As further details emerge of the horrific ordeal endured by businessman Kevin Lunney, pressure is growing on the police on both sides of the border to bring those responsible for this savage crime to justice.
A raft of information in recent days has set out in stark terms the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit and will add to the deep sense of alarm and unease across a number of sectors if the UK crashes out of the EU on October 31.
Boris Johnson's tenure as prime minister has gone from bad to worse with three senior Scottish judges declaring his proroguing of Parliament and the advice he gave to Queen Elizabeth was unlawful, which is hugely significant from a constitutional and political perspective.
While the focus in recent days has been on the chaos at Westminster and uncertainty over the arrangements for the border post-Brexit, violent dissident republicans have been seeking out ways to cause maximum disruption and mayhem in Northern Ireland.
Watching the Conservative Party implode on live television, with a new prime minister witnessing his majority disappearing in front of his eyes, is probably not what the Tory faithful had in mind when they elected Boris Johnson as leader over the summer.
While all eyes are on Westminster and the chaos and drama surrounding Brexit, it is the lack of political activity at Stormont that is causing alarm bells to be sounded over the implications for jobs and the wider economy of Northern Ireland.
Leo Varadkar's description yesterday of the 'volatile and dynamic' situation at Westminster was, if anything, an understatement of the febrile atmosphere in London where the stakes are being raised ever higher as we hurtle towards the October 31 deadline.
All the indications are that we are moving into a defining period during the Brexit crisis, with the motion which the Labour Party is due to publish at Westminster tomorrow perhaps the last chance of avoiding a no deal catastrophe.
During a period when the Brexit crisis has cast an increasingly dark shadow over all parts of Ireland, it is important to recognise the efforts of those who are striving quietly but effectively to reduce tension in key areas.
Despite the contrived cheers of a small group of DUP supporters as the result of the 2016 EU referendum was announced at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, most ordinary citizens only ever regarded the outcome with grim foreboding.
Very few people who have followed the career of Boris Johnson will have been surprised by his enormously hazardous decision yesterday to suspend the Westminster parliament as the Brexit deadline approaches.