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Today's headlines: Daughter of Covid victim enraged at Tories' double standards after Xmas party... Wrightbus to double output with more zero emission vehicles

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Ruth Burke (left) with her daughter Brenda Doherty

Ruth Burke (left) with her daughter Brenda Doherty

Ruth Burke (left) with her daughter Brenda Doherty

Here are today's news headlines from across Northern Ireland. Stay with us for live updates and all the latest developments throughout the day.

‘Abhorrent Tories are just dancing on my mother’s grave’: Daughter of Covid victim Ruth Burke enraged at double standards

Ruth Burke (82) died alone in hospital in March 2020 while her children waited at home due to stringent infection control measures introduced to stop the spread of the virus

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Margaret getting her jab from May on December 8 2020 (Jacob King/PA)

Margaret getting her jab from May on December 8 2020 (Jacob King/PA)

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Margaret getting her jab from May on December 8 2020 (Jacob King/PA)

Everybody should have it, says NI gran Margaret Keenan who got the first jab

The 91-year-old said: “The best Christmas present I could have is being in good health and having had the jab and feeling free from this horrible virus.”


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Problem: A car parked in a disabled space. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Problem: A car parked in a disabled space. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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Problem: A car parked in a disabled space. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

614 fines issued for the misuse of blue badge disabled parking permits over last five years

Blue badges are designed to help people with disabilities access shops and services by allowing them to park closer to them. In many areas they also give the holder free on-street parking

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Meeting: Sean Lemass (right) and Irish minister Frank Aiken (centre) welcome Terence O’Neill on his first visit to Dublin as Prime Minister. Credit: PA Archive

Meeting: Sean Lemass (right) and Irish minister Frank Aiken (centre) welcome Terence O’Neill on his first visit to Dublin as Prime Minister. Credit: PA Archive

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Meeting: Sean Lemass (right) and Irish minister Frank Aiken (centre) welcome Terence O’Neill on his first visit to Dublin as Prime Minister. Credit: PA Archive

Tom Kelly: Nothing to be lost by talking about the future of island of Ireland

Those republicans and loyalists who embarked on a campaign of inexcusable violence for 30 years masked their misplaced patriotism by peddling “out-of-date slogans”

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Centenary: Arlene Foster attending a church service to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Centenary: Arlene Foster attending a church service to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

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Centenary: Arlene Foster attending a church service to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Emma Little-Pengelly: Unionist leaders need to get out and smash the stereotypes

Welcome news this week of the latest charm offensive by unionists — this time in the USA. Let’s face it, we could do with more friends on the international stage

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The famous Goliath crane is brightening the atmosphere in east Belfast. Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

The famous Goliath crane is brightening the atmosphere in east Belfast. Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

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The famous Goliath crane is brightening the atmosphere in east Belfast. Credit: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

H&W workers on light duties for Christmas

Shipyard’s huge Goliath crane fully illuminated to mark festive season

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Wrightbus chief executive Buta Atwal with executive chairman Jo Bamford

Wrightbus chief executive Buta Atwal with executive chairman Jo Bamford

Wrightbus chief executive Buta Atwal with executive chairman Jo Bamford

The green route: Wrightbus to double output with more zero emission vehicles

Revamped coach building company Wrightbus is planning to double its output next year, with management promising to produce 600 buses, of which 70% will be zero emission


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Important: Baroness Kate Hoey has urged Ulster Rugby to make a statement regarding Kingspan. Credit: Lauren Hurley

Important: Baroness Kate Hoey has urged Ulster Rugby to make a statement regarding Kingspan. Credit: Lauren Hurley

Important: Baroness Kate Hoey has urged Ulster Rugby to make a statement regarding Kingspan. Credit: Lauren Hurley

Ulster Rugby must clarify its position on Kingspan sponsorship, says Hoey

Peer’s call follows collapse of firm’s deal with F1 team over Grenfell fire

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Northern Ireland players stand for the National Anthem ahead of their match with Italy last month William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland players stand for the National Anthem ahead of their match with Italy last month William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland players stand for the National Anthem ahead of their match with Italy last month William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland football team’s anthem should not be changed, say majority of Belfast Telegraph readers

It comes after former manager Michael O’Neill revealed he believes his Northern Ireland team were disadvantaged by the National Anthem, prompting a wider debate about whether a new song should be played before matches


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