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Trumps new-found diplomacy must continue

Stephen Oreilly
IT is fair to say that the current president of the United States of America has been a divisive figure on the international stage since he took office in 2016.

Jeremy Corbyn's huge dilemma

Jeremy Corbyn plainly does not appeal to all sections of the party he leads, and has never pretended otherwise, but, as he demonstrated again during his visit to Belfast yesterday, he is a politician of rare gifts.

Arlene Foster's major political risk

IT is worth pointing out that if the joint statement issued by the pro-EU parties at Stormont in advance of the latest key round of Brexit negotiations had been tabled as an Assembly motion, it would have won the endorsement of a clear majority of MLAs.

Complex debate over legacy proposals

There will be considerable sympathy for the assertion from the former director of public prosecutions, Barra McGrory, that the proposed structures for investigations into Troubles-related murders are unworkable.

The Eighth Amendment

IF the constitution of a country can be said to reflect its soul, then Ireland has been engaged in a prolonged period of soul-searching.

No excuse for provocative flags

If debates over flags and emblems are carried out in a climate of tolerance and mutual respect, then, even in the tense conditions which are often present in the summer months across many areas, they are capable of reaching a positive outcome.

Balmoral Show thriving in new home

The Balmoral Show is always a key occasion in the agricultural calendar and its 150th anniversary is by any standards a major landmark.

International alarm over Gaza death toll

It was entirely appropriate that the Israeli ambassador was summoned to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin to be told of what taoiseach Leo Varadkar described as the Irish people's outrage and dismay over the appalling bloodshed in Gaza.

Theresa May's comments on border poll cause a stir

A week after Theresa May was caught out peddling inaccurate information over legacy cases, she has once again created an unintentional stir in Northern Ireland over comments aimed at a Conservative audience.

Huge sorrow over death of child and pilot

There will be enormous regret over the deaths of seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak and experienced British pilot Neil Bowditch in a light aircraft crash in Co Offaly.

Court ruling has far-reaching implications

A High Court ruling yesterday that a civil service decision on a waste treatment plant was unlawful in the absence of a minister has potentially far-reaching political and economic implications.

Exceptional courage of Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell , who has died at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year, was by any standards a public representative of enormous integrity and commitment.

Dangerous drivers must be stopped

A YOUNG pedestrian had a lucky escape from serious injury after he was struck by a car in north Belfast in early hours of yesterday morning.

New era for Coalisland parking

It has been well documented that the implementation of parking restrictions can vary considerably across different centres of population in Ireland, north and south.

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