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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Homemade bomb found near scene of shooting in Omagh

A homemade bomb was found close to where an off duty police officer fired shots, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed tonight.

Garda killed in attempted bank robbery

Irish police have said a detective killed near Dundalk in County Louth was shot without warning. Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, 41, a father of two, was murdered as he acted to stop an attempted robbery at a branch of Credit Union bank in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown.

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Violet Philpott: Puppeteer who brought Zippy to life in 'Rainbow'

Zippy, the yellowish-brown glove puppet who was loud and sought to be the centre of attention in Rainbow, gained a cult status that went beyond the pre-school children's programme's 25-year history.

Plastic bullets used to tackle Union Flag rioters after fresh wave of protests

Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the flag

Martin McGuinness accepts title to resign as MP

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has been awarded an English aristocratic title to secure his resignation as an MP, the Treasury confirmed today.

Martin McGuinness resigns as Mid-Ulster MP

Martin McGuinness has resigned as Mid-Ulster MP.

'My heart is breaking for Northern Ireland': MP makes emotional plea for peace as police warn they are 'stretched to the limit'

Development follows attempt on the life of a policewoman in Belfast

Hillary Clinton uses Northern Ireland visit to call for end to violence as bomb is discovered in Londonderry

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton urged an end to the new outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland today.

Father of Savita Halappanavar calls for change to Ireland's abortion laws after death of his daughter

The father of a pregnant Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion in Ireland has urged the country's prime minister to change the country's abortion laws.

One in ten people in Ireland 'at risk of food poverty'

One in ten people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.

Bomb left in Belfast 'intended to murder'

A bomb left in North Belfast tonight was intended to kill, police have claimed.

Martin McGuinness: UK government must face independent inquiry if Northern Ireland is ever to achieve true peace

Sinn Fein politician backed a call for a UN-led international body to investigate post-conflict situations around the world

Ex-journalist Alex White to replace Roisin Shortall as Irish junior health minister

Former journalist and barrister Alex White has been named Labour's new junior minister following the shock departure of Roisin Shortall.

Paul Vallely: Power needs more courage than opposition

'Dialogue has replaced conflict,' said McGuinness. 'And respect has replaced mistrust'

Anger at McAreavey murder photos

The publication of crime scene photographs of Michaela McAreavey, who was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius, marks a new low, her family said.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste