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Today's Northern Ireland News
Last Updated – December 14, 2018.

Brexit – Leo Varadkar 'happy to offer assurances' to UK: BBC
John Campbell

Brexit – Leo Varadkar believes UK parliament will ratify withdrawal deal: The News Letter

Tánaiste says backstop needed but he hopes it will not be used: Irish Examiner

EU underlines Irish backstop 'temporary' and pledges to work 'expeditiously' to replace it if introduced: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Brexit – Jim Allister warns not to be hoodwinked by 'sleight of hand': The News Letter

Ireland retain UNITY GOVERNMENT to avoid Brexit CHAOS – 'Now is NOT the time for election': Daily Express
Harvey Gavin

Second Brexit referendum call grows louder but risks abound: Irish Examiner
Ngaire Woods

Brexit – 'It doesn't matter who Tory leader is, Irish interests need protection' – say nationalist representatives: Derry Now

Brexit – What does Ireland do if there's no deal?: BBC
John Campbell

Ireland may be squeezed on backstop in Brexit negotiations – but not yet: The Irish Times
Pat Leahy

State has forgotten how to run Border security, says retired general: The Irish Times
Conor Gallagher

What happens to Ireland if there is no Brexit deal?: The Sun
Gerard du Cann

The big Brexit moment you probably missed: ITV
Carl Dinnen

Brexit – Jeremy Corbyn 'should stop cosying up to DUP over backstop': The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Fianna Fáil leader urges Sinn Féin to change Jeremy Corbyn's mind on the backstop: Irish News
John Manley

Is the DUP poised to rescue Theresa May?: ITV
Robert Peston

DUP denies talks with Labour to topple May: Irish Independent
Gareth Morgan

Theresa May still needs DUP support but while Brexit backstop remains she won't have it: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

DUP must broaden its horizons if it is to save the union: The Times

Preparing for a hard border amid British political chaos: Irish Examiner
Eamon Quinn

Why the idea of a united Ireland is back in play (Nov 30): Financial Times
David McWilliams

Sinn Féin's Border poll behaviour does not add up: The Irish Times
Newton Emerson

'Remarkable solidarity from EU must never be overlooked': Irish Independent
John Downing

Tory no confidence vote solved nothing – just a spectator sport for the DUP: Belfast Telegraph
Jon Tonge

'Tories need to listen to the bard, not their own fiction': Irish Independent

Protecting people not for political point scoring – Police Federation hits back at Sinn Féin criticism: Belfast Telegraph
Michael Sheils McNamee

Lurgan Presbyterian church attack treated as hate crime: BBC

Derry and Strabane council becomes first to allow staff to wear Easter lily: Irish News
Seamus McKinney

New anti-abortion republican party holds first meeting in north: Irish News
Claire Simpson

Peadar Tóibín says his new party must build from grassroots: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

DUP declines to reveal whether Ian Paisley will face party sanctions: The News Letter
Mark Rainey

DUP MP Paisley should have declared Maldives trip, says ex-public standards watchdog: Belfast Telegraph
Victoria Leonard

Trio accused of lying after Robert Hamill murder: Belfast Telegraph
Paul Higgins

Troubles amnesty – 'Murder is murder' says sister of Daniel Hegarty-teen who was shot dead in 1972 during Operation Motorman: Derry Now
Eamon Sweeney

Ballymurphy inquest – Teenager saw three men shot dead in 48 hours: BBC
Will Leitch

Troubles amnesty – 'Bloody Sunday apology means nothing if amnesty is brought in' says Michael Bridge one of those wounded on the day: Derry Now
Eamon Sweeney

Former Workers' Party president Seán Garland dies: The Irish Times
Aine McMahon

Leading republican Joe Haughey dies suddenly: Irish News
Allison Morris

More students moving south of the border and fewer going north as Brexit approaches: Irish Examiner
Niall Murray

Bertie Ahern appointed to peace process role in Papua New Guinea: The Irish Times
Aine McMahon

Thursday, December 13

Theresa May survives confidence vote and says she will 'protect the union': Irish Post
Gerard Donaghy

Theresa May tells UK parliament food shortages in Ireland will not be used as tactic in Brexit negotiations: Irish Mirror
Andrew Byrne

Unionists urge May to bring focus back to Brexit deal after confidence vote win: Belfast Telegraph

Arlene Foster – No need for new Conservative leader: BBC
Mark Devenport

Brexit border backstop 'must not fall victim to Tory civil war', says Sinn Féin: Belfast Telegraph

