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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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Sorcha McAnespy topped the poll for Sinn Fein in a 2014 council election but now sits on the Fermanagh and Omagh council as an independent

‘SF demanded donations while I struggled to raise three children as a single mum’

An ex-Sinn Fein councillor has spoken out about the pressure she said that she was under to donate regular chunks of her salary to the party despite struggling to get by as a single mother of three.

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Reprieve for three towns as benefits offices set to remain

Reprieve for three towns as benefits offices set to remain

Three government offices in towns across Northern Ireland will not close, as had been mooted.

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RHI

RHI overspend far greater than first feared, department tells court

The already vast scale of the overspend on the RHI scheme is much worse than first feared, the Stormont department responsible for the debacle has told the High Court.

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Sinn Fein's Ian Milne was elected to Mid-Ulster, at the Ballymena count in 2016.

Omagh lawyer serves writ on Sinn Fein MLA for UDR murder

A lawyer behind the landmark Omagh bomb civil action has served a writ on Sinn Fein MLA Ian Milne in relation to the 1976 murder of a Co Londonderry UDR soldier.

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This is the only time that MLAs have sat in the Assembly chamber since January ' and it lasted just 46 minutes

MLA pay rise, despite just 46 minutes in Assembly chamber

MLAs received a £500 salary increase in March – and are in line for a similar increase in six months’ time, despite not having sat in the Assembly since March.

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Pedestrians were being put at risk in Ballygawley - SDLP

Mid Ulster SDLP Councillor Sharon McAleer has welcomed the start of road safety improvements at Main Street, Ballygawley, adjacent to St Mary’s Primary School.

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Linda Dillon, MLA

Dillon welcomes court ruling

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Linda Dillon has welcomed a High Court directive ordering police and security chiefs to hand over intelligence files relating to loyalist killings.

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