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Bleak outlook for Stormont budgets

A bleak future for public services stretches far beyond the midwinter, according to scenarios outlined by civil servants which could see some Stormont departments have their budgets cut by 12 per cent.

Anger over Winter Wonderland debacle

It is clear that most of the arrangements surrounding a Winter Wonderland event in Bangor were verging on the shambolic, with considerable upset caused to the children who attended.

Families failed over legacy cases

Almost a year after the collapse of Stormont and with the political impasse showing no sign of being resolved, the exasperation of those involved in legacy cases is becoming acute.

Removal of Belfast benches sent wrong message

There will be a widespread welcome for yesterday's reinstatement of wooden benches used by rough sleepers in Belfast city centre which had previously been removed without any form of consultation.

Democrats score a surprise victory in Trump heartland

A special senate election in one state would not normally command much attention outside the United States but such is the intense interest in anything related to Donald Trump that the Alabama race has become headline news around the world.

Anger over crossbow attack on swan

There will be widespread outrage over the crossbow attack which killed a swan in a public park on the shores of Lough Neagh outside Antrim town.

Time for gritting policies to be reviewed

There can be no doubt that staff from the Department of Infrastructure work exceptionally hard to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely during sub-zero temperatures of the kind experienced over recent days.

DUP under increasing spotlight

As the Brexit talks move to a further and arguably even more complex stage, it is reasonable to specifically examine the role of the DUP in recent developments.

Homeless forced out of sight

While issues associated with homelessness are always complex, there will be surprise that Belfast City Council has responded to problems in one particular area by simply removing wooden benches from a public space.

British government's Brexit strategy is a shambles

Far from providing reassurance that Theresa May's humiliation in Brussels on Monday was a minor blip, easily fixed, the performance of the British government in subsequent days has served to underline the shambolic nature of its Brexit strategy.

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