There will be enormous relief that Sean Cox (53), a father of three from Dunboyne in Co Meath, has at last regained consciousness, almost three months after he suffered a brutal assault while attending a Champions League game in Liverpool.
It must be the approaching centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in three years’ time that made me think there might be lessons in that agreement for the current negotiations between London and Brussels.
In the present debacle over Brexit, with the white paper still to be revealed and cabinet resignations abounding, I can’t help feeling that there is something that must be a thought on many Brexiteers’ hard and soft, minds but not being vocalised, at least in public.
Defending its negotiated approach to the Bloomfield Walkway and Cluan Place bonfires in east Belfast, the Department for Infrastructure told a judge it feared Drumcree-style violence across Northern Ireland if material was forcibly removed, as sought by Belfast City Council.
The violence of recent days, while not as intense as in previous marching seasons, underlines the fact that sinister elements are still at work in Northern Ireland and are trying to exert control in their local communities.
WELL Brexit is going well isn't it? The lack of preparation, the political differences within the Conservative Party, a weakened Prime Minister clinging to power with a reduced minority, all indications that Brexit was never going to be plain sailing.
The serious disturbances which have rapidly escalated in Derry over recent days, including the repeated sectarian targeting of a Protestant district and the firing of shots at police officers, are deeply alarming.