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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – August 16, 2018.

Omagh bomb – call for public inquiry into 1998 atrocity: The News Letter
Michael McHugh

Jude Collins 'beneath contempt' after claiming Omagh bombing victims were not murdered on 20th anniversary of Real IRA atrocity: Belfast Telegraph

Nationalist commentator criticised for Omagh bomb comments: Irish News
Marie Louise McConville

Row erupts between police chief and ex-ombudsman over prevention of Omagh bomb: Irish Examiner

Omagh Bombing 'could have been prevented'... it's time for full public inquiry to get answers, says ex-Police Ombudsman O'Loan: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Police Federation – O'Loan has failed to produce proof for her Omagh bomb claim: The News Letter
Mark Lindsay

Claim police could have prevented Omagh atrocity 'bizarre and traumatising' for victims and officers, says Chief Constable George Hamilton: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Man who lost wife in Omagh bomb 'frothing at mouth' over O'Loan anniversary comments: Belfast Telegraph

Priest challenges Omagh bombers to return and reflect on their actions: Irish Examiner

At the funeral of Omagh suspect Seamus McKenna his sister pushed through the colour party, knelt at his grave and prayed... showing a deep, unspoken pain at what had been done: Belfast Telegraph
Sean O'Driscoll

Omagh bombing – Building better future key to moving away from dark past, say Northern Ireland leaders: Belfast Telegraph
Gillian Halliday

Omagh atrocity 'reminds us that peace is worth protecting at all costs' – SDLP Leader: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

Names of murdered police and prison officers along with stolen poppy wreaths placed on bonfire in Londonderry: Belfast Telegraph
Mark Edwards

Former bombers are showered in cash, while Omagh bomb victims must prove they deserve compensation ... a double standard that would make even Kafka blush: Belfast Telegraph
Eilis O'Hanlon

Haunting Past: The Times

Remembering the victims of NI's worst atrocity, at Omagh: The News Letter

Two decades on, the pain and anguish of Omagh raw as ever: Belfast Telegraph

We have consistently failed the Omagh victims: Irish News

Paisley could quit and be returned as MP before crucial Brexit votes held: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

The new recall power being used against Ian Paisley won't work and doesn't improve our democracy: The Independent
John Rentoul

A post-Brexit mile-deep Checkpoint Charlie: Irish Echo
Anthony Neeson

Northern Ireland 'power couple' says peace has come, not reconciliation: Crux
Inés San Martín

Feile concert hits entirely wrong note: Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Belfast council 'can't make any exception' for cross-community run: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Bogside bonfire poppy wreath placing condemned by politicians: Belfast Live
Sarah Scott

Widow blasts Lambeg Drum order as 'attack on family culture': Belfast Telegraph
Brett Campbell

Peter Robinson deserves all our thanks for doing his bit to smash unionist taboos over Irish unity: Belfast Telegraph
Alban Maginness

Concerns raised at Derry meeting over loyalist backclash downplayed by IRSP: Derry Journal

Soldiers face extra 72 hours' papal visit duty for €68 additional pay: The Irish Times
Peter Murtagh

The politics of weather maps in Israel and Northern Ireland (Aug 14): The Irish Times
Paul Kearns and Motti Ruimy

Wednesday, August 15

Brexit may slash our EU rights: Derry Journal

The rest of the UK is by far NI's most important market: The News Letter

Pro-IRA chanting at west Belfast festival is not good for image of the city – Unionists: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson and Suzanne Breen

Feile organisers have questions to answer: Belfast Telegraph

The united Ireland campaign can learn a lot from Scotland: The Times
Gareth Brown

Reasons why a United Ireland will never happen: Irish Voice/
George Campbell

Modernisation is unionism's best insurance against reunification, but is it willing to act? (Jul 30): Belfast Telegraph
Jon Tonge

Pro-life campaigners vow to cause a 'major headache' for Sinn Féin: The News Letter
Duncan Elder

£236m – how much overtime has cost the PSNI in the last five years (Aug 13): Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

70 attend meeting to back Paisley and organiser says DUP 'will support' MP: Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

Ian Paisley needs to be held to account: Irish News

Willie Frazer hails support of nationalists over placard: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson

Rasharkin residents call off parade protest: Irish News
Connla Young

Inside the INLA – Crime machine bent on a reign of terror (Aug 13): Belfast Telegraph

Families of murdered Scottish soldiers ask for CCTV to protect memorials: Belfast Telegraph

Jim Allister reveals the cost of report to cut MLA's pay (Jun 26): Belfast Telegraph
Gerald Lennon

