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Monday 19 February 2018
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Three men have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a BBC journalist was confronted by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.
Three arrested in probe of 'paedophile hunter' confrontation with BBC Three men have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a BBC journalist was confronted by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.
 
Main Headlines
 
Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill arrive at Government Buildings in Dublin for a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA) Sinn Fein and DUP clash over direct rule Sinn Fein has warned that direct rule is not an option for Northern Ireland as Democratic Unionists called on the UK Government to start setting budgets for schools and hospitals.
Graffiti at a Carillion site (Pat Hurst/PA) Housing Executive contracts transferred after Carillion collapse Millions of pounds worth of Housing Executive contracts are in the process of being transferred following the collapse of construction giant Carillion.
Senator David Norris said he made the comments to illustrate the progress made on attitudes. Backlash over 'IRA kneecapped gays' comment - but senator Norris stands by claim By Jonathan Bell Claims the Provisional IRA "kneecapped people for being gay" has been met with an angry backlash, but the man behind the comment says he was "speaking the truth" to highlight how attitudes had changed over recent years.
The funeral of murder victim Raymond Johnston takes place at the Church of the Nativity in Poleglass on February 19th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph) Ray Johnston mourners told 'killers will have to face God for what they have done' By Mark Edwards and Eamon Sweeney The funeral of Raymond Johnston, who was gunned down at his home in west Belfast, has taken place.
 
 
 
Gallows Street in Dromore / Credit: Google Maps Hunt for pair in baseball caps over suspected arson attack Police are appealing for information over the incident in Dromore, Co Down.
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said her Government was fully committed to the Good Friday Agreement. (Ben Stansall/PA) UK ‘fully committed’ to Good Friday Agreement Government has said it is “fully committed” to the Good Friday Agreement.
High Court, Belfast. Child abduction accused 'spent night with victim (14) in woods' By Alan Erwin Dylan James Colvin had been arrested on suspicion of grooming.
Republic of Ireland U21's Sean Scannell (right) will hold talks over a potential international switch to Northern Ireland. Michael O'Neill wants ROI player to make switch NI manager Michael O'Neill will try to persuade Sean Scannell to make the switch.
 
 
 
Press Eye - Belfast Telegraph Born2Run - Gosford Forest Park - 18th February 2018
Photograph by Declan Roughan Born2Run at Gosford Forest Park - pictures and video Runners have braved the winter conditions to take part in the race series.
Former football coach Barry Bennell (PA) Barry Bennell sentenced for sex assaults against young boys Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been branded "the devil incarnate" by a judge.
Kayden Fleck (right) with twin brother Jayden Little Kayden Fleck's parents recall boy's last moments Five-year-old boy was swept to his death in a Ballymena river.
The man is serving an eight-year prison sentence for the drink-fuelled attack in September 2015. Woman accused of trafficking prostitute working in NI By Alan Erwin A woman was herself a victim of the vice racket, the High Court heard on Monday.
 
 
Sport
 
Republic of Ireland U21's Sean Scannell (right) will hold talks over a potential international switch to Northern Ireland. Michael O'Neill to persuade Republic of Ireland U21 international to make Northern Ireland switch Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will try to persuade former Republic of Ireland under-21 player Sean Scannell to switch international allegiance.
John Cooney has been in fine form for Ulster this season. Cooney added to Ireland squad ahead of Six Nations clash with Wales By Gareth Hanna Ulster scrum-half John Cooney will train with Ireland this week ahead of Saturday's game against Wales at Aviva Stadium.
Northern Ireland will host Israel at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in September. All you need to know as Northern Ireland to host Israel at Windsor Park Northern Ireland will host Israel in a friendly international at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday 11 September (kick-off 7.45pm).
 
 
Entertainment
 
Pictured: Katherine Ryan What's on in Northern Ireland, Feb 19-25: From Flash Harry to Katherine Ryan This week across Northern Ireland sees fantastic music, comedy and theatre on offer - take a look through our list of top attractions over the next seven days.
Pictured: Ben Nicky Ben Nicky added to CHSq line up in Belfast Ben Nicky has been added to the growing list of headliners at Custom House Square.
The Proclaimers The Proclaimers announce Belfast Ulster Hall date The Proclaimers will perform at the Ulster Hall in Belfast later this year.
 
 
Business
 
More than 40% of Northern Ireland firms say the vote for Brexit has had a negative impact on business, a new report has said. (Jane Barlow/PA) Two in five Northern Ireland firms 'have had negative Brexit impact' By John Mulgrew More than 40% of Northern Ireland firms say the vote for Brexit has had a negative impact on business, a new report has said.
Encouraged: Aidan Gough Republic business growth increase higher than Northern Ireland ... but all-island economy in good place By John Mulgrew Businesses in the Republic are enjoying higher levels of growth than their counterparts in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey.
Former Unilever boss Niall Fitzgerald has said it "makes no sense" for the UK to seek the freedom to do independent trade deals Brexit: There's 'no sense' UK seeking independent trade deals By Gavin McLoughlin Former Unilever boss Niall Fitzgerald has said it "makes no sense" for the UK to seek the freedom to do independent trade deals.
 
 
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