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Ben Lowry: There is a good reason for the delay in legacy structures, as PSNI chief should know

George Hamilton has in an interview told the government to “stop prevaricating and get on with” establishing the stalled legacy proposals.

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A plane taking off at Heathrow Airport. The airline is barely able to cope with its passenger volumes when flights are going according to plan, let alone when they are cancelled. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Dad’s Heathrow horror is a reminder of need for new London airport

Last Sunday an extraordinary thing happened to my parents as they flew back to Belfast from London.

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Tories, backed by DUP, need to get Brexit as far down road as possible

The agreement of the 27 remaining EU member states to moving on to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations puts the UK “well on the road” to Brexit, Theresa May has said.

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Sandra Chapman

Christmas is here so forget Brexit and celebrate

At this time of the year most of us want there to be just Christmas on our minds. Even those who don’t like the big day much will still say they like the run up to it, the buzz in the shops and work places, the atmosphere and the prospect of not having to go to work for two days at least.

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Raymond Gleug

An Occasional Tipple: A toast to the glory of love in a festive season

My darling wife, the illustrious Madame G., likes her steaks the same way she likes her men. Big, well-aged, and as tough as old boots. Meaning very well-done.

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Controlled Schools Support Council chief executive Barry Mulholland

Special education needs and classroom assistants could be victim of cuts

Schools are facing unprecedented pressure in terms of finance, which will ultimately impact on the education of our children and young people.

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Gemma Weir, Workers Party

Letter’s signatories show contempt and disdain by not saying ‘Northern Ireland’

The politically bankrupt nature of nationalism was never more evident than in the recent open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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File photo dated 29/03/17 of a sign for an abandoned Customs Facilitation Office at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland near the village of Killeen

Regardless of any trade deal with the EU, border checks will still be needed

There is already a cacophony of conflicting interpretations of the joint report between the EU and UK in Brussels last Friday.

Much disagreement arises from a lack of clarity about the meaning of the phrase ‘avoiding a hard border’.

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It is alarming if there is any possibility that Friday’s deal is binding

There is a dispute as to whether Friday’s agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union on initial aspects of Brexit is enforceable.

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David McNarry

David McNarry: Varadkar’s triumphant declaration is warning for unionism

As the News Letter’s Sam McBride has emphasised, “the text of the prime minister’s Brexit statement is riven with areas which for now represent all things to all people”.

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane: For hard Brexiteers to stop May’s soft option they must oust her – and soon

I can understand why the DUP blocked Monday’s ‘almost’ deal.

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One of the world's most powerful financial figures, Andreas Dombret, an executive board member of the Bundesbank, in an interview with the BBC about Brexit. He thinks the stakes are too high for there to be no EU-UK Brexit deal. There is only so long such influential people would let Ireland delay a deal

Ben Lowry: Dublin and DUP have both taken risky stances on Brexit

In the end, Ireland’s tough stance over the Irish border in the Brexit talks has produced good results for them.

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Horses in a field in Cloughoge, Newry, as parts of the UK and Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow yesterday. The lower angle of sun in winter means that sunshine can reach into the interior of properties in a way that it doesn't in summer. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: The lower angle of sunshine is a consolation of the shorter days

Several times over the years I have written about the sense of gloom that I and many other people feel when the days are so short at this time of year.

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Sandra Chapman

Stuff the presents, not just the turkey this Christmas

By this time of the year the Christmas present cupboard will be stuffed to the gills, children will be going to bed each night praying that Santa doesn’t miss their home particularly if parents are using that particular kind of blackmail to get the pampered ones to bed.

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Remembering Edgar Graham, murdered in a savage IRA attack

In recent months Sinn Fein has issued various red lines for the return of Stormont.

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DUP MP Nigel Dodds in the House of Commons on Wednesday.  Photo: PA Wire

Alan Chambers: Dodds’ attack on Hermon is sort of politics that has done unionism no favours

I was extremely disappointed at the comments made at Westminster by the DUP’s MP for North Belfast, Nigel Dodds, on Wednesday in which he said that “Many in Northern Ireland now view (North Down MP Lady Hermon) as being on the side of the Dublin government on these issues.”

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Veterans are right to be wary of a statute of limitations

Some Tory MPs have sought a statute of limitations for security force veterans of Northern Ireland.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster with several of her MPs at Stormont on Monday, where she explained the party's rejection of the proposed EU-UK wording on the Irish border. 
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Jim Allister: Arlene Foster was absolutely right to say No to EU wording

Since it is precisely the final UK/EU trading arrangement which will shape what is required on the border, the sheer absurdity of the European Union and Irish insistence on first settling key border issues was a strong indication that bad faith was intended.

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The terminology on the border needs to change

The exact sequence of events that led to Monday’s shambles over the Irish border is, as this column noted yesterday, worth establishing, so that it does not happen again.

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We are at a crossroads and the Province faces a stark choice over any Brexit deal

Stephen Farry: NI is sitting at a major crossroads

Northern Ireland faces a stark choice over any Brexit deal and is now sitting at a major crossroads.

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