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Michael Smiley’s teenage obsessions: ‘I heard the Beat and came back to Belfast a rude boy’

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Music was like a totem pole for us, growing up in Belfast in the 70s. My mother was a singer and a dancer: she had a beautiful voice, and if there was ever a chance to get on the dancefloor, she’d take it. She loved M...

Belfast judge calls on UK to investigate Omagh bombing

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A high court judge in Belfast has recommended the UK government undertake a human rights compliant investigation into the Omagh bombing, and urged the Irish government to do likewise, after finding there was a “real p...

Belfast court dismisses legal challenge to Brexit Northern Ireland protocol

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The high court in Belfast has thrown out a legal challenge to the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol. The ruling is a setback for the applicants including the Democratic Unionist Party and a relief for UK and EU negoti...

Brexit isn’t the cause of the Belfast riots – but it is harming political reconciliation

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Politicians in Northern Ireland share something with the royal family on certain occasions: a heightened sense of the power of the symbolic act. This gift for symbolism was in evidence on Monday, as Irish republicans ...

The Belfast violence shows young working-class people have been failed again

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It’s 23 years since the signing of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement, which effectively brought the conflict in Northern Ireland to a halt but didn’t deliver on the promises of peace, prosperity and stability. It woul...

The consequences of Boris Johnson’s careless Brexit are playing out in Belfast

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The most powerful arguments against Brexit were never about trade and tariffs. They were about peace and war, about life and death. One was a general argument centred on the true, founding purpose of the European Unio...

Belfast police use water cannon on Northern Ireland rioters – video

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Rioters have been blasted with water cannon by police on the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, as unrest continued into a seventh day.Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by gangs of youths gathered on the n...

Belfast: police use water cannon on rioters in seventh night of unrest

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Rioters have been blasted with a water cannon by police as unrest stirred on the streets of Northern Ireland once again. After calls for calm this week, violence again flared up on the streets of west Belfast on Thurs...

Northern Ireland’s first minister joins calls for calm after Belfast riots

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Stormont’s first minister has joined calls for calm after riots in Belfast, urging young people “not to get drawn into disorder” and parents to protect their children. Eight police officers were injured after being pe...

Northern Ireland secretary calls for calm after Belfast riots

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The Northern Ireland secretary has called for calm after riots in a loyalist area of Belfast on Friday evening. Eight police officers were injured after being pelted with bottles, bricks and fireworks during scenes Br...

Sadie review – lockdown Belfast drama is hilarious and harrowing

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In Cyprus Avenue (2016) and Ulster American (2018), which won awards and caused walkouts, David Ireland established a signature tone of farcical nightmare. Ulster Unionists (his own community) are driven to outlandish...

Two women and a man found dead in Newtownabbey, Belfast

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Police have launched an investigation after the deaths of two women and a man in Newtownabbey north of Belfast. The PSNI said officers were called to reports of a stabbing at a residence in the Derrycoole Way area at ...