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Covid-19: World's first human challenge trials to start in UK
17/02/2021 | news | health | 1,895
Healthy, young volunteers will be deliberately infected with a low dose of coronavirus.
House prices up 8.5% in 2020 amid tax holiday
17/02/2021 | news | business | 1,004
Prices climbed at their fastest annual rate since October 2014, official figures show.
Education in NI 'divided and splintered', says Ulster University report
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 65
Ulster University researchers say the education system is confusing, socially divisive and expensive.
Brexit: NI Protocol is 'only solution' despite challenges
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,219
EC vice president Maros Sefcovic says the NI deal is "administratively extremely challenging".
Teachers in Northern Ireland to be offered 2% pay rise
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 152
The offer, for last year and this year, follows negotiations between unions and teaching employers.
Covid-19: Schools not a 'major source' of transmission
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 347
A Public Health Agency presentation says school transmission "tends to be small scale".
Mental health counselling in Northern Ireland a 'postcode lottery'
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 18
Campaigners say there are "stark regional differences" in access depending on where you live.
Covid-19: NI to get further £300m to tackle pandemic
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 157
Stormont is getting "unprecedented flexibility" on when it spends the money, the Treasury says.
UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules
12/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,791
The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".
Brexit: EU has 'head in sand' over checks at NI ports, says Foster
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 923
European Commission's Maros Sefcovic and Michael Gove will discuss post-Brexit trading rules later.
Brexit: DUP boycott Brexit discussion with Irish TDs
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,059
It comes as NI businesses tell MPs they need longer "grace periods" for Irish Sea border checks.
EU vaccine export row: Irish government 'in talks' with European Commission
09/02/2021 | news | world | 401
Officials are trying to work out ways of avoiding more controversies involving Northern Ireland.
NI Protocol: Manufacturing firms 'significantly' hit
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 76
More than a quarter of firms felt a negative impact from the NI Protocol in January, a survey suggests.
Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
Brexit: NI firms' increased costs 'linked to red tape'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 98
Northern Ireland firms saw costs rise at the highest rate in the UK due to higher shipping costs.
Root's 218 keeps England in command
06/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 905
Joe Root scores an imperious double century as England continue their strong start to the first Test against India on day two in Chennai.
Brexit: Arlene Foster says unionism coming together to oppose Protocol
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,653
DUP leader Arlene Foster accuses the British government of "sleepwalking" into NI's Brexit arrangements.
Coronavirus: Full NI school return 'unlikely for some time'
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 79
A teaching union says class sizes should be capped and pupils attend on a rota when schools return.
PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 5,194
The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.
Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
Brexit: Processes to ease food delivery to NI announced
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 928
The NI Executive also announces summer extension to light touch approach to Irish Sea border for pets.
Covid: Wales' school return could start after half-term
29/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,065
Primary children may start a phased return to school next month if Covid rates continue to fall.
Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
A-levels: 'Outrage' at Peter Weir's Welsh exam board decision
29/01/2021 | news | uk | 235
Peter Weir tells schools they cannot use Welsh exam board WJEC qualifications from September 2022.
Covid-19: Schools in NI to remain shut until 8 March
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 270
But First Minister Arlene Foster says the kitchen table is "no substitute" for the school desk.
Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
Brexit: Lough Neagh eels can't be sold in Britain
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 558
Fishermen seek new buyers for 50 tonnes of eels, worth £500k, that can no longer be sold in London.
Covid-19: MLAs call for more lockdown support for SEN pupils
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 5
Assembly members at Stormont call for SEN pupils to receive education and therapies during lockdowns.
Covid-19: Back office health staff 'should not be vaccine priority'
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 134
A decision to vaccinate NI's healthcare office staff "goes against" advisory body's official advice.
2020 worst year on record for planned NI job losses
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 3
Northern Ireland firms proposed 11,000 redundancies last year, according to official figures.
Covid-19: Variant testing 'massively more advanced in NI than the Republic'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 237
Arlene Foster responds to Taoiseach Micheál Martin's comments that NI was not testing for a new strain.
Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
Covid-19: 'Unrealistic' to expect NI lockdown to end on 5 March
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 672
Health Minister Robin Swann warns restrictions are likely to continue after latest extension.
Brexit: Horticulture "incredibly frustrated" by Irish Sea border
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 205
Some common plant species, like honeysuckle and oak, are now banned from being moved from GB to NI.
Covid-19: NI lockdown to be extended until 5 March
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 897
The curbs may even continue until Easter in an attempt to drive down Covid-19 case numbers.
Organic food shipping system is a 'nightmare' post-Brexit
20/01/2021 | news | world | 339
One of the UK's biggest health food firms has sent no organic products to Ireland since Christmas.
Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
Brexit: Edwin Poots issues jelly and gravy shortage warning
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 94
Edwin Poots says some processed goods could be unavailable in NI after the protocol grace period ends.
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.
Covid-19: NI to introduce international travel Covid tests
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 275
On Thursday, 16 more deaths related to Covid-19 were recorded along with 973 new positive cases.
Covid-19: NI economy expected to stall after record growth
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 43
The growth coincides with a period of eased Covid-19 restrictions but is expected to be short-lived.
Tesco: Brexit disruption 'is a challenge not a crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | business | 1,577
New Brexit trade rules mean Britain's biggest supermarket faces problems importing some fruit, meat and ready meals.
