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Alarming footage at Royal Victoria Hospital

The CCTV footage which has emerged of young children repeatedly climbing across high roofs within the Royal Victoria Hospital complex in west Belfast is disturbing in every way.

Time to release Ibrahim Halawa

There will be enormous concern that the prosecution in Egypt of Irish-born Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday delayed for a 22nd time, meaning that he has been held in prison without trial for almost four years.

Positive gesture at St Patrick's

The opening of a soup kitchen at St Patrick's Church in Belfast city centre tonight is a notable initiative which will offer both personal support and practical help to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Upgrade needed for Mount Errigal

Mount Errigal in Co Donegal is one of our most celebrated landmarks, featuring in the work of a range of artists and singers and attracting thousands of tourists annually from across Ireland and beyound.

Brexit has changed debate over electoral pacts

By far the best way to resolve the complex debate over electoral pacts would simply involve extending Northern Ireland’s widely accepted proportional representation system to cover not just the European parliament, the Assembly and the district councils, as is already the case, but also Westminster contests.

Appalling toll of death on our roads

This past week has brought the most devastating news for two local families following the tragic deaths of two young men on our roads within a 24 hour period.

West Belfast shooting was a reckless act

It is only by good fortune that a woman and a five-year-old child managed to escape injury after shots were fired at a house in west Belfast on Wednesday night.

Corbyn faces an uphill battle

Theresa May put forward a number of reasons for calling a snap election on June 8, `stability and certainty' chief among them.

Time to protect the Dark Hedges

The atmospheric stretch of road known as the Dark Hedges, outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim, was always a noted tourist attraction and has become internationally celebrated since it featured in the hugely successful Game of Thrones television drama.

Theresa May's cynical move

Politics is often a cynical business but it is difficult to recall a more blatantly opportunistic intervention than the announcement by Theresa May yesterday that she plans to hold a snap UK general election on June 8.

High time for Belfast/Dublin rail upgrade

There will be a very firm welcome for the indication from the Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan that the Brexit negotiations could produce a major investment in the Belfast-Dublin train link.

Hopes for peace in republican speech

Stephen Oreilly
IT IS to be hoped that a statement delivered by a spokesman for a dissident-linked group in Belfast during an Easter commemoration event will lead to a move away from violence by one of the organisations up until now engaged in attacks on police and members of the public.

Justice for German murder victim

Stephen Oreilly
THE POLICE yesterday released a strongly-worded appeal for help in solving the murder of a young German girl whose body was discovered in a forest in county Antrim almost 29 years ago.

Afghanistan has been at war too long

Stephen Oreilly
There has been mixed reaction to the news that United States forces used the biggest available bomb in its arsenal to attack what has been described as a network of tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.

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