The funerals of three women yesterday provided an insight into the scale of the loss suffered by the community in south Donegal and the many lives devastated by Friday's horrific three-vehicle crash on the N2 near Ardee, Co Louth.
THE much-discussed deal between the Conservatives and the DUP was supposed to last for a full five-year parliamentary term but has actually managed to run into considerable trouble within rather less than five weeks.
One week on from the Eleventh Night bonfire which damaged an apartment block in south Belfast and the residents are still trying to find out who will pay for repairs and if the same problem will happen again next year.
It is widely accepted that the health service in Britain and Northern Ireland is struggling to recruit and retain specialist medical and nursing staff leading to gaps in provision and spiralling costs as temporary personnel are employed on a short term basis.
AFTER their disturbing experiences of the last few weeks, and in particular over recent days, there can only be enormous sympathy for the residents of the Victoria Place apartment block close to Belfast city centre.
While this year's Twelfth has been one of the quietest in recent years - something that will regarded with relief throughout the north - it is clear that considerable issues remain over some Eleventh Night bonfires.