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Paisley tribute to McGuinness was generous, genuine ... and necessary

Twenty years on from the start of the talks process which led to the Good Friday Agreement and a decade after Martin McGuinness became deputy first minister, why was there so much astonishment (and I can think of no other word for it) about Ian Paisley’s ‘praise’ of him; or, as Jim Allister described it, “a gushing eulogy towards IRA commander McGuinness”.

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Criticism of dissident terrorists is not enough: action to combat them must be supported

Last night a PSNI officer was shot in another terrorist attack in north Belfast.

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Donald Trump at a campaign event in Dallas  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

When democracy serves entertainment

Given that Trump is now president the horror is all too real. How could this even have possibly occurred in the first place? A man who has been overtly racist, sexist, moronic and puffed up with Promethean pride has yet managed to become leader of the free world after a campaign trail that somehow miraculously involved the Russians.

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Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness at Stormont in 2007 on the day power-sharing between them was established, a far cry from Mr McGuinnesss IRA days. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: McGuinness seemed to want to make amends for the past

If you wonder how power-sharing has had public support for almost two decades there is a poem that might help explain it.

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Report gives some closure to victims of institutional abuse

One of the victims of institutional abuse said yesterday: “And now Sir Anthony Hart has made it a special day for us where he has believed us and vindicated us.”

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Sandra Chapman

Young generation not saving enough towards retirement

The baby boomer generation, of which I am a part, has children of a certain age, 
let’s say around the 40 years mark.

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Sustaining an injury in the workplace

Sustaining an injury in the workplace

Q. Last week I hurt my hand in work, I have been advised that my hand may never heal properly, I have never been off work sick before what should I do?

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McGuinness – a man who has been on a very long journey

Martin McGuinness’s political career is at an end.

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There must be no joint authority if Stormont fails to return

It was yet another day of dramatic revelations on RHI.

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IRA terrorists on the South Armagh border. Picture by Pacemaker

Jeffrey Donaldson: DUP will not agree to a legacy process that fails to focus on terrorists

There have been comments about the DUP’s position on legacy inquests and dealing with the past, and scaremongering that plays on the fears of victims.

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Morning View

The RHI inquiry must be set up right now – no ifs, no buts

The revelation that the father-in-law of Simon Hamilton’s special adviser (spad) has two RHI boilers is nothing less than extraordinary.

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Labour Party is on verge of extinction, some critics say

Labour Party is on verge of extinction, some critics say

Is the Labour Party careering out of control?

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Morning View

A sad day for Northern Ireland as Stormont falls

It was a day of drama at Stormont yesterday, as the Executive fell after a decade of devolved government.

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Alex Kane

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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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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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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