Omagh bombing – Higgins urges vigilance on Belfast Agreement: The Irish Times

Buncrana to remember Omagh Bomb victims: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

Omagh Bomb – 'Like a scene out of a horror movie': BBC
Aileen Moynagh

Omagh bomb anniversary – Bishop McKeown observes 'combatants fight but civilians die': Derry Journal

Omagh bomb surgeon – I arrived to 'battlefield' scene at hospital: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Reclaim our past to guard our future – Omagh massacre 20 years later: Irish Examiner

DUP councillor 'crossed the line' over tweet – Alliance member: Belfast Telegraph
Mark Edwards

Constitution must align with values of Markievicz, not de Valera: The Irish Times
Sonja Tiernan

Previously unheard interview with late PUP leader David Ervine discovered (Jul 31): ITV

The faith of Ireland's Catholics continues, despite all (Aug 11): The Irish Times
Patsy McGarry

What might have been if Francis came to Northern Ireland too?: Crux
John L. Allen Jr.

Pope Francis and Irish Catholics think on same wavelength: The Irish Times
Brendan Hoban

After the Irish Debacle (Jun 13): First Things
George Weigel

No evidence to back DUP man's BBC harassment claim (Jul 31): BBC
Vincent Kearney

Tuesday, August 14

Sinn Féin and DUP 'owe the people' to restore NI Executive – Bertie Ahern: The Irish Times
Conor Kane

Time to accept that the Good Friday Agreement has not delivered: The News Letter
Alex Kane

We have a banjaxed political system in Northern Ireland, but we still have a growing public space in which ideas are being aired: Belfast Telegraph
Malachi O'Doherty

Our politicians are playing with fire by surrendering the public space to bigots (Aug 10): Belfast Telegraph
Eilis O'Hanlon

British government minister brands SDLP 'desperate': Irish News
Connla Young

Brexit and border: Effect on youth 'will be catastrophic' – SF MLA: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

Value of North's exports to UK nearly four times that to Republic: The Irish Times

Varadkar criticised after IRA flags are waved at festival he launched in Belfast: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle

Controversy over IRA chants as Wolfe Tones close Féile: ITV

Feile's main backers could rethink funding after row over controversial gig: Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

Feile organisers have questions to answer: Belfast Telegraph

We should welcome and nurture artistic expression from within loyalism (Aug 10): Belfast Telegraph
Philip Orr

Paisley meets supporters to apologise after Commons suspension: The News Letter

DUP silent on meeting backing Ian Paisley as bookies' odds suggest by-election is likely: Irish News
John Manley

DUP MLA slams Parades Commission after conditions imposed on Co Antrim band parade: Belfast Telegraph

UUP councillor in claim Belfast city centre dissident parade breached the rules: Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

Unionist councillors want answers from Parades Commission over anti-internment march: The News Letter

Sinn Féin plea as monument to murdered soldiers stolen: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Scottish soldiers' families – Stop disrespecting our boys: The News Letter

Shock as one in three Troubles victims admits to a suicide bid: Belfast Telegraph
Adrian Rutherford

Omagh massacre injured still waiting for compensation 20 years after atrocity: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney and Adrian Rutherford

Omagh victim's husband – Going to bomb site makes hair stand up on back of my neck: The News Letter

Omagh bomb victim's dad hits out at broadcaster Hartley-Brewer's 'insensitive' tweet: Belfast Telegraph
Gillian Halliday

The Irish and British governments should feel enough shame to order proper investigations into the Omagh Bomb: Irish Mirror
Paddy Clancy

Omagh service proof suffering never stops: Belfast Telegraph

NI premiere of documentary about IRA woman Dolours Price: BBC

State controlling how history of NI conflict told: Belfast Telegraph
Ed Moloney

Ballymurphy troops must face due process of the law, MLA tells commemoration: Belfast Telegraph

The Quiet Heroes of Civil Rights Dr Conn and Patricia McCluskey: Irish News

Irish President to address Civil Rights Festival in Derry: Belfast Telegraph

A long march into history – remembering battle for civil rights: The Times
Jennifer O'Brien

Sinn Féin gears up for big push to have vote for Irish President extended to the whole diaspora: Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Should we pull the plug on the Irish presidential election?: Irish Mirror
Larissa Nolan

Minister should not feel threatened by Catholic Church imparting its doctrines to the faithful of all ages (Aug 7): Irish Examiner
Margaret Hickey

