr 8): Southern Star

Only British passport holders can apply for Brexit border force jobs: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Varadkar proposes joint cabinet meetings with UK after Brexit: The Irish Times
Harry McGee

Ireland and The Unimaginable Fallout from Britain's Brexit (Apr 10): Times of San Diego
Colleen O'Connor

Allister appeals for unionist unity to end mandatory coalition: The News Letter
Sam McBride

DUP was arguably in safer hands under former leader (Apr 13): Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Unionism seems stuck in long-term no-man's-land (Apr 10): Irish Examiner
Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

Sinn Féin must be called out at all times for its breathtaking double standards (Apr 9): Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

'800%' rise in proxy votes in 'Durkan's constituency' (Apr 9): Derry Journal
Kevin Mullan

Martin is the only leader who can be trusted on Sinn Féin (Apr 15): Sunday Independent
Eoghan Harris

Politics – Could Varadkar and Sinn Féin do a deal?: The Irish Times

Bollards placed to 'deter trespass' at Belfast bonfire site: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Derry's council says it is taking 'no action' over Free Tony Taylor billboards erected in the city (Apr 2): Derry Now

Face of ex-soldier who murdered Patrick Kielty's dad (Apr 8): The Sunday Life
Ciaran Barnes

Quest for truth and justice goes on after Ann passes away (Apr 9): Belfast Media
Caoimhe Quinn

New 'Brownie' claim adds to the Gerry Adams-IRA controversy (Apr 13): The News Letter
C.D.C. Armstrong

IRSP accuse Thatcher of ordering INLA men's killing (Mar 21): Irish News
Connla Young

So many unanswered questions for Hilda over the pub bombings death of Neil "Tommy" Marsh, her beloved son (Apr 4): Birmingham Mail
Andy Richards

School children to mark Derry civil rights march anniversary: Irish News
Seamus McKinney

Belfast photos from 1969 onwards show troubled times: Belfast Live
Ronnie Haughey

The ceasefire suicides: Since the Good Friday Agreement, more people have died by taking their own lives than were killed in the Troubles. Why is this? And what can be done to prevent further deaths?: Belfast Telegraph
Lyra McKee

€1.1m seized from associates of 'Slab' goes to State: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

An important visit (Mar 24): The Irish Times

Why is Irish language still Greek to me? (Apr 12): The Times
Eoghan Rice

Prince Charles should not automatically become next head of the Commonwealth, says Jeremy Corbyn: The Independent
Richard Wheeler and Sam Lister

Give Queen the Nobel Peace Prize, says Labour MP Frank Field (Apr 9): The Times
Valentine Low

DUP and Sinn Féin clash over Theresa May's decision to participate in air strikes in Syria: Irish News
John Monaghan

Sunday, April 15

Lord Maginnis speech 'swayed Trimble aide to back deal' (Apr 14): Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

Trimble secured some key matters in 1998 but IRA is gaining ground on history: The News Letter
Ben Lowry

GFA anniversary showed we can't hope for progress while voting for deadlock: Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement – What are our leaders doing today to keep the flame of this legacy alive? (Apr 10): Impartial Reporter
Meadhbh Monahan

The Belfast Agreement was compromised and we're paying the price (Apr 10): Belfast Telegraph
Robin Swann

Against all the odds, somehow peace prevailed (Apr 10): Irish Examiner
Juno McEnroe

Sadly, this is a place where hope and history no longer rhyme: Belfast Telegraph
Ivan Yates

Belfast Agreement – 'It's like John F Kennedy being shot, everybody remembers it' (Apr 11): The Irish Times
Freya McClements

Leadership of unionists and loyalists that agreed peace in Northern Ireland is sadly lacking today (Apr 10): The Conversation
Connal Parr

Brexit May Dismantle One of Bill Clinton's Major Accomplishments (Apr 10):
Charles P. Pierce

Brexit must not betray the Good Friday Agreement (Apr 10): The Herald

Keeping the Peace (Apr 10): The Times

Old-school hostilities between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin disappearing fast: Irish Examiner
Daniel McConnell

Why Sinn Féin is love-bombing Leo: The Sunday Times
Justine McCarthy and Stephen O'Brien

North Belfast petrol bomb attack on police as crowd target officers: Belfast Live
Nathan Hanna

SDLP MLA 'disgusted and furious' after staff member assaulted while putting up posters: Belfast Telegraph

