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Fitting tribute to Elle Trowbridge

Co Tyrone woman Mandy Chism has displayed enormous courage by volunteering to help young people manage their own health and wellbeing after losing her own teenage daughter to suicide last year.

Stormont needs credible structures

Although previous speculation about the return of the Stormont power-sharing structures has regularly proved wide of the mark over the last year, there are growing indications that a deal may finally be emerging.

Sinn Féin begins a new chapter

As he prepared to hand over the leadership of Sinn Féin to Mary Lou McDonald today, Gerry Adams was in reflective mood, telling one interviewer that he does not care how history will judge him.

Fears for Tory Island community

The population of Ireland's offshore islands has fallen steadily in the modern era, but for a number of reasons, primarily the determination of the residents, the rate of decline has eased in recent years.

Derry Girls head for the top

When it emerged that Channel 4 was planning a new entertainment show called Derry Girls, based on the lives of a group of teenage girls in the city at the height of the Troubles, the prospects did not seem particularly good.

Politicians need to focus on impact of job losses

While the talks grind on at Stormont with no apparent sign of a positive outcome, we can only wonder how much attention is being focused on the consequences for the Northern Ireland economy if there is no agreement.

Theresa May is set on a risky Brexit path

Having come under intense pressure from the hardline Eurosceptics in her party, Theresa May has ruled out staying in the customs union, a move that has heightened fears over a hard border in Ireland when Britain leaves the EU.

Gerry Kelly moves quickly to resolve clamp issue

Sinn Féin has plainly learned from its handling of the Barry McElduff blunder and acted quickly to draw a line under Gerry Kelly's unwise decision to cut a parking clamp off the wheel of his car.

Full motorway needed between Belfast and Dublin

There will be a strong welcome for the safety improvements which are to be introduced on a key part of the A1 dual carriageway between Belfast and Newry, with work starting this Sunday and expected to last for three weeks A new central reserve barrier is to be installed on the Banbridge bypass at a cost of £200,000, and temporary traffic arrangements, including lane closures and speed restrictions, will be in place until the project is completed.

Health of children should not be taken for granted

THE experience of a Co Antrim couple when the flu symptoms being exhibited by their seven-year-old daughter rapidly deteriorated to the point where she was left fighting for her life must have been terrifying.

Burglary of pensioner's home a vile act

THERE can be nothing but contempt for whoever broke into a pensioner's home in Limavady and stole jewellery while the lady was in a Belfast hospital undergoing brain surgery.

Brexit secretary should visit border region

Brexit talks are expected to step up a gear next week when EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier travels to London to meet Theresa May and David Davis ahead of the next round of discussions in Brussels.

Safety must be priority at high rise tower blocks

The horror and scale of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which claimed the lives of 71 victims in June last year, shook public confidence in high rise residential blocks and required an urgent review of safety measures and building regulations.

Sorrow after discovery of Michael Cullen's body

There will be enormous sorrow that the massive operation which followed the disappearance of musician Michael Cullen resulted in the discovery of his body in Belfast's Cave Hill country park.

Haggarty case raises disturbing issues

The vast majority of people reading the details of the horrific murders and lengthy list of shocking paramilitary crimes committed by Gary Haggarty, will share the view of victims' families that the six and a half year sentence handed down by Belfast Crown Court does not represent justice.

Huge courage of Belfast pharmacists

Pharmacists Paul McDonagh and Peter Wright endured an appalling ordeal when they were attacked by an intruder wielding a knife during a robbery at their west Belfast premises last April.

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