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Shock over attack on Liverpool fan Sean Cox

There will be enormous shock over the vicious attack before Liverpool's Champions League semi final which left an Irish soccer fan in a critical condition in hospital.

David Davis's border visit an embarrassing shambles

If David Davis had thus far managed to deliver an accomplished performance on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, his shambolic visit to the Irish border on Monday might have been overlooked.

Barbarism and heroism in Toronto

The appalling slaughter of ten innocent civilians when a van was deliberately driven into pedestrians in the centre of Toronto was followed by an astonishing act of heroism on the part of a police officer.

Brexit changes tone of border debate

There are clear indications that the tone of the debate over the future of the Irish border in a post-Brexit era is evolving more rapidly than almost anyone anticipated after the UK's 2016 EU referendum.

Cross-community support for Donegal spire

There will be enormous sympathy for the small Church of Ireland congregation in Co Donegal which has been left with an €150,000 bill to repair a spire which was badly damaged when struck by lighting on Christmas Day.

Disgraceful episodes in west Belfast

The attack on a bus lane camera car in west Belfast, which also resulted in an assault on two staff members, was a disgraceful episode in every way.

Rethink needed on Border Force passport rules

While it is not entirely clear what border arrangements will be in place by the time the UK leaves the European Union, the British government has moved to recruit hundreds of Border Force officers for Britain and Northern Ireland.

Big Tom McBride was the shining star of country music

The singer Big Tom McBride, who has died at the age of 81, enjoyed an amazing career which took him all round the world and he was probably the best known star in the colourful history of Irish country music.

Deep concern over attacks on transport staff

It has been a deeply disturbing period for public transport staff with a brick thrown at a bus driver in west Belfast and an indecent assault on a train conductor in Newtownabbey within the space of 24 hours.

Time not on side of abuse survivors

This week abuse victims were granted permission to challenge the failure of the authorities to implement the findings of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.

Paramilitary-style shootings need to end

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which aimed to build a peaceful society where the rule of the gun was consigned to the past.

Schools shake up must be carefully handled

The Education Authority's annual action plan identifying dozens of schools for which sustainability is an issue, could be seen as heralding a period of widespread change in our mainly rural network.

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