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Degrees of success for both O'Neills.

Martin O'Neill and Michael O'Neill are not related but their home areas are less than 15 miles apart, on opposite sides of the River Bann and they have each enjoyed exceptional sporting careers.

Abuse victim sends out powerful message to politicians

Despite warning of `profound and serious implications' if the political parties failed to reach a deal by last Thursday's deadline, secretary of state James Brokenshire's strategy appears to be simply allowing the talks to limp on.

Irish alarm grows over Brexit debacle

David Davis, as the UK's Brexit secretary, is at the centre of negotiations with the EU which are of crucial importance to everyone in Ireland, north and south, as well as the citizens of Britain.

RHI report highlights serious concerns

The publication of the latest audit report on the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, a day after the failure of talks aimed at restoring the executive, provides a timely reminder of one of the main reasons why power-sharing collapsed in the first place.

Irish language act is key to progress

It was completely predictable that yet another Stormont deadline came and went yesterday afternoon without the slightest hint of a breakthrough.

Ed Sheeran can ignore the critics

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran may regularly attract mixed responses from the critics, but, at the age of just 26, he has already made himself a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.

US firm Bazaarvoice provides much needed new jobs

The creation of new jobs, whether or not a devolved administration is in place at Stormont, is always a key priority, so there will be a warm welcome for yesterday's announcement that a US software firm is to recruit 170 employees in Belfast.

DUP deal with Tories will put pressure on Sinn Féin

Now we know the DUP's price for propping up Theresa May's Conservative government but the issue is what will be the long term cost of a deal forged out of the prime minister's desperate bid to cling to office.

Alarm grows over flags and bonfires

It is profoundly depressing that, almost 20 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, familiar issues involving flags and bonfires are still have the capacity to cause enormous harm to community relations.

One year on, Brexit is still a bad idea

Today marks the first anniversary of the most seismic, disruptive and far-reaching decision in recent British political history when - against all the odds - a majority voted to leave the European Union.

Sensible compromise for Linfield/Celtic game

The sporting and security authorities deserve credit for moving swiftly to arrange a new date for the potential meeting of Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Regret over retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis has already secured his place in cinema history as the only person to win three best actor Academy Awards, but there will still be enormous regret over the announcement that he has made his last film at the age of 60.

New date needed for Linfield/Celtic tie

The potential meeting of Celtic and Linfield next month in a qualifying tie for the European Champions League has attracted considerable interest, and, if confirmed, can be expected to attract large attendances over both legs.

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