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Covid-19: Dates in pipeline for hairdresser and non-essential retail reopening
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 397
Arlene Foster hopes further easing of Covid restrictions will be detailed at the next executive meeting.
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Covid-19: Swann 'delighted' by jab at Ballymena pharmacy
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 150
Robin Swann urges people book a vaccination slot as soon as possible after they become eligible.
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Coronavirus: NI scientists play 'global role' in response
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 22
NI scientists are playing their part in the global response to understanding Covid-19.
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Climate change: Plans revealed to slash carbon emissions in NI
31/03/2021 | news | uk | 14
They include more renewables, an end to petrol and diesel cars and greater energy efficiency in homes.
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Coronavirus: Two vaccine doses given before any surplus offered, says Arlene Foster
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 130
Arlene Foster says UK population will get both Covid vaccine doses before any are provided to RoI.
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Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
29/03/2021 | news | business | 3,837
Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
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Covid-19: Pfizer director says science 'winning the race' against virus
26/03/2021 | news | uk | 170
The medical director for Pfizer UK says it is important people are "allowed to start living again".
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Covid: More than 700,000 vaccine first doses given in NI
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 302
No further coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded by the NI Department of Health.
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UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
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'Historic' climate bill due before NI Assembly
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 87
The bill proposes a net zero target of 2045 and will be brought before the assembly on Monday.
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Covid-19: All NI adults 'still getting Covid jab by end of July'
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 179
Officials are doing everything to minimise delays caused by reduced supply, says Robin Swann.
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AstraZeneca: UK and EU clot reviews confirm safety of vaccine
18/03/2021 | news | health | 2,620
Regulators give reassurance and advice on rare blood clot symptoms, such as headache lasting days.
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St Patrick's Day: Countries celebrate Ireland's patron saint
17/03/2021 | news | uk | 455
Online events are taking the place of traditional parades due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Covid-19: St Patrick's Day 'must be different', warns Foster
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 522
Northern Ireland's first minister issues a plea as she announces key changes to coronavirus restrictions.
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Covid-19: Hughes Insurance moves to permanent home-working
12/03/2021 | news | uk | 69
No jobs are being lost and there is a focus on ensuring staff "disconnect" at home, says the firm.
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Covid-19: No return to home-schooling for youngest pupils
11/03/2021 | news | uk | 268
A plan for children in primaries one to three to return to remote learning from 22 March is scrapped.
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Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain
11/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,819
Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".
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NI to Scotland bridge: Official feasibility study for Irish Sea link
10/03/2021 | news | uk | 538
Two engineering professors are to examine whether a bridge across the Irish Sea is feasible.
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Covid-19: NI minister wants all pupils back by 12 April
09/03/2021 | news | uk | 117
Executive ministers will discuss the proposal on Thursday but will need to consider health advice.
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Coronavirus: Weir wants P1-P3 children to stay in class
08/03/2021 | news | uk | 112
He will bring forward a proposal to scrap the plan to pull P1-P3 children back out of classes on 22 March.
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BP staff set to work from home two days a week
08/03/2021 | news | business | 1,063
The oil giant told staff last month that the new model will start for office-based staff this summer.
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Green energy: Options for doubling renewable energy on NI's power grid
08/03/2021 | news | uk | 29
NI's power network needs major investment to cope with increased demand for green energy, says SONI.
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Brexit: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,144
The UK government is taking the step to ease the movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.
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Coronavirus: Swann 'uncomfortable' with vaccine certificates for hospitality
04/03/2021 | news | uk | 132
The idea of vaccine passports to allow people to go to pubs or restaurants has been mooted.
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Brexit: EU says UK grace period extension breaches international law
03/03/2021 | news | uk | 4,582
The latest Brexit flare up is over checks on goods to NI, which remains in the EU's single market.
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Schools consider 'radical change' to transfer tests
03/03/2021 | news | uk | 23
Verbal reasoning transfer tests could replace English and Maths papers due to pandemic disruption.
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Covid-19: Details of NI lockdown exit plan revealed
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 613
The plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown is "cautious and hopeful", the deputy first minister says.
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Covid-19: Stormont budget ‘very challenging’ economists warn
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 102
Economists say the lack of additional funding to support the post-Covid economy is concerning.
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Covid-19: Publication of NI lockdown exit plan delayed
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 404
The blueprint is unlikely to be published until Tuesday, with work to finalise details ongoing.
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Bank of Ireland to shut more than half NI branches
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 107
The bank currently has 28 branches in Northern Ireland and says it will close 15 of them.
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Improved Ireland cruise past poor Italy
27/02/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 536
Ireland run in six tries to claim a much-needed first win of this year's Six Nations in a one-sided contest against a poor Italy
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Coronavirus: Delayed decisions and politicking cost lives, says Swann
26/02/2021 | news | uk | 255
A year on from NI's first case, Health Minister Robin Swann says the response was damaged by disunity.
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Covid-19: Foster has 'full confidence' in NI's medical adviser
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 517
Arlene Foster says she supports Dr Michael McBride but that only politicians take lockdown decisions.
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Covid-19: £290m plan for NI's economic recovery after pandemic
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 23
The plan includes ideas like amending the age criteria for apprenticeships and voucher schemes.
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Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting
24/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,543
Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".
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Derry city deal: 'Important milestone' as heads of terms signed
24/02/2021 | news | uk | 65
The deal for the north-west commits £250m to the region with hopes 7,000 jobs will be created.
