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Secretary of state's announcement has far-reaching implications

It has not gone unnoticed that secretary of state Karen Bradley announced a package of measure with far-reaching ramifications for Northern Ireland on the day that Jonathan Bell was due to make his much anticipated appearance before the RHI inquiry.

400 new digital consulting jobs a welcome boost to the economy

The announcement of 400 new jobs by PA Consulting yesterday can be seen as a vote of confidence in the Northern Ireland workforce and a positive reflection of our education system which is providing the skills sought by the technology sector.

GP reforms a welcome step forward

The report by Professor Rafael Bengoa on transforming the health system in Northern Ireland contained a number of significant proposals aimed at improving the delivery of services.

Sporting grants should be extended

There would be enormous regret if, as looks increasingly likely, an important coaching project for primary schools organised by Ulster GAA and the Irish Football Association becomes the latest victim of the political stalemate at Stormont.

Bank Buildings trees symbolise new hope

The survival virtually unscathed of two trees directly in front of Belfast's historic Bank Buildings, after it was gutted in a massive fire last week, was bordering on the miraculous.

Hero deserves praise

HEROES going about their day-to-day life until they are called to risk their wellbeing to save someone else tend to be self-effacing.

Bangor fire disturbing

IT IS extremely disturbing to learn that the police are treating the fire which destroyed an Ulsterbus in a Co Down bus station as arson.

Arrest of Loughinisland journalists profoundly disturbing

The arrest of two award winning journalists who carried out a major investigation into the Loughinisland massacre is a disturbing development that has caused deep concern, particularly among families campaigning for the truth.

Businesses will need support in aftermath of Primark blaze

As the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Primark store continues and engineers assess the damage to the historic building, it is clear that the blaze will have far-reaching implications for a number of businesses and the economy of Belfast city centre.

Action needed over Aughnacloy spillage

The cause of the shocking incident in which a foul-smelling waste product was extensively sprayed across the main street of Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone was still under investigation last night but there can be no doubt that the consequences were wide-ranging Witnesses said that the material, which was described as more pungent than slurry, was a foot deep in parts of the border village yesterday morning, causing health fears for residents and forcing the closure of some businesses.

No comparison between McCain and Trump

Although John McCain and Donald Trump both represented the Republican Party in US presidential elections, the comparison between the two politicians effectively ends there.

Alarm over hardship for health workers

There will be considerable concern over the error which led to a substantial number of health service workers receiving wages which in some cases were reduced by several hundred pounds due to unexpected pension deductions.

Francis reminds Ireland of the power of love

From the moment that Pope Francis stepped from his plane at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, it was clear that, despite the status associated with his office, he was a figure of humility who was apprehensive about the tasks ahead.

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