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Alex Kane: Next talks process will be more difficult and convoluted than ever before

There is, as Sherlock Holmes noted, nothing so instructive as the “observation of trifles”. He could have added: “and nothing as destructive as trifles, if they remain unobserved.”

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Legacy protection for security forces must extend to RUC officers

Anniversaries of IRA massacres keep coming round, because there was no shortage of them.

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Rev Dr Frank Sellar, who on Monday is making  a statement on the political situation. Picture by Pacemaker

Moderator: Praying that our political leaders receive grace and wisdom

This is a statement on the political situation in Northern Ireland that the Presbyterian Moderator will make today:

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Damien McLaughlin

Ben Lowry: Bail scandal indifference suggests we are not all agreed that dissident terror is a serious matter

It is a sign of the chaos at Stormont that a story as outrageous as the Damien McLaughlin disappearance has been off the radar.

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Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in 2007  they did not always get on but could do business and agreed on seeking funds. Picture by Pacemaker

Ben Lowry: A form of shared Ulster nationalism has helped Stormont survive so long

Many people in the rest of the UK will be wondering how relations between the two key political parties in Northern Ireland have deteriorated so rapidly.

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Morning View

RHI is a huge scandal but SF is to blame for this divisive election

It has been a traumatic and almost unreal few days for Northern Ireland.

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Morning View

DUP must not agree to SF’s key demand: legacy inquests

A DUP decision to perform a U-turn on funding for a Liofa Irish language scheme is in the spotlight.

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Problems with a poor house survey

Problems with a poor house survey

Q. I recently purchased a home and had a survey completed which I organised myself. Since moving into the home I have noticed that the roof and heating will need replaced, I believe the surveyor should have picked up on this. What are our rights?

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Sandra Chapman

Snowy forecast reveals worst
fears as we batten down hatches

When snow is expected we develop, not surprisingly, a batten-down-the-hatches mentality.

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Speaking openly about Jesus - confusion can cause Christians to lose their nerve

Evangelical Alliance: We have advice on how Christians can share their faith

There has been confusion, on occasion fear and all too often misinformation which has caused Christians to pause and even lose their nerve about speaking openly about Jesus.

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Politics at Stormont is stuck in a repeating loop

Political system means parties can spark crises when they do not get their own way

The Renewable Heat Incentive is the superficial reason that there will almost certainly be an early election in Northern Ireland, less than a year after the last poll.

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Morning View

Claire Sugden must drive further reform of legal aid

Of the many financial excesses in Northern Ireland in recent years, the Province’s legal aid bill has been one of the most persistent.

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Both Lives Matter graphic

Abortion Act has led to more than 8 million terminations

On 27th October 1967, the Abortion Act received royal assent.

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Morning View

If elderly soldiers are in the dock, so must be elderly IRA men

What an extraordinary few days it has been for bail policy in Northern Ireland.

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McGuinness letter of resignation was steeped in sanctimony

Martin McGuinness has travelled a long way since his days as an IRA commander.

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Sir Ivan had to go as EU envoy, whether he was pushed or not

Sir Ivan had to go as EU envoy, whether he was pushed or not

Only a week or so ago, Sir Ivan Rogers was the UK’s grand fromage in Brussels as the country’s ambassador to the European Union.

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Alex Kane

Arlene Foster is largely responsible for RHI chaos and should step aside ... for good

In 30 or so years of observing and writing about the DUP I don’t think I have seen them make such a calamitous dog’s dinner of a problem as they have of the RHI saga.

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A terror accused goes missing and police have nothing to say

It is as if it has been the most natural thing in the world.

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David Black was murdered on his way to work in November 2012

Ben Lowry: No other country in the West would treat terror charges as lightly as Northern Ireland does

Last May, some astonishing court decisions were made in which the man accused of murdering the prison officer Adrian Ismay was repeatedly granted bail.

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Morning View

Courts must urgently explain lenient bail policy for terror cases

A barely believable sequence of events has unfolded with regard to a suspect who was due to go to trial next month for aiding and abetting the murder of David Black, the prison officer, in 2012.

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