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Donald Trump’s Ireland visit confirmed by White House

Donald Trump's Ireland visit confirmed by White House 21 May 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Irish PM Leo Varadkar last met the US president during St Patrick's Day celebrations in Washington DC in March US President Donald Trump is to visit Ireland on 5 June, the White House has confirmed.
The trip will come after his three-day state visit to the UK, which will begin on 3 June.
Mr Trump, who will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, will meet Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minist..

Charles and Camilla attend Fermanagh garden party

Charles and Camilla attend Fermanagh garden party 21 May 2019 Image copyright NIO Image caption The royal couple were hosted by NI Secretary Karen Bradley The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in County Fermanagh on the second day of their visit to the island of Ireland.
They are guests at the Northern Ireland secretary's garden party, taking place in Castle Coole in Enniskillen.
It is the first time the annual event has moved from Hillsborough Castle in County Down.
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John Finucane denies ‘political ploy’ as he becomes Belfast lord mayor

John Finucane denies 'political ploy' as he becomes Belfast lord mayor By Mark Simpson BBC News NI 21 May 2019 Related TopicsThe Troubles Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption John Finucane received the chains of office on Tuesday evening Belfast's new Lord Mayor John Finucane has rejected claims he was fast-tracked to the top post to boost his chances in the next Westminster election.
Mr Finucane came close to defeating the DUP MP Nigel Dodds in the North Belfast constituency t..

Brexit: PM says backstop stays but boosts Stormont’s role

Brexit: PM says backstop stays but boosts Stormont's role By John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor 21 May 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled what she called her new Brexit deal The backstop is perhaps the most controversial part of the prime minister's Brexit deal.
It is an insurance arrangement designed to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic under all circumstances..

Contaminated blood inquiry: Victim’s ‘life of fear and anger’

Contaminated blood inquiry: Victim's 'life of fear and anger' By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 21 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionContaminated blood inquiry: 'It messes with your head'A man who was infected by contaminated blood has told a public inquiry of a life of fear, paranoia and anger.
Hearings into what has been called “the worst treatment scandal in the history of the NHS” opened in Belfast on Tuesday…

Ballymurphy inquest: Teen beatings ‘should not have happened’

Ballymurphy inquest: Teen beatings 'should not have happened' By Will Leitch BBC News NI 21 May 2019 Related TopicsBallymurphy inquest Image caption An inquest is examining the deaths of 10 people killed in shootings at Ballymurphy in August 1971 A Ministry of Defence (MoD) barrister has told an inquest into the deaths of 10 people in west Belfast in 1971 that the beating of two teenage boys “should never have happened”.
The inquest is examining the shootings in Ballymurphy in August t..

Brexit bill: PM sets out details of customs compromise

Brexit bill: PM sets out details of customs compromise 21 May 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Theresa May is setting out the details of a series of compromises designed to try and win the support of Labour MPs for her Brexit plan.
The cabinet earlier agreed the idea of a temporary customs relationship until the next general election, and measures on the environment and workers' rights.
These will be included in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, to be put to a vote in the..

Game of Thrones is ‘game changer’ for NI tourism

Game of Thrones is 'game changer' for NI tourism By Sara Girvin BBC News NI North-East Reporter 21 May 2019 comments Image caption The Dark Hedges in Armoy in County Antrim draw crowds of tourists every day Its long-awaited finale has been and gone but Game of Thrones is still big business for Northern Ireland.
It is estimated to have brought £251m into the economy since production began in 2010, according to the region's film agency NI Screen.
Over the same period, the organisati..

Historical abuse: ‘Two-year wait’ for compensation payments

Historical abuse: 'Two-year wait' for compensation payments By Enda McClafferty BBC News NI Political Correspondent 21 May 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Karen Bradley has been urged to help abuse victims “without further delay” Victims of institutional abuse may have to wait up to two years before their compensation claims are processed, senior civil servants have warned.
In a paper circulated to Stormont's political parties, the Executive Office has suggested it could tak..

Donegal library book returned after more than 80 years

Donegal library book returned after more than 80 years 21 May 2019 Image copyright Donegal County Council Image caption Fines for overdue book returns were abolished in all Irish public libraries in January A book borrowed from an Irish library has been returned more than 80 years after it was due to be taken back.
The White Owl by Annie MP Smithson was borrowed on 23 July 1937 from Donegal County Library in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area of Gweedore.
It was returned to Gweedore Public Librar..

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