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Time to protect the Dark Hedges

The atmospheric stretch of road known as the Dark Hedges, outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim, was always a noted tourist attraction and has become internationally celebrated since it featured in the hugely successful Game of Thrones television drama.

Theresa May's cynical move

Politics is often a cynical business but it is difficult to recall a more blatantly opportunistic intervention than the announcement by Theresa May yesterday that she plans to hold a snap UK general election on June 8.

Unionist politicians muted when the terror gangs are loyalist

It is 20 odd years since the IRA declared a total cessation of military activity; several months later the Combined Loyalist Military Command also declared a ceasefire. However, their ceasefire was conditional and dependant on republicans behaving, as these loyalists portrayed themselves as the defenders of Ulster.

High time for Belfast/Dublin rail upgrade

There will be a very firm welcome for the indication from the Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan that the Brexit negotiations could produce a major investment in the Belfast-Dublin train link.

Hopes for peace in republican speech

Stephen Oreilly
IT IS to be hoped that a statement delivered by a spokesman for a dissident-linked group in Belfast during an Easter commemoration event will lead to a move away from violence by one of the organisations up until now engaged in attacks on police and members of the public.

Justice for German murder victim

Stephen Oreilly
THE POLICE yesterday released a strongly-worded appeal for help in solving the murder of a young German girl whose body was discovered in a forest in county Antrim almost 29 years ago.

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