Secretary of state James Brokenshire will not be especially displeased by the outcry that greeted the likely budget he will impose if the parties fail to reach agreement on restoring the devolved institutions.
There will be enormous concern that the prosecution in Egypt of Irish-born Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday delayed for a 22nd time, meaning that he has been held in prison without trial for almost four years.
The opening of a soup kitchen at St Patrick's Church in Belfast city centre tonight is a notable initiative which will offer both personal support and practical help to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
Mount Errigal in Co Donegal is one of our most celebrated landmarks, featuring in the work of a range of artists and singers and attracting thousands of tourists annually from across Ireland and beyound.
By far the best way to resolve the complex debate over electoral pacts would simply involve extending Northern Ireland’s widely accepted proportional representation system to cover not just the European parliament, the Assembly and the district councils, as is already the case, but also Westminster contests.
The atmospheric stretch of road known as the Dark Hedges, outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim, was always a noted tourist attraction and has become internationally celebrated since it featured in the hugely successful Game of Thrones television drama.
Politics is often a cynical business but it is difficult to recall a more blatantly opportunistic intervention than the announcement by Theresa May yesterday that she plans to hold a snap UK general election on June 8.
There will be a very firm welcome for the indication from the Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan that the Brexit negotiations could produce a major investment in the Belfast-Dublin train link.
IT IS to be hoped that a statement delivered by a spokesman for a dissident-linked group in Belfast during an Easter commemoration event will lead to a move away from violence by one of the organisations up until now engaged in attacks on police and members of the public.