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Aggressive SF bid to rehabilitate IRA is at the heart of divisions

Some pundits from outside Northern Ireland wonder why relations here are now so polarised.

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Sinn Fein  launch an Anti Corruption billboard in west Belfast earlier this year. Gerry Kelly with Fra McCann, Mairtin O'Muilleoir , �rlaith� Flynn, Alex Maskey and Pat Sheehan. The party uses words like equality, rights and respect incessantly. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Owen Polley: SF idea of rights and equality is a pretext to attack NI’s place in the UK

It’s a pungent irony that, in Northern Ireland, the political movement that tried to murder its way out of the UK uses words like ‘equality’, ‘rights’ and ‘respect’ incessantly.

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With only 12 MPs, Lib Dems do well to get a seasoned leader

The Liberal Democrats have a new leader, the veteran politician Sir Vince Cable.

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No genuine members of the Irish language community are interested in cultural warfare

No genuine members of the Irish language community are interested in cultural warfare

In his recent address to the McGill Summer School in Donegal, the DUP’s Edwin Poots spoke openly and at times positively about the Irish language, saying “anyone who speaks and loves the Irish language is as much a part of Northern Ireland life as a collaret-wearing Orangeman”.

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Dr James Dingley

Reformation led to dissent and challenge to vested interests

This is part five in a six-part series on the Reformation by Dr Dingley (links to other parts below):

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Mass produced, cheap, easily accessed Bibles meant everyone could read for themselves, without relying on what priests, the church and kings told them

I call on Christians to repent of all forms of bigotry

The church in Northern Ireland needs to repent.

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Many of the BBC salaries revealed yesterday seem fair

The BBC has revealed the list of its best paid stars – those who earn more than £150,000 a year.

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Picture shows Chris Hudson, in the middle of the front banner, and tade unionists (names unknown), marching in San Salvador, El Salvador. Hudson (now Rev Hudson) recalls the man on the left of the picture (face obscured) to be Jeremy Corbyn, because he recalls him putting on the hat. Sent in by Chris Hudson

I liked and admired Corbyn on our trip to El Salvador but we disagreed on IRA

In January 1986 I travelled to El Salvador to take part in a march for peace and oppose the ongoing civil war that was happening there.

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General view of fire officers at the apartment block that was damaged beside the Sandy Row bonfire in south Belfast.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

MP: I clearly condemned the bonfire damage at apartments

In the opening lines of my statement in relation to the bonfire damaged apartments near Sandy Row I stated clearly what happened was wrong and recognised the residents’ fear and concern.

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Tory disloyalty and infighting could lead to Corbyn as PM

Almost from the moment the general election result became apparent late on June 8, and with even greater force more recently, some senior Tory MPs have stated or implied that they consider Theresa May finished as prime minister.

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The apartment blocks near the Sandy Row bonfire that were damaged by the heat, despite being hosed by several fire crew members throughout the entire blaze.
 Picture by Pacemaker: Arthur Allison

Paula Bradshaw: MP should know that bonfire damage to apartments is about the rule of law, not about insurance

The response of newly-elected MP Emma Little Pengelly to the damage caused to apartments at Victoria Square by a precarious bonfire is hopelessly inadequate.

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The cabinet is in a state of unprecedented disarray

The cabinet is in a state of unprecedented disarray

Can Theresa May and her wobbly, minority government survive the entire length of a full Parliament, with its cabinet members squabbling like schoolchildren in the playground?

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Londonderry is the actual name of the city and the county

A ridiculous row has flared up over a map produced by a government body in the Republic that referred to ‘Londonderry’.

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Thanks to our own Rory McIlroy, the quality of entrants at the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was high. Seen above on day three, Jon Rahm on the 17th tee at Portstewart Golf Club. Photo: �INPHO/Presseye/Matt Mackey

Organisers of Irish Open at Portstewart deserve high praise

At the end of the first day’s play in the recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Tournament I had the privilege of being invited to visit the competition village as a guest of Tourism Northern Ireland.

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Alex Kane

Unionists could do with learning more about history they celebrate

What does a bonfire with election posters of Sinn Fein, SDLP and Alliance candidates tell you about unionist/loyalist/Orange culture?

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Camilla, 70 today, now a popular member of royal family

The Duchess of Cornwall, who reaches her three score years and ten today, has gradually become one of the most well known people in Britain.

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands with First Secretary of State Damian Green (right), DUP leader Arlene Foster (second left), DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left), as DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (third right) shakes hands with Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, and Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, inside 10 Downing Street, London, after the DUP agreed a deal to support the minority Conservative government. It has secured �1.5bn for NI, says Sir Jeffrey. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson: I regret that a unionist MLA has not welcomed the £1.5bn the DUP has delivered NI

The letter published in Thursday’s News Letter by Robbie Butler MLA (‘Time for Tory-DUP pact to end the sector pay cap,’ July 12) on the agreement reached between the DUP and the Conservative Party that will deliver £1.5 billion of investment in frontline public services is deeply disappointing.

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General view of fire officers at the apartment block that was damaged beside the Sandy Row bonfire in south Belfast.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Ben Lowry: Bonfires can be a fine spectacle but unionists should have spoken out about the risks

On Tuesday night, as I have done before on the eleventh night, I finished work late and walked from our Belfast office to the bonfire at Sandy Row.

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The late Martin McGuinness pictured at Stormont with former first minister Peter Robinson and representatives of local cricket including Bobby Rao, who became a friend of the former first minister

Martin McGuinness, cricket and the republican prisoners known as ‘Long Kesh MCC’

Raymond McCartney still has a vivid recollection of a mobile phone exchange he had with the late Martin McGuinness in the summer of 2015.

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