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Today's headlines: Steer clear of Xmas parties, health staff urged... Over 250,000 languishing on NHS waiting lists as Covid wreaks havoc

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

NI health service workers urged to steer clear of festive parties amid fears of Xmas Covid-19 chaos

There are concerns that gatherings of staff could result in Covid-19 outbreaks, leading to the closure of services as infected members of staff are forced to enter isolation

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Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Colm Gildernew

Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Colm Gildernew

Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Colm Gildernew

Over 250,000 languishing on waiting lists as Covid wreaks havoc on hospitals

Sinn Fein MLA Gildernew calls for extra investment as new figures paint a devastating picture of Northern Ireland’s overwhelmed health service

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According to the latest figures, 222 people medically fit for discharge were taking up beds on Monday, while 205 were in emergency departments, waiting to be admitted. Credit: Stefan Rousseau

According to the latest figures, 222 people medically fit for discharge were taking up beds on Monday, while 205 were in emergency departments, waiting to be admitted. Credit: Stefan Rousseau

According to the latest figures, 222 people medically fit for discharge were taking up beds on Monday, while 205 were in emergency departments, waiting to be admitted. Credit: Stefan Rousseau

Plea to public to help free up more beds in Northern Ireland hospitals

Officials have highlighted the impact of ‘bed blocking’ on the health service and appealed to patients and their families to help them free up spaces

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Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

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Black Friday: NI traders hope Executive’s mixed signals won’t deter bargain hunters

Traders’ concern as call for restraint follows scheme to spend local

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Installation close to Bellevue Bridge on Antrim Road, Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Installation close to Bellevue Bridge on Antrim Road, Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Installation close to Bellevue Bridge on Antrim Road, Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Lives put at risk by Belfast youths throwing stones off bridge over M2 motorway, warns councillor

A councillor has warned that those throwing stones off a bridge over one of Northern Ireland’s busiest stretches of motorway are putting lives in danger

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Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

Alex Kane: Say it quietly, but maybe Bertie Ahern was right about loyalists’ issues with Brexit Protocol

When I first heard the news that Bertie Ahern had made a reference to loyalists “not having a clue about the [NI] Protocol”, I have to admit it made me angry

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David Tweed. Credit: PA

David Tweed. Credit: PA

David Tweed. Credit: PA

Allison Morris: Better late than never as Storey, Paisley and Allister get themselves in a sorry mess after death of pervert Tweed

It’s rare that politicians in Northern Ireland ever apologise, regardless of the allegations thrown in their direction

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Career switch: John Duddy in A Bend in the River. Credit: Anthony Courtney

Career switch: John Duddy in A Bend in the River. Credit: Anthony Courtney

Career switch: John Duddy in A Bend in the River. Credit: Anthony Courtney

John Duddy: ‘I fell out of love with boxing, now I put my heart into acting’

From the dizzying heights of a world-class professional fighter to becoming a box office star, Derry man John Duddy has packed a lot into his 42 years, writes Stephanie Bell


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