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Political stalemate is harming our economy

Northern Ireland may have missed out on the world record for the longest period without a government in peacetime but there is certainly nothing to cheer about in relation to the protracted power vacuum at Stormont.

Deserved honour for Kevin Bell charity

The praise offered by the British prime minister, Theresa May, to the Newry-based Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund is fully justified and will be widely appreciated.

Relief over rescue of Co Derry bakery

There will be considerable relief that 260 jobs which were under threat at the Genesis Crafty bakery in Magherafelt, Co Derry, have been secured by the sale of the company.

Sinister attack on political process

The Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey, was fully entitled to described the targeting of the party's Connolly House office in his constituency as an attack on the democratic process.

Bernadette McAliskey's blunt verdict

The former Mid Ulster MP Bernadette McAliskey was characteristically blunt at the weekend when she said that Stormont had failed to protect the human rights of the entire population and deserved to be `bull-dozed.

Further glory for Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton’s open air win over Luke Jackson in front of 24,000 boxing fans at Windsor Park in Belfast on Saturday night was a memorable occasion by any standards.

Massive expectation surrounding Papal visit

The visit to Ireland by Pope Francis next weekend will be a massive event at every level, with up to 500,000 people expected to attend the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Aretha Franklin's unique legacy

Aretha Franklin, who has died at the age of 76, was much more than an entertainer and in many ways could be described as the voice of an entire community.

Ian Paisley needs to be held to account

The DUP plainly had no option other than to at least temporarily suspend Ian Paisley last month when he received the unprecedented punishment of a 30-day ban from the House of Commons for blatant breaches of parliamentary rules.

There must be no more Omaghs

YESTERDAY marked the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Omagh bombing which took the lives of 29 people including a woman pregnant with twins. It was one of the worst atrocities during the violence which claimed thousands of lives over three decades.

No place in society for guns

Stephen Oreilly
BY ANY standard the firing of a what is believed to have been a shotgun into a large crowd of people in Manchester on Saturday night was an unbelievably reckless act.

Vile sign mocking Willie Frazer's murdered father is a shameful act

The sign mocking Willie Frazer's murdered father on a Newry anti-internment bonfire is a shameful act which reflects badly on those who were responsible and is unfortunately a further depressing example of the intolerant attitudes that exist in sections of our divided society.

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