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Rev David Latimer: Our politicians must go extra mile to reinstate Stormont

Life it has been said is like an onion – you peel it off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.

Opinion
Belfast Port

‘No way’ DUP will accept sea border between NI and GB

The DUP have ruled out accepting a suggestion from Dublin which would see the Irish Sea effectively become the border with the UK after Brexit.

Business
The immediate aftermath of the 1987 IRA Poppy Day bombing in Enniskillen.

Council walkout over SF chairman’s Enniskillen bomb comments

Unionist councillors have walked out of a council meeting in Fermanagh, claiming chairman Stephen McCann had “disgraced” the office by refusing to condemn the bombing of Enniskillen on Remembrance Day 1987.

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A loyalist bonfire on the Shankill Road in west Belfast

‘Sinister’ Sinn Fein plot to ban all bonfires in Belfast

A Sinn Fein proposal authorising Belfast City Council officers to ‘remove bonfire materials from all sites’ has been branded “sinister” and a form of “cultural dictation” by unionist councillors.

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A poster promoting the Northern Ireland against terrorism rally planned for Belfast City Hall next month

Belfast anti-terror rally ‘does not promote dangerous ideology’

An independent unionist councillor has rejected claims that a rally she is helping to organise in Belfast will promote a “very dangerous” far right ideology.

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Richard Neal (left) with Gerry Adams in 2006 in Massachusetts, where Mr Neal is a congressional representative

US politician ‘spinning a McGuinness myth’

A Belfast woman who came to international attention for her efforts to highlight her brother’s murder has described a tribute to Martin McGuinness by a US politician as an exercise in “myth-making”.

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Jamie Bryson

Sinn Fein must be prevented from using veto of fear over peace process

There is rarely a week goes by when we do not hear nationalist politicians reminding us how we must “protect the peace process”. Crucially, and this is a point regularly missed, there is no distinction in this phraseology between peace and ‘the process’.

Opinion
UUP leader Robin Swann

SF are using Irish language as weapon in a cultural war

Given the recent impasse in restoring Stormont, a reasonable question to ask is, just what exactly is SF trying to achieve via an Irish language act?

Opinion
An electric or hybrid car is charged from a charging point

Government ban on petrol and diesel cars ‘pie in the sky’: Wilson

The aim of pushing the whole driving public towards buying electric-powered cars in the next couple of decades is “pie in the sky”.

Environment
Martin McGuinness pictured during a visit of US bishops to Londonderry in 1984, the year when Mary Travers was murdered leaving Mass in Belfast

McGuinness a ‘funny kind of Christian’: IRA victim’s sister

A high-profile IRA victims’ campaigner has said Martin McGuinness was a “funny kind of Christian”, after a Catholic church in the heart of Washington DC offered a homily in tribute to him.

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TUV leader Jim Allister has called on the secretary of state to implement direct rule in the absence of any sign that the NI Executive can be restored

Allister calls for implementation of direct rule – but ‘not by stealth’

The immediate introduction of direct rule would be preferable to “direct rule by stealth” in the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive, Jim Allister has said.

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Supporters of Tony Taylor at Sunday's rally calling for his release

SF mayor urged to apologise after addressing rally for jailed dissident

The Sinn Fein mayor of Strabane and Derry Council has been urged to apologise to victims of terrorism after he addressed a rally supporting a dissident republican while wearing his chain of office.

Crime

Government considers Stormont talk options

The government is considering a number of options to potentially inject fresh impetus into stalled talks to restore powersharing at Stormont.

News
James Brokenshire

Brokenshire: Government considering new tactics ahead of powersharing talks

The UK Government is considering a number of options to potentially inject fresh impetus into stalled talks to restore powersharing at Stormont.

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Stormont

Stormont parties' poll spending 'less than half of previous election'

Parties in Northern Ireland's last Stormont election spent less than half what they spent on the previous election, the Electoral Commission said.

News
Could Belfast host a state visit for Donald Trump?

Belfast could host Donald Trump presidential visit

The prime minister sets off on her walking holiday in the Alps with what must be a very bitter taste in her mouth.

Opinion

Johnston calls for end to 'political kerfuffle'

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said the general election "did not evolve entirely in the way the Government had hoped", as he dismissed speculation about a leadership bid.

Politics
Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness memorial service to be held in Washington

A memorial service is to be held in Washington today in memory of the late Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

News
Cyber crime is costing the Northern Ireland economy �100m per year.

Northern Ireland’s hidden £100m war with cyber crime

The UK-wide Johnston Press Investigations Unit today launches the first in what will be a series of features about the cyber crime threat – and what you can do to counter it...

Crime
L-R Ellie Heenan, Rebecca Beacom, Alex Kernaghan and Zara Ferguson who have all been sent to the Common Bond Project conference in the US by SEFF.

Don’t be fooled by Adam’s US ‘peace’ visit, teen pleads

A teenage girl whose grandfather was killed by the IRA has said Americans should not fete Gerry Adams as a “peacemaker” during a visit by the Sinn Fein leader to the USA.

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