As the health service faces yet another winter with all the pressures the season brings, there will be serious concern over the latest waiting times at emergency departments, which show the scale of the difficulties facing staff and patients.
With the gushing way Sinn Féin's leadership now talk about the Good Friday Agreement you could be forgiven for assuming that they regard it as some sort of Holy Grail for uniting the people of Northern Ireland around the Peppa Pig anthem, 'peace and harmony around the world.
It will have been widely noted that Tánaiste Simon Coveney took the opportunity presented by his latest cross-border visit to highlight the `extraordinary’ regional business advantages which could follow a successful outcome to the Brexit negotiations.
THE EU, the Irish government and pro-Remain parties north and south, as well as the people of the north who voted to Remain in the Brexit referendum of 2016, are entitled to commend their efforts given the deal now struck between the EU and the British government.
YOU can't help feeling a certain sympathy for the Democratic Unionist Party for having to issue a statement shortly before 7am last Thursday, declaring they were "unable to support" the agreement reached between the British government and Brussels.