AN air of chaos has characterised much of the Brexit process, arguably epitomised by Prime Minister Theresa May's emphatic failure in getting her own withdrawal agreement with the European Union through the House of Commons.
While Theresa May offered little fresh thinking on the Brexit crisis during her two-day visit to Belfast, which ended yesterday, she deserves credit for indicating that the alarming saga over citizenship rights endured by Co Derry woman Emma DeSouza could at last be close to a positive outcome.
Very few people would question either the strength of Theresa May’s commitment to her role as British prime minister or the sense of duty she has displayed since entering Downing Street in the most difficult of circumstances back in 2016.
There will be deep concern over reports that the weekend traffic accident in Co Tyrone which left two people dead and three others needing hospital treatment happened at a corner which had been the scene of a number of previous collisions.
PRO and anti-Brexit politicians have this weekend been arguing over whether a decision by Nissan not to proceed with the building of a new model in Sunderland can be traced back to the result of the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.
The Muckamore hospital abuse investigation saw another significant development this week that will further demonstrate that this is a healthcare scandal which in scale and scope is unprecedented in Northern Ireland.
Although the Irish weather often changes suddenly at this time of year, a forecast which can be made with some certainty is that any deterioration will not be neatly restricted to one side of the border.
In a further demonstration that the political rule book has been torn up during the Brexit process, the fact that Theresa May has reneged on her own Withdrawal Agreement and is now aiming to renegotiate with an EU that is opposed to any such move, is being presented as a triumph.
Luke Kelly was one of our greatest traditional singers, as both a member of the legendary Dubliners and a solo performer, and was mourned not just across Ireland but around the world when he died at the age of 43 after suffering a brain tumour.
Evidence, if it were needed, of the increased demand for Irish passports ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, can be found in the fact that some post offices in Northern Ireland have run out of application forms.