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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – December 9, 2018.

Tory chair visits Belfast, where he insists Irish border backstop is only temporary Brexit measure: The News Letter
Ben Lowry

Brexit – Tory MP backtracks over food scarcity in Ireland: The Irish Times
Ronan McGreevy

Leaked British papers say Republic could face food shortages in no-deal Brexit: The Irish Times

UK tax authority warns Northern businesses to prepare for no-deal Brexit: The Irish Times
Barry O'Halloran

Businesses and farmers are right to back PM's Brexit deal: The News Letter
Sylvia Hermon

Northern farmers will rue UFU's fence-sitting in Brexit campaign: Irish Independent
John Downing

Brexit – How the backstop has brought the UK to boiling point: RTE
Tony Connelly

'Cliff-edge Brexit' to have far greater impact on Republic, fiscal watchdog warns (Dec 5): The Irish Times
Eoin Burke-Kennedy

A united Ireland is a realistic possibility now so we need to prepare for it:
Paul Gosling

Indian-origin MP under fire over Brexit remarks: Times of India

'Brexiteer MP is neither imperialist nor historian': Irish Independent

'Agreement on the table is good for all of the UK': Belfast Telegraph
David Lidington

'Magical thinking abounds on Brexit – but if May is crushed along with her deal, her rivals will be left with an escape act beyond the powers of Houdini': Sunday Independent
Martina Devlin

Sinn Féin leader reaffirms abstentionist policy at Markievicz celebrations: Sunday Independent

Students gather to honour memory of murdered academic Edgar Graham (Dec 7): The News Letter
Duncan Elder

Sister challenges Sinn Féin 'hypocrites' as murdered politician is remembered: Belfast Telegraph
Stewart Robson

SF display 'lack of respect' by choosing Barry McElduff for election again: The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

Alan McBride – 'I was very fortunate to be married to two incredible women. One was cruelly taken from me, the other I threw away': Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

If you insult the memory of the dead, you're unlikely to be welcomed back into public life with open arms: Belfast Telegraph

Pair to be sentenced for trying to buy guns on dark web in UDA feud plot: Belfast Telegraph
John Cassidy

The BBC have dropped me over Gillespie tweet, claims Jude Collins: Belfast Telegraph
Duncan Elder

Kingsmill relatives say McElduff's bid to return to politics is 'sickening': Belfast Telegraph
Lauren Harte

We must hold British State to account say Bloody Sunday relatives Liam Wray and Kate Nash: Derry Journal

'My Jim was not a drug dealer' says widow of man shot dead at Belfast school: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Peadar Tóibín – 'No way will we be a one-issue party': The Irish Times
Pat Leahy

Mary Lou McDonald named as a 'Disruptor' who will help shape Europe in 2019 (Dec 5):
Aoife Barry

Journalists can breathe easy with Boris on the case (Dec 8): The Irish Times
Miriam Lord

Labor's Carrigan is recipient of World Peace Prize: (from the Irish Echo)

Why abortion laws have to change on this side of the Border: Impartial Reporter
Victoria Johnston

Scottish independence 'better than Brexit': The Sunday Times
Jason Allardyce

Saturday, December 8

Brexit deal in chaos as DUP and Tory rebels derail Theresa May's 'desperate' bid to win over MPs: The Independent
Lizzy Buchan

'Irish backstop is an ANNEXATION' – Brexiteer BLASTS Theresa May's deal on Question Time: Daily Express
Abbie Llewelyn

Cabinet Office Minister says DUP deal continues: ITV

Varadkar recklessly disregards border poll, claims McDonald: The Times
Niamh Lyons

End of UK – United Ireland support SURGES as May's Brexit crisis deepens: Daily Express
Alice Scarsi

Ireland needs to plan 'more intensively' for no-deal Brexit, Hogan warns: The Irish Times
Simon Carswell

Document on North-South cooperation published by UK govt: RTE
Tony Connelly

McNarry tells Taoiseach to 'butt out' of Brexit border row: Irish News

Nigel Dodds – 'Rather than roadshow, government should listen to MPs': The News Letter
Niall Deeney

UK to protect 156 cross-Border co-operation schemes after Brexit: The Irish Times
Paddy Smyth