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Covid-19: Strong case for full return to school by 8 March, says Peter Weir
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 374
NI education minister's comments come after PM says all pupils in England will return on 8 March.
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Brexit: DUP says NI Protocol could cause political instability
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,353
The DUP urges No 10 to scrap the mechanism, but a government minister says issues can be resolved.
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Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
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Covid-19: Swann downplays easing of restrictions for Easter
19/02/2021 | news | uk | 534
A further five Covid-19 linked deaths and 313 new cases are reported by the Department of Health in NI.
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Covid-19: 'Vital' children return to classrooms, says Peter Weir
19/02/2021 | news | uk | 54
The majority of pupils in NI are learning remotely but a phased return to school begins in March.
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Ulster Bank confirms Republic of Ireland closure
19/02/2021 | news | world | 140
The bank will continue to trade in Northern Ireland but there are concerns the move could impact jobs.
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Covid-19: NI lockdown extended until 1 April
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,109
Restrictions will remain, but some primary school children will return to school from Monday 8 March.
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Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
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Covid-19: Leaders hold 'positive' meeting with retail sector
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 461
It comes after criticism that large retailers are selling non-essential items during lockdown.
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Covid-19: new powers for 'stay at home' message
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 479
Police are being granted new powers to enforce the "stay at home" lockdown message.
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Brexit: IT systems facilitate trade between GB and NI
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 34
Many businesses in Northern Ireland remain concerned about how the entire process will work.
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Covid-19: Sinn Féin calls for all-Ireland travel ban from GB
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 887
A ban from the Irish Republic and NI would help stop the spread of Covid-19, says Michelle O'Neill.
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Redundancies: Over 10,000 fewer on NI payrolls since March
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 465
More than 10,000 redundancies have been proposed by NI firms since the pandemic began.
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Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,651
Ursula von der Leyen says talks were "constructive", but Boris Johnson warns no deal is "most likely".
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Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 18,053
Boris Johnson urges Brussels to make a "big change" as the deadline set by the two sides approaches.
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Covid: UK isolation period shortened to 10 days
11/12/2020 | news | health | 1,294
The change will apply to contacts of coronavirus cases and people quarantining after travel.
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Covid-19: Lockdown restrictions lift across NI
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 172
Businesses such as restaurants, cafes and hotels, can reopen but "drink-only" pubs must stay shut.
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Covid-19: More than 50 schools urge Peter Weir to rethink early closing
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 123
The west Belfast schools write a letter to Peter Weir warning of "a tsunami of cases" in the new year.
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Coronavirus: Ministers warn against 'reckless' Christmas behaviour
10/12/2020 | news | uk | 442
Northern Ireland's leaders urge people not to get caught up in the christmas spirit as lockdown eases.
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Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail
10/12/2020 | news | world | 7,009
The EU's contingency plans for "no deal" include measures to ensure smooth air and road travel.
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Brexit: Supermarkets will get 'grace period' for NI food
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 850
The deal agreed by the UK and EU will give supermarkets time to adapt to deal with new Brexit checks.
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Climate change: NI 'should cut carbon emissions by 82% by 2050'
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 36
It is the first time such a target for NI has been set by the government's advisory body.
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Brexit: UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland border checks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,425
The UK will drop plans to override the Brexit divorce deal, removing a potential obstacle to a trade deal.
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Brexit: MPs reinsert controversial sections of Internal Market Bill
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,450
But in a possible compromise, ministers said they could remove the measures if trade talks succeed.
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Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
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Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,163
Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.
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Brexit: Red meat industry 'cannot be ready at end of transition'
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 148
The industry, which generates sales of £1.4bn, asks the UK government for a year-long grace period.
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Coronavirus: Much of NI lockdown to end next Friday
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 297
No more restrictions will be imposed before Christmas, according to the first minister.
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Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
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Coronavirus: First NI vaccinations 'to happen next week'
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 329
The health minister had said the originally-planned date of 14 December could be brought forward.
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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK
02/12/2020 | news | health | 5,840
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive soon.
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EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers
02/12/2020 | news | business | 1,995
Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.
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Brexit: HMRC to take 'sympathetic' customs approach from 1 January
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 47
HMRC is "aware" many businesses are not yet clear about forthcoming Brexit rules on Irish Sea trade.
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Ofsted points to total school disruption in some areas
01/12/2020 | news | education | 435
Regional Ofsted bosses say schooling has been 'completely disrupted' by Covid-19 in some areas.
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UK house price growth 'fastest for almost six years'
01/12/2020 | news | business | 1,127
Property price rises accelerated last month, the Nationwide says. but growth is set to slow next year.
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Covid-19 vaccines: Belfast Trust staff 'can decide to have jab'
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 258
If the Pfizer vaccine is approved Belfast Trust staff could receive a first jab within a fortnight.
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Covid-19: New guidance issued for click and collect services
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 270
Click and collect will operate 'on an appointment-only basis with maximum mitigations in place'.
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Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,351
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
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Coronavirus: Ulster University warns of creative sector impact
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 26
A report by Ulster University says jobs in the creative industry are most threatened by the pandemic.
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Coronavirus: NI ministers agree lockdown financial support
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 289
The multi-million pound package will include a high street voucher plan and funds for drink-only pubs.
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Coronavirus: Restaurant owners angered by long shopping queues
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 45
Shoppers lined Belfast's streets days before Northern Ireland's non-essential shops shut for two weeks.
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