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Today's headlines: Political divide 'driving away young talent' ... Caravan owners 'warned not to join residents' associations' ... MLA candidate was teen gang member

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Sectarianism is leading to young people leaving Northern Ireland. Credit: Stephen Davison

Sectarianism is leading to young people leaving Northern Ireland. Credit: Stephen Davison

Sectarianism is leading to young people leaving Northern Ireland. Credit: Stephen Davison

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

Brain drain blamed on Northern Ireland’s political divide

Ongoing ‘orange and green’ issues are as much to blame for Northern Ireland’s brain drain as the economy, new research has revealed.

Caravan owners’ ‘upgrade or leave’ row reaches Stormont

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Empty piches at Golf Links holiday park on the north coast this week. Caravan owners who want their pitches back must upgrade to a new caravan

Empty piches at Golf Links holiday park on the north coast this week. Caravan owners who want their pitches back must upgrade to a new caravan

Empty piches at Golf Links holiday park on the north coast this week. Caravan owners who want their pitches back must upgrade to a new caravan

Caravan owners at one of Northern Ireland’s biggest holiday parks are claiming that they’ve been warned not to join a residents' association.

Proof of negative Covid tests required from passengers coming into NI from overseas

Anyone arriving into Northern Ireland from abroad must produce a negative Covid test as part of the Executive’s attempt to delay the expected emergence of the Omicron variant.

Green Party's Brian Smyth: ‘Assault charge as teen wake-up call I needed to change life’

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Lionheart: Green Party councillor Brian Smyth in east Belfast. Credit: Peter Morrison

Lionheart: Green Party councillor Brian Smyth in east Belfast. Credit: Peter Morrison

Lionheart: Green Party councillor Brian Smyth in east Belfast. Credit: Peter Morrison

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A Green Party councillor who is standing in the Assembly election has revealed how he turned his life around after an assault conviction as a teenage gang member.

‘I’d give anything to have you back’: mum posts emotional tribute to tragic Tierna Campbell

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Tragedy: Police remain at the scene where Tierna Campbell was found in the Dromore Street area of Ballynahinch. Credit: Presseye

Tragedy: Police remain at the scene where Tierna Campbell was found in the Dromore Street area of Ballynahinch. Credit: Presseye

Tragedy: Police remain at the scene where Tierna Campbell was found in the Dromore Street area of Ballynahinch. Credit: Presseye

The heartbroken family of a 20-year-old woman found dead in Co Down last week have said she was the “most loving person in the world”.

Boxing club helping to transform notorious north Belfast interface

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Children from opposite sides of the north Belfast interface get together at the weekend

Children from opposite sides of the north Belfast interface get together at the weekend

Children from opposite sides of the north Belfast interface get together at the weekend

It the true spirit of Christmas, young people living on both sides of a once notorious interface came together at the weekend for a cross community event that kickstarted the festive season.

10 reasons why this Christmas is not the same as 2020’s washout

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Magical setting: Sarah McIlmoyle welcoming visitors to the Enchanted Winter Garden in Antrim. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Magical setting: Sarah McIlmoyle welcoming visitors to the Enchanted Winter Garden in Antrim. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Magical setting: Sarah McIlmoyle welcoming visitors to the Enchanted Winter Garden in Antrim. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Olivia Fletcher explains why this festive season is a little brighter, even if there are still causes for concern.

NI animal charity staff’s distress after a huge rise in pets being left with them

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Almost Home Animal Rescue NI currently have 167 dogs in their care

Almost Home Animal Rescue NI currently have 167 dogs in their care

Almost Home Animal Rescue NI currently have 167 dogs in their care

Staff at a Northern Ireland animal charity have been reduced to tears by a huge rise in animals left with them just before Christmas.

Ulster must pick themselves up for huge French clash

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Caught: Ulster’s Mike Lowry is tackled during the defeat by Ospreys. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Hiscott

Caught: Ulster’s Mike Lowry is tackled during the defeat by Ospreys. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Hiscott

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Caught: Ulster’s Mike Lowry is tackled during the defeat by Ospreys. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Hiscott

A week on from the high of securing a first win away to old foes Leinster since 2013 and the northern province were shunted down a peg or two with a dispiriting day out in west Wales.

Glen set up tantalising clash with hometown manager Mickey Moran

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Under pressure: Glen’s Conleth McGuckian with Paul Sherlock and Michael Meehan of Scotstown. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Under pressure: Glen’s Conleth McGuckian with Paul Sherlock and Michael Meehan of Scotstown. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

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Under pressure: Glen’s Conleth McGuckian with Paul Sherlock and Michael Meehan of Scotstown. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

In their first ever foray into Ulster club territory, Derry’s Glen now get to take the field against the defending champions Kilcoo.

John Laverty: 20-0, 19-0, 11-0... comic scorelines are no joke for women’s football

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Record breaker: Rachel Furness is now Northern Ireland football’s leading international scorer ‘across the genders’. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Record breaker: Rachel Furness is now Northern Ireland football’s leading international scorer ‘across the genders’. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

William Cherry/Presseye

Record breaker: Rachel Furness is now Northern Ireland football’s leading international scorer ‘across the genders’. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

It wasn’t a good week for women’s football. It was a good week for individuals such as Northern Ireland’s Rachel Furness and England’s Ellen White, who set new goalscoring records for their respective teams. Big congrats to both.

But no, it wasn’t a good week for women’s football.


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