The Belfast solution (Aug 11): Indian Express
Juggi Bhasin

Monday, August 13

Brexit sparks demand for immigration advice in Northern Ireland:
Claire Smyth

A united Ireland would be much stronger economically than is Northern Ireland: The News Letter
Paul Gosling

More fool me for thinking that women taking reins of political power would actually change things for the better (Aug 1): Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Northern Ireland needs a new unionism that reflects the UK's diversity: The Independent
William Neill

Unionists are debating the future – who is listening? (Aug 12): Sunday Independent
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Unionism would do well to heed wake-up call from Robinson (Aug 3): Belfast Telegraph

Unionists need to prepare for a united Ireland – priest (Aug 2): Irish Catholic
Colm Fitzpatrick

The year of a bonfire breakthrough?: Belfast Media
Ciara Quinn

Plea for authorities to allow Belfast cross-community run to take place: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Bearing witness – Ballyvourney to Belfast and all points between (Aug 12): Sunday Independent
Eoghan Harris

Sinn Féin reviews party structures after raft of departures: The Irish Times
Sarah Bardon

Ian Paisley Jr's political future in the balance as opinion in North Antrim divided: Belfast Live
Andrew Madden

Politicians now could still be taught equality lesson by civil rights leaders (Aug 8): Belfast Telegraph
Tom Kelly

Omagh policeman urges bombers to 'lift the phone, stop the suffering': The Irish Times
Freya McClements

Omagh bombing relatives remember loved ones on 20-year anniversary: Irish Independent
Cate McCurry

Omagh Bombing – events leading up to and beyond the Real IRA bomb explosion: The Sunday Times
Rebecca Black

There must be no more Omaghs: Irish News

'Haunted' Enniskillen bomb survivor reveals suicide attempt: Belfast Telegraph

'Hardworking, cheerful, generous family' – 30th anniversary of IRA murders of Hannas recalled (Jul 23): Irish News
John Monaghan

Veterans deserve to be well treated by the society they served (Jul 27): The News Letter

Gerry Adams' cookbook is simply another attempt to spin the history of IRA terrorism: Belfast Telegraph
Fionola Meredith

Gerry Adams provided 'heavenly voice' in Belfast nostalga play (Aug 7): The News Letter
Michael McHugh

Orange Order's Mervyn Gibson defends attending Michael Stone art exhibition (Aug 9): Belfast Telegraph

Alderman John Finlay – My letter to the chief constable about PSNI Pride participation: The News Letter

Poppy record bid is a great way to remember war dead (Aug 7): Belfast Telegraph

Project highlights Ireland's complex relationship with WWI (Aug 8): The News Letter

Flanagan defends top criminal court over SF claims: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

Women and young lead push to make Catholic Church a less cold place (Aug 12): Sunday Independent
Paul Moran

Poll – public backs McAleese attack on Church over 'misogyny' (Aug 12): Sunday Independent
Jody Corcoran

With fans like these, who needs enemies? (Aug 10): The Times
Ann Marie Hourihane

Tom Moran, businessman and humanitarian, passes away in New York: Irish Voice/

British radio caller suggests war with Ireland as solution to Brexit border problem (Aug 2): Irish Mirror
Brynmor Pattison

This is what all of Wales' councils are doing about Brexit:
Richard Youle, Matt Discombe, Anthony Lewis and Elizabeth Bradfield

SNP divided over second Brexit poll: The Sunday Times
John Boothman

'Holland's Orange celebrations so similar to Twelfth' (Jul 16): The News Letter

Sunday, August 12

Relatives of Omagh victims to attend service to mark 20th anniversary of bombing: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Omagh anniversary – 'In the blink of an eye, 29 people lay dead or dying in a high street':
David Blevins

Omagh bombing – Families enduring anguish and how quest for justice still goes on: Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

'I want the organisation to be friendly, respectful' – Mary Lou McDonald on the continuing SF bullying claims:
Christina Finn

Doublespeak (Aug 10): The Times

Northern Ireland needs a new unionism that reflects the UK's diversity: Independent on Sunday
William Neill

Republican parade sparks police show of force and counterprotest: The Irish Times
Amanda Ferguson

Derry an example of parading success, says PSNI as thousands take part in Apprentice Boys march: Belfast Telegraph

Tourism delivery must be balanced, says Alliance MLA (Aug 7): The News Letter
Duncan Elder

Anger as Belfast cross-community event stopped from going ahead: Belfast Live
Chris Sherrard

Troubles soldiers Belfast memorial stone stolen: Belfast Telegraph

Hunger strike wreath laying ceremony in Bellaghy: Mid Ulster Mail

How an Unsolved British Army Massacre Led to Bloody Sunday and Inflamed The Troubles: Daily Beast
Nico Hines

