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Paisley is shrinking and so is his support

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Ulster accord inches forward

THE APPARENTLY stalled Ulster peace process "inched forward" yesterday when the British and Irish Prime Ministers held crisis talks in Downing Street.

Hurdles to Overcome

ONE REASON Tony Blair and almost everyone is anxious to resolve the issues of arms decommissioning and forming a new executive in the course of this week is that Northern Ireland faces a daunting timetable over the next few months.

Ulster: Arms issue is all that can stop a startling revolution

TONY BLAIR and others involved have designed this week to be a make-or-break one for Northern Ireland, a potentially momentous negotiating session designed to resolve the decommissioning issue and break through into a new political dispensation.

The man of peace known as the Reverend Ian Paisley

I'VE BEEN watching the Reverend Ian Paisley for more than 20 years. It has been impossible not to: he is the biggest personality in Northern Ireland and generally the most politically destructive. He has vanquished many opponents and helped bring down many attempted settlements. If ever they gave out a lifetime achievement award for wrecking, it's a fair bet that he would be proudly placing it on his well-appointed east Belfast mantelpiece.

Who is this `doctor' who claims to be a `minister'?

`Cunningham was well known to the Labour Party, but they had no clear idea of what he did'

Faith & Reason: Ian Paisley and other sacred cows

The difference between a cult and a proper religion lies in the ability to found proper universities - which is why modern faith communities are not producing any

Gay sex at 16 vote in Commons

THE HOUSE of Commons was set to vote overwhelmingly yesterday in favour of lowering the age of consent for gay sex from 18 to 16. The debate was seven hours long and, at times, was intensely personal, tackling such subjects as sex, relationships, young love and something called "lifestyle".

Unionist party splinters

A MINOR Unionist party broke up in Belfast yesterday, giving another sign of the volatile state of Unionism.

The truths that no Christmas card company would dare touch

A pregnant teenager and a family of asylum-seekers are the characters of the carols

Last time round, peace seemed a hopeless cause

YESTERDAY'S ceremony did not mark the first time that the Nobel peace prize has been awarded to those who have tried to end the violence in Ulster.

Morgan snubs Millbank plea to quit race

Labour dilemmas: Party must determine selection procedures for Welsh leader and London mayor

Omagh Bombing: Words Of Condemnation

"It is impossible to contemplate, to get in the mind of anyone who could do this ... We will not let these people wreck the future. "

Unionist split ensures rocky road ahead

David McKittrick reports on the serious obstacles to the smooth working of the new Northern Ireland assembly
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