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Time to celebrate Belfast's Dockers Club

Belfast's maritime tradition may not be as prominent as it was in previous decades but the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Dockers Club in the north of the city is still a notable occasion.

The DUP's way of doing business

In the space of less than a week, the Stormont talks process has been surrounded by contrasting periods of considerable optimism, huge anticipation, growing concern and ultimately bitter disappointment.

Taoiseach and prime minister leave empty-handed

When it was announced that Leo Varadkar and Theresa May would be visiting Stormont on Monday, there was a sense of anticipation - fuelled by positive noises the previous Friday - that a deal could be finally in the offing.

Alarm over Lurgan funeral violence

The level of violence which broke out during at a burial at St Colman's Cemetery in Lurgan could only be regarded as highly disturbing.

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.

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