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An admirable plan from three men who tried to make Stormont work

Three politicians who were once prominent in the Ulster Unionist Party have unveiled an interesting plan to revive Stormont.

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Sir Bernard Ingham, the former press officer to Margaret Thatcher as prime minister

Oh Voltaire, wouldst thou were living at this hour, to defend free comment

Heaven only knows what they would call me now in this at once sensitive and insensitive age.

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Mr McElduff supported the IRA men who met their fate at the hands of the SAS in Loughgall, above, in 1987, some of whom were suspected of the Kingsmill republican massacre. Picture Pacemaker

SF need to put a huge gulf between themselves and the terror of the past

Before the Barry McElduff saga is placed in the history books a number to things should be noted.

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Companies need to lead on tackling plastics

More supermarkets should emulate Iceland and remove plastic packaging from their products.

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Head teachers who keep schools open deserve our gratitude

Of the many schools across Northern Ireland that stayed open yesterday in the snow, Jennifer Marshall epitomised the indomintable spirit.

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The ongoing tensions caused by low interest rates and low inflation

As recently as the early 1980s, high inflation seemed to be a fact of life.

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McElduff was right to quit, O Muilleoir should do the same

Barry McElduff finally resigned as Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone yesterday, but it should never have come to this.

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Chris Moncrieff

Whatever you think of him, Trump deserves a state visit

Those who greeted with glee the announcement by President Trump that he is cancelling his forthcoming visit to Britain have done the UK a disservice, however virtuous they probably consider themselves to be.

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Alex Kane

We need to seriously think through the likely consequences of no deal

Last week proved –if proof were actually necessary – just how close to the edge we live in Northern Ireland.

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Trevor Ringland

If IRA were right and justified, then so too were loyalist killers

Barry McElduff’s callous mockery of the Kingsmills victims has unwittingly highlighted a question that goes to the very heart of our future in Northern Ireland and across this island. Will we focus on building relationships and uniting people, or will we perpetuate the hatreds and mistakes of the past, deepening our divisions instead?

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Michelle ONeill last year addressing a 30th anniversary commemoration for the IRA men killed at Loughgall by the SAS. Also at the commemoration, pictured below ONeill, is Barry McElduff MP. The IRA gang was implicated in scores of sectarian murders.

Ben Lowry: McElduff and SF have long glorified sectarian murderers

The controversy over the joke by Barry McElduff MP in which he put a Kingsmill loaf on his head seemed to dampen down a bit on Thursday.

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Cartoonist captured the stark hypocrisy of Sinn Fein position

In a twist to the controversy over Barry McElduff and the Kingsmills massacre, the young cartoonist Brian John Spencer has produced a hard-hitting image.

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Sandra Chapman

A new generation of conditions for the NHS

In a week when our struggling National Health Service was never out of the headlines I was amazed to discover where some of its funding goes.

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Bradley’s most crucial role now is preparing for direct rule

The new secretary of state for Northern Ireland has visited the Province for the first time, and shown determination to get progress at Stormont.

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January 10, 2017: Parliament Buildings at Stormont is rendered literally invisible due to heavy fog blanketing the city.

Why bother trying to bring back such a chaotic Executive?

The 16th of January 2017 marked the fifth suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly since its inception merely twenty years ago.

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Sinn Fein has sent McElduff on three-month holiday

When Declan Kearney, Sinn Fein’s national chairperson, gave a frank radio interview yesterday morning, it suggested that the writing was on the wall for Barry McElduff.

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Chris Moncrieff

Our NHS is envied the world over – we can’t just let it die

The National Health Service simply cannot be allowed to face grave crises whenever it is overburdened with work, or – worse – to fall by the wayside and disappear.

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Alex Kane

The Good Friday Agreement is on life support, and it’s time to switch it off

A new year, yet the same old impasse and dreary steeples, so let’s begin by paraphrasing Dickens: ‘The Good Friday Agreement is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The DUP and SF know it is dead? Of course they do. How could it be otherwise? The DUP and SF have been partners for I don’t know how many years. But there is no doubt that their Agreement is now dead: as dead as a doornail. And no ghosts from the past, present or future will haunt them into something better. They will not sponge away the writing on the stone.’

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David McNarry: Any new settlement must have British dimension

In tackling talks with the purpose to advance and secure the future of Northern Ireland it is imperative that unionism copper-fastens that all future agreements, be they on devolution and/or Brexit, are solidified legally on a ‘British dimension‘.

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