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Omagh bombing suspect remanded in custody

A man accused of carrying out the single worst atrocity of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the killing of 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bombing, was remanded in custody on Friday. Seamus Daly, 43, a prominent supporter of the Irish republican cause, was denied bail by a judge at Dungannon Magistrates' Court as police kept guard outside. No-one has ever been convicted in a criminal court over the bombing, which tore through the market town only months after the signing of peace accords which largely ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Ex-IRA commander McGuinness to attend UK queen's banquet

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Sunday he will attend a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in a move that would once have been unthinkable for the former IRA commander. McGuinness hailed the queen's "leadership" role in the Northern Ireland peace process, which ended decades of conflict between largely Catholic republicans and protestant Unionists in the British province.

N.Ireland leader accuses Blair over amnesty letters

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson accused former British prime minister Tony Blair on Friday of deliberately deceiving politicians in the province over an amnesty scheme for fugitive IRA suspects. In an emergency debate at the devolved assembly in Belfast, Robinson vented his anger over official letters sent to fugitives assuring them that they would not face prosecution for crimes alleged during Northern Ireland's violent past.

Sinn Fein hold onto N. Ireland seat

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein on Friday retained their British parliamentary seat of mid-Ulster in a by-election called when deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness stood down as an MP last year. Francis Molloy won the Northern Ireland seat with a reduced majority for the party after winning 47 percent of the vote. Molloy had been deputy speaker at the Northern Ireland Assembly. Joint unionist candidate Nigel Lutton was second on 12,781 votes. Lutton's father was killed by the IRA, and Molloy has been accused of being a suspect in his murder.
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