There are two different issues surrounding the latest development to strain relationships within Stormont at a time when all parties should be pulling in the same direction during the battle against coronavirus.
WHAT is it about the man on the Cross that holds our gaze more even than the child in the manger? Why, when all the homilies have been forgotten and physical access to the sacrament of the altar shut off, does our heart rest still in the reality of the Man of Sorrows? Is it the thought of the brutality he suffered? That has been a popular theme with Good Friday preachers.
The arrival of a large quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) yesterday morning provided some welcome news at the start of what is predicted to be the peak period of the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland.
It almost defies belief that anyone could be prepared to produce a gun and take a human life in north Belfast at a period when the entire community is struggling to cope with the devastating consequences of the coronavirus emergency.
While it was clear there were differences around the executive table over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, those tensions have now been fully exposed and will cause deep public dismay at what is a time of unprecedented crisis.
The designation of Belfast City Hospital as the north's first 'Nightingale' facility marks a significant step forward in our local health service's preparations for the expected upsurge in coronavirus cases.
There will be a clear understanding that the latest stringent regulations in the fight against Covid-19 which were announced firstly by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and then by the Stormont Executive represent absolutely essential measures which need to be fully respected by the general public across Ireland.