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Firm policy needed on provocative symbols

It is essential that both the nationalist and unionist traditions give careful consideration to the display of symbols which are capable of causing offence in our divided society.

Ryan Burnett a worthy champion

World bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett produced a brilliant display to emerge victorious in Ireland's first ever world title unification fight in Belfast at the weekend.

Damaging episode for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has always insisted that he is a strong defender of the US military and made a point of bringing ex-generals into his administration and lining the Oval Office with flags.

Assembly pay anomalies need to be sorted out

Secretary of state James Brokenshire has indicated that MLA salaries will have to be reviewed if there is no return to Stormont but the ongoing impasse has highlighted deeper issues regarding payments to former and present members of the assembly.

The price of failure in talks could be high

After tentative signs of optimism last week, the mood music from the talks process is decidedly downbeat with the secretary of state yesterday setting a new deadline for a deal.

Prayers for Charlotte Murray

There will be enormous sympathy for the family of Tyrone woman Charlotte Murray, who was 34 when she disappeared five years ago and is now the subject of a murder investigation.

Airbus intervention a welcome move

The announcement that Airbus has acquired a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series jet programme is as welcome as it is unexpected.

Irish teams push for World Cup glory

The draw staged in Zurich yesterday for the World Cup play-offs has set up one of the most dramatic five-day periods in the recent history of Irish sport.

Concern over Larne fire engine sentencing

The episode which involved a stolen fire engine speeding recklessly through Larne, and smashing into nine parked cars before careering through gardens and striking a row of terraced houses, could easily have had fatal consequences.

Health service cash boost is welcome but change is needed

The announcement this week of an additional £40 million in funding for the beleaguered health service in Northern Ireland was widely welcomed as a positive step that would ease some of the pressures on front line services.

Alarm over death of Marie Conlon

There will be enormous concern over the circumstances surrounding the death of Marie Conlon in west Belfast, after it emerged that the last known sighting of her was in January, 2015.

John Hatton's unacceptable actions

Celtic fan John Hatton can consider himself fortunate that he escaped a jail term for invading the pitch during a crucial European Champions League game in Glasgow last month and trying to kick a player from the Paris St-Germain club.

Anger over vandalism of Belfast parks

The vandalism of public parks has become a serious issue in many districts but it is completely shocking to find that the bill for repairs at one facility in west Belfast over the last year is running in excess of £150,000.

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