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OPINION – ELLY ODHIAMBO: Man’s best friend eased Big David’s journey from a refugee camp in Uganda to sanctuary in Belfast

WHEN David Waigo was a child, there was a brutal war raging in the Arua region of Uganda where he comes from. Gun battles raging and bombs shelling the entire place. His family were given refuge by a Christian mission in the area. Children, mothers, the elderly and whole clans had nowhere to run. At […]

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TUAIRIM: Thig leis an chriticeoir istigh a bheith gránna, géar

An oíche sular ordaíodh do ghnónna sna 26 chontae druidim síos ar mhaithe lena gcustaiméirí agus a bhfostaithe a choinneáil slán ón choróinvíreas, d’ordaigh mé leabhar ó Kennys i nGaillimh, gnólacht teaghlaigh atá ceithre scór bliain ar an fhód i mbliana. Bhí mé díreach rómhall le go gcuirfí mo leabhar nua isteach leis an bheart […]

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OPINION – ANDRÉE MURPHY: Peace roses will bloom again

WHERE I lived growing up in Dublin was pretty diverse. It had been a thriving Jewish area, with a synagogue, a Kosher butchers and bakery and a Jewish school, which I attended. Around the corner lived Miss Bernstein, who lived in a gorgeous little house, first with her companion, and then on her own. Miss […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: My advice to parents worried about their children’s homeschooling: Chill

SO – how’s your lockdown going? Assuming you’re not one of those brave men and women who are out there working as shop assistants, check-out people, food-supply drivers, health workers of all kinds. The rest of us are at home, on our own or with our partner or with our family. And it has been […]

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Care homes did not have to be ripped apart by Covid-19: Dr Michael Donnelly spells out what should have happened to protect the most vulnerable

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours.” Tia Walker The Covid-19 disaster in our care homes could have been averted. It wasn’t inevitable that the virus would rip through our care homes, leaving hundreds of our most vulnerable dead in its wake. Pandemic control should have begun on […]

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How did they miss the potential impact of Covid-19? Dr Michael Donnelly reviews evidence at Stormont Health Committee

It was a less ebullient Health Minister and his chief medical adviser who came to brief the health committee on Wednesday of this week. The minister began by observing that more men were dying than women from the virus but the department were optimistic about progress. R, as calculated by Prof Young was between 0.7 and […]

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