Only a matter of days after returning from a record suspension from the House of Commons, Ian Paisley once again finds himself under scrutiny over yet another lavish family holiday which he has failed to declare to parliamentary authorities.
Although the confidential report into the serious mistreatment of vulnerable patients at Muckamore Abbey hospital in Co Antrim is harrowing in every respect, there will still be concerns that the complete details of the scandal have yet to be revealed.
When Theresa May initially described the decision facing MPs in the much anticipated Westminster vote which had been due to take place later today as `my deal, no deal or no Brexit', she may well have sincerely believed that the first option was still achievable.
A photographic exhibition featuring ten people severely injured during the years of violence serves as a further reminder of the ongoing suffering endured by so many victims and the disgraceful failure to provide the support they need.
Ian Paisley had no sooner returned to Westminster after a 30-day suspension for breaching parliamentary rules than he was urging the secretary of state to act on what he considered the most pressing matter of the day.
Every death on our roads has a range of dreadful repercussions and the circumstances surrounding the funeral of 28-year-old John Gallagher at Killybegs in Co Donegal yesterday were particularly poignant.
The murder of Jim Donegan as he waited to collect his son from school was a crime of the utmost ruthlessness, the type of chilling deed which was all too familiar during the Troubles and which we hoped never to see again.
When former taoiseach Bertie Ahern suggested at the weekend that the main Stormont parties should start talks early in the new year with a view to restoring our power-sharing structures, it is likely that almost everyone on both sides of our divided society will have agreed with him.
People are entitled to ask, how bad do our waiting lists have to get before radical steps are taken to address this major issue? Once again we are confronted with appalling figures on the length of time patients are being forced to wait for treatment.