Brexit – SoS pens open letter to people of NI offering assurances over EU withdrawal deal: The News Letter

Outrage after British MP suggests Irish food shortages could be used to force EU to drop Brexit backstop: Irish Mirror
Pat Flanagan

Mary Lou McDonald says Tory MP should 'withdraw' food shortage comments: Irish Examiner

Phil Hogan – If Priti Patel wants to starve the British people, this is how to go about it:
Gráinne Ní Aodha

'DUP fails to realise playing hardball on Brexit could kill union with UK': Irish Independent
Gerard O'Regan

Why is Jeremy Corbyn trying to woo the DUP?: New Statesman
Patrick Maguire

As a Unionist, I just cannot support Theresa May's Brexit deal in all good conscience: Daily Telegraph
Ross Thomson

'As English nationalism continues its EU convulsions – beware the backstop': Irish Independent
John Downing

'Brexit backstop discussion is far from finished': Irish Independent

Young people hit out at Northern Ireland's democratic deficit: Belfast Telegraph

Loughinisland – Ex-officers lodge appeal over Justice Keegan judgement: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

I caught victim in my arms after he was shot by soldier, eyewitness tells Ballymurphy inquest: Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

Priest praises Ballymurphy Massacre families at memorial: Irish Catholic
Chai Brady

Former soldier puts heart attack down to stress of facing trial over Troubles shooting: Belfast Telegraph

Unionists condemn Sinn Féin selection of former MP Barry McElduff in Kingsmill row: Belfast Telegraph

'I'm not expecting anyone to believe me, but I'm telling the truth' – Barry McElduff denies Kingsmill stunt was intentional ahead of politics return: Belfast Telegraph

Dismay but no surprise as McElduff returns to politics – victims campaigner: Belfast Telegraph
Mark Edwards

Fianna Fáil councillor in Cavan to join Peadar Tóibín's new party: Irish Examiner
Daniel McConnell

Martin McGuinness' brother 'to stand for new party': The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

'Tóibín's breakaway may pose more danger to FF than SF': Irish Independent
John Downing

West Belfast cemeteries targeted in hate crime attacks: Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

BBC claims DUP declined chance to see Jonathan Bell's RHI interview ahead of Arlene Foster's grilling: Irish News

Sinn Féin admits it used public funds to pay 'super spad': The News Letter
Sam McBride

Bilingual status a keystone in Galway's cultural status: Galway Advertiser

The Irish border and Brexit explained by @BorderIrish: BBC

Friday, December 7

Half of voters in North back a united Ireland after May's Brexit: The Times
Niamh Lyons

DUP's Ian Paisley compares Brexit vote to 'hanging': BBC

Backstop plan will 'haunt us for years', warns Trimble: The News Letter

Unionists united in opposition as Remainers rally around backstop: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Barnier vows EU will 'do everything' to avoid backstop: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle

Theresa May indicates British MPs could decide if Northern Ireland 'backstop' is triggered: Irish Independent
Shaun Connolly and Harriet Line

Warning of food shortages in Ireland: The Times
Sam Coates and John Walsh

Gordon Best – 'We think for ourselves, we are certainly not puppets' (Nov 21): Belfast Telegraph

What will Brexit mean for 30,000 cross-border workers?: RTE
Gráinne McKeever

Our parties survived a storm as bad as Brexit: The Times
David Davin-Power

Brexit – is it possible to stop it?: Irish Examiner
Oliver Patel

New powers for independent watchdogs to protect human rights and equality post Brexit:
Barry McCaffrey

The Guardian view on the Brexit backstop – getting Ireland wrong again: The Guardian

Unity poll rally to be held next September: Irish News

Peter Robinson says other's 'exacting standards' for ministerial appointments would have left empty seats at the executive table: Irish News
John Manley

Two thirds of ex-prisoners with Troubles-related convictions still jobless 20 years after Good Friday Agreement: Irish News
Michael McHugh

Barry McElduff selected for council elections: Belfast Live
Sarah Scott

Ian Paisley in no position to lecture others: Irish News

Police face difficult task of identifying suspects from victim's murky world: Belfast Telegraph
Ciaran Barnes

