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Police in the North have confiscated abortion pills from pro-choice campaigners after a number of women ingested the prohibited drug outside a Belfast court. 

A number of demonstrators gathered outside Laganside Courthouse on Thursday afternoon to protest against Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws. 

The PSNI seized a remote controlled robot that was designed to distribute abortion pills with the support of two providers, Women on Web and Women on Waves. 

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Eleanor Crossey Malone, from socialist feminist movement Rosa, was one of those who took the pill in front of television cameras.

She said: "I have taken this in defiance of the extremely outdated, mediaeval, anti-choice laws that exist in Northern Ireland.

"We are not willing in the wake of the repeal referendum to be left behind any longer.

"Northern Ireland after repeal will be one of only two jurisdictions remaining in Europe to criminalise women effectively for having abortions.

"We are not willing to accept it any more."

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Police in the North are investigating a paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast on Monday night.

One man was wounded in the incident, though his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was shot in both of his legs in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast at around 9.00pm.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Sinn Fein councillor, Gerry McCabe, said: "There can be no place for these type of actions in our society.”

“The people responsible need to end their campaign against the community.”

Adding, “I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the police.”

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A member of the gardaí has been shot dead in Co Louth this evening.

The gunman is also dead, while a woman has been taken to hospital in a serious condition with gun-shot wounds.

An Garda Síochána is treating the case as one of murder-suicide. 

The dead garda is in his late 30s and is the father of three young children under the age of eight.

RTE reports that he left Omeath Garda Station this evening and called to a house on the Cooley Peninsula near Carlingford to deal with a domestic dispute. 

He entered the property and was confronted by a man yielding a handgun. Journal.ie describes the shooter as "a well-known dissident Republican".

The area has been sealed off and the State Pathologist has now been notified. 

A garda spokesman said shortly after the shooting: "Several people have been injured after an incident including a member of an Garda Siochana."

The spokesman later confirmed that the on-duty garda had died, along with one other person.

The shooting happened only a few kilometres from the location where Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, 41, was shot and killed on January 25, 2013.

No one has ever been charged with his killing; he was the first officer to be shot dead in the line of duty since the 1996 death of father-of-five, Jerry McCabe.

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