Tonight we leave the European Union and our politicians will enter the world of realpolitik. What was really a sham fight over Brexit - English nationalism was always going to trump the national interests of the surrounding Celtic nations - is now hopefully behind us, along with the toxic debate it engendered.
It took great courage on the part of Ards woman Mary McDonnell to describe the day that she thought she had killed her teenage daughter in a road accident. Ellie crashed her quad bike into her mum's vehicle on a corner, causing catastrophic injuries which doctors were unsure she would survive, never mind recover from.
Bethany Firth is an amazing young woman. A multiple Paralympian swimming medal winner and this year's Belfast Telegraph Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, she continued on her winning ways last year even though deeply concerned about her mother's treatment for cancer.
When Nichola Mallon was appointed Infrastructure Minister her thoughts quite naturally would have turned to the big issues in her in-tray - the York Street interchange, the A5 road from Aughnacloy to Londonderry, and funding to upgrade water and sewage treatment works.
By any measurement, taking 2,600 years to discover that someone was murdered is certainly stretching it. But now we know that Ulster's famous mummy Takabuti, who was brought to Belfast in 1835, was stabbed in the back two-and-a-half millennia ago in Egypt.
The UK will leave the EU at 11pm on Friday night but that is not the end of Brexit, far from it. Boris Johnson is insistent that a trade deal can be negotiated with the EU during the next 11 months so that the divorce becomes final on December 31. That is an incredibly short period of time to hammer out a complex series of agreements.
Reports of a mystery man seen in various parts of the province burying things in the ground in the dead of night sounded like a job for Special Branch to investigate. But we can reveal that this man has no criminal intent in mind, but rather wants to save this little part of the world by planting trees.
Planning regulations are a riddle to the lay person and this could not be better exemplified than in the case of a Lisburn family who are seeking to build a new home on the site of a family dwelling dating back 200 years. The planner says the ruins of the stone built property lack 'the essential characteristics' of a home. Hardly surprising given that it has been derelict since the 1970s.
The role of foster parents in giving children in need an improved chance in life cannot be overstated. Those who decide to offer an alternative home - either short-term or long-term - deserve the greatest credit for their selflessness and offer of a more normal existence to children put in care of local authorities.
The devastating effects of suicide and its prevalence in our society have been highlighted by a group of high profile figures and a well-known parish priest. In a letter published in the Belfast Telegraph, major figures from the worlds of entertainment, sport, education and the voluntary sector have called on Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann to declare a public emergency on suicide.
Statistics can be very cold. When we hear that 306,180 people were on waiting lists for healthcare in September we are shocked by the sheer volume of patients. But when we read our story today that, on average, 12 people die every day while on a health waiting list - a total of 22,000 in the last five years - the impact of the pressures on the health service suddenly become very real. The statistics are not just shocking, they are totally unacceptable.
The growing number of crimes taking place in and around hospitals in Northern Ireland is truly shocking. In just three years the number of offences reported to police have risen by 30% and include such vile crimes as sex attacks, violence and robberies.
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