West Belfast was the scene of a shockingly reckless gun attack on Monday night which left a 30-year-old man critically wounded but could easily have resulted in death or injury in this busy residential area.
The enormity of the financial crisis in the education sector has been set out in stark terms by a Westminster committee which last year heard disturbing accounts of the serious and numerous difficulties facing our schools.
The performance of Jeremy Corbyn throughout the Brexit saga has perturbed large sections of traditional Labour support and caused consternation among those across Ireland who have always been well disposed towards his party.
While it is evident considerable progress has been made this year in regard to contentious bonfires, the stand off at Avoniel Leisure Centre in Belfast shows that sinister elements are still trying to bring their malign influence to bear.
Tuesday marked a seismic shift at Westminster, as MPs who had largely steered clear of devolved matters in Northern Ireland voted in favour of liberalisation of our abortion and same-sex marriage laws.
With Boris Johnson firmly in the lead in the Tory leadership contest concerns are growing over a no deal Brexit and the drastic steps he is prepared to take to ensure the UK leaves the EU on October 31.
The Court of Appeal ruling yesterday was a significant step forward for families determined to uncover the full truth about alleged state collusion in relation to the murderous activities of the notorious Glenanne Gang.
While expectations are never particularly high when it comes to securing a political breakthrough in Northern Ireland, there had been hopes that the shocking murder of Lyra McKee would provide fresh impetus to the stalled talks process.
The two Tories vying to become the next British prime minister came to Northern Ireland yesterday but demonstrated little by way of insight into the border, the Stormont impasse or the unique issues facing businesses on this island as the result of Brexit.