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OPINION – DR MICHAEL DONNELLY: Health Department trying to mark its own homework with RQIA report

As Robin Swann dons his Orange regalia today to wait by the door for a socially-distanced Orange band to pass, he will be mindful of Sunday newspaper reports that his counterpart Matt Hancock in England is to be sued by relatives of those who died in care homes and that solicitors in Belfast are preparing […]

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OF TIMES PAST – LIAM MURPHY: The alternative Ulster Covenant of Rev James Armour of Ballymoney

I WAS in Belfast city centre last week for the first time in three months. I was to meet a ‘returned Yank’,  a man who has returned to these parts after nearly sixty years in USA. I was told he had two hours to spare. We took a walk through the city centre. In High […]

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OPINION – DÚLRA: How to create an army of frogs, just add water

He’s probably alone in that belief, of course. Because frogs get a bad press – if they get any press at all. Yet they are perhaps the most incredible creatures that walk – or more accurately hop – on this fair land. Dúlra has a special bond with this tiny frog. He’s watched it transform […]

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TUAIRIM – GRÁINNE NÍ GHILÍN: Molann na Saineolaithe Eorpacha limistéar Raidió Fáilte a leathnú amach

Tá 21 mholadh le cúrsaí Gaeilge a fheabhsú sa saol poiblí anseo le fáil i dtuarascáil COMEX a seoladh ag tús na míosa seo. Coiste Saineolaithe de chuid Chomhairle na hEorpa atá in COMEX agus bíonn siad ag plé leis an Chairt Eorpach um Theangacha Réigiúnacha nó Mionlaigh. Tá ball ar an Choiste ag formhór […]

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OPINION: Let’s give a big hand to Zanzibar singer and cabbie El Daddy who has made Belfast his home

THIS is a man who will not trade for his life his family. He loves his wee family life here in Belfast. The rest of the clan are thousands of miles away on the same island that gave us Freddie Mercury of British rock band, Queen. Alymuda Aly known by the stage name El Daddy […]

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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: Breaking the Falls Curfew of 1970 was a milestone

THE Falls Curfew 50 years ago  was a tipping point in modern Irish history. The previous August (1969) unionist mobs had burned out hundreds of nationalist homes in West and North Belfast, killed and maimed and forced thousands of families to become refugees living in schools, with friends and family, or strangers who opened their […]

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