Northern Ireland headlines: long agony for death certificates…. NI protocol affects tattoo artists and disagreements over facemasks

Here are today’s news headlines from across Northern Ireland. Stay tuned with us for live updates and all the latest happenings of the day.

The health trust apologizes to the bereaved families after the delay in the death certificate followed the delay in the funeral

The funeral director warned of a longer wait than usual for physicians to complete the document.

Former MLA Anna Lo forced her out of politics over online abuse

A former legislator, who called “frequent abuse” from online trolls was a major reason for leaving politics in 2016, called on tech companies to do more to tackle the problem.


Chasing Experience: Former Coalition MLA Anna Lo At Home

Protocol leaves NI tattoo artists without certain types of ink

Much ink has been spilled over the Northern Ireland Protocol, and now tattoo artists are feeling that tattoo artists are drying up because of our newfound relationship with the European Union.


Body Art: Tattoo Artist Willie G

Tributes paid to popular co-Armagh footballer Oisin Fields after accidental death

CO Armagh paid tribute to the talented football player Oisin Fields, who passed away suddenly on Wednesday.

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Oisin Fields Credit: McAlmel Mobility Facebook

Fionola Meredith: Who will stand up for those who can’t wear masks?

Fionola Meredith writes that rape victims are among those fearful of the new rules.


Many people suffer from health conditions, which means they cannot bear to cover their faces.

Stormont row erupts over UDR book in background of Jim Allister during committee meeting

A book about the UDR that was featured prominently in the background of TUV leader Jim Allister, speaking from afar, sparked a controversy at Stormont.


Jim Allister and the UDR book on display

Covid restrictions: Givhan and O’Neill at odds over strict enforcement of face masks

There were differences of opinion between the First and Deputy First Ministers on Thursday over a plan for tougher reinforcements on face coverings.


First Minister Paul Given and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. credit: Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

Djokovic visa waiver an injustice, says NI ex-pat in Australia

Co-Down woman furious over ‘special Covid-19 travel rules for celebrities’


Novak Djokovik. credit: John Walton / PA

2021 NI car sales stuck in slow lane as supply issues dragged on

Last year only 36,616 new cars were registered in NI, with Hyundai Tucson being the most popular.


The Hyundai Tucson was the best-selling Care here

Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme: Who is eligible for the £100 payment and how can you apply?

The emergency fuel payment plan can be applied for online at the Bryson Charitable Group website,


Eligible applicants must provide proof of their financial status and fuel payment requirement. Took a picture. credit: Dobrila Vignjevic