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2 September 2014 Last updated at 08:39

Student hardship fund 'cut by £1.3m'Graduating students

Money made available to the poorest students in further education colleges is cut by over a third - falling by £1.3m over the past five years, the BBC has learned.

Iain Duncan SmithDuncan Smith criticises SF stance

The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has called on Sinn Féin to back the coalition government's plans to reform the welfare system.

Martin McGuinnessMcGuinness urges dissident ceasefire

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness urges dissident republicans, on the IRA ceasefire 20th anniversary, to "take that same step into politics and away from conflict".

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

Remembering the IRA ceasefire 20 years on

Twenty years on from the IRA ceasefire, how has the political landscape changed?

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