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Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

Explosive device removed by Northern Ireland police investigating attempted murders

What is believed to be a bomb found by police investigating the attempt to murder three officers in West Belfast has been taken away, police said.

A brightly coloured security gate on the peace line in the nationalist Short Strand area of Belfast

'Taking Belfast's peace walls down solves nothing. They should be higher': Protestants and Catholics agree time is not right to dismantle barriers

Protestants and Catholics agree that the peace lines give both sides a sense of security

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Six held over 'dissident activity' in Northern Ireland

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of dissident republican terrorist activity, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

First-time buyers advised to head north

First-time home buyers should head north, where houses are still within financial reach of people on average local incomes, according to a new study.

Protests over the use of the Union Flag turned violent in January

Can Belfast change? Ask Naomi Long, the centrist MP who's facing death threats

The Westminster MP for east Belfast tells David McKittrick why she's still optimistic

£5 million-plus rescue package for Northern Ireland farmers hit by severe blizzards

A £5 million-plus rescue package will be offered to farmers who have lost livestock in the severe blizzards that have hit Northern Ireland, Stormont ministers have agreed.

Bomb found in Enniskillen was 'headed for Northern Ireland police station'

A car bomb found in County Fermanagh was destined for a police station, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said.

Jimmy Corbin: Last surviving Spitfire pilot from the Battle of Britain

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He admitted that when he was in his Spitfire he was 'scared bloody stiff, all the time'

Bradley Wiggins has made the 2013 Giro d'Italia his primary target

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Belfast, Armagh and Dublin will be taken in before prestigious tour moves to Italy

Bloody Sunday offer 'an insult'

The authorities have offered compensation to the families of 13 people shot dead in Bloody Sunday in 1972 and to those who were injured in the incident, it has emerged.

PC Philippa Reynolds, who died when her patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4

Two men charged after Pc dies in stolen car crash

Two men were charged tonight in connection with the death of a policewoman whose patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4 in Northern Ireland.

Malcolm Brodie: He covered 14 football World Cups, saying it would have been 15 but for his honeymoon

Malcom Brodie: Much admired veteran editor and football writer

He covered 14 football World Cups; he said it would have been 15 but for his honeymoon

Belfast man who escaped Algeria kidnappers speaks of ordeal

The brother of Belfast man Stephen McFaul tonight told how he was hunted and eventually discovered by al-Qa'ida gunmen who took over a gas plant in Algeria.

Bus driver injured in new Belfast flag clashes

A driver was injured when rioting loyalists hijacked two buses as violence returned to the streets of east Belfast.

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