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We must all take care on roads

Stephen Oreilly
A MOTORCYCLIST became the latest fatality on our roads yesterday after he was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the Coast Road near Larne yesterday.

Dr Watt's patients must be given adequate support

The recall of more than 2,000 patients under the care of Dr Michael Watt was unprecedented for the Northern Ireland health service but as the weeks pass, the serious issues of concern about his work have become more apparent.

Irish border defies Brexit planners

In the course of the increasingly chaotic Brexit negotiations, various claims have been put forward about the number of public roads which actually cross the Irish border.

Time for clarity from Michael D Higgins

There has been some surprise that President Michael D Higgins has yet to confirm whether he is prepared to seek re-election for another seven years this Autumn.

Anger over blocking of GAA broadcast

A considerable debate has taken place over the difficulties surrounding some cross-border broadcasting arrangements involving RTÉ, particularly when major sporting events are under way.

Arlene Foster's charm offensive

When Arlene Foster lets it be known that, in quick succession, she is attending a Muslim celebration, accepting an invitation to an LGBT event and considering a trip to the Ulster GAA final, it is fairly clear that something is stirring beneath the DUP’s normally austere surface.

New legislation needed after Billy Caldwell's trauma

THERE will be huge relief that the 12-year-old Tyrone boy Billy Caldwell has at last been allowed access to the use of essential medication involving the controlled use of cannabis oil which may save his life but there will be equally enormous concern that the child and his family were left in such an agonising position in the first place.

Damning assessment of Universal Credit

Universal Credit was lauded by the Conservative government as its flagship welfare reform which would ensure people were better off in work than on benefits.

Time for Orange Order to meet Sinn Féin

It is a measure of the changes which have swept over our society that Prince Charles could shake hands with Gerry Kelly, the senior Sinn Féin representative and former prominent IRA figure, without a single protest of any description.

Health service needs radical change

The expert called in to help reform healthcare in Northern Ireland has been in Belfast this week, celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS but also trying to keep the focus on transforming our creaking system.

Russell Court evacuation was inevitable

While it is clear that considerable disruption will be caused by the evacuation of sixty residents from a housing complex in south Belfast, it needs to be accepted that any doubts over fire safety issues must always be immediately addressed.

Regulation needed to make bonfires safer

While some groups and individuals tend to portray attempts to regulate bonfires as an attack on loyalist culture, they often overlook or dismiss the very real safety risks associated with ever larger pyres sited in close proximity to property.

Hope endures that future Papal visit will include Armagh

The visit by Pope Francis to Ireland on August 25 and 26 will be a massive occasion which will undoubtedly attract huge crowds to the events scheduled for Croke Park and Phoenix Park in Dublin as well as the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo.

No place for paramilitary attacks

Stephen Oreilly
THE LATEST figures on assaults thought to have been carried out by paramilitary groups would indicate a decline in such incidents, with some areas in particular apparently seeing marked reductions.

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