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Oisín McGrath death: Francis McDermott avoids jail

Francis McDermott admitted unlawfully killing 13-year-old Oisín McGrath during a fight over a ball.

Elderly Irishman and carer 'marrying to avoid inheritance tax'

An elderly Dubliner plans to marry his best friend and carer so he can avoid an inheritance tax on a house he plans to leave to him.

European Champions Cup: Ulster 52-24 Harlequins

Ulster secure a bonus-point 52-24 win over Harlequins to stay in contention for a place in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Sir William Hastings, NI's leading hotelier, dies at 89

Sir William Hastings was one of the best known figures in Northern Ireland's tourism industry.

Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland manager indicates he will remain in job

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill hopes to take the team to Euro 2020 after revealing he has not spoken to any other national teams.

Man charged after security alert in Londonderry

A 39-year-old is accused of possessing explosives in connection with a security alert in Londonderry.

Che Kane given suspended sentence for crash deaths

The father of one of two teenagers killed in the crash describes the sentence as a "joke".

PSNI boss calls for government action on Troubles cases

George Hamilton calls on the government to accelerate stalled proposals to deal with Troubles' legacy.

Britain First's Jayda Fransen appears in Belfast court

Jayda Fransen is charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

HIA victims 'cannot be paid without ministers'

Civil service boss says payments would be open to legal challenge without ministerial approval.

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

Theresa May welcomes "important step" and calls for "rapid progress" on transition discussions.

Dublin's Ace Ventura called in to find west Belfast cat

A Belfast couple spend £1,000 on advertising and a pet detective in a bid to find their cat Spencer.

DUP walk out of council meeting because of Trump motion

The motion criticising the US president was passed by 28 votes to three after the DUP councillors left.

Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes

The airline says it will recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid industrial action at Christmas.

NI politicians eye life after Stormont

Some MLAs disillusioned with the political deadlock are preparing for work away from Stormont, the BBC learns.

Rostrevor crash victim's father brands sentence 'a joke'

The father of one of two teenagers killed in a car crash criticises the driver's suspended sentence.

Belfast fans out in force for midnight Star Wars

Star Wars fans in Belfast braved the cold at midnight to watch the new film, The Last Jedi.

Emotional day as bovine TB hits dairy farm

Bovine TB can have a devastating impact on farms; at this one, 60 cows were put down after the disease was detected.

Prison progress 'encouraging'

A new inspection report on Magilligan prison is the most positive ever about a Northern Ireland jail.

Your pictures of snowy scenes in Northern Ireland

Here is a selection of your pictures of the weekend snow.

Stormont: a cool house for snow sled kids

The folks are back on the hill again but this time it's families playing on Stormont's snowy slopes.

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Puppy smuggling trade warning in Wales' ferry ports

The plight of Hugo the beagle highlights the illegal trade in dogs smuggled through Welsh ports.

Irish PM blames Brexiteers for Irish border problems

Leo Varadkar says Brexit campaigners should acknowledge "they're the ones who created this problem".

Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Dublin City award

Dublin City Council votes to revoke Aung Sang Suu Kyi's Freedom of Dublin City award.

NI trade figures surge to record levels

Sales to Britain and the rest of the world rise by almost £1bn, helped by the weakness of Sterling.

Irish Sea fishing quota rise worth £3.6m

The amount of cod that Northern Ireland's fishing fleet can catch is increased by almost 400%.

Boeing acting 'spitefully' in Bombardier trade dispute

The US aviation firm is questioned by MPs over Bombardier trade dispute that threatens Belfast jobs.

Republic of Ireland to play France in Paris friendly

The Republic of Ireland are to play France in Paris for the first time since the 2009 controversial Thierry Henry handball incident.

Lions pair O'Mahony and Furlong sign new IRFU contracts

Lions and Ireland duo Peter O'Mahony and Tadhg Furlong sign IRFU contracts which will keep them at their provinces until 2021.

Paul Straney: Former Cliftonville keeper dies at 42

Local football is mourning the death of former Cliftonville goalkeeper Paul Straney at the age of 42.

Irish Premiership: Baxter ready for tough Glenavon test

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter says his team will have to be at their best to overcome fellow title challengers Glenavon.

Unwanted Christmas gift

People are warned of the rabies risk from illegally imported puppies sold in the run up to Christmas.

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Masterpiece on display

Van Ruisdael's The Cornfield was once stolen by notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill.

'Trump' walkout

A council row and the Gaelic footballer given the 'all clear' to fly from the US makes headlines.

Sixth form reform

Colleges NI, which represents NI's six further education colleges, says reform is "urgently required".

Rewriting The Script

Frontman Danny O'Donoghue says he was "terrified" that his singing career had been cut short.

Banagher church: Scammer steals £86,000 from account

A priest says £86,000 has been stolen from a church in County Londonderry after reports of "computer hack".

Man arrested after security alert in Londonderry

The alert began after a suspicious object was found in Ederowen Park, Galliagh, on Wednesday night.

Physical assaults on ambulance staff at five-year high

There have been 21 attacks on ambulance staff in the Western Trust area in 2017.

North west flood repair costs could exceed £10m

Almost two-thirds of the average monthly rain fell across the north west in a single night on 22 August.

Peace flame in Londonderry is plagued by technical problems

Technical problems that extinguished the eternal peace flame in Londonderry are "deeply disappointing".

Star Wars town set for special screening

More than 50 Malin Head residents will watch The Last Jedi together.

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