When the first ominous reports began to circulate of an explosion towards the end of a sold-out concert in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, there were immediate fears that serious casualty levels were likely to follow.
While it is likely that not everyone will be totally sympathetic to the difficulties faced by those with drug and alcohol issues, it should be accepted that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to expect an appropriate level of specific treatment and wider support from the authorities.
It is disturbing that, at a stage when there are only estimated to be 80 pairs of breeding peregrine falcons across Northern Ireland, they have regularly become the victims of illegal poisoning, shooting or trapping.
While it has been well documented that paramilitary shootings are still taking place on a regular basis, it can only be alarming that the number of victims has doubled from 14 to 28 in the space of the last year.
Enda Kenny's remarkable political career has taken him from a lengthy period of relative obscurity on the back benches to becoming the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach in history and also, having been first elected back in 1975, to be officially regarded as the `Father of the Dail.
When the British prime minister Theresa May joined other Conservative Party candidates during her weekend visit to the Balmoral agricultural show near Lisburn at the weekend, she may have noticed that Roger Lomas was missing.