Dublin's inflexibility could precipitate no-deal – Swann: The News Letter

Theresa May faces 'heck of a battle' in Brussels over Northern Ireland backstop – Dodds: Belfast Telegraph

Brexit – Sir John Major's backstop remarks 'dangerous', warns Lord Empey: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

Colum Eastwood frustrated by Jeremy Corbyn's backstop stance: Irish News
John Manley

ERSI warn no-deal Brexit would halve growth in Irish economy: Irish Examiner

Ireland's economy 'threatened by Tory fundamentalists': The Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll

Brexit – Irish PM speaks to President of EU Commission: BBC

Conservative MP tells the BBC 'the Irish really should know their place' over Brexit: Irish Post
Jack Beresford

Meddling Varadkar begs Irish MPs to take seats in UK Parliament to SAVE May's Brexit deal: Daily Express
Joe Barnes

'Huge downsides' to Brexit but also more 'jobs and money' for Ireland – Taoiseach: The Irish Times
Marie O'Halloran

Irish preparations for no-deal Brexit to accelerate: The Irish Times
Simon Coveney

'The backstop demand could end up bringing about that which it was designed to prevent': Irish Independent
Dan O'Brien

May's promise to DUP could make Brexit deal impossible: The Irish Times
Denis Staunton

'We know more about UK's 'no deal' strategy than our own': Irish Independent
Cormac McQuinn

What the UK needs to do if it wants to delay Brexit: The Irish Times
Patrick Smyth

Why it would be wrong for DUP to view May's humiliation as victory: Belfast Telegraph
Jon Tonge

PM can only get backstop certainty in legally binding text: The News Letter

Government must prepare for what might happen next: Irish Independent

Martin cites national interest and Brexit for keeping Varadkar in power: The Irish Times
Fiach Kelly

Sinn Féin express concerns about how police dealt with bomb alert: The News Letter

Fianna Fáil used Brexit crisis to 'run away from electorate', McDonald claims: The Irish Times
Marie O'Halloran

Gerry Adams misses late friend and colleague Martin McGuinness 'every day': Irish Mirror
John Patrick Kierans

'Michael D is a formidable president' – Adams says Sinn Féin was never going to win Áras election:
Adam Daly

Mary Lou McDonald reveals her take-home pay: Irish Independent
Cormac McQuinn

Ian Paisley under pressure over holiday to Maldives: The Guardian
Rory Carroll

Ian Paisley allegations 'very serious' says DUP: Belfast Live
David Young and Rebecca Black

Sinn Féin and UUP want Paisley Maldives holiday claims probed by watchdog: Belfast Telegraph

I expect high standards of those in public office – Paisley's Maldives holiday to be considered 'soon' by party officers, says Arlene Foster: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Frozen Libyan assets will not be used for Enniskillen bomb victims: Impartial Reporter
Rodney Edwards

Ballymurphy Inquest – Witness saw victim falling at his feet: BBC
Will Leitch

Sister of Bloody Sunday victim says soldier's 'job well done' comment deeply hurtful: Belfast Telegraph
Donna Deeney

Pro-life group – We will 'target' Barry McElduff in council elections: The News Letter
Philip Bradfield

Anger over west Belfast alert: Irish News

People born in North told by Home Office they're British: Irish World
Colin Gannon

US supporters of Irish Peace Process invited to join Boston to NYC cycling challenge: Irish Voice/

Unionist Dan Snow accidentally makes the case for independence: The National (Scotland)

Wednesday, December 12

Varadkar to tell May – we won't budge on Brexit: The Times
Niamh Lyons

Leo Varadkar – Halting or delaying Brexit will remove no-deal threat: The Scotsman
Paris Gourtsoyannis

Ireland 'actively preparing' for No-Deal Brexit – but Tánaiste believes it 'is still unlikely': Irish Independent
Denise Calnan, Kevin Doyle, Laura Larkin and John Downing

Former PM John Major warns any new border could 'reactivate' Troubles: Belfast Telegraph
Ian Begley

Brexit – Irish upping no deal contingency plans, says PM: BBC
Jayne McCormack

'Backstop must be removed,' insists Arlene Foster: Irish Examiner

Sinn Féin tell Theresa May a Unity Referendum must be held in event of a no-deal Brexit: Irish Post
Gerard Donaghy

Brexiteer reveals SOLUTION to Irish backstop – 'The alternative WAY AHEAD': Daily Express
Tom Nellist

Trade wiped out if Britain leaves with no deal, study warns: The Times
Tom McEnaney

