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Arrest of Loughinisland journalists profoundly disturbing

The arrest of two award winning journalists who carried out a major investigation into the Loughinisland massacre is a disturbing development that has caused deep concern, particularly among families campaigning for the truth.

Martin O'Brien: Given all the negatives, it was remarkable just how many people turned out to see Pope Francis

Martin O'Brien
When you think about it, one of the most remarkable things about the visit of Pope Francis, despite all the negative messages about morgues, interminable walks, umbrella bans, the stringent health and safety restrictions - plus the resurgence of the clerical abuse scandal internationally and the atrocious weather on Sunday – was the huge number of people who saw him or worshipped with him within such a short time-frame.

Businesses will need support in aftermath of Primark blaze

As the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Primark store continues and engineers assess the damage to the historic building, it is clear that the blaze will have far-reaching implications for a number of businesses and the economy of Belfast city centre.

Action needed over Aughnacloy spillage

The cause of the shocking incident in which a foul-smelling waste product was extensively sprayed across the main street of Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone was still under investigation last night but there can be no doubt that the consequences were wide-ranging Witnesses said that the material, which was described as more pungent than slurry, was a foot deep in parts of the border village yesterday morning, causing health fears for residents and forcing the closure of some businesses.

No comparison between McCain and Trump

Although John McCain and Donald Trump both represented the Republican Party in US presidential elections, the comparison between the two politicians effectively ends there.

Alarm over hardship for health workers

There will be considerable concern over the error which led to a substantial number of health service workers receiving wages which in some cases were reduced by several hundred pounds due to unexpected pension deductions.

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