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Newton Emerson: No soldiers in north but we're not immune to Isis threat

Newton Emerson
THE decision to deploy troops on British streets in the wake of the Manchester bomb has been taken by a prominent Whitehall intelligence committee, rather than by the hapless Prime Minister, which is why even the furthest fringe of the Labour Party - i.e. its leadership - is debunking conspiracy theories to the contrary.

Action needed over bonfires

Bonfires have always been a central part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, and as such are regarded in some quarters as an important element of unionist culture.

Shock over Portadown murders

It is appalling that an elderly couple could be found dead in their own home after allegedly being stabbed in the course of a burglary.

Diplomatic triumph for Pope Francis

The long-standing expectation that Pope Francis will visit Ireland, both north and south, next year has been further heightened by an intervention from President Michael D Higgins.

Anger over Antrim bridge vandalism

It is almost beyond belief that vandals could have deliberately tried to cut through the ropes securing the legendary Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Co Antrim.

Gordon Wilson's message to grieving Manchester

When the first ominous reports began to circulate of an explosion towards the end of a sold-out concert in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, there were immediate fears that serious casualty levels were likely to follow.

Support needed for heroin addicts

While it is likely that not everyone will be totally sympathetic to the difficulties faced by those with drug and alcohol issues, it should be accepted that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to expect an appropriate level of specific treatment and wider support from the authorities.

Protecting falcons is a priority

It is disturbing that, at a stage when there are only estimated to be 80 pairs of breeding peregrine falcons across Northern Ireland, they have regularly become the victims of illegal poisoning, shooting or trapping.

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