Diane Dodds – Brexit deal cannot succeed without substantive renegotiation: The News Letter
Stephen Gamble

'Brexit drives big wedge between Sinn Féin and long-time biggest UK supporter Jeremy Corbyn': Irish Independent
Cormac McQuinn

Brexit forecasts – healthy scepticism is advised: The Irish Times
Eoin Burke-Kennedy

The DUP have become turkeys voting for Christmas as they steer us toward a no-deal Brexit: The Independent
Ben Kelly

Theresa May to visit Dublin for crucial Brexit talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Belfast Telegraph

No chance of Ireland backtrack: The Times
John Walsh

Why it would be wrong for DUP to view May's humiliation as victory: Belfast Telegraph
Jon Tonge

'A memo to Ms Foster – PM is now warning of united Ireland': Irish Independent
John Downing

Irish border backstop has brought the UK to this national crisis: The News Letter

'Abandoning vote on Brexit deal smacks of desperation': Irish Independent

More disarray over Brexit after frenzied day at Westminster: Belfast Telegraph

Sinn Féin call for Irish unity poll 'destructive', Taoiseach says: The Irish Times
Marie O'Halloran

Get ready for vote on united Ireland, insists McDonald: The Times
Cate McCurry and Michelle Devane

Army veterans betrayed – 'I was treated like a terrorist for doing my job': Daily Express
John Ingham

Witch hunts against those former police officers who are accused of the sorcery known as collusion: The News Letter
William Matchett

Bloody Sunday soldier still describes shootings as 'job well done': Derry Journal
Andrew Quinn

Sinn Féin's Raymond McCartney slams 'job well done' comments by Bloody Sunday soldier: Irish News
Suzanne McGonagle

Engel pens Ballymurphy letter to British ambassador: Irish Echo

'I believe God was telling me to forgive IRA killers who shot my husband' – wife of Maze deputy governor reveals journey: Belfast Telegraph
Claire McNeilly

'I'll reveal pay when I want' – McDonald, despite 'openness' pledge: Irish Independent
Cormac McQuinn

Welsh TV series look at life behind Belfast peace walls: Irish News
Mairead Holland

Leading loyalist Dee Stitt fined £300 for having stun gun: Irish News

Ian Paisley luxury Maldives holiday paid for by 'mystery friend': The News Letter
Sam McBride

Union of Students in Ireland call on Government to reinstate 'Gaeltacht Grant': Irish Examiner

Tuesday, December 11

May postpones Brexit vote to work on Irish border backstop concerns – 'Impossible position' without changes says Dodds: Belfast Telegraph
Gareth Cross

May – hard Border to force united Ireland: Irish Independent
Kevin Doyle and Laura Larkin

Foster says Brexit vote deferment sums up government's 'chaotic' approach: The Irish Times
Amanda Ferguson

We will never let the Irish down – Dublin and EU officials rule out 'renegotiation' of Brexit deal: Belfast Telegraph
Jonathan Bell

Brexit withdrawal treaty not up for renegotiation, says Coveney: The Irish Times
Patrick Smyth

Brexit survey of Northern Ireland readers shows increased support for remain: Belfast Live
Chris Sherrard

Former British Prime Minister John Major insists return of a hard border would be 'disastrous': Irish Independent
Ian Begley

UUP – 'Backstop assurances won't wash': The News Letter
Niall Deeney

International Fund for Ireland in peace warning: BBC

Pro-Remain parties call for backstop agreement on Irish border to be banked: Belfast Telegraph

We'll be doing Northern Ireland a big favour by voting May deal down, claims DUP: Belfast Telegraph
David Young and David Hughes

Derry councillor says Brexit poll is further evidence that the DUP are 'out of touch': Derry Now

New human rights report calls for a change to 'outdated' Northern Ireland abortion laws: Belfast Telegraph
Laura Larkin

Brexit – UK can revoke Article 50, European court rules: The Irish Times
Patrick Smyth

Brexit will destroy my late grandfather's dream of an open Irish border: New Statesman
James Patterson

UK takes unique, unprecedented road nobody wants to go down: Irish Examiner
Fergus Finlay

I will have no difficulty ignoring siren voices backing this rotten Brexit agreement: Belfast Telegraph
Sammy Wilson

'A memo to Ms Foster – PM is now warning of united Ireland': Irish Independent
John Downing

Most Brexiteers stay the course... despite gloomy predictions: Belfast Telegraph
Suzanne Breen

May has bought more time to win support for her Brexit deal: The Irish Times
Denis Staunton

