BBC News

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: Birth partner restrictions 'not changing soon'

Currently a woman can only be accompanied by a partner in active labour and for an hour after birth.

Maghaberry Prison: Four men charged after demonstration

A police officer was injured during a demonstration in support of dissident republican prisoners.

Brexit: Mick Mulvaney says UK and EU can reach a trade deal

US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, urges optimism in relation to Brexit.

Northern Ireland rape crisis helpline launched

The launch of the new service follows a review into how NI handles serious sexual offences.

Broughshane: Four arrested after metal bar attack

The victim was attacked by four men in Whinsmoor Park between 20:30 and 21:30 BST on Saturday night.

Katesbridge records NI's coldest September night

It was -3.7C in the County Down hamlet making it the coldest place on the island of Ireland.

Chuck Feeney: The billionaire who gave it all away

Chuck Feeney, who donated heavily to NI causes, achieves his goal of giving away his $9bn fortune.

Holyland: How do you solve Belfast's perennial problem area?

Residents, students and landlords have their say as Covid-19 once again pushes it back into the news.

Fortnight: The must-read political magazine making a comeback

Fortnight, the political magazine with heavyweight contributors, is back for its 50th birthday.

Maghaberry Prison: Officer injured during demonstration

Four men were arrested during the protest supporting dissident republican prisoners refusing meals.

Coronavirus: Hospitality Ulster seeks clarity on new pub rules

The rule that six from two households can sit at a table now also applies to those sitting outdoors.

Fracking: Fermanagh council investigating 'significant error' in consultation

The wording of fracking planning guidelines was changed when sent out for consultation in Fermanagh.

Renewable Heat Incentive: £22m of RHI money returned to Treasury

A report finds that much less heat is being generated by participants in the energy scheme.

Coronavirus: NI records highest number of new Covid-19 cases

Northern Ireland's department of health reported one further death and 319 positive cases on Saturday.

Covid-19: Schools to get new guidance on Covid-19 self-isolation

Officials clarify guidance on when pupils have to self-isolate if a classmate contracts the virus.

Coronavirus: Limits on pub and restaurant tables in NI

New laws mean no more than six people from two households will be allowed to sit at the same table.

Coronavirus: Why are Covid-19 cases spiking in NI's north west?

Derry and Strabane now has the fastest rising number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in NI.

Coronavirus: NI's new Covid regulations in 60 seconds

BBC News NI's Jordan Kenny explains what you need to know about the new Covid-19 restrictions.

Covid notices: What happens when you break restrictions in NI?

Police explain what Covid and prohibition notices mean for people and businesses in NI.

NI Covid-19 restrictions: Your Questions Answered

BBC News NI answers readers' questions about how the new restrictions will affect you.

Coronavirus Q&A: What has changed in NI?

New restrictions have been imposed across Northern Ireland. Here's the latest guidance.

Coronavirus test centre to open at Queen's University

Queen's say the facility will provide additional capacity of about 2,000 tests per week.

Donegal fishing tragedy: How the sinking of the Jack Buchan 'left its mark'

The survivor of a Donegal fishing tragedy speaks publicly for the first time, 62 years on.

Rembrandts go on display at Ulster Museum

The six publicly-owned etchings will go into the museum's post-lockdown display from Friday.

Mary McAleese 'well used to revolting sexism' in politics

The ex-Irish president says sexism has been "part and parcel" of her political career.

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The weather forecast in Northern Ireland.

Rathlin Island: The UK island with no coronavirus cases

Only 150 residents, one shop, one pub... and no coronavirus.

Alan McCracken's journey from the military to the ministry

Alan McCracken joined the Army at 17 in 1983 and has now been ordained as a Church of Ireland deacon.

Poteen: New generation 'embracing' the ancient but notorious spirit

Does the spirit once considered illicit moonshine have a future as a premium NI export?

Dyslexia: 'Mummy, am I stupid because I struggle to read?'

Journalist Ciara Riddell tells how she worked to help her son Shea overcome his dyslexia.

Teenage boy rescued from sea by RNLI

The boy was pulled to safety by the lifeboat crew on Friday afternoon.

Red Lines: 'Ignorance, arrogance and cowardice'

Mark Carruthers is joined by Suzanne Breen, Nichola Mallon and Sorcha Eastwood to discuss how women in politics still face sexual harassment.

Coronavirus: Cheers to the reopening of NI's drink-only bars

About 600 drink-only bars in Northern Ireland can reopen their doors for the first time since March.

Coronvirus: ‘My 57 days in intensive care with Covid-19’

Gerard McLarnon spent 57 days in intensive care with Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: 'Avoid all but necessary travel across NI-Donegal border'

The chief medical officers met to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases in Donegal and the north west.

Coroanvirus: Strabane firm O'Neills part closes as staff test positive

Part of the O'Neills factory in Strabane has closed for a deep clean after seven staff tested positive.

Londonderry: Family 'concerned' over care home relocation

Thirty-nine residents of a Londonderry care home are being relocated after the discovery of legionella.

Coronavirus: Strabane school to teach remotely after Covid case

Pupils at Holy Cross College will be taught remotely on Thursday while additional cleaning takes place.

European Commission to challenge Apple tax bill verdict

EU court ruling that the tech giant does not have to pay hefty back taxes to Ireland goes back to court.

Brexit: No deal would be 'enormous failure', says Coveney

The Irish foreign minister was speaking about Brexit on Radio 4's Political Thinking with Nick Robinson.

Coronavirus: Tighter restrictions announced for Donegal

The Irish county was previously on level two of the country's five-level alert system.

Coronavirus: Drink-only bars reopen outside Dublin

Pubs and restaurants in Dublin remain closed. unless they can provide outdoor meals.

Coronavirus: Dublin brought under tighter Covid-19 restrictions

Indoor dining at restaurants is barred as part of new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: Irish county lockdowns 'expected in coming months'

Health officials may recommend further restrictions on Dublin to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Sinn Féin's McDonald questions Irish government coronavirus response

Cabinet members were initially told to self-isolate before the health minister tested negative for Covid-19.