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Newspaper headlines: ‘Burglar’ decision hailed and Yulia ‘tussle’
Dublin’s Border stance could provoke loyalist paramilitaries, Trimble warns
Government rejects Trimble’s warnings over its Brexit stance
Good Friday Agreement has been undermined and isn’t working, says Swann
The Martin McGuinness Principles are another exercise in republican doublethink, writes Nelson McCausland
Newton Emerson: McDonald changing Sinn Féin’s tone but not its tune
Unionists launch fresh bid to remove name of IRA man from play park
With the toss of a wig! Mo Mowlam and the Belfast Agreement
As Northern Ireland secretary, her unique behavioural style, issue-based perspective and inclusivity were fundamental to the peace deal
A united Ireland remains an uncertain unknown. If it happens, the country will need strong leaders
Thousands to march in Dublin to protest Ireland’s rising homeless numbers
The number of homeless children has quintupled in under four years.
The Irish media don’t accept that the right to life is shared internationally
Nuala O’Loan writes
Review of how sex is taught at all levels
Cathy Davey: Neil’s on a different level to me … I listen to some of his songs and I’m just in awe
A couple of days earlier, I met Davey at the fine old farmhouse in Co Kildare that she shares with her partner, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon. His father, Rev Brian Hannon, is a retired Church of Ireland bishop. She’d been to the doctor that morning, hoping antibiotics would help her put an end to the …
Longford-Westmeath TD Peter Burke endorses €100k cash injection for local heritage projects
The 11 separate projects to benefit from this Scheme include St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Newtownforbes which will receive €5650, Loughan House in Kenagh which has been alrlocated €7250, St. John’s Church of Ireland in Longford town which will receive €2,500 and Rathmore House in Aughnacliffe …
Limerick Civic Trust bid to open military museum on King’s Island
A campaign to raise €350,000 to convert a former church in Limerick into a military museum has kicked off. The Limerick Civic Trust wants to transform the former St Munchin’s Church of Ireland building at King’s Island into a museum commemorating the regiments of Limerick since the 1691 Siege, …
New parents to get two weeks’ paid leave in this year’s budget
Theresa May displays grit of the old-fashioned English footballer
BBC News/BBC Radio 4
Further coverage of a joint letter signed by 60 Church of England bishops and representatives of the Board of Deputies, Muslim Council of Britain and other religious groups, expressing serious concerns about the effect of the “two-child limit” policy, which restricts tax credit and universal credit to the first two children in a family.
Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation on holiness to be presented on Monday
Report that the interfaith group the Three Faiths Forum is to begin training courses for LGBT community leaders aiming to help them support people of faith within their midst.
Report on study by the charity Aid to the Church in Need which estimates that the Christian population in Syria has fallen from 1.4 million in 2011 to 450,000 as a result of violence and persecution.
Report on growth of privately-owned holiday parks in Britain’s woodlands. Article quotes the former Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, who chaired a Government-appointed panel whch recommended keeping forests in public ownership.
Item explaining the history of Wesley’s hymn Love Divine All Loves Excelling prompted by speculation about the royal wedding.
Report on record numbers of visitors to a science event at Leicester Cathedral which featured a giant three-dimensional moon. The Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, tells the paper: “I have been looking up at it with awe and wonder and, as a priest, that awe and wonder leads me to ponder the great questions of the universe.”