THE revelation that a man in his eighties was questioned this week about republican activities in the border area in 1959 deserves to be regarded as a significant development in the complex and sensitive debate on legacy issues.
THERE is a view that the fatal breakdown in trust between the DUP and Sinn Féin can be pinpointed exactly to August 2013, when former DUP leader Peter Robinson penned a letter to party members from his villa in Florida, putting a freeze on the Executive's agreement to develop the Maze Long Kesh site.
AS WE face yet another election, this time for a European parliament that members could be elected to for a week, a month, forever and a day depending on Brexit, the continuing failure of our much more local politics is back in the headlines.
MULTI-PARTY talks have begun, with the agreed goal of restarting the political institutions on a sustainable footing - the Assembly, Executive, North South Ministerial Council, and British-Irish Council.
One of the great hopes associated with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was that over a period of time it would help to ease sectarian tensions and significantly improve cross-community relations Unfortunately, while enormous political progress was plainly made in subsequent years, and in many ways life was transformed for ordinary citizens, we are still very much facing the reality of a divided society.
I notice in passing on a mid-morning bus to Belfast, primary school pupils out for morning break in the playground, swaddled like Russian dolls in their duvet coats, carefully minded by a couple of classroom assistants - a few running or kicking a ball round a small tarmacked yard with a high fence, but most of them just standing about.
UNIONISM'S dread of being called out for moderation is powerful as ever - although almost matched by fear that today's republicans are not up to manoeuvring around a DUP with a British government in their corner.
ON SATURDAY rebel forces began to withdraw from the main port of Yemen, hopefully opening the way to an accelerated humanitarian effort to help the population which has been suffering terribly for almost five years.
THE British and Irish governments have reached a deal to formalise the Common Travel Area (CTA), protecting it against all Brexit scenarios and ensuring "that the way in which British and Irish citizens can live and work freely across these islands will not change", to quote Tánaiste Simon Coveney.