The fact that dissident republicans mounted a determined attempt to kill police officers within hours of Martin McGuinness's death, shows we still have some way to go to achieve the peace and stability the vast majority of people on this island wish to see.
There can be occasions when the life of an individual becomes tightly entwined with the history of a country and there can be no doubt that the story of Martin McGuinness, who died early yesterday at the age of 66, entered such a category.
The long-awaited publication of the names of companies receiving subsidies under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has provided a significant degree of transparency in relation to an initiative that has had far-reaching implications for Northern Ireland.
Eight months after the EU referendum and the British government is finally coming up with some thoughts on how it will manage the border with the Irish Republic following full withdrawal from the European Union.
As the search continues for the missing crew members of the ill-fated Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed off Co Mayo, this dreadful tragedy is a reminder of the debt of gratitude we owe emergency personnel who put their lives at risk to save others.
IN the land that calls Patrick its patron saint, it is deeply regrettable that much of the reporting around St Patrick's Day inevitably focuses on antisocial behaviour in the Holylands area of south Belfast.
The murder of George Gilmore in Carrickfergus was an appalling crime but it should not have come as a surprise to those who have been following recent developments involving the UDA in the Co Antrim town.
An injection of fresh thinking is urgently required if the Stormont talks, which today enter the second of their scheduled three weeks, are not going to inevitably slide into a period of lengthy stalemate and angry recriminations.
It is entirely appropriate that a new bridge has been opened in east Belfast as a tribute to the late Jimmy Ellis, who was not only one of Ireland's most distinguished actors but also a figure who was prepared to take a stand against any form of bigotry.