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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.

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Sixteen police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.

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Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag, the Democratic Unionist Party said today.

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The Union flag was flying over Belfast City Hall this morning to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday.

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Belfast was hit by a fifth night of rioting yesterday following protests over a decision by councillors to limit the days the union flag flies over city hall.

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After more than a month of protests against restrictions on the flying of the Union Flag in Belfast, the authorities are floundering. Scores of police have been hurt and scores of Protestant youngsters have been charged and will face adult life saddled with a criminal record. The violence, together with the frequent blocking of roads, has damaged community relations and cost millions. And who could blame potential investors if they decide to look to alternative locations with rather fewer petrol bombs?

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Police in Northern Ireland have blamed the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for an escalation in loyalist street violence following a lull over Christmas.

Loyalist protesters converge on Belfast City Hall yesterday

Man arrested after gunshots during Belfast rioting

A man has been arrested in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were reportedly fired during clashes between police and loyalist protesters.

Shots fired at police as violence flares in Belfast flag row

Frontline police officers have reported coming under gunfire as fresh loyalist violence erupted in Northern Ireland over the flying of the union flag.

Police stand guard during last night's protests in Belfast

18 held after loyalist violence in Belfast

Eighteen people have been arrested after nine police officers were injured during the latest outburst of loyalist violence in Northern Ireland.

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Two men being held in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland have been released.

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Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland have made a third arrest.

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