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‘Unfair to reinvestigate soldiers 30 years later unless fresh evidence’

It is unfair to prosecute British soldiers for their conduct during the Troubles unless fresh evidence is uncovered relating to their cases, a former senior army officer has said.

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Rev Dr William McCrea MP and his wife Anne

New peer’s title will ‘reflect both towns’

Former DUP MP the Rev William McCrea, who was appointed to the House of Lords last month, has taken the title of Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown.

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Mid Ulster Council elects Sinn Féin Chair

Mid Ulster Council elects Sinn Féin Chair

Mid Ulster District Council has elected Sinn Féin Councillor Sean McPeake as its new Chair.

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Sinn Fein condemn SAS flag at Loughgall

Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady has condemned the flying of an SAS flag at Loughgall as “insensitive”, saying it will only add further distress to the families of the nine IRA men who were killed there 31 years ago.

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New Sinn Féin MP hopes for ‘new chapter’ after McElduff controversy

Newly elected Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley used her victory speech to attempt to draw a line under the controversial tweet that forced the resignation of her predecessor as West Tyrone MP.

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Sinn Fein candidate Orfhlaith Begley (right) on the campaign trail with party vice president Michelle O'Neill

By-election: Sinn Fein on back foot over abortion but rock-solid majority looks impregnable

AINE FOX gauges opinion in West Tyrone ahead of Thursday’s by-election sparked by Barry McElduff’s resignation

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Thomas Buchanan

DUP hoping for pro-life Catholic vote in West Tyrone fight

The DUP candidate for the forthcoming West Tyrone by-election has said that he believes he can convince enough Catholics in the area to vote for his strong pro-life stance to win the seat.

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Some of the apparently pro-life graffiti at St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh ahead of the Republic's forthcoming referendum on abortion next month.''Photo: Pacemaker

Graffiti attacks on chapels slams SF’s abortion policy

Chapels in Omagh and Armagh have been daubed with graffiti attacking Sinn Fein’s abortion policy ahead of the pending southern referendum on the matter.

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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. 'Picture by John Stafford/PressEye.com

GAA distances itself from Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s pro-life campaign

The GAA has moved to distance itself from the launch of a pro-life campaign led by the Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

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Councillor Dominic Molloy.

Motion urges council to call for public inquiry into electoral boundaries review

The controversial issue of proposed electoral boundary changes will be up for discussion at Mid Ulster Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday, March 22.

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�rfhlaith Begley (right) with Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Fein picks young female solicitor to fight McElduff Westminster seat

Sinn Fein have announced the daughter of a long-serving councillor as their candidate for the by-election sparked by Barry McElduff’s resignation.

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Sinn Fin MLA Colm Gildernew

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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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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