Ballymurphy inquest – Petrol bomb claim 'was hearsay': BBC

Arlene Foster admits she may be 'wrong about the sequencing' of claims against spad ahead of TV interview: Irish News

'Mad Dog' Johnny Adair's secret return to Northern Ireland – defies death threat after mum's death (Nov 26): The Sunday Life
Ciaran Barnes

Archdeacon barred after school row comments: The Irish Times
Carl O'Brien

UUP Councillor Jim Rodgers receives partial suspension: Belfast Live
Rebecca Black

Inside the Belfast college that moulded peace-makers and Brexiteers: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

I'm switching from Republic to Northern Ireland, reveals Linfield striker Michael O'Connor: Belfast Telegraph
Steven Beacom

No invite for pro-Israeli group to the Guildhall in Derry due to concerns over continuing 'onslaught' on people of Palestine (Nov 26): Derry Now

US congressman accused of "inappropriate" lobbying in Ireland over proposed ban on Israeli imports:
Ciaran Tierney

If Brexit is blocked, will it ever be worth voting again?: The Spectator
Douglas Murray

Thursday, December 6

DUP denies breaking deal as party helps inflict huge defeat on PM: Belfast Telegraph
Andrew Woodcock and David Hughes

'DUP-Tory agreement is not dead just yet', insists Wilson: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

DUP MP accused of peddling Brexit fear after claiming 'backstop' goes further than anything 'achieved by the IRA': Irish News

May tries to woo Brexit MPs with Irish backstop 'parliamentary lock': The Guardian
Heather Stewart and Peter Walker

MPs need reassurance over ending the Irish backstop says powerful Tory MP in Brexit debate: The News Letter

Gregory Campbell – 'A tragedy that May allowed hard border talk to gain traction': The News Letter
Niall Deeney

Irish premier says reopening talks over UK withdrawal deal 'not feasible': Belfast Telegraph

'It's economically mad' – DUP say secret legal advice revealing Britain could be stuck in the backstop forever is 'devastating' and proves May went back on her promise to protect the Union: Daily Mail
Tim Sculthorpe

We would be happy with a general election, says DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds during key Brexit debate: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Unbelievable that PM would even consider signing this deal – Swann: The News Letter

DUP MP – MPs can't override Brexit referendum result: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Ireland'S EU fury: Dublin set for TAX WAR with Brussels – 'We have STRONG concerns': Daily Express
Paul Withers

Brexit backstop 'could leave NI alone in customs union': BBC
John Campbell

Stark madness – eight reasons why this deal must be binned: The News Letter
Nigel Dodds

Theresa May's been battered but still has fighting chance with Brexit deal: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

'Amid the chaos, UK MPs have now 'done a Cromwell' for parliament': Irish Independent
John Downing

After Brexit deal's slow failure Ireland-EU solidarity could still be tested: The Irish Times
Denis Staunton

Second referendum on Brexit might be only option if PM is defeated in the Commons: Belfast Telegraph
Alban Maginness

Reality of Brexit border backstop finally dawns at Westminster: The Irish Times
Cliff Taylor

We need to know the exact legal position on the backstop: The News Letter

'The UK voted to leave the EU but London voted to remain – my city will always be open to Ireland': Irish Independent
Sadiq Khan

No matter how Belfast Books tries to slice it, discrimination against people, whatever their viewpoint, is always wrong, always illegal, always a political and moral outrage: Belfast Telegraph
Fionola Meredith

MLA claims Ulster flags hurting Limavady traders: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

'Hate issues must be addressed': Mid Ulster Mail

Row over prisoners' names on council-owned Christmas tree: Irish News
Seamus McKinney

Peadar Tóibín denies new party will be 'one-issue' movement: BBC

Ian Paisley bemoans 'too long' recall petition: Irish News
John Manley

Arrests made in probe into INLA criminality: Londonderry Sentinel

Sinn Féin anger at proposals to help protect veterans: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

Ballymurphy inquest – Edward Doherty 'possibly in throwing stance': BBC
Will Leitch

50 years ago – Critical months for a Northern Ireland at the "crossroads": Irish Voice/
Ed Neafsey

Freddie Scappaticci admits possessing extreme pornography: Belfast Live
Ryan Hooper