Two charged with brothel keeping in INLA probe: ITV

Group blocking A5 upgrade owe apology if case fails, says MLA: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

Albany's Irish museum hosts panel on 1998 peace agreement tonight (Apr 10): Albany Times Union

GAA still has barriers to break down in Northern Ireland: The Sunday Times
Denis Walsh

The ceasefire suicides – Since the Good Friday Agreement, more people have died by taking their own lives than were killed in the Troubles. Why is this? And what can be done to prevent further deaths?: Belfast Telegraph
Lyra McKee

Séan Hillen exhibition Melancholy Witness – Images of the Troubles (Apr 11): The Times
Jennifer O'Brien

DUP politician prepared to join anti-abortion campaigners (Apr 10): The Irish Times
Amanda Ferguson

Dublin to get 'flagship' Irish language hub to encourage people to speak 'a cúpla focal' (Apr 11): Irish Independent
Kirsty Blake Knox

Ensuring the Irish language survives and thrives (Apr 12): The Irish Times

Meghan Markle – The all-new Duchess of Connaught? What will they make of it west of the Shannon?: Sunday Independent
Anita Guidera

Former cop chief says 'money flushed down toilet' in policing Old Firm games (Apr 10): Scottish Daily Record
Peter Davidson

Jeremy Clarkson urges Scots to forget about independence: The Scotsman
Stuart MacDonald

Boston Marathon an everlasting symbol of America's greatness: Allentown Morning Call
James F. Burns

They answered the Irish question…why not the Middle East one?: Arab News
Yossi Mekelberg

Saturday, April 14

Good Friday Agreement is dead and the Secretary of State must bring in direct rule now, says TUV leader: Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

Bradley would consider proposals for shadow assembly: BBC

Top US aide Sullivan calls for return of Northern Ireland devolution: Belfast Telegraph
Adrian Rutherford

Let's get back to making Agreement work and stop writing its obituary: Belfast Telegraph
Colum Eastwood

Good Friday Agreement architect Senator George Mitchell attends Border prayer service: Impartial Reporter
Jonathan Rainey

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement – 'We wanted peace' says Councillor who voted Yes (Apr 10): Impartial Reporter
Bertie Kerr

Good Friday Agreement – 13 things it changed for Northern Ireland (Apr 10):
Karl McDonald

Ireland's open border is more than a symbol. It ensures people can eat: The Guardian
Felicity Lawrence

Brexit or UKExit? Twelve predictions about Northern Ireland's future: The Irish Times
Brendan O'Leary

'Irish tendency to revert to the gun remains a real risk' (Apr 10): The Herald
Martin Dillon

Adams' justification of violence encouraged new dissidents, says DUP MP: Belfast Telegraph
Claire Williamson

SDLP determined to name park permanently after IRA man – brother of Kingsmills victim: The News Letter

SDLP's Claire Hanna calls for name of Raymond McCreesh Park to be changed (Apr 10): Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Campbell and Eastwood clash on IRA playground: The News Letter

Colum Eastwood – SDLP won't be taking any lectures on violence from Gregory Campbell: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Why the DUP should take up the challenge which has been thrown down by Jim Wells: Belfast Telegraph
Fionola Meredith

Dysfunctionality of DUP suggested at public inquiry: The Irish Times

More interesting times lie ahead in scrutiny of Arlene: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

DUP leader was put under polite but relentless pressure in her RHI inquiry debut: The News Letter
Ben Lowry

I'm astonished this is all you have to say – PSNI chief Hamilton scolds peer over 'Derry' remark after major paramilitary operation: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Dissidents target SF councillor after he denounces violence: The Irish Times
Freya McClements

Dissident group threatening drug dealers 'have lion's share of the drugs market' says UUP's Doug Beattie: Belfast Telegraph

Four arrests in "significant" anti-INLA operation: BBC

Major dissident republican crackdown shows we're not just out to get loyalists – Police: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Paramilitary-style shooting 'appalling': Belfast Media
Caoimhe Quinn

Paramilitary-style shootings need to end: Irish News

Derry's council delay decision on possible removal of Ulster Scots: Derry Now
Alan Healy

Made UDA threat call to try to get new house for girlfriend: The News Letter

The Floating Voter – Fine Gael Senator admits he'd rather quit the party than serve with Sinn Féin: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar praises 'outspoken minister' Jim Daly over Sinn Féin coalition comments: Irish Mirror
Ferghal Blaney

