There will be enormous sympathy for the small rural community of Magheracloone in Co Monaghan which has suffered evacuation and disruption because of a widespread and completely unexpected land subsidence.
The announcement that Norwegian Air is ending its direct flights between Northern Ireland and the United States is a deeply disappointing development and underlines the challenges facing transatlantic carriers flying out of Belfast.
The shocking attack near Ballymoney, Co Antrim, in which an 18-year-old boy was shot in each arm and leg was proof that loyalist paramilitary groups are capable of just as much brutality as their republican counterparts.
The Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was fully entitled in his weekend RTE interview to highlight the dangers involved in allowing the complex negotiations between the EU and the UK to be linked to a `green versus orange' argument in Ireland.
Ian Paisley may have narrowly escaped having to fight a by-election but that does not diminish the gravity of his misconduct, which attracted the longest suspension imposed by the House of Commons in modern times.
It is increasingly difficult to see how our power-sharing executive can return before the DUP, which remains marginally the largest Stormont grouping, undergoes a period of profound and fundamental reform.