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BBC News NI's news website's 30 most read stories of 2014, 1 to 10

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the most read stories of the year written by the BBC News NI team.

The list is in order of the most clicked upon stories of the year up to 31 December 2014, when it was compiled.

1. Game of Thrones actor dies suddenly (11 August)

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Image caption JJ Murphy had joined the cast of Game of Thrones as the oldest member of the Night's Watch

A veteran actor who had just filmed his first scenes for Game of Thrones died suddenly at his home in Belfast.

He had been cast as Ser Denys Mallister of the Night's Watch and was due to appear throughout series five.

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2. Gerry Adams held over widow's murder (30 April)

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Media captionSpeaking to Irish broadcaster RTE before his arrest, Mr Adams said he was "innocent of any part" in the murder of Jean McConville

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

He presented himself to police and was arrested.

Speaking before his arrest, Mr Adams said he was "innocent of any part" in the murder.

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3. Pilot's arm 'came off while landing' (14 August)

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Image caption The pilot was sitting on the left of the Dash 8 cockpit when his artificial left arm detached from the controls

A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the report.

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4. Drinking game page stops after death (3 February)

Image caption NekNomination is a drinking game on social media where people are challenged to down a pint of alcohol in one go, filming and posting it online

A Northern Ireland-based social media page sharing videos of an internet drinking game is to be discontinued after the death of an Irish teenager.

Jonny Byrne, who was 19 and from County Carlow, died after jumping into the River Barrow in Carlow on Saturday.

His family said he had been playing the game known as 'NekNomination', in which people are encouraged to drink alcohol before posting a video online.

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5. Timing of arrest wrong says Adams (4 May)

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Media captionGerry Adams: "I have never dissociated myself from the IRA and I never will... The IRA is gone. It is finished"

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has criticised the timing of his arrest over the IRA murder of Jean McConville.

Speaking after his release following four days of questioning, Mr Adams said there was a "sustained, malicious, untruthful campaign" alleging his involvement in the 1972 killing.

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6. Ex-F1 star Irvine sentenced to jail (9 January)

The former Formula One racing driver Eddie Irvine has been sentenced to six months in prison by an Italian court.

He was convicted after a brawl with an Italian man in a Milan nightclub.

Irvine, who is from Northern Ireland, and Gabriele Moratti, the son of a former Milan mayor, were found guilty of "mutual injury".

The Reuters news agency reported Moratti's lawyer, Vincenzo Saponara, as saying the sentence was likely to be suspended and that neither man would go to jail.

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7. Boy dies after car strikes family (11 November)

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Image caption The family were walking to school along a country road when the collision occurred

A boy has died after a car struck his mother and her six children as they walked to school in County Antrim.

It happened on the Loughill Road in the village of Cloughmills, near Ballymena.

Adam Gilmour, eight, died later in hospital.

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8. Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon dies (23 June)

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Image caption Gerry Conlon, pictured with his sisters after being released at the Old Bailey in 1989

Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 Guildford IRA pub bombing, has died aged 60 after an illness.

He was one of the Guildford Four, who spent 15 years in prison before their convictions were quashed in 1989.

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9. DUP's Ian Paisley dies aged 88 (12 September)

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Media captionBBC Northern Ireland Political Reporter Stephen Walker looks back at the life of Ian Paisley

Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley, has died aged 88.

In a statement, Baroness Eileen Paisley said her husband died on Friday morning.

In her statement, Baroness Paisley said: "Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family, we are heartbroken," she said.

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10. Police quiz Adams on woman's murder (1 May)

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Image caption Jean McConville, a widowed mother-of-10, was abducted and murdered by the IRA in December 1972

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams continues to be questioned by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

Mr Adams has spent the night in custody after going to Antrim police station, where he was arrested.

Speaking before his detention, Mr Adams said he was "innocent of any part" in the murder.

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