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Ringing endorsement for Michael D Higgins

Michael D Higgins has been a hugely respected Irish first citizen for the last seven years and the weekend confirmation that, by a significant majority, he is to serve a second term was richly deserved.

Welcome news from Primark

BELFAST received some good news yesterday when it was announced that the city council has approved an application for a 'conservation led' plan to restore the Bank Buildings which was destroyed by fire in August.

Alarm over Cave Hill sabotage

There can only be enormous concern about the latest vicious attempts to sabotage biking trails on Belfast's Cave Hill country park by stretching thick wire between trees at chest height.

High time for Irish language act

The speaking of Irish in the House of Commons yesterday for what is believed to be the first time since partition was an important symbolic moment for which the Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts deserves full credit.

Bitter blow to schools coaching

While there had been concerns about the future of a scheme providing GAA and soccer coaching for schoolchildren, news that funding has now run out is a bitter blow to all those involved in this initiative.

Paramilitary groups a blight on our society

The focus on the terrible events of 25 years ago provide a stark reminder of an especially dark period and how paramilitary groups inflicted appalling bloodshed and suffering on ordinary people.

Alarm over hammer attack in north Belfast

The pictures we publish today of 14-year-old Patrick Burns, who suffered head wounds and extensive bruising when a gang attacked him with knuckledusters and a hammer near his north Belfast home, are deeply disturbing.

Remembering the Shankill bomb victims

On this day 25 years ago, Sean Kelly and Thomas Begley carried a bomb into Frizzell's fish shop on the Shankill Road - an act of terror that irrevocably changed their lives and that of the men, women and children caught up in that terrible atrocity.

Further unacceptable DUP behaviour

The DUP was the only one of the main Stormont parties which was unable to find a single representative who was prepared to travel to Dublin for the official reception marking the visit of Pope Francis in August.

Church break-in abhorrent

BURGLARS broke into a church and a restaurant in the same Co Tyrone town at the weekend, stealing cash registers and causing damage to both buildings in the process sometime between late Saturday and early Sunday.

Trump comments unacceptable

president trump has made no secret of his disdain for most sections of the media, often claiming they are the carriers of so-called fake news.

Irresponsible Brexit language should be avoided

With Brexit negotiations intensifying as we get closer to the withdrawal deadline, the political temperature is rising as parties and individuals fear what might be eventually agreed.

Huge achievement for Anna Burns

It is striking that the author who has just been named by a London jury as the winner of the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in international literature, was a pupil at Holy Cross primary school in north Belfast's Ardoyne district during a time of enormous upheaval.

Grace Chambers sprints home at 90

If Grace Chambers had finished a single 5k parkrun shortly after reaching her 90th birthday, she would have been entitled to huge praise from everyone in the sporting world.

DUP should finally speak out over Ian Paisley

The decision by Ian Paisley to share a Twitter post which likened EU Remain supporters to paedophile Jimmy Savile was another appalling piece of judgment by the North Antrim MP.

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