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Ben Lowry: The sorry signs of a weakened PM and a weakened unionism

To get an idea of how weakened this prime minister is politically, and how deflated unionism seems, consider the following comments made by Theresa May last week.

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Remembering La Mon, one of the worst horrors of the Troubles

Round and round come the anniversaries of IRA massacres of civilians.

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Sandra Chapman

Language Act impasse leaves talks stumped

Theresa May arrived this week, expecting I’ve no doubt, to be able to claim a done deal with our two warring parties.

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Letters to Editor

Please do not abandon smaller charities

What has prompted me to write this letter is my concern over the impact of the ongoing controversy involving Oxfam in terms of the possible reduction in support for charity organisations.

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A republican justice minister would be a political disaster

There was last night a Sinn Fein account as to what the DUP agreed in the talks.

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David Campbell is a former Ulster Unionist Party chair and MLA. He worked with David Trimble at the time of the 1998 Belfast Agreement.
Picture by Arthur Allison: Pacemaker

We must expose Sinn Fein’s big lie of the moment, equality

The Nazi Director of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels wrote that ‘If you tell a lie big enough, and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’.

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Michelle ONeills Sinn Fein has hounded DUP leader Arlene Foster no matter what she says and have acted far more disrespectfully than the DUP leader

A grim moment, yes, but also a very necessary one

What happened at Stormont yesterday, when Arlene Foster announced that it was not possible to reach a deal with Sinn Fein, was a grim milestone for Northern Ireland.

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Boris Brexit speech is conciliatory in tone but doesn’t clarify much

The speech by Boris Johnson yesterday on the European Union does not clarify much about the way forward for the UK.

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An Irish language act will gift Sinn Fein a licence to bring forward deeply divisive legislation that would be in direct conflict with the intention of the Belfast Agreement

Robin Swann: Gifting Sinn Fein an Irish language act in any guise will sow seeds of deep mistrust

There has been a lot of speculation about what is contained in any potential deal between Sinn Fein and the DUP, but as yet neither party has seen fit to share the details with ourselves.

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When Declan Kearney, above right, responded to a question in Irish at Stormont at the Sinn Fein press conference on Monday, led by Mary Lou McDonald, Sky News cut away. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

History tells us that Ulster Scots don’t react well when offered 30 pieces of silver

Surely it is time to question what exactly the advocates of an Irish language act are trying to achieve?

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SF’s new leader makes clear she’ll only accept full Irish language act

It has not taken long for the mask to slip with Mary Lou McDonald.

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DUP's Arlene Foster and senior party colleagues speaking to the media at Stormont yesterday. David McNarry says: "Capitulation is an ugly term used by the DUP of opponents. Now it appears the term fits them in conceding to Sinn Fein." Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David McNarry: This looks like a shoddy deal that smacks of desperation

Deals are always tricky to please everyone.

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Chris Moncrieff

Oxfam workers preying on women is almost too shocking to contemplate

Oxfam should hang its head in shame and stop trying to pretend there was not a cover-up in 2011 over some of their staff enjoying ‘full-on Caligula type orgies’ with young prostitutes in Haiti, where they were supposed to be dealing with a devastating earthquake.

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Ulster-Scots will not disguise a standalone Irish language act

At the weekend Máirtín Ó Muilleoir reiterated that an Irish language act had to be standalone.

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Alex Kane

A deal consisting of more fudge, fog and ambiguity is last thing we need

This is from the preamble to the Fresh Start agreement signed off by Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in November 2015. That agreement was a rebooting of 2014’s Stormont House Agreement, which had ground to a standstill over a raft of other differences.

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Voters have put their trust in the DUP to resist SF intransigence

In an interview on the BBC programme Sunday Politics yesterday, Mary Lou McDonald mentioned four issues.

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If SF gets talks reward, it is certain they will create another crisis

It is not hard to list the things that could be a major problem in any agreement to restore Stormont.

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Charles Thomson, Ulsterman born in Maghera parish who became one of the key figures in establishing the United States. The BBC documentary about Thomson, 'The Man Who Knew Too Much', will be screened on BBC February 11 2018

Charles Thomson, the epitome of the success of the Scots Irish

The talks at Stormont are in a critical phase, with language and culture one of the key sticking points.

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Sandra Chapman

We need a better knowledge of our shared history

Bad weather, job losses in the hundreds, Brexit probably on the brink, local political talks going nowhere, bolt cutters about to become the next must-have toy, traffic congestion costing our economy £1bn a year, spats about whether or not the Irish tricolour and such emblems should be flown at St Patrick Day events, oh, and now we’ve been described as a ‘putrid little statelet’ yet one the IRA, literally have killed to possess.

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