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Brexit syringes – Ian Knox in The Irish News

Last-minute Brexit deal reached on Northern Ireland border checks
Boris Johnson dropped plans to allow British ministers to break international law. Unionists were lleft alarmed and scrambling for answers about the future status of Northern Ireland after the government dropped legislation intended to mitigate against an Irish Sea border. There was deep concern that the government dropped clauses from the Internal Markets Bill, which had reassured Northern Ireland of certain limits to the coming Irish Sea border.

Vaccines give hope of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’
Jim Wells who has been locked out of wife’s care home says vaccines give hope of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ Speaking to the News Letter, the veteran DUP member spoke of his worry about the toll the restrictions have taken on his spouse having been isolated from her family. He has been going to see her each day since March to speak with her through the downstairs window of the home.

Calls for GAA to take ‘decisive action’ after controversial footage of Armagh camogie team
The footage shows some players shouting “Ooh ah, up the Ra” as they celebrated their win over Cavan in Saturday’s Junior All-Ireland Championship final

PSNI Chief constable: Dispersing crowds at Bobby Storey funeral could have resulted in widespread violence
Simon Byrne said: “We are in nobody’s pocket, we do not collude with anybody, we just have to use discretion which is at the heart of our policing style”

Three million cigarettes smuggled into Enniskillen from Holland in ‘tinned peas’ container
During the operation five men were arrested and a container full of ‘tobacco products’ worth an estimated £1.3 million was seized

Young people in west Belfast unveil new murals aimed at promoting positive mental health
The group, who attend Glen Parent Youth Group in Lenadoon, took on the project in the wake of Covid-19 and also following the deaths of two friends by suicide

A Northern Ireland school has been forced to effectively close down for Christmas due to the number of staff told to self-isolate, just days after a visit from the Education Minister Peter Weir. Mr Weir visited Lisnagarvey High School in Lisburn, alongside his DUP colleague and local MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, on Monday.

Christians in Turkey are being systematically suppressed or exploited for political gains, warns a new report from two human rights watch groups, International Christian Concern and Middle East Concern.