Walking along a sunny Cheyne Walk in London I heard that Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron had announced his resignation citing the incompatibility of his Christian faith with the leadership of his party.
As he settles into the job, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will keep a close eye on developments in the north but the key day-to-day role on behalf of the Irish government will be carried out by the new minister for foreign affairs, Simon Coveney.
Well, wasn’t that an interesting election? We now appear to have a Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force (UCUNF) government at Westminster led by Theresa May, albeit with the DUP usurping the UUP’s role.
The DUP's deal with the Conservative government puts a new light on the election result, increases the chances of Stormont's resurrection and presents a fresh challenge for Sinn Féin's political strategy.
I REMEMBER my mother once telling me about the `day orphanages’ in the former Soviet bloc; grim places, by all accounts, where down-trodden mothers were forced to leave their tiny offspring while they trudged off to work because their financial situation was so dire they couldn’t afford not to.
The revelation that Belfast City Council is storing pallets to be used for a notorious bonfire close to a busy tourist hotel is yet another sign the authorities are pandering to loyalist groups determined to flex their muscles in local communities.
Nationalism has responded to the prospect of DUP-Tory rule by raising two points: how can the British government exercise “rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people”, as required by the Good Friday Agreement; and how can secretary of state James Brokenshire be independent as he chairs Stormont talks? These are valid questions.
The horrific blaze which engulfed Grenfell Tower and led to appalling loss of life has caused a deep sense of shock and raises searching questions as to how it is possible for such a disaster to occur in an age of rigorous fire regulations.
Finally we are having honest elections. The Westminster poll was stripped of any pretence that the six counties is a country, interested in boringly normal issues such as the economy, health or education.