THE not guilty verdict in the 'trial of facts'' against veteran republican Ivor Bell was widely anticipated, hence a media interest that spilled out from the usual press bench into the body of the Court 16 at Belfast Laganside.
WHILE it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that Sinn Féin has moved to shut down debate around the challenge to Michelle O'Neill's vice-presidency of the party, it is also disappointing for those who believed it was entering a 'glasnost' era.
WE know the DUP didn't expect the Leave campaign to be victorious in 2016 EU referendum and that the party therefore had no strategy in place for delivering Brexit against the will of a majority of people in Northern Ireland, a significant minority of who are unionists.
WHAT will the EU do in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit? It’s an uncomfortable question for many in Dublin, but speak to trade officials in Brussels and its clear, checks will be needed in a crash out scenario.
IN a week in which images of violence involving young men in Derry dominate the headlines, it must surely be time to take heads out of the sand and question what is really going wrong in the north west.