'Amid political chaos in UK, we need clear idea of what'll happen at home': Irish Independent
Laura Larkin

Priti Patel's boorish Brexit comments showed ignorance about Ireland. She's not alone: The Guardian
Bobby McDonagh

Unionists have been shafted, but not by Dublin or Brussels: The News Letter
Alex Kane

'Priti Patel should have studied Britain's colonial history here before food comments': Irish Mirror
Paddy Clancy


Letter proposes NI Bill of Rights in bid to 'protect all': Belfast Telegraph
Mark Bain

The question is whether Barry McElduff is a liability or an asset... Sinn Féin, which refuses even to acknowledge the IRA's responsibility for Kingsmill, clearly believes he is the latter: Belfast Telegraph
Malachi O'Doherty

Paramilitaries and ex-soldiers should get Troubles amnesty, ex-general says: Irish News
Claire Simpson

McGurk's – First UVF target searched 48 hours before bomb: Belfast Media
Conor McParland

Ballymurphy inquest – Witness 'saw soldier laugh': BBC

Anger at dissident republican window mural in Derry: Belfast Telegraph
Leona O'Neill

Belfast Lord Mayor defends using office to support rights issues: Belfast Telegraph

Monday, December 10

'Top EU diplomat said Northern Ireland the price to pay for Brexit' claims former minister: Belfast Telegraph

Leo Varadkar holds firm on Brexit deal but ready to 'listen' to new UK proposals: Irish Independent
Philip Ryan

UUP urges parliament to send prime minister 'back to the negotiating table: Irish News
Bimpe Archer

Poisonous backstop would remain – Nigel Dodds rejects possible DUP support for Norway plus deal: Belfast Telegraph

Former Brexit secretary – UK could have pressed harder on backstop: The News Letter

Brexit may delay Irish MEPs from taking their seats: The Irish Times
Harry McGee

New bishop of Border areas fears hard Brexit: Irish Independent
Sarah MacDonald

Brexit reality finally set to bite for Irish business: Irish Examiner
John Phelan

Northern Ireland's history provides a Brexit lesson for us all: The Guardian
Karen Bradley

Brexit, Brussels and Northern Ireland – careful what you wish for: Financial Times
Alex Barker

'Brexit day is looming – but we're none the wiser as to what the outcome might be. Take your pick from these...': Irish Independent
John Downing

Britain faces an increasingly dangerous reality on Brexit: The Irish Times
Bobby McDonagh

'A very British farce born of a questionable referendum' (Dec 9): Sunday Independent
Colm McCarthy

Brexit – No Santa Claus in sight: RTE
Tommie Gorman

'Brits want to starve the Irish' is the definition of fake news' (Dec 9): Sunday Independent
Eilis O'Hanlon

Some unionists are thinking the unthinkable about living in a united Ireland: The Irish Times
Eamonn Mallie

'Ireland's changing interests in a post-Brexit Europe' (Dec 9): Sunday Independent
Dan O'Brien

Commons to vote on Brexit deal and history unlikely to be kind to this Comedy of Errors: Irish Examiner

Political instability 'hampering progress on peace walls': Belfast Telegraph

North falling behind in human rights provisions, report finds: Irish News
Paul Ainsworth

Amnesty hails Ireland as human rights leader: The Times
Katie O'Neill

Flanagan – Smooth extradition with UK is key to fight crime: The Times
Seán McCárthaigh

Council approves £5,000 to light up Bloody Sunday memorial: Derry Journal

'Axing' of controversial commentator Jude Collins by BBC NI welcomed: The News Letter

McDonald and her Sinn Féin TDs stay tight-lipped on pay: Irish Independent
Cormac McQuinn

IRA killers should get amnesty as well as army veterans to end Northern Ireland witch hunt, ex-defence chief demands: The Sun
Tom Newton Dunn

Film investigating Loughinisland massacre deserves a wider audience: The Guardian
Roy Greenslade

'Irony' over Boris Johnson's backing says No Stone Unturned filmmaker: Irish News
Monika Unsworth

Former British Prime Minister to deliver keynote speech on Albert Reynolds' contribution to peace process: Irish Independent
Liam Cosgrove

Majority of people think Sinn Féin should take its Westminster seats for crucial Brexit vote:
Sean Murray

I invite him to come to Derry – Sinn Féin MP responds to Taoiseach jibe over James McClean homeless gesture: Belfast Telegraph

Charlatans on both sides of Brexit debate deceive the public: The Scotsman
Euan McColm

Sunday, December 9

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