The huge sense of foreboding which has been growing across Ireland, north and south, as each disastrous chapter of the Brexit debacle unfolds will not have been eased by Theresa May’s latest intervention.
WHEN Theresa May and Arlene Foster met in Co Fermanagh yesterday to consider the Brexit crisis, it would be intriguing to know how much time they also spent privately discussing the difficulties facing Ian Paisley.
While there is considerable cynicism about politicians generally, the fact is that we are entitled to expect those elected to public office to observe high standards, to conduct themselves in a way that does not undermine the integrity of our democratic institutions.
There will be enormous relief that Sean Cox (53), a father of three from Dunboyne in Co Meath, has at last regained consciousness, almost three months after he suffered a brutal assault while attending a Champions League game in Liverpool.
The violence of recent days, while not as intense as in previous marching seasons, underlines the fact that sinister elements are still at work in Northern Ireland and are trying to exert control in their local communities.
The serious disturbances which have rapidly escalated in Derry over recent days, including the repeated sectarian targeting of a Protestant district and the firing of shots at police officers, are deeply alarming.
The British prime minister who famously declared that `Brexit means Brexit' has now accepted that she is dealing with an infinitely more complicated set of circumstances but the implications of her strategy for Ireland remain as uncertain as ever.
The death of the leading motor cyclist William Dunlop at the Skerries 100 competition in Co Dublin at the weekend was a tragedy of massive proportions and represented another appalling loss for his family in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.