The sudden and brutal killings of innocent victims by paranoid schizophrenics are fortunately rare across Ireland but the consequences of such shocking tragedies can only be devastating at every level.
In this week marking 50 years since the descent into catastrophic violence that would last for decades, it is profoundly depressing to witness the actions of a loyalist flute band and even more so the response from unionist representatives who should be displaying responsible leadership.
For nine days, people throughout Ireland and beyond have been hoping and praying that vulnerable 15-year-old Nóra Quoirin, missing from a jungle resort in Malaysia, would be found and returned safely to her distraught family.
FEW, if any, of those involved in street disturbances in Belfast and Derry over the past week were born when one of the most disturbing periods in recent history took place 50 years ago in the same two cities.
The threat to a family centre and contractors in north Belfast is just the latest example of completely unacceptable behaviour by people with no regard for the law or those living in the vicinity of their bonfire.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, visiting Belfast for the second time in four days, yesterday emphasised an important point that is often overlooked by those content to see a no deal Brexit on October 31, thinking that it will be the end of the matter.
FRIDAY night’s attempt by dissident republicans to murder members of the PSNI was, thankfully, unsuccessful. However, several aspects of this incident give an indication of just how little regard these organisations have for society as a whole.
Freshly appointed secretary of state Julian Smith arrived in Northern Ireland yesterday to meet the political parties and begin work on the many issues that have been left unresolved during Karen Bradley's ill-starred tenure.
Boris Johnson has wasted no time in stamping his mark, sweeping away Theresa May's loyalists and longstanding Tory stalwarts and filling his cabinet with hardline Brexiteers, including some who drove his predecessor from office.