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More than 80 backbenchers had demanded a tougher line on deporting foreign criminals from Britain

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A CATHOLIC RUC constable injured by a blast bomb during clashes with loyalists in Portadown died yesterday after spending four weeks on a life support machine in hospital. His death was widely condemned.

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PAUL GASCOIGNE may be hailed in some quarters as a footballing genius, but public perception of his powers of rational thought are less than flattering according to a survey which rates the Middlesbrough and former England midfielder as Britain's least intelligent person.

Omagh Bombing: Words Of Condemnation

"It is impossible to contemplate, to get in the mind of anyone who could do this ... We will not let these people wreck the future. "

Assembly will be a union of extremes

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Queen is attacked as `foolish' by Paisley

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The Deborah Ross interview: Ian Paisley - what a laugh

A STARK, stone, Orange Lodge on the top of a hill just outside Keady, a small town in Armagh. A gloriously warm evening with a big, pink sun hanging in the sky. A Loyalist gathering in this largely Republican area. Men, women, teenagers, toddlers, babies in prams, crowding the winding, country lanes. A drum and flute marching band. Smart red jackets. Glossy black boots. And the Rev Ian Paisley, up on the open-air platform, speaking mostly in capital letters, as he always does: "A lot of pressure was put on me to be here, there and everywhere tonight, and a lot of people said: `why are you going to keady?' I said, first, because i gave my word and, second, the outposts must be defended. If you don't cover your outposts, there is not much hope for the castle in the middle... and i say to you if there is one spark of traditional unionism in your soul then you will say no to this document... This is conspiracy! a conspiracy to destroy us! say no...!" Huge cheers. Huge claps.

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Irish Referendum May 22: Women who struggle seriously for peace but lau gh at hecklers

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Ulster's new peace survives marching threat

THE NEW era of peace in Northern Ireland passed its first serious test yesterday when one of the most contentious days in the province's marching calendar passed without incident.

Now Trimble must woo the doubters

FOR David Trimble, the leader of the Ulster Unionists, yesterday's party executive endorsement was a crucial victory. But a tense, four-hour meeting provided ample signs of the test to which his leadership will be put in the coming months.

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British and Irish governments in last minute search for final elements to seal historic peace agreement

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THURSDAY 9 April, the day the Commons rises for the Easter recess, is the deadline for the conclusion to the Northern Ireland peace process. When the talking stops, there must be an agreement covering four critical areas:

Ulster row over media manipulation

THE Northern Ireland Office yesterday found itself mired in an embarrassing controversy centring on a leaked government document which, critics charged, planned underhand manipulation of the media.

Vote fraud crackdown in Ulster

VOTERS should be given ID "swipe cards" before being allowed to vote to stop widespread fraud at the polls in Northern Ireland, an all-party group of MPs said last night.
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