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Allison Morris: Voters should never be taken for granted

Allison Morris
I've lost count of the number of elections I've covered as a reporter now, the long hours and the complicated Single Transferable Vote system make them exhausting mental marathons, with a flurry of activity as each candidate makes quota.

Framework for talks long overdue

THE results of last week's council elections have been widely interpreted as an expression of voters' desire that devolution should be restored as soon as possible.

Need for rejuvenation among nationalists of fundamental ethos of Irish unity

A car bedecked with Sinn Féin posters and loudspeakers proclaiming in song, “we’re on the one road, maybe the wrong road, but we’re together now who cares”, seems a pretty apt reflection of the lack of strategic dynamism of that party, confounding political pundit Chris Donnelly, who three weeks previously had predicted significant gains by the party in the local government elections. 

We must take care of our environment

Stephen Oreilly
A THREE year study into the state of the natural world has concluded that wildlife and habitats around the world are declining at an 'unprecedented' rate, a situation which if ignored will lead to extinction of flora and fauna.

Alliance surge has wider implications

While the basic statistics confirm that the DUP and Sinn Féin retain their position as by some distance the two largest groups, a number of other striking developments have emerged from the final results in the 2019 local government elections.

Alex Kane: Stormont deal still a distant prospect

Alex Kane
WHEN Mary Lou McDonald was asked about the chances of a breakthrough in the talks process due to begin next week, her answer was brutally simple: "If you're asking me are we going to capitulate on behalf of citizens in the north to people who wish to hold back progress in every form, to people who do not wish to make room for others in an open democratic society, then the answer to that is no.

Concern over sale of Bombardier's Belfast operation

Yesterday’s announcement by the Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier that it is placing its Northern Ireland operation up for sale has major implications both for the workforce and the wider community.

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