LVF called end to campaign 20 years ago – here is how it was born (Aug 8): The News Letter
Adam Kula

Review – Hume film fails to provide a full picture of complex peacemaker: Sunday Independent
John Boland

Gerry Adams offers the best kept secrets of the peas process: The Sunday Times
Paul Anthony McDermott

Pride parade shows support for gay rights and Churches should take heed: Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

Colm O'Gorman shares hate mail received due to his views on Papal visit: Irish Post
Rebecca Keane

'If the non-inclusive attitude is not radically reformed, the Irish Catholic Church will continue to decline':
Brendan Butler

When faith fades – can the pope still connect with a changed Ireland?: The Observer
Harriet Sherwood

Brexit – France to veto re-routed trade plan between Ireland and Europe: The Irish Times

Propagandists play us like gullible puppets (Aug 11): Irish Examiner

Why Scots nationalists should be careful what they wish for: Arab News
Andrew Hammond

EU uncertainty set to delay second independence referendum decision, says Sturgeon (Aug 8): The Times
Hamish Macdonell

British establishment will use dirty tricks to stop independence (Aug 11): The Herald
Kevin McKenna

Saturday, August 11

Mary Lou McDonald – The idea of Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth needs to be discussed:
Christina Finn

Irish unity would bring thousands of job cuts – DUP's Hamilton: Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

Reasons why a United Ireland is definitely on the way: Irish Voice/
Kevin Meagher

Home Office plan for Northern Ireland 'stop and search' zones sparks fears of hard border after Brexit: Daily Telegraph
James Rothwell

Sinn Féin stop and search claims 'nonsense', says ex-RUC man: The News Letter

Border stop and search proposals would have serious implications: Irish News

Election could strengthen or topple Foster, changing the dynamic – Alderdice: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Attorney General sends Stormont mess to Supreme Court – but civil service not involved: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Anti-internment parade given late permission for return leg: Irish News
Connla Young

Heavy police presence as dissidents prepare for anti-internment march: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Rasharkin parade group offers to end protest: Irish News
Connla Young

Police defend 'thorough" investigation into east Belfast blast bomb attack following criticism: Irish News
Marie Louise McConville

Call for intervention to defuse sectarian tension in Limavady: Belfast Telegraph
David Young

Limavady flags protocol must include other towns – Campbell: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

William Frazer thanks everyone for support after father's IRA murder mocked on republican bonfire: Belfast Telegraph

Row breaks out over invitations to Release Tony Taylor vigil: Irish News
Seamus McKinney

Vandals demolish 'Free Tony Taylor' billboard for second time: Derry Journal

Taoiseach unable to attend Omagh bombing commemoration: Irish News

Omagh victims backed over 20-year commemoration 'snub': The News Letter

Omagh bomb took my sight at 15, but I'm a mum with a family now... I can't let myself be consumed by anger: Belfast Telegraph
Leona O'Neill

Police legally obliged to investigate Bloody Sunday, says senior detective: The News Letter
Michael McHugh

Nesbitt – I told McGuinness I hated that he had been in IRA: Irish Examiner

Tit-for-tat moves to glorify bloody past won't heal wounds: Belfast Telegraph

Tracking the rise of the West Belfast Festival and the public money which filled its coffers: Belfast Telegraph
Nelson McCausland

Pioneering unionist New Gate festival attended by Mary Lou McDonald has outgrown its Fountain base: Derry Journal

Some Belfast tour guides 'are just making things up': The News Letter

Festival organisers 'damaging' relations by naming event after Mairead Farrell: Belfast Telegraph
Gillian Halliday

Stormont deadlock – The crisis that spawned a video game: BBC
Jayne McCormack

MP's concern at NI's increasing reliance on Republic for electricity: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Luke Poots 'disappointed' police didn't contact him over harassment complaint (Jul 31): The News Letter
Duncan Elder

Pride not an event the PSNI should support, DUP man says in letter to police boss: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson

Stop political 'cheap shots' against Pope of the people: Irish Catholic
Michael Kelly

The Pope's refusal to deal with LGBT issues will ruin the Catholic Church – as Mary McAleese pulls no punches: Irish Sun
Rebecca Barker

Presbyterian protest letter 'doesn't help,' says minister (Jul 12): Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

Why is Presbyterian Church in Ireland marching into the dark?: The Irish Times
Fionola Meredith

