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Derry Girls creates new stars despite the swearing

The much anticipated new Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls, chronicling the adventures of a lively group of teenagers in the city during the height of the Troubles, was never likely to be a dull affair.

Political leadership needed to tackle health crisis

Figures for the festive period have confirmed the scale of the crisis gripping the health service, which is particularly evident in emergency departments that are struggling to cope with the number of people needing care.

Taunting of Dean Shiels is unacceptable

It is hard to fathom the mindset of some Falkirk fans who threw fake eyeballs towards Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Dean Shiels during Tuesday's Ladbrokes championship match.

Significant surge in Irish passport applications

The dramatic rise in applications from north of the border for Irish passports, which was confirmed yesterday through the release of official figures in Dublin, has widespread implications.

Heroic customers foil Dublin pub robber

While the reaction of drinkers in a Dublin pub to the arrival of an armed robber went against all normal security advice, there will still be huge admiration for their courageous intervention.

Restore Stormont to fight Brexit crisis

As we enter a new year today, there can be no doubt that our two main political priorities are addressing the Brexit crisis and ending the suspension of our devolved institutions.

State papers provide remarkable insight into turbulent past

At this point of the year it is traditional to look back, not just at the previous twelve months but also past decades as the release of state papers in Belfast, Dublin and London discloses fresh details on political developments and events from the time.

Alarming rise in paramilitary attacks

Next year will mark a number of significant anniversaries which will rightly cause us to reflect on the events of our past and what progress has been made since those difficult times.

Maurice Hayes 1927-2017

The contribution made by the late Maurice Hayes to the cause of peace and progress in Ireland was exceptional on an enormous range of fronts.

No place for paramilitary shootings

AS MOST of us were busy getting ready for and then celebrating Christmas, paramilitaries in Derry and Belfast were inflicting misery on two men.

Crime spree sentences send out a firm message

There will be relief that two brothers responsible for a wave of burglaries targeting parochial houses and other homes have been brought to justice and no longer pose a threat to wider society.

Theresa May needs to understand concerns over post-Brexit border

Theresa May will have been encouraged by the EU's decision to allow Brexit negotiations to move on to phase two but she must realise that, despite agreement on phase one, the border remains a huge issue with major ramifications as this process moves forward.

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