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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – August 18, 2018.

Former civil rights leader McAliskey calls for Stormont to be 'bulldozed': RTE

'Unionists should not support Sinn Féin-led bid to unseat Ian Paisley in North Antrim': The News Letter
David McNarry & David Campbell

Revealed – Festival marked by IRA flags and chants got extra public cash in 2018: The News Letter
Duncan Elder

'Hate crime' – Belfast politician decries 'anti-Protestant' poster: The Guardian
Pádraig Collins

The curse of whataboutery – this is a divided society that can't give up its prejudices: Belfast Telegraph
Fionola Meredith

Local Government Commissioner to hold hearing into complaint against UUP veteran Rodgers: Belfast Telegraph

Bryson to lodge complaint with watchdog over arrest: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

Judge 'deeply disappointed' no one left bonfire after seeing murder victims' names burned: Belfast Telegraph
George Jackson

Sinn Féin in Derry call for Meenan Square site in Bosgide to cleaned up and secured as soon as possible: Derry Now

Relative of bomb victim brings legal challenge aimed at preventing Harris being appointed Garda Commissioner: Irish Independent
Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

Omagh bomb families set to begin process to seize assets: The News Letter

Politicians have no answers for Omagh bomb victims: The News Letter
Sandra Chapman

The Irish Times view on the Omagh bombing anniversary – recalling the darkest day: The Irish Times

UUP says legacy consultation period should be extended: BBC

Service to mark anniversary of Ballygawley bus bombing: Belfast Telegraph
Claire McNeilly

Victims need more time to examine the proposals on how to deal with the past: The News Letter
Doug Beattie

Legacy deadline should be extended past September 10: The News Letter

Compensation for victims of Libya-funded IRA attacks is 'difficult' – Home Secretary: Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

Ballygawley bus bombing – 30 years after 'walking into hell', survivors still bear scars: Irish News
Bimpe Archer

Belfast councillor hits out at PSNI 'inconsistency' over running events: Irish News
Brendan Hughes

Not including Northern Ireland in cannabis laws 'perverse' – DUP MP Robinson: Belfast Telegraph

Moderator's meeting with Pope comes under attack: Belfast Telegraph
Allan Preston

DUP not attending Dublin Castle Pope address: BBC
Jayne McCormack

Belfast parish at heart of Protestant/Catholic divide knows both hope and heartache: Crux
Inés San Martín

Irish Catholics call for 'current culture of misogyny' in the Church to be erased: The Irish Times
Patsy McGarry

'I received neither an acknowledgement or reply' – Mary McAleese reveals she made formal complaint to Pope Francis: Irish Independent
Conor McCrave

Massive expectation surrounding Papal visit: Irish News

A slow decline of Catholicism in the classroom (Aug 5): Sunday Independent
Katherine Donnelly

NI pro-lifers 'squeezed' by Westminister and RoI on abortion: Irish Catholic
Chai Brady

One-man DUP play cuts it at Edinburgh Fringe, now writer eyes party's conference: Belfast Telegraph
Ivan Little

'Paddy Cosgrave was wrong to invite Le Pen – and wrong to use Northern Ireland in his justification':
David McCann

Friday, August 17

DUP and Sinn Féin accused of 'abdication of responsibility' over Brexit: The Irish Times
Ronan McGreevy

TUV's Allister furious at Northern Ireland's 'perilous dependency' on Irish government's power supplier: Belfast Telegraph

Former UUP men throw weight behind Paisley battle to remain an MP: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Ian Paisley resignation claims are 'bum steer': The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

House of Commons suspension on Ian Paisley 'would not automatically carry over' if he were re-elected MP: Irish News
Suzanne McGonagle

If I'd done anything that deserved resigning, I would have done so already, says Ian Paisley: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Electoral Office defends handling of Ian Paisley recall petition: Irish News
John Manley

Paisley will ride out scandal thanks to inertia and division: The Times
Owen Polley

DUP hits back after north Belfast housing claims: Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council gave contentious festival £357,000 in funding: The News Letter
Duncan Elder

Jim Rodgers facing no confidence vote over bonfires comments: Belfast Live
Rebecca Black

'Ultimate offence' caused by Bogside bonfire posters will not derail progress – Middleton: Londonderry Sentinel
Mark Rainey

Murdered PSNI officer's widow 'shocked' at his name on bonfire: Derry Journal
Carmel Robinson

Derry bonfire – People of the Bogside have no time for what those hoodlums did: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

NI prisons chief condemns bonfire of murdered officers' names: The Guardian

Bogside Bonfire – Wave of support for son of murdered prison officer on social media: The News Letter
Andrew Quinn

Londonderry bonfire insult to victims of terrorism: The Times
John Walsh

Vile bonfire acts have become a repulsive race to the gutter: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Burning of officers' names on Derry bonfire repugnant: Irish News

Bonfire hatred drags decency into gutter: Belfast Telegraph

O'Loan stands by claim Omagh blast could have been prevented only for failings by intelligence: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Nuala O'Loan 'should present any new Omagh evidence to police': The News Letter
Duncan Elder

Omagh justice campaigner Gallagher backs O'Loan '110%' over comments: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

Widower of Omagh victim calls for BBC boycott if it doesn't drop blogger Jude Collins: Belfast Telegraph
Gillian Halliday

Crowds join families as Buncrana remembers its Omagh bomb victims: Derry Journal
Brendan McDaid

'Omagh's spirit of unity and love will endure' – Protestant minister: The News Letter

Comments from Baroness were untimely and cruel: Belfast Telegraph
Alan Simpson

The Omagh victims deserve more than insensitive remarks: Belfast Telegraph

Bombers were wholly to blame, whatever the RUC failings: The News Letter

Loyalist blogger Bryson claims he was arrested by police: ITV

Jamie Bryson arrest "absurd" he claims in video statement: Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

Chief Constable praises 'good work' of police after Jamie Bryson arrest: Belfast Telegraph

East Belfast UVF targeted in Task Force operation against dodgy bouncers: Belfast Live
Maurice Fitzmaurice

Presbyterian leader to attend Pope's Irish visit events: BBC

Pope Francis should cancel Irish visit, says Belfast priest: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Eamon Martin – Ireland's Catholic priests need to spread the word at home: The Guardian
Harriet Sherwood

'Astonishing and shocking' – New film gives last testament of IRA woman Dolours Price: The News Letter
Joanne Savage

Northern Ireland MP caught up in Jeremy Corbyn terror wreath-laying row: Belfast Telegraph
Mark Bain

Arts Over Borders – Brian Friel festival puts Brexit centre-stage: The Guardian
Mark Lawson

Thursday, August 16

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