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Dissident republicans need to learn the lesson of peace

The fact that dissident republicans mounted a determined attempt to kill police officers within hours of Martin McGuinness's death, shows we still have some way to go to achieve the peace and stability the vast majority of people on this island wish to see.

Relief over discovery of R116

There will be enormous relief that the wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 has been found off the Mayo coast after it went missing more than a week ago.

The journey of Martin McGuinness

There can be occasions when the life of an individual becomes tightly entwined with the history of a country and there can be no doubt that the story of Martin McGuinness, who died early yesterday at the age of 66, entered such a category.

Transparency is essential over RHI controversy

The long-awaited publication of the names of companies receiving subsidies under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has provided a significant degree of transparency in relation to an initiative that has had far-reaching implications for Northern Ireland.

Prospect of Donald Trump visit will divide opinion

Donald Trump was all smiles and bonhomie when Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived for the traditional St Patrick's Day meeting at the White House and enthusiastically accepted an invitation to visit Ireland.

Defacement of Belfast mural is a disgrace

The defacement of a Belfast mural dedicated to an Irish Zionist who fought in World War One is a disgraceful anti Semitic act which should be widely condemned.

Post-Brexit virtual border plan lacks detail

Eight months after the EU referendum and the British government is finally coming up with some thoughts on how it will manage the border with the Irish Republic following full withdrawal from the European Union.

Loss of helicopter crew a devastating tragedy

As the search continues for the missing crew members of the ill-fated Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed off Co Mayo, this dreadful tragedy is a reminder of the debt of gratitude we owe emergency personnel who put their lives at risk to save others.

Alarm over closure of Extern scheme

There has yet to be absolute confirmation that the closure of the Extern charity's Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS), which was announced yesterday, was a direct result of the Stormont collapse.

Fresh thinking needed at Stormont

An injection of fresh thinking is urgently required if the Stormont talks, which today enter the second of their scheduled three weeks, are not going to inevitably slide into a period of lengthy stalemate and angry recriminations.

Shock over Paul Curran murder

There will be enormous shock that a house party in a residential district of Lurgan could result in the death of a 29-year-old man who was the father of two young children.

Fitting tribute to Jimmy Ellis

It is entirely appropriate that a new bridge has been opened in east Belfast as a tribute to the late Jimmy Ellis, who was not only one of Ireland's most distinguished actors but also a figure who was prepared to take a stand against any form of bigotry.

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