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Ben Lowry: Arlene Foster was right to speak bluntly as she did about Sinn Fein on The View

Yesterday I was not working when the Nolan Show phoned to say that they were discussing Arlene Foster’s appearance on BBC’s The View.

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Alex Kane

DUP and Sinn Fein both have hard choices to make after the election

Ok, it may be almost three weeks until the ballot boxes open, but we already have a fair idea of the result here.

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Morning View

The UK’s social care crisis needs bold political thinking

Anyone who thought the result of this general election was a foregone conclusion got a jolt yesterday, with opinion polls that showed Jeremy Corbyn sharply closing the gap on Theresa May.

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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ben Lowry: Trump tenure as disastrous as you would expect

The time that I began to get particularly concerned that Donald Trump might win the White House was after the scandal arose over his comments about how he sexually grabbed attractive women.

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Scottish unionism might not be in such bad shape after all

Just when it seemed in recent months that Scotland’s position in the UK might be doomed in the aftermath of Brexit, perhaps all is not in fact loss.

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Former paratroopers could face life sentences if Bloody Sunday prosecutions go ahead

Gregory Campbell: I said at the time that Saville would not be the end of Bloody Sunday, as some foolish people thought

The Public Prosecution Service is considering a range of charges including murder and attempted murder against eighteen soldiers regarding their involvement in ‘Bloody Sunday’.

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Tory manifesto has welcome unionist tone but lacks detail on NI

At the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto yesterday, Theresa May said voters would not be fooled by “politicians who promise the Earth and claim no tough choices will be required”.

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I can no longer afford my full rent

I can no longer afford my full rent

Q. I have recently changed jobs and I can no longer afford to pay my full rent. I applied for Housing Benefit but I still have a shortfall that I am struggling to cover. I live in private rented accommodation.

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Sandra Chapman

Pensioners will not have it so good under the Conservatives

How’s this for retirement living? Large, light-filled apartments overlooking a park, supper ordered through 24-hour room service, a chauffeur-driven car to take you to the shops, an attendant in the lobby to help you with any shopping bags you might have, your medication served on a silver platter and a nurse on hand, around the clock.

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The bullet riddled Hiace van in which eight IRA men were shot dead by the SAS outside Loughgall RUC station in 1987

Doug Beattie: Unlike the Loughgall murderers, the Kingsmills dead were real martyrs – killed for their faith

The recent appearance by Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill at a commemoration for the eight IRA men killed at Loughgall in 1987 certainly caused a great deal of controversy.

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James Dingley

James Dingley: Industry flourished after the Reformation

Industry is the appliance of science, both as a scientific approach to managing and manufacturing and in conceiving and designing the goods to be manufactured.

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Kenny had good NI relations, despite tendency to lecture

Enda Kenny is leaving after more than six years at the helm of the Republic of Ireland government.

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Brexit discussions at Westminster will have no Sinn Fein input because they refuse to do the job they are elected to". Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Sammy Wilson: Sinn Fein’s election lie about the border

Sinn Fein’s election lie that a Brexit will lead to border fences, customs posts and disruption of people and trade was exposed as nonsense by the EU’s Michelle Barnier on his visit to Dublin and the subsequent remarks by the Irish foreign secretary.

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The European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg

Legacy inquests: Article 2 of the ECHR and the right to life

Over the next month we will publish a weekly series of four articles by Neil Faris, a lawyer. In these articles Mr Faris examines the legal background to the ‘right to life’ procedural requirements (as contained in Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights) which are currently driving the demands for inquests into contested deaths in the Troubles.

Mr Faris is in no doubt that there must be effective, independent investigations into all the deaths during the course of the Troubles. But he challenges the assumption that inquests are necessarily the only means of achieving such end. The political talks at Stormont are currently stalled because of the general election. But when they resume in June the question of ‘legacy investigations’ will be at the centre of the talks.

Mr Faris suggests there has been inadequate thought and a failure of political and legal imagination of how this difficult matter might best be tackled in the best interests of everyone in the community:

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Morning View

Corbyn unveils a tax-and-spend Labour manifesto

It is increasingly common for politicians from various parties in various countries to seek elected office by promising lower taxes and higher spending.

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Theresa May is tough but she is nothing like Margaret Thatcher

Theresa May is tough but she is nothing like Margaret Thatcher

Theresa May is being hailed as the Conservative Party’s new Margaret Thatcher.

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Sinn Fein contrives to turn a compliment into alleged prejudice

Sinn Fein seems to think that Arlene Foster’s description of Michelle O’Neill as “blonde” paint the DUP leader in an unattractive light.

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Alex Kane

UUP could soon be in fight for its very survival if election doesn’t go well

What is it with the UUP and Lady Hermon? In 2010 they fielded a candidate against her and he recorded the lowest ever number of UUP votes in the history of the parliamentary constituency.

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Morning View

Government must fund private actions against the IRA

Theresa May flew into Northern Ireland on Saturday and visited the Balmoral Show.

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