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Ben Lowry: We need to examine why NI beat GB in GCSEs

Pupils in Northern Ireland have far outperformed those of the rest of the UK at GCSE.

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Theresa May on her first visit to Stormont as prime minister. 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Ben Lowry: Memo to Theresa May – Look how the Human Rights Act is applied in NI

Before she became prime minister, Theresa May proposed that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Jail term given to Oscar Pistorius is plainly inadequate

The Oscar Pistorius legal saga has been a miserable affair, that took another depressing turn yesterday.

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Calculating liars who seek to destroy other people must be jailed

Court sentencing often comes into the spotlight when judges treat offenders too leniently.

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Maritime mural in Exploris restaurant

Anemone anomalies, cheeky monkeys, and jet propelled fossils

A little boy, gazing wide-eyed at the recently reopened Exploris Aquarium’s sea anemones, noticed that some of them sported a thick growth of billowing tentacles, but some didn’t.

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Doug Beattie: ‘Segregating extremist prisoners gives them a centre of gravity’

The decision for prisons in Great Britain to separate and segregate Islamist extremist prisoners demonstrates a failure to learn lessons from the United Kingdom’s past.

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Trevor Ringland: I won’t watch 66 Days – the hunger strikes led to more death and destruction

Trevor Ringland: I won’t watch 66 Days – the hunger strikes led to more death and destruction

I probably won’t watch 66 Days, the latest film dramatising the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland.

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Organisations like the NCA are crucial in civilised societies

It is encouraging to learn that the National Crime Agency (NCA) recorded 44 “disruptions” of organised crime in Northern Ireland last year.

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A much smaller House of Commons could come in a more federated UK. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

A new Act of Union is needed to re-configure internal UK relationships

It was Sunday August 31st 2014.

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Lying Lochte fully deserved to lose his main sponsors

As Team GB and NI returned to the UK yesterday, their Olympic triumph was still in our thoughts.

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Proving that we’ve still cot what it takes to make sporting history

Proving that we’ve still cot what it takes to make sporting history

The Rio Olympics drew to a spectacular close at the weekend, another historic sporting event was being celebrated in Co Fermanagh.

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Irish president avoids the black and white view of the past

Most unionists will have problems with President Michael D Higgins’ view of Irish history.

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Brexit ministers are behaving like quarrelsome schoolboys

Brexit ministers are behaving like quarrelsome schoolboys

The Tories’ leading Brexiteers urgently need a full-time nanny to wag an accusing finger and reprimand them: “Now, children, please will you stop this squabbling...”

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DUP MP for East Antrim Sammy Wilson at a Vote Leave talk in Co Antrim. Picture Matt Bohill

Sammy Wilson: If other parties let SF off hook they will damage Stormont

No doubt Sinn Fein will be hoping that the consequences of last week’s damning revelations about their use of their stooge to corrupt the Assembly process will fade into the background and soon be forgotten.

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IDS is wrong: the UK should take its time over Brexit

Iain Duncan Smith has urged Theresa May to get on with Brexit negotiations as soon as possible.

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An Olympic Games to savour despite all the controversy

This month’s Olympic Games in Rio have taken place against a backdrop of controversy.

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Anjem Choudary (centre) who is facing jail after he was convicted at the Old Bailey of drumming up support for the Islamic State terror group, seen addressing a crowd in 2011. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: Hate preacher Choudary had to be prosecuted but our liberty is suffering

The conviction of the fanatical preacher Anjem Choudary is a welcome milestone in the long and torturous process of countering Islamic extremism in Britain.

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The Adrian Ismay murder scene. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Ben Lowry: Meanwhile, there is no getting tough on NI terror

Even before 911 America would not have tolerated terror against its citizens. It certainly has not done so since.

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Model / actress Christie Brinkley, who at the age of 62 looks as youthful as ever

great expectations of women and so-called crime of ageing

Upon hitting my half century, I’m finding this ageing malarkey isn’t easy.

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SDLP MP: ‘DUP made a good case for Remain in its joint letter to PM’

SDLP MP: ‘DUP made a good case for Remain in its joint letter to PM’

Leaving the EU will lead to “difficult issues relating to the border”, potentially creating a “catalyst” for criminality and an “incentive for those who would wish to undermine the peace process”.

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