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Ben Lowry: A huge missed opportunity to challenge SF in West Tyrone

It is a reflection of defeatism in the face of an unapologetic, triumphalist and growing pro IRA narrative that it was not possible to coalesce behind a victims’ candidate in West Tyrone.

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How can unionists now engage in Stormont talks with Simon Coveney when he is at the helm of an Dublin-Brussels refusal to accept UK proposals on the Irish border, which will result in outcomes ranging from the collapse of the Brexit negotiations to a border in the Irish Sea

Ben Lowry: The threat of a border in the Irish Sea has still not been put to bed

If, as the seasoned Daily Telegraph journalist Peter Foster reports (see story link below), the EU has rejected UK proposals for a frictionless border in the event of regulatory and customs divergence, it means one of four things.

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Surviving at top of sport or business as long as Wenger did is a rarity

People of all football loyalties, and indeed people with no interest in that sport at all, have cause to celebrate the career of Arsène Wenger.

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Sandra Chapman

Baby boomer generation need deep pockets today

Grandchildren? Don’t you just love them? What would you not do for the little darlings with their funny, sweet ways, silly jokes and the unconditional love they show to adored grannie and grandpa?

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A gigantic tricolour with the message 'Eriu is our Queen' on Black Mountain, Belfast, created to co-incide with the visit of the UK's head of state in 2012. Owen Polley argues that in a united Ireland, a British cultural identity may live on ' but 'our home would become a foreign country'

I’d share Foster’s impulse to leave a united Ireland – here’s why

When Arlene Foster said that she might leave this part of the world in the event of a united Ireland, her comments were greeted by many people with consternation.

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Push for Libya compensation for IRA victims no closer

The name Alistair Burt won’t be familiar to many of our readers. The Tory MP for North East Bedfordshire is Minister for the Middle East.

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Unity is key to the future for embattled Ulster Rugby

The decision announced yesterday by the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club (URSC), that they will not stage a protest before Ulster’s crunch match with Glasgow at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night, is a wise one.

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Leo Varadkar

Unionists must challenge this ‘most oppressed people ever’ mentality

Two hundred northern nationalists signed an ‘open letter’ to Leo Varadkar on December 11, 2017.

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Gerry Adams during an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast

When is bloodshed morally acceptable in the modern era?

In a recent interview published in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was reported as taking the view that in the context of what is judged as social oppression, in certain circumstances the use of force can be justified.

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Ministry of Defence handout photo, April 14, of a RAF Tornado Navigator getting into the cockpit before taking-off on a sortie at RAF Akrotiri to conduct strikes in support of operations over the Middle East

Despite the uproar, May’s move to bomb was right

The Prime Minister has been facing prolonged and angry criticism for not involving Parliament in the decision for the UK to join the USA and France in air attacks on Syria, following president Assad’s alleged illegal use of chemical warfare on his own people as the vicious civil war rages on.

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Alex Kane

Tough loyalist talk needs to be matched by actions

On October 13, 2015 – the 21st anniversary of the CLMC ceasefire announcement – the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando issued a joint declaration of intent.

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Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding made mistakes but deserve a second chance

Even though Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were ultimately cleared of all charges at the recent rape trial, there was a sense of inevitability about Saturday’s announcement that their Ulster and Ireland playing contracts had been cancelled.

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Some of the key people who negotiated the 1998 Belfast Agreement gather at Queen's University, Belfast, on its 20th anniversary. Back row from left, Jonathan Powell, David Alderdice, David Trimble, Reg Empey, Paul Murphy.''Front row from left: Monica McWillians, Seamus Mallon, Bertie Ahern, George Mitchell, Gerry Adams. Picture Pacemaker

Ben Lowry: Trimble secured some key matters in 1998 but IRA is gaining ground on history

Tuesday’s reunion at Queen’s University of the people who negotiated the Belfast Agreement was a reminder that Northern Ireland can draw on powerful international support.

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The old 80 Class trains helped keep railway in NI alive

As time marches on, it becomes increasingly difficult to preserve beautiful or interesting things from the past.

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Sandra Chapman

Politics and a sex trial have put us in the spotlight

These days life seems to be full of momentous events. President Trump with Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron may be ganging up to do battle against Assad, Putin and Iran over that chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta; former American President Bill Clinton was here this week trying to tell Ulster folk just how wonderful it was and how fortunate we were to have the Good Friday Agreement; then came Mary Lou McDonald wanting to ``build a united Ireland which can be a home to Arlene Foster’’. Honestly you couldn’t make it up.

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Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams reflects on the Good Friday 20th anniversary in his office in Leinster House, Dublin on April 8, 2018. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New ‘Brownie’ claim adds to the Gerry Adams-IRA controversy

Gerry Adams’s relationship to the Provisional IRA — whether or not he was ever a member — is one of the longest running controversies in modern Irish politics.

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Ramallah incident is not in the least surprising

Ireland is one of the most unfriendly nations in Europe with regard to Israel, both at an official level but even more so at a political and local level.

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It is far from clear how best to respond to Syrian attack

The prime minister said yesterday that the Syrian regime seemed to have been behind a chemical attack on civilians, and that such attacks “cannot go unchallenged”.

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Brooklyn Bridge in New York, which was partly built on compressed sand, but sand that was so compressed as to be a solid foundation

Like Brooklyn Bridge, Belfast Agreement is built on sand

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

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Comments about violence by Gerry Adams, seen above at Queen's University on Tuesday on the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, were surprisingly honest.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Time for a unionist debate on negative impacts of Irish unity

Mr Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) has made some interesting statements in the media this week.

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