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Cliftonville duo miss Europa League game

Aaron Hughes considers Oldham Athletic offer

Colin Murray quits TalkSport after buy-out

Broadcaster Colin Murray has announced on Twitter he is to quit his morning radio show on TalkSport, following its parent company's buy-out by News Corp.

Colin Murray
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The presenter, who is originally from Northern Ireland, said his position would be made "unsustainable" by the "future working relationship" between TalkSport and The Sun, which News Corp also owns.

Lurgan parade expected to cause delays

'We believe in the union', says Theresa May

The UK's new Prime Minister, Theresa May, says she will strengthen the United Kingdom and the common bond that unites its nations. 

Theresa May
BBC

Speaking outside Downing Street, she said:  "Not everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party and that word unionist is very important to me.  

"It means we believe in the union, the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."  

Have you seen Poppy the pooch?

A lone stand?

Why were Ballysillan members left 'isolated' at a police barricade on Twelfth of July?

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Plans for boutique hotel at Quintin Castle

The owners of Quintin Castle near Portaferry have applied for planning permission to convert it to a boutique hotel.  

The Anglo-Norman castle was originally built in the 12th Century by John De Courcy.  

Metropole bus stop suspended in Portrush

Lowry hopes to learn from US Open meltdown

Could this man be the new Top Gear presenter?

If David Cameron is looking for a new job as he steps down as prime minister, he was given plenty of ideas by Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan. 

David Cameron
BBC

Paying tribute to Mr Cameron during his final Prime Minister's Questions, the MP said there were vacancies as manager of the English football team, presenter of Top Gear and the next occupant of the White House.

Thousands attend sham fight in Scarva

The News Letter reports that about 100,000 people are attending the annual sham fight at Scarva, County Down. 

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Arlene Foster appointed to Privy Council

The DUP leader and First Minister Arlene Foster has been appointed to the Privy Council.

Deputy party leader Nigel Dodds MP "warmly congratulated" her appointment.

Arlene Foster
PA

"Today's appointment is a testament to the fact that Arlene, as our first minister and party leader, is held in high esteem not only in Northern Ireland but throughout the United Kingdom," he said. ."  

Ulster to host Newport Gwent Dragons

Dublin: Man finds human skull in his back garden

A human skull has been found in the back garden of house in County Dublin, gardaí (Irish police) have said.  

Garda uniform
BBC

The discovery was made by a man who was carrying out gardening work at his home in Killakee, Firhouse. He reported the find to officers on Tuesday evening.  

Diversions in place due to North Belfast parades

Even the animals have had enough of the rain!

McDowell: My Open record should be better

Graeme McDowell admits his record at The Open should be better, as he prepares for the third major of the season at Royal Troon.  

Graeme McDowell
BBC Sport

The Northern Ireland man had his best chance at Royal Lytham in 2012 but ended joint fifth behind winner Ernie Els after dropping four shots on the back nine.  

Banbridge parade expected to cause delays

Ulster host Newport Gwent Dragons in opening fixture

Ulster will kick-off their 2016-17 Pro12 campaign on Friday, 2 September at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.

Ulster
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The fixtures, published on Wednesday, see champions Connacht take on Glasgow in Galway, while beaten finalists Leinster host Treviso.  

Saturday timetable operating on trains

What's with the religion?

Seagate's Derry plant not affected by latest job cuts

Shuttle bus operating between Banbridge and Scarva

Councillor released after Ballycastle parade arrest

An independent councillor from Ballycastle, County Antrim, has been released on police bail after being arrested during an Orange Order parade in the town on 12 July.  

Padraig McShane
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Padraig McShane said he would be referring the matter to the Police Ombudsman and was considering legal action.

MP jokes about PM's next position

Presenter of Top Gear? England job? Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan had a few ideas for what David might do next.

David Cameron laughs as UUP's Danny Kinahan offers some ideas for his next job

One Direction star heads Ballymena direction

Work on post Brexit Irish border 'needs to speed up'

Work needs to speed up to secure the benefits of the common travel area on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the outgoing Prime Minister has said. 

David Cameron
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"We do need to make sure that as we leave the EU, we work out how to keep the benefits of the common travel area. 

"Hard work is being done now with civil servants in Northern Ireland, in Whitehall but also in the Republic of Ireland, and that work needs to quicken," David Cameron told the House of Commons at his last Prime Minister's Question Time.

Listen back: How to deal with bonfires

Rory's Rio Olympics comments 'unacceptable'

Rory McIlroy's lack of appreciation for the Olympics is unacceptable and golf's place should be reconsidered, says squash player Laura Massaro.

McIlroy
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McIlroy is among several top players who will not attend Rio, where golf returns to the games after 112 years.  He says he never "aspired to" compete, while former world squash champion Massaro insists her sport would consider the Olympics as its pinnacle.

Labour leader change should be 'binary choice'

Former Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary of State Vernon Coaker believes only one candidate should run against Jeremy Corbyn if Labour is to stand a chance of winning the next general election.  

Vernon Coaker
BBC

"We cannot have a situation where Jeremy is in a leadership battle with Owen Smith and Angela Eagle. That would be clearly ridiculous," he said. 

Cameron says NI stronger since he came to power

Outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron says Northern Ireland is stronger now than when he came to power six years ago. 

David Cameron
BBC

At his final Prime Minister's Question Time, Mr Cameron said there were now 58,000 more people in work, inward investment was at record levels and policing and justice had been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.  

Bus services not running in Limavady

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