Stop letting Michael D off lightly – here are the questions he should be made to answer: Irish Independent
James Bradshaw

For any politician spoiling for a fight over Ireland's border, Under the Tree is required viewing: The Spectator
Jasper Rees

Sinn Féin concerned over 'fundamental flaws' in Garda reform (Aug 9): The Irish Times
Vivienne Clarke

Belief in Scottish independence 'protected by law': The Scotsman
Lynsey Bews

Brexit set to delay Scottish independence referendum: The Scotsman
Tom Peterkin

Friday, August 10

Simple majority in unity vote enough – Mike Nesbitt: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Britain urged Ireland to reduce emphasis on NI peace in Brexit talks: The Irish Times
Fiach Kelly

Shock Ireland PLOT to undermine May and THWART Brexit – 'Put the shoulder to the wheel!': Daily Express
Matt Drake

Concerns raised about border 'stop and search zone': Irish News
Connla Young

Council prepares for 'no deal' Brexit: Impartial Reporter

Political parties accused of using Belfast City Council's Brexit committee to promote their own agenda: Belfast Telegraph
Rebecca Black

Government should seek Brexit mitigation fund – British Irish Chamber: The Irish Times
Peter Hamilton

Who gains from Brexit?:
Paul Gosling

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes 'refused' to meet Sinn Féin MP: BBC

Stormont stalemate – NI 'not eligible' for Guinness World Record: BBC
Jayne McCormack

Is it too late to stop the rot at Stormont?: Belfast Telegraph
Barry White

Fermanagh man's protest gathers pace: Impartial Reporter

Dublin-owned body silent on whether it's lobbying for direct rule decision: The News Letter
Sam McBride

DUP leader's refusal of papal invite would look 'small minded': Irish Catholic
Colm Fitzpatrick

DUP employs nobody at Westminster and is betraying unionist voters, says ex-chief of staff: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Ian Paisley – Hard worker or disgrace to unionism... Ballymena split over under-fire MP: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Odds heavily stacked in Ian Paisley's favour whatever way you look at it: Belfast Telegraph
Alex Kane

Accountability on accountability – Paisley's fate offers a good template: Irish Examiner

Taoiseach and secretary of state accused of 'snubbing' Omagh bomb families on 20th anniversary: Irish News

Omagh bombing anniversary – Survivor in plea for politicians to end the impasse and give children a future: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

Firefighters stunned into silence by Omagh bombing: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Brother of 12-year-old Omagh bombing victim calls for killers to face justice ahead of the 20th anniversary of Real IRA atrocity which killed 29: Daily Mail
Joe Middleton

I forgive Omagh bombers who killed my brother – Sibling tells of 'long road' to finding inner peace: Belfast Telegraph
Claire McNeilly

Nurse describes treating Omagh bomb victims as 'darkest day' of her life: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Omagh bombing anniversary – Recording of Oran's voice poignant memory for family: Belfast Telegraph
Leona O'Neill

The Yorkshire Post says – Legacy of Omagh. Turning point in the Troubles: Yorkshire Post

PSNI officer 'failed to take care of sensitive information': Belfast Live
Shauna Corr

Sinn Féin criticise PSNI over investigation into Short Strand pipe bomb attack: Irish News
Marie Louise McConville

Loyalist protest to anti-internment march given go-ahead: Irish News
Connla Young

Attacks on homes treated as sectarian hate crimes: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Contractors in Limavady 'intimidated' trying to remove paint from roundabout: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Condemnation of sign mocking death of victims' campaigner's father: RTE

DUP's Foster meets William Frazer over 'hate-filled' Newry bonfire: Belfast Telegraph

Willie Frazer – I want 'action not words' after bonfire mocks father's murder by IRA: The News Letter

Man arrested after 'hate crime' of football team flag placed on internment bonfire: Belfast Telegraph

Vile sign mocking Willie Frazer's murdered father is a shameful act: Irish News

Orangeman Gibson who ruled out Sinn Féin talks defends presence at killer Stone's art show: Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

George Hamilton – I never intended to hurt or offend victims over legacy panel: The News Letter

Sinn Féin calls on new Garda Commissioner to act on Tom Oliver information: Dundalk Democrat
Donard McCabe

Unionist fury as festival names sporting event after IRA woman: Belfast Telegraph
Gillian Halliday

Opinions split over Republic extending abortion services to Northern Ireland: Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

Baroness O'Loan rejects Simon Harris' conscientious objection definition: Irish Catholic
Chai Brady

Mairia Cahill demands withdrawal of 'sick' Gerry Adams cookbook: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross