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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.

Ruby's Walsh's astonishing achievements

Ruby Walsh has maintained an astonishing record as a jump jockey over the years and his retirement brings to an end one of Ireland’s most distinguished sporting careers.

Brian Feeney: Wave of sentiment won't herald political deal

Brian Feeney
THE point has already been well made by others, including Fionnuala O Connor here yesterday, that Fr Magill's remarks last Thursday were a classic example of the injunction, "first cast the beam out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to cast the mote out of your brother's eye".

Strong turnout needed in council elections

It is largely inevitable that tomorrow’s district council elections across Northern Ireland will be heavily influenced by factors which essentially have very little connection with local government.

Céad míle fáilte to the new Irish

ONE of the outstandingly positive features of life in Ireland, both north and south, in recent years is the number of people from other countries who have chosen to make their homes and build their futures here.

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