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Brian Kennaway

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Three inspiring Orangemen who fought the good fight for their Christian faith and for fairness 

I feel keenly the loss of three fine Orangemen. Michael Phelan and Brian Kennaway, who both became close friends, and Ian Wilson, with whom I had a very warm acquaintanceship. They were inspirational and towering figures respectively in England, Ireland and Scotland, and all people of deep faith who fought for the upholding of the best principles of Orangeism: Christianity, religious tolerance and civil rights for all.

An NHS worker outside the Mater Hospital during a 2017 rally

Anne Speed: Public funds should go to public health staff, not agencies 

Unison's membership across the health trusts and arm's-length bodies in dispute will ballot on to November 11. Some 25,000 health staff in all parts of the service are deciding on withdrawing their labour, working to rule, restricting their overtime availability and other forms of non co-operation. After months of discussions with employers and the Department of Health on issues of staffing levels, agency overspend and unfair pay, Unison members have declared their frustration with the situation they find themselves in.

Accusations: Willie Frazer

Eilis O’Hanlon: BBC NI’s The Troubles: A Secret History has produced some jaw-dropping revelations about the ‘dirty war’ ... but are younger viewers tuning in, or tuning out? 

People in Northern Ireland apparently watch fewer hours of TV each day than in any other part of the UK, so it’s probably reassuring that, in this age of on-demand streaming and a myriad of other distractions, so many people can still be enticed to sit down at a certain time each week and all watch the same programme.

I am currently in India where they do things differently, and this Thursday, the fourth day after the first full moon after the autumn equinox, is Husband Worship Day

Malachi O'Doherty: India could learn from Northern Ireland that the path to progress is not defined by religious belief 

I have had a most unusual invitation. A friend has asked me if I would like to see him being worshipped by his wife. By worshipped he does not mean being loved and adored in the normal way of a besotted young person enrapt by the charms of a lover. He means that she will go down on her knees and prostrate herself before him. Light a votive candle and raise it to him in the manner of an abject devotee offering a sacrifice to God. And she is not the only one.

Wrightbus workers celebrate as news breaks that a deal is reached in principle for the sale of the company

Paul Gosling: Why even better news than Wrightbus being saved would be a Brexit that doesn't threaten to annihilate our manufacturing sector 

Subject to the "Ts" being crossed and the "Is" being dotted, Wrightbus is to be saved. Lengthy negotiations between Jo Bamford's company, Ryse Hydrogen, and the Wright family appears to have ended with smiles, rather than tears. Bamford said that, while the deal was not yet concluded with the administrators, terms had been agreed in principle with the Wright family.

Wrightbus staff protest job losses

Dr Robin Wilson: As we reach 1,000 days without a devolved government in sight, what would it take to get the institutions back up and running? Cancel Brexit for a start 

Northern Ireland holds the world record for the longest delay between holding elections and forming a government. Previously, this ignominious accolade was held by Belgium, with its complicated system of autonomy for mainly Flemish and (French-speaking) Walloon regions and an overarching power-sharing coalition - in 2010-11, it took 589 days for that executive to be formed.


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