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The price of failure in talks could be high

After tentative signs of optimism last week, the mood music from the talks process is decidedly downbeat with the secretary of state yesterday setting a new deadline for a deal.

Prayers for Charlotte Murray

There will be enormous sympathy for the family of Tyrone woman Charlotte Murray, who was 34 when she disappeared five years ago and is now the subject of a murder investigation.

Airbus intervention a welcome move

The announcement that Airbus has acquired a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series jet programme is as welcome as it is unexpected.

Irish teams push for World Cup glory

The draw staged in Zurich yesterday for the World Cup play-offs has set up one of the most dramatic five-day periods in the recent history of Irish sport.

Concern over Larne fire engine sentencing

The episode which involved a stolen fire engine speeding recklessly through Larne, and smashing into nine parked cars before careering through gardens and striking a row of terraced houses, could easily have had fatal consequences.

Health service cash boost is welcome but change is needed

The announcement this week of an additional £40 million in funding for the beleaguered health service in Northern Ireland was widely welcomed as a positive step that would ease some of the pressures on front line services.

Alarm over death of Marie Conlon

There will be enormous concern over the circumstances surrounding the death of Marie Conlon in west Belfast, after it emerged that the last known sighting of her was in January, 2015.

John Hatton's unacceptable actions

Celtic fan John Hatton can consider himself fortunate that he escaped a jail term for invading the pitch during a crucial European Champions League game in Glasgow last month and trying to kick a player from the Paris St-Germain club.

Anger over vandalism of Belfast parks

The vandalism of public parks has become a serious issue in many districts but it is completely shocking to find that the bill for repairs at one facility in west Belfast over the last year is running in excess of £150,000.

Irish World Cup hopes grow

The exploits of Northern Ireland and the Republic in qualifying for the World Cup play-offs, coming just over a year after both sides made it to the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 in France, deserve the highest praise.

We need a long term strategy on nurse recruitment

The issues surrounding the shortage of nurses in Northern Ireland point to fundamental problems in the health service, in particular a failure of strategic direction and organisational planning.

Poignant image of Belfast homelessness

The photograph on the front page of our paper yesterday, showing how a homeless man uses a public telephone box on Belfast's bustling Ormeau Road to store his bedding material, was a particularly stark image.

Saving our sports coaches

There are many strong reasons for hoping that our devolved administration can be restored in the near future but few are more compelling than the case of the dozens of sports coaches who face redundancy later this month.

Police must take action against UVF behind sectarian intimidation

More than a week on from the threats that forced four Catholic families to leave their homes in a shared housing development and the chief constable has publicly blamed the east Belfast UVF for this despicable crime which has appalled people across Northern Ireland.

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