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By Sophie Inge

Sophie Inge looks back at a year of the most important and shocking events that made headlines in your favourite newspaper

Arlene Foster becomes First Minister

In January, the DUP's Arlene Foster became the first woman and the youngest person to be appointed First Minister.

The 45-year-old mother-of-three, from Co Fermanagh, was formally appointed to the role on January 11 at the Assembly's first plenary session of the year at Parliament Buildings.

She had already replaced Peter Robinson as leader of the DUP, who nominated her for the position.

Mrs Foster, who defected to the party from the Ulster Unionists in 2004, assumed office alongside long-serving Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Mrs Foster said she was "truly humbled by the trust and confidence" that had been placed in her.

"I want Northern Ireland to be a beacon to the world of how, by working together with political opponents and old enemies, we can create a Northern Ireland that we can all be proud of," she added.

Mrs Foster noted she took great pride in being the first woman to hold the office, and also its youngest incumbent.

"I can think of no greater honour than to have the opportunity to serve my country and the people of Northern Ireland as their First Minister," she said.

The biggest news stories of the year....

Cash for ash scandal 

Michaella McCollum arrives home

Hank the dog

NI at Euro 2016

Daithi McKay resignation

NI votes against Brexit

Secret funeral of Robert Black

Buncrana pier tragedy

Twaddell protest camp dismantled 

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