BBC News

March 13, 2020

Republic of Ireland to move to highest virus restrictions

The new rules, broadly similar to the spring lockdown, are due to last for six weeks.

Coronavirus: Call for DUP's Edwin Poots to apologise

Sinn Féin calls for an apology after Mr Poots said coronavirus was more common in nationalist areas.

Flu vaccine: NI to 'pause' vaccination programme for under-65s

The Public Health Agency says that 'phenomenal demand' has put pressure on stocks.

Coronavirus: Almost 1,500 cases recorded in NI schools

The figures come as NI's schools face a two-week closure aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Woman removed from EasyJet plane for not wearing face mask

The passenger on an EasyJet flight from Belfast to Edinburgh swore and shouted "everybody dies, you know that?" at crew.

PSNI trial new 'professional and modern' uniform

Chief Constable Simon Byrne says 150 officers will take part in a three-month pilot for the uniforms.

Coronavirus: Minister asks for no spectators at sports events

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín says she does not have the power to order the change.

Coronavirus: Financial support scheme opens for applications

The fund, expected to cost £35m, is designed to help businesses affected by new regulations.

Inside Politics Q&A arrives in West Tyrone

The virtual tour ends in West Tyrone and there's talk of football matches and school closures.

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children

Young people here are more likely to experience anxiety than elsewhere in the UK, study suggests.

Coronavirus: Driving instructors 'forgotten' amid new rules

The chair of an NI organisation says 1,200 instructors are "wondering how they're going to pay bills".

BBC NI's Rewind archive launches with 13,000 clips

The new online portal hosts a collection of BBC NI material from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Plans are unveiled to build 3,000 homes in Derry

A 250-acre site on the Buncrana Road would be developed in a £450m investment.

Endometriosis inquiry underlines NI waiting times

More than 23,500 patients are waiting for an appointment with a consultant gynaecologist in NI.

NI Covid-19 restrictions: Your Questions Answered

BBC News NI's Jayne McCormack answers readers' questions about how the new restrictions will affect you.

Covid-19 funding: Individual artists get first share of £29m funding

The funding will allow almost 1,100 artists and arts workers to get grants of up to £5,000.

Coronavirus: Arrests at Stormont protest

The PSNI says more than 300 people gathered at the demonstration against the new regulations in NI.

Covid 19 restrictions have 'removed my livelihood'

A County Down football coach says Covid-19 rules are affecting his finances and his mental health.

Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants have closed across Northern Ireland

There has been criticism of the level of support available to businesses forced to shut.

Coronavirus: What support is there for my business?

Some support is coming to an end, while other schemes have been announced following new restrictions.

Northern Ireland's new rules - in 60 seconds

BBC News NI's Jordan Kenny explains what you need to know about the new Covid-19 restrictions.

Casement Park: What is the future for Belfast's GAA home?

As things stand, the project is on track but legal action and issues around cash may yet emerge.

Biden could return to Irish roots as US president

A return visit to Carlingford 'heaven' would likely follow an election victory for the Democrat runner.

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How it started: Belfast dad and daughter tweet goes global

The tweet is part of the "How it started. How it's going" trend on the social network.

Brexit: How the cost of Stilton underlines the challenge facing NI retailers

Simple transactions are set to become more complicated from 1 January when the NI Protocol kicks in.

Coronavirus: A 'double-whammy' of restrictions for border businesses

Businesses along the Derry-Donegal border are feeling the effects of lockdown measures on two fronts.

Coronavirus: NI's new students arriving amid a pandemic

With Covid-19 restrictions in place, new students in NI may feel isolated from their peers.

Endometriosis: NI women wait more than eight years for endometriosis diagnosis

Endometriosis care needs urgent improvement and diagnosis times need cut in half, a report says.

Coronavirus: NI's schools close to curb infections

Schools in Northern Ireland close as part of new restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Brain injury: 'My son didn't know who I was'

Six-year-old Cillian Rogers has a brain injury after being knocked down by a motorbike.

Coronavirus: Cancelling Halloween in Derry like 'cancelling Christmas'

Derry's festival usually attracts tens of thousands and people are asked to go online to "keep the spirit alive".

Anne McCloskey resigns from council over 'differing' Covid-19 views

Aontú Councillor Anne McCloskey resigns her seat in Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Coronavirus: Altnagelvin Hospital visits suspended by Western Trust

The trust says it is suspending visits due to the "continuing rise in Covid-19 cases" in the area.

Strule campus will not open 'until at least 2025'

Work started on the landmark shared education project in Omagh in 2013.

Londonderry: New Derry factory artwork plans announced

An initial factory girls sculpture was shelved in 2018 after 12 years and after costing £85,000 of public money.

Coronavirus: Further restrictions coming for Republic of Ireland

Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team recommends moving to level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

Coronavirus: Irish cabinet to discuss level 5 restrictions

Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended a move to level five Covid-19 restrictions.

Shandon Park: Dublin man who supplied police bomb attack car jailed

Robert O'Leary, 42, sold a Skoda Octavia used to plant a bomb under a PSNI officer's car.

Worry over plan to seal records of former Irish mother and baby homes

The Irish government says it will preserve information, "not to put it beyond reach as has been reported".

Coronavirus: Ireland to bring in ban on household visits

The border counties of Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan move to the second highest level of restrictions.

Garda Adrian Donohoe murder: Aaron Brady sentenced to life in prison

Irish police detective Adrian Donohoe was shot dead during a robbery in County Louth in January 2013.

Coronavirus: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris works from home after contact

Drew Harris is restricting his movements following contact with an officer who later tested positive for Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Three shebeens searched by police in Republic

Substantial quantities of alcohol are seized along with beer taps, kegs and spirit dispensers.