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Brexit disruption to NI medicine supply lines would be unacceptable – minister

Health Minister Robin Swann expressed concern the Northern Ireland Protocol could hit the supply of medicines and medical devices to the region.
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Vaccine passports in Northern Ireland should be limited to large events – Swann

The Health Minister said he did not want to see vaccination certification being used for hospitality outlets in Northern Ireland.
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Checks proposed for Irish land border will not solve sea border issues, MPs told

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee was hearing evidence from the consortium operating the Government Trader Support Service.
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Johnson vows action on NI Protocol over ‘absurd’ trading arrangements

He said the UK Government is working on ‘sandpapering’ the deal with the EU.
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Comments on Lord Mountbatten no change of position, insists Sinn Fein leader

Lord Mountbatten died when the IRA detonated a bomb on his fishing boat in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, in 1979.
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Brother of loyalist murder victim disrupts NI Protocol protest

The incident came as loyalists signalled a resumption of protest action against post-Brexit trading arrangements.
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Schoolboy’s laptop activity a ‘core issue’ for his inquest, coroner told

A lawyer for the family of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe asked a coroner to secure an update on police efforts to examine the contents of the Chromebook.
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Seven face prosecution for alleged mistreatment at NI psychiatric hospital

It is understood the seven are staff members at Muckamore Abbey Hospital’s psychiatric intensive care unit.
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NI leaders look to ‘brighter’ future with series of lockdown relaxations

The reopening of Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality sectors have been fast-tracked as part of measures agreed by Stormont ministers.
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Stormont ministers to keep pushing Government over scheme for Troubles victims

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has accepted an undertaking from the Executive that it will provide the necessary funding for the scheme.
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NI pupils hoping for return to normality as all year groups back in class

Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir said it was a ‘very positive day for young people’.
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Loyalist concerns cannot be dismissed as ‘nonsense’, Arlene Foster says

The First Minister said some claims of unfair treatment were not true but she said perceptions must be addressed.
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Stormont leaders confident of announcing timetable for further easing

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill said they hoped to provide dates for further reopenings after Thursday’s meeting of the powersharing executive.
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Fifty-five police officers hurt as 13-year-olds join Belfast violence

Assembly members unanimously passed a motion condemning violence and calling for calm.
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Stormont ministers urged to speak with united voice on NI rioting

Disorder flared again on Wednesday night, with a bus hijacked and burned in Belfast and clashes between loyalists and republicans at a peace line.
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Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in NI disorder

It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions.
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Decision not to prosecute Sinn Fein politicians at Storey funeral to be reviewed

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill was among 24 party figures told by prosecutors they would not face action for attending the funeral last June.
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Class action launched against Government over NI Protocol

The commercial challenge in the High Court claims the post-Brexit Irish Sea trading arrangements infringe on the economic rights of citizens.
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Confidence in police in NI at all-time low after Storey funeral – Arlene Foster

The First Minister said her DUP party would not sit back and accept the refusal of the chief constable to resign.
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Bobby Storey funeral among series of Covid-19 controversies involving PSNI

Nationalist and unionist politicians have at different times claimed the service has lost the confidence of their respective communities.
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Sinn Fein figures to learn prosecution decision over Bobby Storey funeral scenes

The funeral of the former IRA leader was one of the most controversial events to occur during the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Ireland.
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NI’s mass vaccination centre hailed as ‘significant milestone’

The SSE Arena in Belfast has been transformed from a live music venue and home of the Belfast Giants to a vaccine centre.
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Belfast’s SSE Arena opens as mass vaccination centre

The indoor concert and sports venue will have the capacity to vaccinate 40,000 people a week.
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Irish Government plays down prospect of imminent vaccine-sharing by UK

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster said she hopes the UK will be in a position to give vaccines to the Irish Republic.
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Vaccines suspended at hospital after spare doses go to private school

Ireland’s health minister said the hospital’s actions were ‘completely unacceptable’

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Arlene Foster receives her first Covid-19 vaccine

Northern Ireland’s First Minister got an AstraZeneca jab from a GP in her constituency.
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Coroner announces date for delivery of Ballymurphy shootings inquest findings

The findings into the 10 fatal shootings will come in the year of the 50th anniversary of the controversial Army operation in west Belfast.
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Libya-IRA arms report author ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Government response

William Shawcross was asked to examine issues around securing compensation from Libya for victims of IRA bombs supplied by Colonel Gaddafi.
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Government to intervene in Northern Ireland abortion stand-off

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis will table a regulation giving him the power to direct Stormont’s Health Department to commission services.
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Education Minister hails ‘very good day for young people’ as more pupils return

Primary pupils in P4 to P7 and secondary school children in year groups 12 to 14 resumed face-to-face education on Monday morning.
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DUP not considering collapsing Stormont in protest at NI Protocol – minister

Peter Weir said he was also ‘bemused’ at claims his party was set to block Irish language legislation at Stormont amid the row over Irish Sea trade.
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More pupils return to school in Northern Ireland

The move comes as part of initial steps to exit lockdown.
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NI Health Minister’s call for vigilance on anniversary of first Covid death

Robin Swann said better days were to come for Northern Ireland after its year-long battle with coronavirus.
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Abortion law move will breach devolution settlement, DUP MP warns

The UK Government is set to act to force Stormont’s Department of Health to roll out abortion services across the region.
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AstraZeneca supply issue will only see ‘slight delay’ in vaccine rollout in NI

Patricia Donnelly, the head of the vaccine programme, told MLAs the vaccination timetable was likely to be pushed back by around two weeks.
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GB suppliers deciding that trading in NI is now ‘too much hassle’

The managing director of a leading NI food service company told MPs he was moving several supply chains to the Irish Republic and continental Europe.