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No excuse for Derry violence

The serious disturbances which have rapidly escalated in Derry over recent days, including the repeated sectarian targeting of a Protestant district and the firing of shots at police officers, are deeply alarming.

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It will be noted that President Michael D Higgins delayed the formal announcement that he intends to run for re-election until almost the latest possible stage.

Prayers of the world answered in Thailand

The prayers of the world were answered yesterday when the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks was finally completed.

DUP display ineptitude at making decisions for the good of all

The DUP casually sauntered into Downing street, last week, where the two main protagonists – Arlene Foster and second-in-command Nigel Dodds – indicated to the various media outlets that they were intent on demanding from the British prime minister that she quickly becomes involved in the political process for the purpose of ‘good governance and decision making’ in the north.

Theresa May's Brexit plans still lack credibility

The British prime minister who famously declared that `Brexit means Brexit' has now accepted that she is dealing with an infinitely more complicated set of circumstances but the implications of her strategy for Ireland remain as uncertain as ever.

Huge regret over death of William Dunlop

The death of the leading motor cyclist William Dunlop at the Skerries 100 competition in Co Dublin at the weekend was a tragedy of massive proportions and represented another appalling loss for his family in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

Vested interests in retaining selection and grammar system

In her inaugural statement on children’s rights in Northern Ireland, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma, comments: ‘We are failing to have the honest and open conversations that set aside vested interests and put all our young people at the centre of decision making.’

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