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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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Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon and his father-in-law John Frizzell, were killed in the Shankill Road bombing of October 1993

Shankill bomb victim brands West Tyrone agreed candidate idea ‘toxic’

The prospect of an agreed cross-community candidate to contest the West Tyrone by-election has been played down by both the DUP and SDLP – and described by one IRA victim as “toxic”.

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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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Barry McElduff makes his resignation speech yesterday

McElduff resignation: Omagh campaigner hails ‘imaginative idea’ of victims’ candidate

The notion of fielding a “non-partisan” candidate on behalf of Troubles victims to try and seize Barry McElduff’s former seat off Sinn Fein has been dubbed an “imaginative” and “worthwhile” idea by a prominent campaigner.

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A screenshot from the offensive video

Resignation of Barry McElduff - Sinn Fein statement in full

Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff, who caused controversy after posed with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre, has resigned.
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Senior Orangeman James Emery has been named in the Queen's New Year Honours for his service to the BB and his local community

Queen honours Jim for 54 years BB service

A Co Tyrone man has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his 54 years service to the Boys’ Brigade and to his wider community.

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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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SF poster concerning mental health affixed to a railing next to the Omagh's cenotaph. Chris Smyth, UUP councillor, Omagh, took this image on October 27

SF again put up political posters near the cenotaph in Omagh

This is the second year in a row that Sinn Fein has erected political posters in the vicinity of the cenotaph in Omagh.

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The Sinn Fein poster next to Omagh's cenotaph

Call to remove Sinn Fein poster next to Omagh cenotaph

A decision to place a Sinn Fein poster directly next to Omagh’s cenotaph has been condemned.

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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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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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DUP MP Emma Pengelly has called for public funding for 'Relatives For Justice' to be stopped after it tweeted an image of a plaque in memory of three IRA men who were killed in 1988 while trying to killed a UDR soldier.

Funders won’t withdraw money over IRA tweet

An organisation that funds a victims’ group which tweeted a photograph of an IRA memorial plaque has rejected DUP calls for its finances to be frozen.

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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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A general view of a hospital corridor

Health waiting times grow even worse

Crucial health service waiting list times have continued to worsen, according to the latest set of figures released today.

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Locals and paratroopers clashing in Coalisland in May 1992

Declassified files: Official’s private alarm at paratroopers’ role in 1992 Coalisland riots

Six days before paratroopers were involved in serious rioting in Coalisland, a civil servant had raised serious concerns about the unit’s activities in the area, declassified files reveal.

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Tony Doris and two other IRA men died when they were ambushed by the SAS in Coagh in 1991

Declassified files: Parents of Michelle O’Neill’s cousin ‘did not want him in the IRA’

The parents of Michelle O’Neill’s cousin did not want him to join the IRA, according to the views of the parish priest which are revealed in declassified government files.

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