Over the past few months the independent inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has heard evidence underlining the deep flaws in the design, management and oversight of an initiative that ran out of control and eventually led to the collapse of the Stormont executive.
The announcement last night that the disappearance of 28-year-old Belfast woman Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen more than a year ago, has become the subject of a cross-border murder investigation was deeply disturbing.
Arlene Foster's attendance at the Ulster GAA final in Clones was rightly applauded as an act of positive engagement, an example of how constructive gestures can help break down the barriers of mistrust in our society.
Over the past nine days, people from around the world have watched with growing apprehension as the search continued for twelve boys and their football coach, who disappeared in a cave in northern Thailand on June 23.
It is probably fair to say that the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC), since its creation under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, was never regarded with the slightest degree of affection by unionist politicians.
By this stage of the Brexit process, with just nine months to go before the official date of withdrawal from the EU, there should be firm preparations under way in key areas such as policing and security.
IT is a perverse feature of our education system that a primary school child can spot the manifest problems with the arrangements that adults have designed for their transfer to many of the north's grammar schools.
It is clear from the huge response to the release of online tickets yesterday for the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis that hundreds of thousands of people will be flocking to the three main events on August 25 and 26.