East Belfast FC portacabin row sees unionist councillors accused of a "democratic outrage": Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

Gibraltar values being British as much as Northern Ireland does: The News Letter
Joseph Garcia

The Alternative to Arms: New York Times
Gerry Adams

Wednesday, December 5

Brexit advice – DUP votes lead to No 10 'contempt' defeat: BBC
Jayne McCormack

DUP would not repay £1bn if its pact with Tories ends, Sammy Wilson says: Belfast Telegraph

DUP will prop up Tories – but only if the Withdrawal Bill is defeated: Irish Independent
Harriet Lane

Pro-Remain alliance in pact despite SDLP MLA's call for Sinn Féin to shelve abstentionism: Irish News
John Manley

'Brexit is a big opportunity' Sinn Féin leader says united Ireland referendum is COMING: Daily Express
Joe Gamp

Top Tory hints MPs need Irish backstop 'reassurance' to back PM's Brexit deal: Belfast Telegraph

'This is a very uncertain time' – North-south local authority alliance needed in wake of Brexit: Irish Examiner

'Brexit reversal would be loved here – but is still unlikely to occur': Irish Independent
John Downing

Jeremy Corbyn should put the national interest before party advantage (Nov 28): Belfast Telegraph
Alban Maginness

Brexit unrest is being stoked by tin-pot egomaniacs for narrow political advantage (Nov 16): Belfast Telegraph
Tom Kelly

Northern Ireland will never be able to exit this backstop: The News Letter

The Irish Times view on the Brexit backstop: The Irish Times

Peadar Tóibín's new party to contest north's 2019 council elections: Irish News
John Manley

Support for National Front growing in Northern Ireland, claims leader Tony Martin: Belfast Telegraph
Brett Campbell

As republicans cannot own civil rights, civil rights cannot disown republicanism (Oct 15): Irish Voice/
Dan Haverty

My father wasn't a UDA chief when he was killed, Geordie Gimore's son tells court: Belfast Telegraph
Ashleigh McDonald

Evidence of MI5 agent in IRA terror trial 'unsatisfactory': Belfast Telegraph
Michael Donnelly

Ex-soldier stands by his evidence around fatal 1971 shooting of man in Belfast: Belfast Telegraph

Veteran unionist Terry Wright looks back on the Civil Rights march of October 5, 1968: Derry Journal

East Belfast FC portacabin removed by council contractors after political row: Belfast Live
Sarah Scott

Sinn Féin under fire over removal of football club's facility in east Belfast: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

Peace tourism – Building a shared future on the walls of Derry (Nov 28): The Irish Times
Freya McClements

Former assistant chief constable Stephen White new chairperson of RUC GC Foundation (Nov 27): The News Letter

Irish-speaking schools warn of legal action over 'unfair' patronage process (Nov 19): The Irish Times
Carl O'Brien

Price of pint likely to rise if UK crashes out of EU, warn industry experts: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle

Brexit poses existential questions for Scottish nationalists: Deutsche Welle

Tuesday, December 4

Cox outlines pragmatic defence for Brexit to Commons sceptics: The Irish Times
Denis Staunton

People want us to get on with Brexit, says Northern Ireland Secretary: Belfast Telegraph

Sammy Wilson – Brexit legal advice will prove Theresa May is a liar: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

DUP 'out of touch' with majority in Northern Ireland on Brexit, says Sinn Féin chief O'Neill: Belfast Telegraph

MPs must listen to deal's supporters in NI, says Northern Secretary: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Brexit – DUP should apologise for awful mess, says Lord Empey: The News Letter
Duncan Elder

DUP joins opposition parties in contempt call: ITV

'Incredibly unusual times' – DUP and Labour alliance described as 'strange, perhaps unholy':
Órla Ryan

Backstop does not affect north's constitutional standing: Irish News

Should we care what the UDA, UFF and the Red Hand Commando think about the Brexit backstop?: Belfast Telegraph
Ruth Dudley Edwards

We have no amicable way to settle our Brexit dilemma: The News Letter
Alex Kane

UK politics struggles with the idea of being 'trapped' in the backstop: The Irish Times
Cliff Taylor

