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Ben Lowry: Ireland thought hard about abortion, as we need to do in NI — including a debate on abortion on demand

The result of the referendum on repeal of Ireland’s eighth amendment will be known by the time many readers see this column.

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London's fear of even CCTV at the border, to which there is minimal public opposition, meant it made a foolish commitment last December of no infrastructure at all

Ben Lowry: Poll shows that Britain was foolish to rule out even CCTV at the border last December

This week I was in London at two events, both of which unveiled poll findings about the future of the Union (the United Kingdom one).

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Morning View

War vet, 96, shows us all how to put things into perspective

Avicious attack on Second World War veteran who was left for dead in an attack in Taunton is far from a happy tale.

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Sandra Chapman

Is Javid the man to put this province back on track?

‘I will help you get the job done. I will give you the tools, the power and the back-up you need … be in no doubt I will be standing with you’.

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Alliance Party leader Naomi Long, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Sinn Fein leader at Stormont Michelle O'Neill and Steven Agnew of the Green Party deliver a joint statement on Brexit in the Great Hall at Stormont on Tuesday May 22. Pic by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker Press

Alliance seeks pro-Union votes yet is backing nationalist bid to break up the UK

This week, two new opinion polls were published, examining attitudes to Brexit and the border.

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Letters to Editor

Corbyn’s rhetoric on Northern Ireland is milder than expected

Jeremy Corbyn got a rapturous reception from the crowd at Queen’s University yesterday, many of whom were students.

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Northern Ireland might be uniquely positioned to satisfy investment needs for quantifying risk and stablity, long before the conclusion of the Brexit negotiations.

As a trade off unionism could agree to stay in customs union for 20 years if nationalism agrees to no border poll in that time

Northern Ireland is currently short on stability.

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SDLP's Daniel McCrossan centre with SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, right, and deputy leader Nichola Mallon, left. The change in SDLP policy has been received negatively by many in the 'pro life' community

It is sad that Northern Ireland has lost a pro life party, the SDLP

With regard to the SDLP to retain their pro life policy, many parties give representatives a conscience vote on abortion and this was a difficult decision for the party because policies which protect human life and conscience are both really important.

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Morning View

The latest proof that Corbyn will always side against Britain

How very predictable it all is.

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The high court in Belfast, declared that a permanent secretary had acted unlawfully in granting planning permission for a waste disposal incinerator at Mallusk. The court of appeal (or, if necessary, the supreme court) might come to focus on the NIO's unwillingness to re-enact the Northern Ireland Act 2000 at Westminster, and then suspend devolution while there is political disagreement

London might now have to bring in direct rule after incinerator ruling

Colin Buick, chair of ‘No Arc21’, is a happy man.

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Morning View

Good building design helps keep our cities and towns attractive

One of the prides of Northern Ireland is the central area of the capital city, Belfast.

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Chris Moncrieff

Bercow has brought all his troubles on himself

How much longer can MPs tolerate John Bercow as Speaker?

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Morning View

Poll results give boost to unionists but there are challenges ahead

A conference in London yesterday discussed a matter that goes to the very existence of the UK — unionism and the Union.

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Need for a serious debate on a border poll is very real

Every senior politician – probably every politician – knows that they’re never more than a few feet away from a microphone, a camera, or a ‘source’.

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Morning View

A perfect royal wedding that was watched around the world

It is, as the birthdays column on the opposite page reminds us, the birthday of Mary Robinson, who was president of Ireland in the 1990s.

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Half of Alliance voters are now more receptive to a united Ireland, Ben Lowry found in a straw poll of members at its conference last year. There are, he says, two almost opposite ways of interpreting that finding

Ben Lowry: Brexit throws NI’s future up in the air and where it all lands will be telling

At last year’s Alliance conference, I was one of a number of people to appear on a panel discussion at a side event organised by Stratagem.

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A railway company in Japan has apologised for a train leaving a station 25 seconds early, having recently apologised for a train leaving 20 seconds early

Ben Lowry: If only we in NI were as averse to early trains as they are in Japan

Months ago I wrote about a Japanese rail company that apologised after a train left 20 seconds early.

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Morning View

A fitting way for Balmoral show to celebrate 150 years

What a fitting way it has been for Balmoral Show to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The sun has shone, the skies have been blue, and the crowds have flocked to the former Maze site near Lisburn. Today may see Northern Ireland’s temperatures reach 20 degrees and potentially top those in Barcelona.

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