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Brokenshire should consider outside chair

It can safely be concluded that no other British government minister would want to change places with James Brokenshire, the embattled secretary of state for Northern Ireland who is attempting to start another round of Stormont talks today.

Fears over crucial Daisy Hill services

All the indications are that the growing fears which have been expressed about the future of emergency services at Daisy Hill hospital in Newry are fully justified.

Fresh thinking needed at Stormont

There will be disappointment but no particular surprise that yesterday’s deadline for the formation of a new Stormont executive came and went with the main parties as far apart as ever.

Dissident republicans need to learn the lesson of peace

The fact that dissident republicans mounted a determined attempt to kill police officers within hours of Martin McGuinness's death, shows we still have some way to go to achieve the peace and stability the vast majority of people on this island wish to see.

Relief over discovery of R116

There will be enormous relief that the wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 has been found off the Mayo coast after it went missing more than a week ago.

The journey of Martin McGuinness

There can be occasions when the life of an individual becomes tightly entwined with the history of a country and there can be no doubt that the story of Martin McGuinness, who died early yesterday at the age of 66, entered such a category.

Transparency is essential over RHI controversy

The long-awaited publication of the names of companies receiving subsidies under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has provided a significant degree of transparency in relation to an initiative that has had far-reaching implications for Northern Ireland.

Prospect of Donald Trump visit will divide opinion

Donald Trump was all smiles and bonhomie when Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived for the traditional St Patrick's Day meeting at the White House and enthusiastically accepted an invitation to visit Ireland.

Defacement of Belfast mural is a disgrace

The defacement of a Belfast mural dedicated to an Irish Zionist who fought in World War One is a disgraceful anti Semitic act which should be widely condemned.

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