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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”.

Man shot dead in Belfast

A man was shot dead in Belfast city centre, police said.

Ireland to hold referendum on euro pact

Ministers insist that danger of No vote is remote
Former Belfast First Minister, Ian Paisley, in intensive care

Paisley in intensive care following heart attack

Lord Bannside, better known as the Rev Ian Paisley, is in intensive care in Belfast with heart problems. Aged 85, he has been prominent in Northern Ireland politics for more than half a century.

Warning as Dublin plans £1.2bn cuts

The Irish Government warned there is no hiding from difficult decisions that need to be taken in the interests of the State and citizens as €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) spending cuts were outlined.

Mayor of Belfast refuses to present award to Army cadet

Unionists have stepped up their demands for the Mayor of Belfast to apologise or resign for refusing to present an award to an Army cadet.

The Mayor of Naas, Darren Scully, said he could not work for black Africans because of their 'attitude'

Irish mayor who disowned Africans quits

The Mayor of an Irish town has resigned after provoking a storm over his derogatory comments about African migrants living in his constituency.

The Twee man steals show in Irish presidential race

He started as favourite, lost the lead to a celebrity but staged a comeback after a TV showdown

Wenger offers words of comfort to under-fire Terry

With all that John Terry is alleged to have said, a harsh response from Arsène Wenger could have been expected yesterday. Wenger, one of the game's purists and moralists, takes his Arsenal team to Chelsea this afternoon and his pre-match press conference gave him a perfect platform to denounce the accused, to rail against racism, to ensure uncomfortable headlines for Chelsea's captain.

A pot shot from McGuinness hands Irish Presidency to poet

Vote swung away from frontrunner after republican's attack during television debate

Sean Gallagher concedes Irish presidency

Independent candidate for the Irish presidency and one-time opinion poll-topper Sean Gallagher has conceded defeat to the Labour Party's Michael D Higgins.

Storm envelops favourite in Irish presidential race

Row over €5,000 Fianna Fail donation may dash businessman's chances of victory in today's vote

Courtney Lawes: Lawes locks down place in England's second row

Martin Johnson says his tackles make a distinctive sound and plenty of opponents will agree – the athletic Saint is out to make his mark. Hugh Godwin meets Courtney Lawes

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