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March 13, 2020

Strike action Thousands of health workers walk out over pay

Thousands of health and social care workers in Northern Ireland have begun a 48-hour strike.

Belfast man admits raping woman as she walked home

Two passing cyclists tried to stop the attack but were threatened by Stephen Dalton, a court hears.

Northern Irelands boiler replacement scheme closes due to budget constraints

Applications will no longer be accepted for the Department for Communities grants scheme.

Lough Neagh 168 confirmed algae reports in Northern Ireland since May

The Environment Agency warns of no quick fix to the issue, which particularly affects Lough Neagh.

John Caldwell Man accused of helping gunmen is released on bail

Tony Slevin allegedly drove a suspect to Belfast as gunmen moved cars ahead of the attack.

Muckamore Patient medication concerns not taken seriously says mother

A Muckamore patient's mother says her daughter suffered a serious allergic reaction to medication.

Clady Man held at gunpoint by masked men during burglary

He was reportedly pushed to the floor and threatened with a gun before his car was stolen, police say.

Irish PM says threats against politicians serious

Politicians and staff were unable to leave the Leinster House for several hours on Wednesday.

Irish Premiership American business consortium makes 1m investment in champions Larne

Larne owner Kenny Bruce reveals that the Irish Premiership champions have received a seven-figure investment from a group of American businessmen.

Ryanair reduces winter schedule at Dublin Airport

The airline is cutting 17 Irish routes, including some flights to Spain and Italy.

Priests overwhelmed by scale of drugbereaved families

A priest in the north west says more and more people are dying from drug abuse.

MoT Stormont department in court over diesel test claims

A legal challenge is launched against Stormont for an alleged failure to carry out emissions tests.

Rugby World Cup Ronan Kelleher starts for Ireland against South Africa as Dan Sheehan returns

Ronan Kelleher will start at hooker for Ireland's crucial Pool B match with reigning champions South Africa at the Rugby World Cup.

Lough Neagh Public meeting calls for action over algal blooms

About 250 people attend a meeting organised by Save Our Shores in Bellaghy, County Londonderry.

Group B Strep Shauna Lowry backs calls for more testing

Shauna Lowry's experience left her feeling "very strongly" about UK-wide mandatory testing.

Latest Northern Ireland weather forecast

The weather forecast in Northern Ireland.

Spotlight Bereaved families warn over dangers over lethal drugs

Families of two young people who died after taking suspected "extra-strength" pills issue drugs warning.

Paris Paralympic Games Twin paratriathletes aiming for glory

Twin sisters Chloe and Judith MacCombe are aiming for para-triathlon glory in Paris next year.

Strikes Health workers call for equal treatment over pay

Northern Ireland's health and social care workers call for pay parity with their NHS colleagues.

Girl humiliated by wearing nappies to school due to lack of toilet

A girl with a rare bone condition wore a nappy to school because there was no accessible toilet.

Spotlight Grieving mothers warning after daughters drugs death

Bereaved mother warns other families about the dangers of taking high-strength street drugs.

Syrian shopkeeper targeted in hate crime says love will win

Syrian businessman says he will move his new shop after repeated racist attacks on Donegall Road.

Common Travel Area Calls for rule changes for nonEEA citizens

Non-EEA citizens need a visa to cross the Irish border, even if they are lawful residents.

Sexual abuse Sisters speak out over years of attacks by monster father

The four women tell their story after father dies days into a 16-year sentence for sexual abuse.

Londonderry Gerard Kelly bailed over weapons find

Gerard Kelly, 48, was arrested earlier this month as part of a major police operation in Londonderry.

Mickey Harte ExTyrone boss appointed to Derry football job on threeyear term

Tyrone's three-time All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte is named as Derry's new football boss on a three-year term after leaving Louth.

Irish soldier appears in court over 60k cocaine find

Caolan Larkin faces three charges including possessing cocaine and a quantity of cannabis.

Thirteen charged after Irish parliament protests

Protestors gathered at parliament buildings in Dublin as politicians met after summer break.

Boy 17 dies in County Monaghan crash

The crash happened in Carrickaderry , near Clontibret, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Irish student dies after US kayaking incident

Ella Mills died after an incident on the Potomac River near Washington DC.

USChina chip restrictions could hit Irish exports

US restrictions on chip sales to China could be a factor in a lag in Irish exports, it is suggested.