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Difficult days ahead for Theresa May

After securing the backing of most of her cabinet for the draft Brexit deal on Wednesday night, Theresa May acknowledged there would be 'difficult days ahead.

Sonny Knowles was an entertainment legend

The tributes which poured in after the death yesterday of singer Sonny Knowles at the age of 86 demonstrated that he was one of the best loved figures in Irish entertainment.

DUP's Brexit disaster

When Seamus Mallon memorably described the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as `Sunningdale for slow learners’, he neatly captured the inability of some politicians to understand stark and simple truths.

Alarm over rape case conviction levels

While the complexities involved in rape investigations have been well documented, there can only be enormous concern over the miniscule number of convictions delivered under our present structures.

Time to respect all our referees

While emotions can run high in the course of many sporting encounters, it is essential that referees are treated with full respect by players, coaches and spectators at all times.

DUP losing trust in Theresa May

The relationship between the DUP and the British government has been showing signs of crumbling in recent weeks but it is now clear that trust is breaking down as we edge closer to a Brexit deal.

Mixed messages from US elections

In typical fashion, Donald Trump claimed victory in the US mid-term elections, despite Republicans losing control of the House of Representatives.

Dominic Raab visit a wasted opportunity

It is not clear why British government ministers feel the need to treat visits to Northern Ireland like some sort of clandestine operation where the overriding consideration seems to be getting in and out quickly while saying or doing as little as possible.

Political shambles hitting basic services

Secretary of state Karen Bradley has so far failed to distinguish herself in a role that requires deep understanding of complex issues, deft handling of divergent views and a strategic vision for restoring devolved government to Northern Ireland.

Heroic achievement for Conor Bannon (11)

Conor Bannon's achievement in becoming the youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa by its most gruelling route at the age of just 11 is nothing short of astonishing.

Greysteel carnage proved a turning point

Although we have been surrounded by considerable political upheaval for almost two years, nothing that has happened during this period can be remotely compared to the horrific events of a quarter of a century ago.

Widespread shock over Leicester City tragedy

The death of the chairman of Leicester City football club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four other people in a devastating helicopter crash was a tragedy of enormous proportions.

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