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Pothole problem likely to get worse as cuts bite

It is clear that if Stormont is restored - something that at this stage does not look likely - then any incoming ministers would be faced with a range of difficult spending decisions from a reduced funding pot.

Major snooker breakthrough for Mark Allen

Antrim snooker player Mark Allen has put himself firmly at the top of his chosen field by becoming the first Irishman since Dennis Taylor back in 1987 to win the prestigious Masters event in London.

Tom Kelly: Citizens' Assembly will be a big political yawn

Tom Kelly
I should be grateful that I am not a lucky type of person especially given the fact that it is proposed to inflict on the long suffering people of Northern Ireland a grandiose quango called the Citizens' Assembly which is supposedly composed of those unfortunate enough to be selected from the electoral register.

New climate facing Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald, who was selected unopposed at the weekend as the new president of Sinn Féin, has taken on the post at a time of considerable opportunities and risks within Irish politics in the north and south.

Respect needed on all sides in talks process

Secretary of state Karen Bradley and Tanaiste Simon Coveney will be relieved that the first hurdle of the latest round of talks has been overcome - namely that Sinn Féin has agreed to take part.

Jobs must be safeguarded following Carillion collapse

The collapse of Carillion, the UK's second biggest construction company and a major provider of public sector projects, has caused shockwaves across the industry and has led to searching questions about the future of such public/private finance schemes.

Olympic message of hope from North and South Korea

It is verging on the astonishing that North and South Korea have been able to set aside the grave confrontation which had all the potential to create a global war and instead yesterday announce a plan to march under a single unified flag in next month's Winter Olympics.

Little Englander mentality is turning people off

Every few years another English politician with little or no interest about the north or wider Irish affairs arrives to a fanfare from media outlets, tripping over themselves to get the best profile of our new ‘secretary of state’.

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