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Shock over Portadown murders

It is appalling that an elderly couple could be found dead in their own home after allegedly being stabbed in the course of a burglary.

Diplomatic triumph for Pope Francis

The long-standing expectation that Pope Francis will visit Ireland, both north and south, next year has been further heightened by an intervention from President Michael D Higgins.

Anger over Antrim bridge vandalism

It is almost beyond belief that vandals could have deliberately tried to cut through the ropes securing the legendary Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Co Antrim.

Gordon Wilson's message to grieving Manchester

When the first ominous reports began to circulate of an explosion towards the end of a sold-out concert in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, there were immediate fears that serious casualty levels were likely to follow.

Support needed for heroin addicts

While it is likely that not everyone will be totally sympathetic to the difficulties faced by those with drug and alcohol issues, it should be accepted that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to expect an appropriate level of specific treatment and wider support from the authorities.

Protecting falcons is a priority

It is disturbing that, at a stage when there are only estimated to be 80 pairs of breeding peregrine falcons across Northern Ireland, they have regularly become the victims of illegal poisoning, shooting or trapping.

Remarkable achievement by Rodgers

BY ANY standards the achievement of Brendan Rodgers's Celtic team in going through a league campaign undefeated is remarkable.

No place for paramilitary brutality

While it has been well documented that paramilitary shootings are still taking place on a regular basis, it can only be alarming that the number of victims has doubled from 14 to 28 in the space of the last year.

Enda Kenny's place in history

Enda Kenny's remarkable political career has taken him from a lengthy period of relative obscurity on the back benches to becoming the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach in history and also, having been first elected back in 1975, to be officially regarded as the `Father of the Dail.

Brendan Duddy was a figure of courage

Brendan Duddy, who has died at the age of 81, was a person who preferred to act behind the scenes but over many years played a key role in the search for peace and progress in Ireland.

People need protection from the cyber criminals

The cyber attack which crippled parts of the NHS and brought disruption to companies across the globe underlines the massive challenge of keeping systems secure in the face of rampant criminality.

May and Foster encounter questionable

When the British prime minister Theresa May joined other Conservative Party candidates during her weekend visit to the Balmoral agricultural show near Lisburn at the weekend, she may have noticed that Roger Lomas was missing.

Deserved sentence for Orhan Koca

After watching as Orhan Koca was taken to prison from Belfast crown court yesterday, Eamonn Magee senior was fully entitled to say; "No sentence imposed will ever bring back my son.

Recognition at last for Patrick O'Connell

The story of how an almost forgotten Irish manager saved the legendary FC Barcalona from financial ruin and possible final closure during the Spanish civil war 80 years ago is a fascinating one.

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