The revelation that Belfast City Council is storing pallets to be used for a notorious bonfire close to a busy tourist hotel is yet another sign the authorities are pandering to loyalist groups determined to flex their muscles in local communities.
The horrific blaze which engulfed Grenfell Tower and led to appalling loss of life has caused a deep sense of shock and raises searching questions as to how it is possible for such a disaster to occur in an age of rigorous fire regulations.
If we have learned nothing else from the events of recent months, it is that politics is an unpredictable business and no one can claim certainty on the will of the people when they are motivated to come out and vote.
It is horrifying that gardaí investigating the murder of a man yesterday found human remains at a fifth separate location in the Wicklow Mountains national park Reports suggested that the latest discovery, made during a massive search operation in one of Ireland's most scenic districts, involved a head in a plastic bag.
Violence and anti-social behaviour at pub closing times has long been a recognised problem in many of our city and town centres with the police and licensed premises taking steps to address this issue.
Theresa May's reckless and arrogant decision to call an unnecessary general election showed she had learned absolutely nothing from the downfall of her predecessor, who gambled everything on a referendum on leaving the EU.
It was entirely appropriate that the last overseas engagement to be completed by Enda Kenny before he stands down as taoiseach later this month was at the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Flanders in Belgium.
We are well into the annual exam season with thousands of youngsters going through a process they hope will provide the qualifications they need to move onto the next step of their education or career.