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22 October 2014 Last updated at 08:06 ET

US appoints Gary Hart as NI envoySenator Gary Hart

US Secretary of State John Kerry sends former senator Gary Hart to act as his envoy at the multi-party political talks at Stormont.


John DowneyMet 'asked NIO for Downey letter'

The Metropolitan Police asked the Northern Ireland Office for a copy of a letter that said a suspected IRA bomber was not wanted, Westminster's On the Runs inquiry is told.

RooftopsSocial housing fraud 'significant'

As many as 2,400 properties in the social housing stock could be occupied fraudulently, the Northern Ireland Audit Office says.

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Mark Devenport Article written by Mark Devenport Mark Devenport Political editor, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Assembly Speaker row: When is a deal not a deal?

Does the Northern Ireland Assembly's failure to elect a new speaker have ramifications for the outcome of new government talks, beginning this week?

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Features & Analysis

  • Stained glassChurch and state

    How much of a role does religious belief play in NI politics?


  • simon hamiltonCaped crusader

    Did Batman rise to Stormont's budget crisis challenge?


  • Young voterAge-old question

    Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote in Northern Ireland?


  • StormontDevolution holiday?

    What would it mean for Northern Ireland if direct rule was to return?


  • chief constable george hamiltonPriority policing

    Chief constable outlines impact of reduced budget


  • Enoch Powell in front of the Union flag in 1969Powell's last stand

    Six years after his 'rivers of blood' speech, why did Enoch Powell enter Northern Ireland politics?


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