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BBC News NI's news website's 30 most read stories of 2014, 11 to 20

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 website team.

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

11. 'Dark policing' behind Adams arrest (1 May)

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Media captionMartin McGuinness said the arrest of Gerry Adams was an attempt to influence the outcome of the elections

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has claimed Gerry Adams' arrest is due to a "dark side" within policing conspiring with enemies of the peace process.

He added that the detention was a "deliberate attempt to influence the outcome of elections" in three weeks.

Mr Adams is being questioned about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville but has denied involvement in her death.

Prime Minister David Cameron said there had been "absolutely no political interference in this issue".

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12. No job because of Irish 'alcoholism' (6 November)

Image caption Katie Mulrennan received the reply after she applied for a job teaching English in Seoul

A teacher from the Republic of Ireland has been turned down for a job in South Korea due to the "alcoholism nature" of Irish people.

Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, had applied for a teaching job in Seoul but was told by an agency that their client did not hire Irish people due to their perceived drinking habits.

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13. Boating event hit by storm (11 August)

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Image caption Emergency services at the scene of the incident at Strangford Lough

Ten people have been injured during an international boating event on Strangford Lough in County Down.

A major rescue effort got under way after 87 sailing dinghies were hit by a sudden squall.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people, including children, were in the water. However, the coastguard has since confirmed that 20 went overboard.

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14. Peru drug pair in UK jail switch (6 August)

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Image caption Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid pleaded guilty to drug smuggling

Convicted drug smugglers Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid are to be transferred from Peru to jails in the UK, the BBC understands.

McCollum, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Reid, from Lenzie, in Scotland, were jailed in 2013.

McCollum's lawyer has received confirmation from the Irish government that the transfer request has been accepted by the Peruvian authorities.

It is thought an agreement in principle has been made to transfer Reid home.

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15. Boy killed in slurry tank accident (8 June)

Image caption The accident happened at a farm near Dunloy

An eight-year-old boy has died in a slurry tank accident at a farm near Dunloy in County Antrim.

The boy's father, who is in his 50s, remains critically ill after the incident on Ballynaloob Road.

It is understood they were overcome by fumes.

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16. McConville son 'feared backlash' (8 June)

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Media captionMichael McConville: "These have been difficult days for the McConville family"

A son of Jean McConville has said Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams warned him several years ago there would be a "backlash" if he released the names of those he believed killed her.

Michael McConville told the BBC he took Mr Adams' remarks "as a threat".

Asked about Mr McConville's allegation, Mr Adams said: "I didn't say that."

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17. 'Gay cake' row could end up in court (8 July)

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Image caption The cake was ordered for an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia event, hosted by Alliance councillor Andrew Muir, who said another bakery accepted the order

A Christian-run bakery that refused a customer's request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.

Ashers Baking Company declined an order from a gay rights activist, asking for cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie.

The County Antrim firm could face legal action from the Equality Commission.

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18. Concert-goers fall ill at rave event (7 February)

Image caption Paramedics treated dozens of people at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, many of whom were already intoxicated when they arrived at the venue according to a Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman

Dozens of young people have been treated by paramedics after becoming ill at a concert venue in Belfast.

Fifteen people were taken to two hospitals in the city to be treated for the effects of alcohol and drugs.

No-one was seriously injured. Thousands of people were at Dutch DJ Hardwell's concert at the Odyssey Arena.

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19. Schoolgirl photos put on porn site (11 November)

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Image caption The photographs were those that girls had taken of themselves and their friends

A BBC Spotlight NI investigation has uncovered 731 photographs of Northern Irish schoolgirls on a pornographic website used by paedophiles.

The schoolgirls included pupils from 19 post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, including some of the best known grammar and high schools.

The photographs were those that girls had taken of themselves and their friends.

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20. 'Major incident' at Belfast hospital (9 January)

Image caption The hospital said additional staff had to be called in and extra beds opened to relieve pressure on the unit

A major incident was declared at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital due to a large backlog of patients at the A&E department.

The hospital said additional staff had to be called in and extra beds opened to relieve pressure on the unit.

At one stage, 42 people were waiting on trolleys and staff described the situation as "horrendous".

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