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Covid-19: NI churches prepare for second pandemic Christmas

Churches in Northern Ireland are tweaking their Christmas plans as they approach a second festive period affected by Covid-19. Some have measures beyond what is required by law, while others are urging caution in line with guidelines. The Methodist Church has urged ministers to be "creative" with Christmas services.

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Covid-19: NI churches prepare for second pandemic Christmas

Covid-19: Seven more deaths and 1,422 new coronavirus cases in NI

BBC News NI outlines the latest data on coronavirus and Covid-19 vaccinations across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Seven Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland on Sunday. Deaths are measured by recording those who died within 28 days of receiving a positive result in a test for coronavirus.

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Covid-19: Seven more deaths and 1,422 new coronavirus cases in NI

Covid-19: Your coronavirus questions answered

There are many questions which people in Northern Ireland have about how the latest restrictions and health advice will affect their lives. BBC News NI has been looking at some of the popular topics raised following the most recent edition of Coronavirus Catch-Up. The programme, which went out on Thursday, answered questions submitted by you, the audience.

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Covid-19: Your coronavirus questions answered

Belfast city centre PSNI pilot scheme 'saves three lives' from drugs overdoses

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland is warning of ‘significant risks’ with any roll-out of medicine which reverses certain types of drugs overdose Police officers in Belfast city centre have been issued with medication that counters the effects of drug overdosing. The PSNI is following a handful of other UK forces who use the Naloxone treatment, but the move has been questioned by the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI).

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Belfast city centre PSNI pilot scheme 'saves three lives' from drugs overdoses

People with learning disabilities 'living a nightmare'

Some families of people with learning disabilities are living a "nightmare each and every day". That is according to evidence in a new study from Ulster University (UU) into the impact of Covid-19 on people with learning disabilities. Support services for people with learning disabilities "disappeared or were markedly reduced" during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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People with learning disabilities 'living a nightmare'

Flags report: Stormont publishes £800k report

A report dealing with flags and culture in Northern Ireland has been published after a delay of nearly two years. Stormont had set up a commission in 2016 to find consensus on contentious cultural issues. Despite making some general recommendations, the report states that many specific "challenges remain" around flags, bonfires and memorials.

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Flags report: Stormont publishes £800k report

‘I’m blind but technology helps me animate’

Elodie Bateson has been blind since birth. But the 11-year-old from Limavady has become an expert at making short animated movies. She uses a voice-assisted tablet and specialist braille technology to help her make the movies. It gives her detailed descriptions as she works and audio prompts also allow her to take photographs.

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‘I’m blind but technology helps me animate’

Health failures in NI creating unfair system says Bengoa

Northern Ireland is heading towards a more unfair system of care as people are driven to get treatment privately, the man behind a major report into the health service has said. Prof Rafael Bengoa, who led the review in 2016, called for political action. He said there needed to be a long-term plan to improve healthcare here.

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Health failures in NI creating unfair system says Bengoa

TikTok challenge blamed for Bangor school's toilet rule

A TikTok craze has been blamed for a County Down school closing most toilets to students during class time. The principal of Glenlola Collegiate in Bangor, Eric Thompson, said the temporary rule was brought in after some girls filmed themselves vandalising toilets. Some pupils and their parents previously said the policy was unsanitary and impractical.

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TikTok challenge blamed for Bangor school's toilet rule

Ulster Hospital: 'We need beds available for those who need us'

An emergency department consultant at the Ulster Hospital has said beds are "at a premium" and some patients are waiting in ambulances for more than 10 hours before being treated. Dr Andrew Dobbin spoke to BBC News NI at the hospital on Monday evening when 50 patients were waiting to be admitted to a ward.

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Ulster Hospital: 'We need beds available for those who need us'

Ulster Hospital: 'Heartbreaking to see patients waiting for beds'

A senior nurse at the Ulster Hospital's emergency department has said it is heartbreaking to see patients waiting so long for a bed. Jenny Nicholson spoke to BBC News NI at the hospital on Monday evening when as many as 134 people, including children, were waiting for treatment at one point.

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Ulster Hospital: 'Heartbreaking to see patients waiting for beds'

Ulster Hospital: Staff struggle to cope with surging demand

Earlier this week, BBC News NI's health correspondent Marie Louise Connolly spent six hours in the emergency department of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. She describes what she witnessed as staff struggled to cope with surging demand. The nurses move around, fixing blankets and pulling curtains to protect patient dignity.

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Ulster Hospital: Staff struggle to cope with surging demand

Covid-19: Almost £9m wrongly paid in business support

By John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor Almost £9m was wrongly paid out by Stormont's main Covid-19 business support scheme, a public spending watchdog has estimated. The auditor general examined the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS). Between October 2020 and May 2021 it paid grants to businesses unable to operate due to the pandemic.

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Covid-19: Almost £9m wrongly paid in business support

Belfast Christmas Market-goers must prove Covid-19 status

By Claire Graham BBC News NI Image source, PAcemaker Belfast's Christmas Market opens Saturday after being cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Situated in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, all visitors will need to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test.

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Belfast Christmas Market-goers must prove Covid-19 status

Belfast's 2022 cruise ship booking sheet 'strong'

The arrival of Fred Olsen's Borealis in Belfast on Wednesday marked the end of a cruise ship season that many thought would not happen. The vessel was the 72nd to call to the city this year. That number is down significantly on pre-pandemic levels. In 2019, the city welcomed 146 ships.

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Belfast's 2022 cruise ship booking sheet 'strong'