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.
While all the drama at Chequers and thereafter filled the news agenda with customs facilitation arrangements, common rule book, services, no one in Britain or the Republic cared, and hardly anyone here noticed, that your rights as an EU citizen have gone down the Swanee.
Whatever you think about Tyrone’s chances of an All-Ireland title, you have to admire the county’s ability to reach the quarter-final stage, having reached this point in the competition 14 times in the last 18 seasons.
Gawd, I hate airports. I’m standing in a queue in wilted linen and hurty shoes in a sweltering departure lounge somewhere in Middle England, waiting for the last plane home and I’m ready to kill dead things.
The DUP casually sauntered into Downing street, last week, where the two main protagonists – Arlene Foster and second-in-command Nigel Dodds – indicated to the various media outlets that they were intent on demanding from the British prime minister that she quickly becomes involved in the political process for the purpose of ‘good governance and decision making’ in the north.
The British prime minister who famously declared that `Brexit means Brexit' has now accepted that she is dealing with an infinitely more complicated set of circumstances but the implications of her strategy for Ireland remain as uncertain as ever.
The death of the leading motor cyclist William Dunlop at the Skerries 100 competition in Co Dublin at the weekend was a tragedy of massive proportions and represented another appalling loss for his family in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
In her inaugural statement on children’s rights in Northern Ireland, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma, comments: ‘We are failing to have the honest and open conversations that set aside vested interests and put all our young people at the centre of decision making.’