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Extending the Presidential vote

  “WE could be discussing the A6 and A5, improvements to our port and the 100 new jobs announced in our area. Instead we have nationalist councillors trying to outdo one another with pointless motions.” Those are the words of Councillor Graham Warke (DUP). He was reacting to a motion passed by Derry City and […]

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North heading for a nuclear disaster

  Arlene Foster is a conflicted woman. I don’t mean that she isn’t interested in conflict – as leader of the DUP, Conflict is her middle name. Her predecessors took a similar line. Ian Paisley promoted conflict with the same zeal he brought to denouncing the Catholic faith; and who could forget Peter Robinson’s remarks […]

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McClean withstands peer-pressure

  ANOTHER year, another poppyfest put to bed. As with so many other things, poppy-wearing and Remembrance Sunday came to us, largely, through the lens of television. Not for the first time James McClean was a focal point. Given the general acceptance in the Premier League that all players’ shirts should be emblazoned with the […]

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Wedding bells at the conference

  WHY did Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, go to the Ulster Unionist Party’s conference last Saturday? “To show that he is well disposed towards the UUP” you might say. Mmm. But wouldn’t the UUP already know that? After all, they’ve been “working” in the same building on a daily basis, so it’d be […]

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Brexit is set to change everything

  There are two traditional schools of thought – OK, three blinkered positions – about the reunification of Ireland. The first of these argues that reunification is the Holy Grail, and that when you’re seeking the Holy Grail, you don’t get into tedious discussions about what a Grail is or what shape it should assume […]

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Change comes slowly to Orange Order

  ARE you a Christian? If that question sounds like one of the Saved Brethren on your doorstep, I apologise – few enjoy having their East Enders interrupted. No, it’s a question I had to ask myself after listening to the Orange Order’s Grand Chaplain, Reverend Mervyn Gibson. Mervyn was on BBC Radio Ulster/Raidió Uladh’s […]

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