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Great support for Dáithí Mac Gabhann

The support offered by pupils at a Belfast school to little Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who urgently needs a life-saving heart transplant, has been truly inspirational.

Huge regret over death of Kenny Andrews

There will be enormous regret over the death of Kenny Andrews in a jet ski accident on Lower Lough Erne, just three months before he was due to be married.

Appalling racist abuse of Ali Askir

The racist abuse directed against businessman Ali Askir by individuals leaving Belfast's Windsor Park stadium after an international match was entirely unacceptable and has been rightly condemned by the Irish Football Association.

Corbyn should back second Brexit referendum

Boris Johnson is a figure who has consistently displayed both an enormous ego and a blatantly opportunistic approach to politics so he probably feels he is well qualified to become a Conservative prime minister.

Public confidence shaken by political revelations

Theresa May has expressed confidence in her secretary of state for Northern Ireland, despite Karen Bradley's jaw-dropping admission that she was not aware nationalists did not vote for unionists or vice versa.

Translink must provide efficient ticket service

Translink has experienced a difficult week at a number of levels and passengers were fully entitled to express their frustration yesterday over the prolonged technical problems surrounding the online purchase of tickets.

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.

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