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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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