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EDITORIAL: It’s vital Executive returns to the task of keeping people safe and alive

IT’S a matter of huge regret that the excellent job that the First and deputy First Minister were doing in battling the Covid pandemic has been hit by the current row over Michelle O’Neill’s attendance at the funeral of Bobby Storey. Let it also be said that it is also a matter of regret that […]

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WE SAY: Noah’s death unites us all and spotlights community co-operation…as well as, sadly, dark corners of internet

IF the tragedy of Noah Donohoe held us breathless and sick with worry for the better part of a week, and if the final heartbreaking outcome left us reeling, we can hardly even begin to imagine what the teenager’s family have been through. The Noah story  filled the airwaves and the columns of the mainstream […]

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EDITORIAL: Executive needs to better control Covid messaging as lockdown eases

FEARS that even a considered easing of the lockdown would engender a dangerous sense of complacency were made real over the past seven days. The extent of the lockdown breaches has by no means been catastrophic, but it’s been enough to drive home the lesson that small moves can have big implications – particularly when […]

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EDITORIAL: After rocky start, Stormont finding its feet in Covid crisis

MONDAY was a milestone in the Covid crisis, as it was the first time since the first death in Ireland on March 11 that no deaths from the virus were reported on the island. But when the history of the pandemic in Ireland comes to be written, will it have been a positive milestone or […]

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EDITORIAL: Murder of Kieran Wylie illustrates bankruptcy at heart of violent strategy

THE savage murder of 57-year-old Kieran Wylie in Lenadoon is perhaps the most stark illustration yet – and we have had plenty – of the moral bankruptcy at the heart of violent dissident republicanism. While the community faces a health crisis the like of which we’ve never seen before, while the heroes  of our Health […]

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EDITORIAL: Amidst No. 10 Lies and Deception, unionists should realise being on an island has advantages in a pandemic

NEWS that the United Kingdom now has the highest Covid death rate in Europe seems to have come as something of a suprise to those inclined to believe British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he said last week that the world was watching to see what lessons it could learn from the “apparent success” of […]

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