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PM must stick to her pledge that the terrorists can’t win

Our countryside has been magnificent this week. The hawthorn blossom has turned hedgerows virginal white and the billowing mounds of that most elegant of wild flowers, cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris), make our roadsides a joy to drive on.

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Michelle ONeill of Sinn Fein at a commemoration of IRA terrorists killed at Loughgall in 1987

Sammy Wilson: Every vote is needed to stop the apologists for terrorism

As the appalling horror of the Islamic Terror attack on children attending a pop concert in Manchester unfolds and the heart rending cries of the parents who lost children are played over the airwaves only the coldest hearted individual could not be moved by the anguish and hurt which has been caused by an evil man in pursuit of a political ideal.

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The aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester, one in a long list of grave IRA crimes over the decades there and elsewhere

Ben Lowry: Hypocrisy over Manchester is just one example of IRA distortion of history

There has been uproar since Monday night at Sinn Fein signing books of condolences on the Manchester bomb when the IRA launched three major terror attacks in or near Manchester in the 1990s.

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Enniskillen bomb aftermath of 1987. The IRA tried to attack Tullyhommon the same day. Picture Pacemaker

IRA tried to massacre Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade

On November 8 1987 the IRA detonated a no-warning bomb in Enniskillen, killing 12 civilians and injuring hundreds. They made various excuses to attempt to camouflage their act of sectarian barbarity.

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Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini with Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast's Laganside Courts after a court case in December 2015 in which the pastor was tried for anti Islamic comments he made in a sermon. He was acquitted later that year.
Dr Al-Hussaini had travelled to give him moral support. 
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Muslim leaders are in denial that this has anything to do with Islam

I recently had the privilege of discussing with Brendan, a Londoner originally from South Armagh, his personal narrative of growing up during The Troubles.

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After an apt campaign pause, civilised election debate should resume

The horror at the Manchester attack was such that a lull in the general election campaign was apt.

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The aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester

Sinn Fein should say sorry for Manchester IRA bombs

Michelle O’Neill has signed off a book of condolence for the Manchester attack as ‘Sinn Fein Leader in the North’.

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Neil Faris, a Belfast lawyer who does advisory work in commercial and public law

Legacy inquests: It will be hard to tackle our troubled past if state killings are given privileged scrutiny

This is the second in a weekly series of four articles by Neil Faris, who is examining the legal background to the ‘right to life’ requirements of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which are driving the demands for inquests into contested Troubles deaths. Here he says it will be difficult to chart a way forward to tackle of our past if the Strasbourg court’s requirement for privileged treatment of the investigation of deaths caused by ‘agents’ of the state’ means other deaths merit a lesser degree of investigation:

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When we say terror will not pay, we must ensure that it doesn’t

There have been many terror attacks on civilians in western cities since the 21st century began.

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Care row shows that politicians upset the ‘grey vote’ at their peril

Care row shows that politicians upset the ‘grey vote’ at their peril

There must have been some jangling nerves among the Conservative leadership at the weekend when Labour considerably reduced their deficit in the opinion polls.

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Belated clarity from Corbyn on IRA but it’s still clear he is no PM

Jeremy Corbyn came the closest he has ever done yesterday to denouncing the IRA.

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Arlene Foster, DUP leader, being interviewed on the BBC programme The View, May 18 2017. "Finally, she stood up to some of this hypocritical nonsense from Sinn Fein"

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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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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