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US needs a change at the top

Of all the possible outcomes to the US presidential election, the one which caused most apprehension on both sides of the Atlantic was an exceptionally tight finish.

Social housing plan will be broadly welcomed

Although Stormont's focus right now is on tackling the public health crisis caused by coronavirus, it is important that the executive continues to work on other issues of concern in our society.

Derek Hussey's council role untenable

Derek Hussey has a long history of public service, starting his involvement in local government more than three decades ago and going on to sit in both the Northern Ireland Assembly and more recently the Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Positive virus news provides glimmer of hope

Although there is a degree of apprehension about the impact of Covid-19 on schools, the fact that the executive has confirmed that classes will resume on Monday has to be viewed in positive terms.

Sinn Féin must provide answers over Covid payments

One of the most crucial roles of government during this pandemic has been ensuring that businesses forced to close or whose trade has been badly hit as a result of the pandemic, are given financial support to help them get through this unprecedented crisis.

Keeping schools open must be a priority

Schools are currently on holiday, the traditional mid-term break extended by a week as part of the circuit-breaker restrictions aimed at driving down the alarmingly high level of infection in Northern Ireland.


While there is some debate about the content and scale of the government’s anti-coronavirus restrictions, there is general agreement that the success of the regulations depends on how closely we adhere to them.

Executive has little room to manoeuvre in virus battle

While the executive did manage to agree a list of restrictions last week, albeit with some compromises, Arlene Foster has said that the DUP would have opted for different measures if the party had been left to its own devices.

No excuse for violence at any protests

THE right to protest is an important one in any democratic society, but it must always be balanced against the need to observe the laws of the land.