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19 December 2014 Last updated at 20:32

Parties seeking £2bn for StormontThe Northern Ireland Executive parties have been involved in 10 weeks of talks at the  Stormont estate

The five main parties at Stormont have asked the government for a £2bn loan over a 10-year period, the BBC understands.


The police and bomb disposal officers were called to the alert outside PortadownUnder-car object was not explosive

Police say an object found under a serving soldier's car was not explosive, after a controlled explosion was carried out at the scene.

Bernie SmythAnti-abortion protester cautioned

A woman convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director is cautioned for breaching a court order.

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Mark Devenport Article written by Mark Devenport Mark Devenport Political editor, Northern Ireland

Future Northern Ireland Assembly changes outlined by governments

Stormont would put arrangements in place for an opposition as early as March 2015, according to the government paper circulated to the parties at Stormont House last week.

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