Brexit showdown – Theresa May just might have one final card up her sleeve: Belfast Telegraph
Arthur Aughey

With the DUP warning of a no confidence vote, Brexit is becoming ever more dysfunctional: New Statesman
Stephen Bush

Ireland is not immune to anti-EU populism: The Times
Jason O'Mahony

Let's be honest about what's really driving Brexit – bigotry: The Irish Times
Matthew d'Ancona

The Times view on the DUP's Brexit deal stance: The Times

Ireland able to agree extradition deal with UK, conference hears: The Irish Times
Conor Gallagher

Mary Lou McDonald – The Unifier:
Guðrið Højgaard

George Gilmore murder – Son denies father was UDA commander: BBC

Judge finds IRA trial evidence 'unsatisfactory': Irish News

Ballymurphy inquest – Former soldier still thinks about Belfast man shot dead in 1971: The News Letter
Rebecca Black

Soldier apologises to victim's family at Ballymurphy inquest: RTE

How millennials are breathing fresh life into the ancient Irish language: The Independent
Ben Kelly

Belfast bookshop bans DUP members from new cafe over same sex marriage: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Brexit may stop firms using auditors from North (Nov 29): The Times
Cianan Brennan

N.I. bookshop bans DUP members over same sex marriage stance: The News Letter
Andrew Quinn

Fine Gael's enthusiasm for WWI remembrance: Southern Star

Monday, December 3

DUP to join forces with Labour in Brexit move that could delay marathon 40-hour debate: Irish Independent
Gavin Cordon and Harriet Line

Gove 'uncomfortable' about Irish border backstop but says May can win vote on Brexit withdrawal deal: Belfast Telegraph

Theresa May warned of 'historic' constitutional battle over Brexit legal advice: ITV

Government should publish no-deal Border plans, FF says: The Irish Times
Jennifer Bray

Charlie Flanagan – State will be properly policed regardless of Brexit outcome: Irish Examiner
Daniel McConnell

Willie Hay says DUP quarrel with Theresa May not the Tory party: Derry Journal

Irish citizens in North unlikely to have vote in European elections: The Irish Times
Jennifer Bray

Does Theresa May know what she is doing?: RTE
Tommie Gorman

Without Britain we'll need new EU tactics: The Times
Lucinda Creighton

John Kerry issues Brexit warning over reigniting Troubles in Northern Ireland: Belfast Telegraph

DUP's defiance and lack of compromise will put off voters (Nov 26): The Times
Patrick Maguire

Spotlight on DUP over Stormont talks: Irish News

North Down on Brexit – 'The DUP threatens the union more Sinn Féin': The Irish Times
Simon Carswell

Cheap point-scoring against Sinn Féin insults our voters: The Times
Mary Lou McDonald

'How can any party go into coalition with toxic Sinn Féin?' (Dec 2): Sunday Independent
Ruth Dudley Edwards

'Diversity of views not tolerated in Sinn Féin,' says Tóibín as he looks to build new political movement: Irish Independent
Ryan Nugent

Sinn Féin emails referred to watchdog in 'English-only' street signs row: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Gerry Fitt urged British to reject Hunger Striker demands days before Bobby Sands died: Irish News
Connla Young

Campaigners say British army logs show MRF was in north Belfast days before McGurk's Bar atrocity: Irish News
Connla Young

We need a major public inquiry into the IRA because few of its victims will get justice (Dec 1): The News Letter
Ben Lowry

Candlelight vigil held in memory of Ballymurphy Massacre victims: Belfast Telegraph

Stonewalling investigations – Loughinisland suspicions deepen: Irish Examiner

Garda has no religious breakdown statistics 'despite Dublin lectures to NI' (Nov 19): The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

Uncertainty for family living in Republic but working in the North (Nov 12): The Irish Times
Freya McClements

Sinn Féin hits out at council's £17k 'junket' to USA (Nov 26): Belfast Telegraph
Mark Bain

DUP councillor Phillip Brett praised for sending message of support to St Enda's GAA club ahead of historic match: Irish News
John Monaghan

'We were 'no-platforming' before anyone else' (Dec 2): Sunday Independent
Declan Lynch

Forces veterans could be tried over claims of colonial abuse: The Times
Lucy Fisher