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DUP's unlikely role in border debate

As the DUP prepares for its annual conference this weekend, one topic which may not appear on the agenda is the remarkable way in which the party has unwittingly managed to push the future of the Irish border to the forefront of political discussion across Europe.

Paradise Papers show need for public reporting on tax

The revelations contained in the recent Paradise Papers leaks have reiterated the value of public transparency in identifying aggressive tax avoidance – and the need for reform to end these abuses once and for all. The veil of secrecy that exits in the world of global finance benefits no-one but tax dodgers.

The long journey of Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, who has announced his intention to stand down as president of Sinn Féin, has invariably been a political leader who has attracted widely conflicting assessments.

Vindication for Francis Rowntree's courageous family

If a proper inquest had been staged back in 1972 when 11-year-old Francis Rowntree became the first person to be killed by a rubber bullet during the Troubles, a series of further tragedies might well have been prevented.

Sprinklers must be considered after tower block fire

We have to be thankful there was no loss of life or anyone seriously injured after a fire broke out at a tower block in Dunmurry on Wednesday night but this was a frightening experience for residents and again raises questions about the safety of high rise flats.

Welcome for links between PSNI and Garda

The appointment of a former PSNI officer to a senior Garda post reflects well on both services and should make a positive contribution to progress in policing structures across Ireland.

Social issues taking priority for Sinn Féin over reuniting nation

At the time of writing Sinn Féin are preparing for their Árd Fhéis. The issue of the possible repeal of the 8th Amendment, thus taking away the protection of the lives of both mothers and babies during pregnancy, was due to be a very big part of their deliberations.

Alarm at lack of Brexit planning

As the British government begins the process of pushing the European Union withdrawal bill through parliament, there is growing alarm at its lack of preparedness and planning ahead of Brexit in March 2019.

Disappointing week for Irish sport

It has been a frustrating week for Irish sport, with both of our international teams failing at the play-off stage for soccer's World Cup and the official rejection of our bid to stage rugby's counterpart in 2023.

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