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Ben Lowry: The arrival of Norwegian could be a breakthrough for Aldergrove

Months ago I had not even heard of Norwegian Air.

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In most elections someone scrapes in on late preferences,and those who did not vote all the way down lose influence

Ben Lowry: Why it is important to vote all the way down your ballot paper

Few pundits, even those who are good with numbers, are making predictions about this election.

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If Corbyn remains, Labour will become a very different party

Thursday’s by-elections were not quite disastrous for the Labour Party.

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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone  in the Oval Office of the White House, which very few pundits thought he would reach this time last year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Election 2017: Ben Lowry says NI one of the few places to have avoided upheaval

This election is happening against a backdrop of almost unprecedented electoral turbulence in the western world.

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Cancelling a gym membership

Cancelling a gym membership

Q. I have a gym membership that I would like to cancel but I am under a contract for a year. What are my rights to cancel?

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Sandra Chapman

McCoy rides into sunset with good advice for female jockeys

It’s not long to Grand National day, April 8, when what is arguably the most famous horse race in the world will be held, a race set to entice an estimated quarter of the adult population in the UK out to the bookies.

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UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt greets SDLP Party Leader Colm Eastwood as he  speaks at the Ulster Unionist conference in 2016. If the UUP and SDLP  and possibly Alliance  could work together, there could be some viable coalition which would replace the inept corruption of the two largest parties, says Connal Parr. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Election 2017: Connal Parr says unionists have options, if only they can believe it

The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin needed, and certainly fed off, one another during the Troubles.

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Alex Kane

Election 2017: Alex Kane on possibly the most important election in the history of NI

In his contribution to our election supplement, Alex Kane writes about the possibly unparalleled significance of this coming poll:

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Arlene Foster pictured at the DUP manifesto launch where she wouldn't take any questions.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye,

Sam McBride: Just ten months after her supreme triumph, Arlene Foster is at voters’ mercy

In his contribution to our election supplement, Sam McBride recaps on the dramatic context of this sudden poll:

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Stormont Chamber. There were 108 seats but will now be 90

Election 2017: Nicholas Whyte says all parties will lose given the cut in seats

In his contribution to our election supplement, election expert Nicholas Whyte examines how the reduction to 90 seats might affect the outcome:

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Sinn Fein leader at Stormont Michelle ONeill addresses a crowd gathered at Clonoe Chapel car park to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of four IRA men. 
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Election 2017: Chris Donnelly asks if the context of poll will motivate nationalists to vote

In his contribution to our 2017 election supplement, Chris Donnelly on the contest within nationalism:

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Tom Elliott, the Ulster Unionist MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, speaks during a DUP motion on legacy matters in the House of Commons, Thursday February 23 2017. Image from parliamentlive.tv

Tom Elliott: For balance over the past, we need new legacy processes that include the inquests

Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons reflected the strong feeling there is among MPs from all parts of the United Kingdom regarding the treatment of soldiers and veterans.

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Arrival of Norwegian a coup for Aldergrove and Northern Ireland

The reinstatement of an air link between Northern Ireland and the United States is wonderful news.

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Jeffrey Donaldson: We will seek justice for those who kept us safe from terror

Today in the House of Commons the DUP will lead a debate on what we should do about the legacy of the Troubles when it comes to veterans of the police and armed forces.

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There seems to be too much faith in the SHA legacy proposals

A Westminster debate is today discussing the legacy imbalance in Northern Ireland.

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Unionist unity: Tom Elliott at the launch of his Westminster campaign in 2015 with DUP leader Arlene Foster, left, Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt, right, and in the background, Fred Parkinson and Lord Morrow MLA.  Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com

The RHI scandal is a reminder of the false promise of One Unionist Party

Red Sky, NAMA, the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, and public funds channeled to organisations led by paramilitaries.

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The government was entirely right to deny an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

The Appeal Court ruled yesterday the government was justified in denying a Pat Finucane inquiry.

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Forget the tyranny of the majority – with Brexit it’s the tyranny of the minority

Forget the tyranny of the majority – with Brexit it’s the tyranny of the minority

A new slogan - straight out of fairyland - has been coined by those disgruntled politicians who opposed, and still do so, the prospect of the UK pulling out of the European Union.

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A ‘growing unpaid army’ of grandparents that needs our thanks

There has been much in the news in recent years about the generational imbalance – how the older generations are doing better than the young.

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Alex Kane

Retreat to their bunkers by DUP and Sinn Fein makes election stalemate likely

When it became clear that an election was unavoidable the DUP decided that their campaign was going to be about Gerry Adams.

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