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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

The Rev Ian Paisley remains in intensive care

The Rev Ian Paisley remained seriously ill in hospital tonight as his family maintained a vigil at his bedside.

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.

A pot shot from McGuinness hands Irish Presidency to poet

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

Police attacked during disturbances

Police have been attacked by crowds of around 100 people after fresh disturbances erupted in Northern Ireland.

Emergency talks begin in bid to end city's violence

Politicians, police and community leaders in Northern Ireland were yesterday seeking to persuade loyalist paramilitaries to call off the rioting which has broken out in east Belfast on two successive nights.

Queen offers sympathies following FitzGerald death

The Queen has offered her sympathies following the death of former Irish taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

Tributes as former taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald dies

The leaders of Britain and Ireland have paid tribute to former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald who has died after a short illness.

Former prime minister hails Queen's Irish visit

The Queen's visit to the Republic of Ireland will "put a seal on the past and build for the future", former prime minister Sir John Major said.

Peter Robinson bounces back in Northern Ireland elections

The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein yesterday consolidated their positions as the dominant forces in Northern Ireland politics by scoring well in elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Ulster Unionists under pressure

The Ulster Unionist Party battled to avoid electoral humiliation today. Senior members, including the deputy leader John McCallister (south Down) faced the prospect of having to wait until the closing stages of the counting process before retaining their seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Shape of Stormont to be settled

A tense battle for final seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly election will today decide the make-up of the next Stormont government.

Unionists and Sinn Fein accused of election 'carve-up'

Instead of the political fireworks often generated in Northern Ireland contests, the current campaign has been one of unprecedented dullness – voters will go to the polls tomorrow against predictions of a particularly low turnout.

Ulster's coalition partners set to make modest gains

Weathering storms together has brought the leaders of Sinn Fein and DUP closer as election approaches
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