Brexit: Supply problems for NI supermarkets being 'overcome'
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 250
The issues are an "inevitable consequence" of the lateness of the Brexit trade deal, says an industry body.
Covid-19: Northern Ireland's R-rate 'falls significantly'
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 562
Stormont's political leaders urge people to stick to the rules, as the Covid-19 infection rate falls.
Irish Sea Border: Mixed food loads pose problems for traders
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 133
One NI business has had nine haulage firms refuse to collect groupage loads of meat from GB suppliers.
Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border
11/01/2021 | news | world | 5,522
Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.
Covid-19: Worst 48 hours in NI since start of pandemic
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 498
Some trusts were close to declaring a major incident, before extra staff were drafted in, it is understood.
Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
Covid-19: Stay-at-home order in NI comes into force
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 264
People will "notice an increase in visible policing" as new lockdown begins, says justice minister.
Brexit: New NI fishing boat rules 'create hard border'
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 198
The number of Irish ports at which NI-registered boats can land their catch has been reduced to two.
Covid-19: Stormont ministers explain need for tighter rules
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 273
New, tighter restrictions imposed in NI as UK reports the highest daily death toll since April.
Northern Ireland cancels GCSE and A-level exams
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 158
Meanwhile, a Tyrone grammar school says it will opt out of February's AQE test "for children's welfare".
Covid-19: 'Stay at home' to become law in NI on Friday
05/01/2021 | news | uk | 651
The executive agrees new changes to lockdown rules in response to a spike in Covid-19 cases.
EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
Covid: Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,874
Boris Johnson will make a televised address at 20:00 GMT to outline further steps as virus cases rise.
Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollout begins in Northern Ireland
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 191
The Department of Health's aim is for all people older than 80 to receive a jab by the end of January.
Brexit: Fresh test for Irish Sea trade border processes
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 711
As businesses return to work after Christmas, the amount of freight moving through NI will increase.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
Brexit: Boris Johnson set to unveil trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,448
Officials on both sides are hammering out the final details ahead of an expected announcement.
Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
Shares fall as new Covid strain spooks investors
21/12/2020 | news | business | 1,524
Wall Street slips after Europe markets fall over the UK's new Covid-19 variant.
Coronavirus: Remote learning for some secondary pupils in NI
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 92
Education Minister Peter Weir outlines plans for the return of schools in the new term.
Brexit: Hugo Boss and Zalando suspend NI deliveries
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 600
Some online retailers step back from NI deliveries as the new Irish Sea border begins to operate.
Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 9,170
Family mixing at Christmas will be much reduced and scrapped completely for parts of the South East.
Covid-19: 'Many deaths' without NI lockdown
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,031
NI's chief scientific adviser says without a six-week lockdown, the number of deaths would be "severe".
'Just a few hours' left to agree Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier
18/12/2020 | news | politics | 13,556
Michel Barnier says it is now "the moment of truth", while Boris Johnson warns of "difficult" talks.
Covid-19: Emergency fund for arts bodies 'is £16m short'
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 5
Many arts and entertainment venues have been closed since March and do not know when they can reopen.
Brexit: Invest NI to be hit by loss of EU grants
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 105
A substantial part of Invest NI's budget was from two EU funds - the ERDF and the ESF.
Coronavirus: Northern Ireland health officials propose six-week lockdown
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 644
The executive is discussing the plans, amid speculation many shops could close after Christmas Eve.
Covid-19: Patient waits 28 hours as hospitals struggle
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 281
One patient at the Ulster Hospital waited more than 28 hours to be given a bed.
Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - EU chief
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,963
The president of the EU Commission says the "next few days" will be decisive for trade negotiations.
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.
Brexit: UK and EU restart trade talks after leaders' call
14/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,840
A final decision on a deal was expected on Sunday, but the two sides sent negotiators back to the table.
'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England
14/12/2020 | news | health | 2,914
The new strain may be growing faster in some parts of the country, Health Secretary tells MPs.
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".
Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
'Not enough' climate ambition shown by leaders
12/12/2020 | news | science | 1,904
UK minister Alok Sharma says world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition.
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.
Brexit: 'Strong possibility' of no trade deal with EU - PM
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,024
Boris Johnson says negotiations with the EU will continue, but are "not yet there at all".
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.
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.
Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,332
Sunday becomes the new deadline for a decision on trade talks, after the PM and EU chief meet in Brussels.
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.
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.
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.
Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,864
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
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.
Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 31
The move will allow students in Northern Ireland to take Covid-19 tests and return home for Christmas.
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.
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.
Stormont: Criticism over devolution safeguarding law changes delay
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 7
The UK government had committed to safeguarding against future collapses of the NI Executive.
Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
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.
Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks
27/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,943
The EU's Michel Barnier arrived in London on Friday evening, as the two sides try to agree a deal.
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'.
Brexit: M&S warns that 15% of food lines may be unavailable in NI
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 451
Retailer Marks & Spencer says that some of its food product lines may be unavailable in January.
Coronavirus: Three NI households allowed to meet over Christmas
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 170
The executive agrees to relax coronavirus restrictions over Christmas in line with the rest of the UK.
GCSE pupils 'over-tested' in some schools, says Weir
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 30
Minister says some schools are over-testing pupils in the belief exams will be cancelled.
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.
EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.