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Alasdair’s day in the spotlight

Cometh the hour, cometh the man will be the hope of SDLP supporters this week as Alasdair McDonnell steps into the spotlight — hopefully with eyes appropriately shielded — as the new party leader.

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Steady hand lacking on health service tiller

At the Stormont Assembly last week, politicians queued up to urge Health Minister Edwin Poots to act decisively to prevent the closure of community pharmacies in rural and ‘disadvantaged areas’.

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Sammy speaks out

LIKE an angry bull in a china shop, Tesco has come out swinging over changes to the rating structure which would oblige the mammoth multinational to carry a fairer share of the rates burden.

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Coláiste battle did not need to happen

IT’S a sad day indeed when an Irish-medium school has to go the courts to seek its rights from a Sinn Féin Minister in a battle we all thought the Irish language had won a long time ago.

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Time to rebuild Nashville bridges

The visit this week of a delegation of senior representatives of the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, gives Belfast a chance to renew and rejuvenate its lopsided, unionist-only sister city relationship with the ‘Athens of the South’.

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Balance for business

Getting the balance right as society battles its way through the worst economic crisis in living memory is a priority for the Stormont Executive. Or so it tells us. Because, the evidence on the ground is that the Executive may not always deliver on its promises.

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