Taoiseach is 'cosying up to SF's Mary Lou': Irish Examiner
Daniel McConnell

Edna O'Brien should not have accepted British Empire honour: The Irish Times
Emer Martin

The GAA members who served with British Army in WWI: The News Letter
Graeme Cousins

Councillors not giving up on Belfast/Derry European Capital of Culture bid (Apr 11): Belfast Telegraph
Andrew Madden

Pete King saddles up for November: Irish Echo
Ray O'Hanlon

Friday, April 13

Robinson – 'There was not an awful lot' in draft proposals for unionists: The News Letter

Peter Robinson – 'I never fought with Martin McGuinness and if he'd been healthy things could have been different': Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Do your jobs so I can do mine, Bradley tells Stormont MLAs: Belfast Telegraph
David Young

Peace takes risk and leadership – Armagh archbishops: Irish Catholic
Colm Fitzpatrick

Ireland must revive long-forgotten forum: The Times
David Davin-Power

20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement: 'Innocent victims the real losers since 1998' says Tom Elliott (Apr 10): Impartial Reporter
Tom Elliott

The Good Friday Agreement, 20 years on: Church Times
Paul Vallely

The Good Friday Agreement is not a peace but a truce: The Spectator
Charles Moore

Young people didn't see the horrors. But they still care about the Good Friday agreement (Apr 10): The Guardian
Joe McHugh

The Good Friday accord gave preference to the Irish-Gaelic tradition over others: Belfast Telegraph
Nelson McCausland

German solidarity over open Irish border post-Brexit 'very reassuring': Belfast Telegraph

Report argues for Northern Ireland to remain in EU post-Brexit: Irish News
Bimpe Archer

Visit the Irish border and you see why we must keep EU tariffs: The Times
Raphael Hogarth

'Tiny' firms on Irish border could have tax free status after Brexit, says David Davis: Daily Telegraph
James Rothwell

Farms that straddle the Irish border could be exempt from paying tax after Brexit to avoid a hard border: Daily Mirror
Nicola Bartlett

Why Varadkar won't lose sleep over Davis (Apr 11): The Times
Shane Coleman

Brexit was never foreseen in Good Friday Agreement: Irish Catholic
Martin Mansergh

End 'stony silence' about builders of Good Friday Agreement – call: Irish Catholic

1998 deal: David Trimble – 'By the Thursday we had a satisfactory position on constitutional matters' (Apr 10): The News Letter
David Trimble

1998 deal: Peter Robinson – 'Trimble showed political courage but poor judgement' (Apr 10): The News Letter
Peter Robinson

Why deny Mo Mowlam, my stepmum, credit for the Good Friday agreement?: The Guardian
Henrietta Norton

Ongoing justification of IRA galling – Arlene Foster: Belfast Telegraph
Mark Bain

Crawford back with DUP ?... after resigning last year: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Siege mentality is gone and unionism has never been stronger: Belfast Telegraph
Arlene Foster

Minister 'risking votes' with SF talk: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle, Wayne O'Connor and Cormac McQuinn

UK Terror Alert – New Irish paramilitary group warn 'we WILL target Crown forces': Daily Express
Joey Millar

Unheard-of dissident group 'are not new' – PSNI: The News Letter

'No place' for new dissident splinter group says Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly: Belfast Live
Sheena McStravick

Man (20) shot in both legs in Belfast attack – resident says she heard screaming in the night: Belfast Telegraph

We need more than words from loyalists: Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Victim slams justification for play park's IRA name 'perverse': Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

Council staff agreed to store pallets for Belfast bonfire that damaged flats: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Daughter of assistant prison boss gunned down by IRA and why a 'kind of carelessness' about HET report brought home to her how little has been done to help victims of the Troubles: Belfast Telegraph
Ivan Little

Judges consider ruling in Glenanne Gang report case: The News Letter

RHI inquiry – A matter of 'deep regret' says Arlene Foster: BBC
Conor Macauley

Alcohol legislation in Republic 'poses barrier to cross-border trade' for producers in Northern Ireland: Irish News

Prince Charles unfit to take over as head of Commonwealth, says Corbyn ally Kate Osamor: The Times
Lucy Fisher

The Commonwealth's survival is all down to the Queen: The Spectator

Ramallah incident is not in the least surprising: The News Letter

After 20 years of Irish peace, why does a Middle East deal remain elusive?: Arab News
Baria Alamuddin