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Billy Caldwell situation now ‘life threatening’

The Castlederg boy whose cannabis related anti-epileptic medication was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on Monday, is now suffering such frequent seizures that his situation is life threatening, his family have said.

Health
The Prince of Wales and Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O'Neill met privately in Cork for over 30 minutes.

Sinn Fein leadership meets Prince Charles

Sinn Fein leaders for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have met with Prince Charles in a private meeting in Cork.

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Rev Dr William McCrea MP and his wife Anne

New peer’s title will ‘reflect both towns’

Former DUP MP the Rev William McCrea, who was appointed to the House of Lords last month, has taken the title of Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown.

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Mid Ulster Council elects Sinn Féin Chair

Mid Ulster Council elects Sinn Féin Chair

Mid Ulster District Council has elected Sinn Féin Councillor Sean McPeake as its new Chair.

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A bonfire ahead of the Twelfth

Unionists slam bonfire policy as ‘heavy-handed’

Controversial plans that could see bonfire organisers forced to pay for insurance have been labelled “utter nonsense” by a DUP councillor.

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New Sinn Féin MP hopes for ‘new chapter’ after McElduff controversy

Newly elected Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley used her victory speech to attempt to draw a line under the controversial tweet that forced the resignation of her predecessor as West Tyrone MP.

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Thomas Buchanan

DUP hoping for pro-life Catholic vote in West Tyrone fight

The DUP candidate for the forthcoming West Tyrone by-election has said that he believes he can convince enough Catholics in the area to vote for his strong pro-life stance to win the seat.

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CCTV images of hooded man wanted for questioning about the murder of Polish national Piotr Krowka in Maghera

Hooded man seen on CCTV sought by Krowka murder detectives

Chilling CCTV footage showing a murder victim’s last movements has been released in the hope of identifying a hooded man on the same Maghera street.

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Carntogher Cllr Martin Kearney and Patsy McGlone MLA at the SDLP Conference on Saturday April 7.

SDLP confirms support for Irish Language Act at party conference

SDLP has reiterated its support for the Irish language and a rights based Irish language act.

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Unionists have requested a 'call-in' of Mid Ulster Council's bonfire licensing scheme

Legal challenge over bonfire permit scheme

Unionists are to mount a legal challenge over a nationalist controlled council’s decision to implement a licensing system for bonfires.

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Distribution of police stations in 1999. Compiled by Adam Kula

Revealed: two-thirds of all police stations shut in two decades

The number of police stations in Northern Ireland has been cut by two-thirds over the last two decades, new figures obtained by the News Letter reveal.

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DUP councillor George Dorrian

Bonfire report stirs concern for unionists

DUP councillors at Belfast City Council have once again insisted that bonfire organisers should regulate their own events – after an independent report which is suspected of proposing tighter restrictions.

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A map showing the revised proposals for the electoral boundaries in Northern Ireland, which have been significantly altered from the original plans.

Council backs motion calling for boundaries review public inquiry

Mid Ulster District Council has called for a public inquiry into the handling of the ongoing review of electoral constituency boundaries, claiming many in the nationalist community have lost confidence in the process.

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A Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Council backs NI’s first bonfire permit scheme

Unionists in Mid Ulster Council say Sinn Fein “rode roughshod” over them tonight to introduce what is believed to be Northern Ireland’s first ever permit system for bonfires on council property.

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Councillor Dominic Molloy.

Motion urges council to call for public inquiry into electoral boundaries review

The controversial issue of proposed electoral boundary changes will be up for discussion at Mid Ulster Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday, March 22.

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Sinn Fin MLA Colm Gildernew

Anger over vandalism to bilingual welcome sign in Tyrone

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has condemned the deliberate damage to an Irish language road sign outside Caledon.

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Cllr Kim Ashton

Mid Ulster Council raise concerns about 'drastic cuts' to public services

Mid Ulster District Council has issued a hard-hitting response to the Budgetary Outlook briefing paper which sets out potentially drastic cuts to public services in the next two years.
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Kevin Skelton, chairman of Families Moving On

Omagh bomb victim: I’ll take on Sinn Fein in McElduff’s old seat

A man who lost his wife in the Omagh bombing has said he would be prepared to stand against Sinn Fein in a battle to take control of the seat vacated by ex-MP Barry McElduff.

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Gerry Adams carries the coffin of IRA man Paddy Kelly, one of eight terrorists killed at Loughgall RUC station in May 1987

Declassified files: Adams ‘set up IRA gang for Loughgall ambush’

Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in May 1987, previously secret files have revealed.

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Arlene Foster mistakenly congratulated the wrong prince and misspelled Miss Markle's Christian name.

Arlene Foster congratulates wrong prince on engagement to Meghan Markle

DUP leader, Arlene Foster, caused a bit of a stir on social media on Monday when she mistakenly congratulated Prince William instead of Prince Harry on the news of his engagement to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
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