Ahead of what is being seen as a crucial week for the Brexit negotiations, it is clear that nerves on the British side are becoming increasingly frayed, with Theresa May's troubles growing by the hour.
Whenever Theresa May signed up to a confidence and supply deal with the DUP following the Westminster election in 2017, she must have known that at some point the priorities of both sides would no longer converge.
The protracted and costly legal process that has ended up at the UK Supreme Court has been exceptionally draining and stressful for the people at the centre of what has become known as the 'gay cake' case.
It is appalling that a lone woman could be the victim of a street robbery in any circumstances but a cowardly assault which takes place in broad daylight in a provincial town is particularly disturbing Police said that the woman was `extremely shaken up' after an attempt was made to steal her bag on Scarva Street in the centre of Banbridge in Co Down yesterday.
There will be enormous sympathy for the staff and passengers on a four-hour Jet2 flight from Fuerteventura to Belfast who suffered an appalling ordeal because Co Armagh man Kevin O'Hare chose to drink heavily for a prolonged period before getting on board.
While sporadic outbreaks of on-field fighting are not unknown in a number of team sports, there can only be deep concern that two well publicised incidents in recent days have seen violence spread over GAA boundary fences and into groups of spectators.
The massive challenges facing the health service in dealing with the most vulnerable members of our society have been well documented down the years, and there will be enormous sympathy with the pressures facing all the staff concerned.
The 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Duke Street, Derry on October 5, 1968, has provided an opportunity to reflect on the events of that day, regarded as pivotal in the history of the Troubles, and to assess if the lessons of that turbulent period have been learned.
There can only be deep concern at yesterday's revelation that a Garda station has been searched in the Limerick area and a serving officer suspended as part of a major probe into the use of bogus insurance certificates.
The frightening scale of the homelessness crisis faced by Dublin City Council has been graphically illustrated by the serious consideration given to a proposal that a cruise ship should be acquired to ease waiting lists.
There will be considerable alarm over the revelation that the bill for the policing operation surrounding the removal of two dangerous loyalist bonfires in east Belfast last July amounted to almost £200,000.