Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland year in pictures - October to December 2014

October

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October saw the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo cause disruption with strong winds across parts of Northern Ireland bringing loss of power to some homes.

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Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher announced to shut its factory in Ballymena, County Antrim with the loss of more than 800 jobs. North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jr said it was a "body blow" to the Northern Ireland economy. In November, the Unite union said the factory should become a "centre of excellence" for pouch tobacco and cigar production, adding it could save 500 jobs at the factory.

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A full-scale model of the Bloodhound SSC car was put on display at Stormont in October. The Bloodhound is bidding to break the world land speed record by reaching more than 1,000 miles per hour in the South African desert in 2015.

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The BBC's Martina Purdy announced her intention to leave her role of political correspondent with the corporation to join a religious congregation. She is pictured here on her way to Mass with sisters from the Adoration Convent.

Halloween celebrations were held across Northern Ireland, with tens of thousands of people converging in Londonderry for the city's annual Halloween fireworks and carnival parade.

November

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HM Revenue and Customs uncovered what they claimed was the largest toxic waste dump from diesel laundering in the UK. Officials say almost 50 tonnes of waste was removed from the site in County Armagh.

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Irish Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall, lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service. It was the first time since 1946 that a representative from Ireland participated in a wreath laying ceremony in London.

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A 65-year-old furniture store worker from Belfast has won almost £13m in the Euromillions jackpot. Mary Hamilton, who celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary in July, said she found out she had won the jackpot after her local petrol station said they could not pay out.

December

In December, Portadown Orangemen marked the 6,000th day of their Drumcree protest. A restriction by the Parades Commission preventing the Portadown lodge marching along the Garvaghy Road has been in place since July 1998.

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Prominent ovarian cancer campaigner Una Crudden passed away after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2009. To raise awareness about what she felt was a low-profile condition, the grandmother brought her campaign to a wider audience on social media.

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Northern Ireland's north coast was battered by severe gales and large waves as a 'weather bomb' touched parts of the County Londonderry and Antrim coastline.

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The strong winds and waves brought disruption to travel and businesses, with buildings along Portstewart Strand in County Londonderry being badly affected by debris.

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