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Removal of Belfast benches sent wrong message

There will be a widespread welcome for yesterday's reinstatement of wooden benches used by rough sleepers in Belfast city centre which had previously been removed without any form of consultation.

Democrats score a surprise victory in Trump heartland

A special senate election in one state would not normally command much attention outside the United States but such is the intense interest in anything related to Donald Trump that the Alabama race has become headline news around the world.

Anger over crossbow attack on swan

There will be widespread outrage over the crossbow attack which killed a swan in a public park on the shores of Lough Neagh outside Antrim town.

Time for gritting policies to be reviewed

There can be no doubt that staff from the Department of Infrastructure work exceptionally hard to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely during sub-zero temperatures of the kind experienced over recent days.

DUP under increasing spotlight

As the Brexit talks move to a further and arguably even more complex stage, it is reasonable to specifically examine the role of the DUP in recent developments.

Homeless forced out of sight

While issues associated with homelessness are always complex, there will be surprise that Belfast City Council has responded to problems in one particular area by simply removing wooden benches from a public space.

British government's Brexit strategy is a shambles

Far from providing reassurance that Theresa May's humiliation in Brussels on Monday was a minor blip, easily fixed, the performance of the British government in subsequent days has served to underline the shambolic nature of its Brexit strategy.

Devastating Wexford road tragedy

Every death on our roads is a tragedy but the circumstances surrounding the crash which killed four members of a US family in Co Wexford were particularly devastating.

Praise due to retiring Barra McGrory

Barra McGrory is owed a considerable debt of gratitude as he prepares to stand down from his demanding and complex role as director of public prosecutions.

Donald Tusk declaration of support raises the Brexit stakes

At the end of a week which has seen considerable mudslinging in the direction of the Irish government, the taoiseach yesterday received a resounding declaration of support from European Council President Donald Tusk, who pledged the backing of the EU over the border issue.

Irresponsible of Donald Trump to give platform to Britain First

Donald Trump's latest Twitter outburst, retweeting anti-Muslim videos from the far right Britain First organisation and then attacking Theresa May, not only shows how unsuited he is to the responsibilities of his office but also offers encouragement to those promoting an agenda of hate.

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