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Time to end the political drift

The Court of Appeal's ruling yesterday on the Arc21 incinerator case should increase pressure on the secretary of state to intensify efforts to restore the Stormont executive.

Answers needed over Graham Irwin's death

There will be huge sympathy for the ordeal suffered by the family of Graham Irwin since he was found dead in unusual circumstances at his home in the Shankill Road area of Belfast in May.

Concerns remain over RHI scheme

Over the past few months the independent inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has heard evidence underlining the deep flaws in the design, management and oversight of an initiative that ran out of control and eventually led to the collapse of the Stormont executive.

Huge concern over missing Saoirse Smyth

The announcement last night that the disappearance of 28-year-old Belfast woman Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen more than a year ago, has become the subject of a cross-border murder investigation was deeply disturbing.

NHS core principles must be protected

When Labour health minister Aneurin Bevan launched the National Health Service on July 5, 1948, he was driven by a determination to transform the lives of millions of people for the better.

Irish Open golf boosts Donegal tourism

Since it was revived in 1975, the Irish Open golf tournament, for a number of reasons, was restricted to venues across Leinster and Munster for almost four decades.

Huge relief as missing boys found in Thailand cave

Over the past nine days, people from around the world have watched with growing apprehension as the search continued for twelve boys and their football coach, who disappeared in a cave in northern Thailand on June 23.

Return of BIIGC a positive move

It is probably fair to say that the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC), since its creation under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, was never regarded with the slightest degree of affection by unionist politicians.

Courage of Capital Gazette staff

The list of targets for deranged gunmen across the USA brandishing legally held firearms has now been extended from schools, factories and even churches to a daily newspaper office.

Anger over racist abuse of west Belfast child

There can be no place in any section of our society for racist behaviour and there will be particular anger over the verbal abuse directed against an 18-month-old boy in west Belfast.

PSNI provide further evidence of Brexit shambles

By this stage of the Brexit process, with just nine months to go before the official date of withdrawal from the EU, there should be firm preparations under way in key areas such as policing and security.

Single transfer test still flawed

IT is a perverse feature of our education system that a primary school child can spot the manifest problems with the arrangements that adults have designed for their transfer to many of the north's grammar schools.

Excitement grows over Papal visit

It is clear from the huge response to the release of online tickets yesterday for the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis that hundreds of thousands of people will be flocking to the three main events on August 25 and 26.

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