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Smuggling is the burning issue for any tobacco ban

The greatest concern with any restriction on tobacco sales in Northern Ireland is the smuggling opportunity for organised crime and paramilitary...

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Newton Emerson

Thank God we don’t live in a country where people can murder with impunity

It is good to see foreign policy agreement between Britain and Ireland, particularly over Russia. David Cameron has accused the Russian government...

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Patrick Murphy

The garden’s a misty wilderness – but at least the birds are happy

Last year’s hydrangea flowers are rich pickings for our birds. Sometimes laziness has its own reward. I closed the back door on the garden last...

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Nuala Mccann

‘My Dad was such a prodigious smoker he would have needed a chimney on the top of his head’

Plans to ban anyone born in or after 2009 from legally buying cigarettes easily passed their first hurdle in parliament this week. Championed by PM...

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Jake Okane

A rainy night in Galway and my famous black raincoat

I had to go drinking at Molly’s with the male members of my wife’s family last Saturday night. Her cousin Shane was getting married, and this was...

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Fabien Mcquillan

Counting the cost of Britain’s delusions of grandeur

Last week UCL Policy Lab and Hertford College, Oxford published a report entitled ‘The World in 2040: Renewing the UK’s Approach to...

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Brian Feeney

The more I hear about a border poll, the further away I think it might be

The more I hear the border poll lobby talk about the need for a border poll, the more I’m persuaded it will probably take much longer to call...

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Alex Kane

Businesses are paying the price of keeping household rates down

The Number 7 cafe in Craigavon’s Rushmere Centre – an institution in the town – has made headlines by publicising its £71,000 rates bill for...

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Newton Emerson

Could northern nationalists be betrayed again by Dublin for money?

For northern nationalists, up to the present day, one of the most galling episodes in modern Irish history was their abandonment by the Irish Free...

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Cormac Moore

Fear and loathing of Sinn Féin driving Micheál Martin’s abandonment of north

Changed times. There was a Fianna Fáil ard fheis at the weekend. It didn’t feature in the north’s media, electronic or print. Time was the...

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Brian Feeney

The Old Testament God has failed in the Middle East

It’s not difficult to find culprits for what is happening in the Middle East, for so long a plaything of powerful empires intent on putting their...

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Tom Collins

When nods and winks were enough to get you killed

It was 40 years ago – a lifetime, and yet almost every detail is still crystal clear. April 12 1984. The phone in the hall at my parents’ home...

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Mary Kelly

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