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Maurice Hayes 1927-2017

The contribution made by the late Maurice Hayes to the cause of peace and progress in Ireland was exceptional on an enormous range of fronts.

No place for paramilitary shootings

AS MOST of us were busy getting ready for and then celebrating Christmas, paramilitaries in Derry and Belfast were inflicting misery on two men.

Crime spree sentences send out a firm message

There will be relief that two brothers responsible for a wave of burglaries targeting parochial houses and other homes have been brought to justice and no longer pose a threat to wider society.

Theresa May needs to understand concerns over post-Brexit border

Theresa May will have been encouraged by the EU's decision to allow Brexit negotiations to move on to phase two but she must realise that, despite agreement on phase one, the border remains a huge issue with major ramifications as this process moves forward.

Bleak outlook for Stormont budgets

A bleak future for public services stretches far beyond the midwinter, according to scenarios outlined by civil servants which could see some Stormont departments have their budgets cut by 12 per cent.

Anger over Winter Wonderland debacle

It is clear that most of the arrangements surrounding a Winter Wonderland event in Bangor were verging on the shambolic, with considerable upset caused to the children who attended.

Families failed over legacy cases

Almost a year after the collapse of Stormont and with the political impasse showing no sign of being resolved, the exasperation of those involved in legacy cases is becoming acute.

Removal of Belfast benches sent wrong message

There will be a widespread welcome for yesterday's reinstatement of wooden benches used by rough sleepers in Belfast city centre which had previously been removed without any form of consultation.

Democrats score a surprise victory in Trump heartland

A special senate election in one state would not normally command much attention outside the United States but such is the intense interest in anything related to Donald Trump that the Alabama race has become headline news around the world.

Anger over crossbow attack on swan

There will be widespread outrage over the crossbow attack which killed a swan in a public park on the shores of Lough Neagh outside Antrim town.

Time for gritting policies to be reviewed

There can be no doubt that staff from the Department of Infrastructure work exceptionally hard to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely during sub-zero temperatures of the kind experienced over recent days.

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