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Theresa May takes DUP line

The huge sense of foreboding which has been growing across Ireland, north and south, as each disastrous chapter of the Brexit debacle unfolds will not have been eased by Theresa May’s latest intervention.

Alarm over data breach

There will be enormous alarm over the astonishing data breach which put personal information about hundreds of individuals and businesses in the hands of a loyalist group.

Growing dilemmas surround Ian Paisley

WHEN Theresa May and Arlene Foster met in Co Fermanagh yesterday to consider the Brexit crisis, it would be intriguing to know how much time they also spent privately discussing the difficulties facing Ian Paisley.

Huge tragedy at Malin Head

The deaths of Gerry Doherty, who was in his 60s, and 16-year-old Thomas Weir, when their fishing boat capsized off the Co Donegal coast, represented a tragedy of enormous proportions.

Damaging report into Ian Paisley a resignation matter

While there is considerable cynicism about politicians generally, the fact is that we are entitled to expect those elected to public office to observe high standards, to conduct themselves in a way that does not undermine the integrity of our democratic institutions.

Archaeological find of a lifetime in Co Meath

There can be no doubt that the discovery of a 5,000 year old megalithic tomb in Co Meath is of major importance and it is already being described by archaeologists as the `find of a lifetime.

Relief over Sean Cox's recovery

There will be enormous relief that Sean Cox (53), a father of three from Dunboyne in Co Meath, has at last regained consciousness, almost three months after he suffered a brutal assault while attending a Champions League game in Liverpool.

No justification for dissident violence

FOLLOWING potentially lethal attacks on the homes of Gerry Adams and prominent republican Bobby Storey, Mr Adams asked those responsible to come forward and explain the rationale behind their actions.

Bonfire crackdown welcomed

The violence of recent days, while not as intense as in previous marching seasons, underlines the fact that sinister elements are still at work in Northern Ireland and are trying to exert control in their local communities.

No excuse for Derry violence

The serious disturbances which have rapidly escalated in Derry over recent days, including the repeated sectarian targeting of a Protestant district and the firing of shots at police officers, are deeply alarming.


It will be noted that President Michael D Higgins delayed the formal announcement that he intends to run for re-election until almost the latest possible stage.

Prayers of the world answered in Thailand

The prayers of the world were answered yesterday when the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks was finally completed.

Theresa May's Brexit plans still lack credibility

The British prime minister who famously declared that `Brexit means Brexit' has now accepted that she is dealing with an infinitely more complicated set of circumstances but the implications of her strategy for Ireland remain as uncertain as ever.

Huge regret over death of William Dunlop

The death of the leading motor cyclist William Dunlop at the Skerries 100 competition in Co Dublin at the weekend was a tragedy of massive proportions and represented another appalling loss for his family in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

Time to end the political drift

The Court of Appeal's ruling yesterday on the Arc21 incinerator case should increase pressure on the secretary of state to intensify efforts to restore the Stormont executive.

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