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Intimidation of asylum seekers is unacceptable

There will be growing fears that the latest arson attack on a hotel close to the border in Co Leitrim is part of a sinister and coordinated campaign against centres linked to asylum seekers.

Chimp escape a worry

THE fact that chimpanzees escaped from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo on Saturday must be a serious cause for concern to those responsible for the running of the facility.

Generous gesture across the community

THE donation of a digital organ to the music department of a Catholic grammar school by a Presbyterian church has been quite rightly described as a “gesture of goodwill across the community”.

Firm stance from Fergal Sharkey

Fergal Sharkey, the former lead singer of The Undertones, possesses one of Ireland’s most distinctive voices and is using it to make a firm intervention in a crucial debate on river pollution.

Health service reform urgently needed

Co Antrim GP Dr John McSparran is the latest experienced medical practitioner to express a deep sense of frustration at the current state of the health service in Northern Ireland.

Welcome progress for Emma DeSouza

While Theresa May offered little fresh thinking on the Brexit crisis during her two-day visit to Belfast, which ended yesterday, she deserves credit for indicating that the alarming saga over citizenship rights endured by Co Derry woman Emma DeSouza could at last be close to a positive outcome.

Theresa May's bewildering journey

Very few people would question either the strength of Theresa May’s commitment to her role as British prime minister or the sense of duty she has displayed since entering Downing Street in the most difficult of circumstances back in 2016.

Airport violence raises serious questions

Belfast International Airport's departure lounge was the scene of disgraceful violence at the weekend, as passengers engaged in a vicious fight, leaving onlookers frightened and distressed.

Deep regret over Tyrone road tragedy

There will be deep concern over reports that the weekend traffic accident in Co Tyrone which left two people dead and three others needing hospital treatment happened at a corner which had been the scene of a number of previous collisions.

Nissan decision worrying

Stephen Oreilly
PRO and anti-Brexit politicians have this weekend been arguing over whether a decision by Nissan not to proceed with the building of a new model in Sunderland can be traced back to the result of the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.

Weather crosses all borders

Although the Irish weather often changes suddenly at this time of year, a forecast which can be made with some certainty is that any deterioration will not be neatly restricted to one side of the border.

A depressing night at Westminster

In a further demonstration that the political rule book has been torn up during the Brexit process, the fact that Theresa May has reneged on her own Withdrawal Agreement and is now aiming to renegotiate with an EU that is opposed to any such move, is being presented as a triumph.

Double Dublin honour for the late Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly was one of our greatest traditional singers, as both a member of the legendary Dubliners and a solo performer, and was mourned not just across Ireland but around the world when he died at the age of 43 after suffering a brain tumour.

Strong case for Irish passport office in north

Evidence, if it were needed, of the increased demand for Irish passports ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, can be found in the fact that some post offices in Northern Ireland have run out of application forms.

Cavan castle should be protected

Colonel Edward Saunderson, a prominent political figure who died in 1906, was at the heart of what was once a strong unionist tradition in Co Cavan.

Deep concern over carnage on Donegal's roads

The death of four young men in a single vehicle crash close to Gort an Choirce in west Donegal was yet another appalling tragedy in a county already far too familiar with carnage on its roads.

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