Although previous speculation about the return of the Stormont power-sharing structures has regularly proved wide of the mark over the last year, there are growing indications that a deal may finally be emerging.
The population of Ireland's offshore islands has fallen steadily in the modern era, but for a number of reasons, primarily the determination of the residents, the rate of decline has eased in recent years.
THE professionalism, compassion and patience with which Sir John O'Hara and his team have conducted the inquiry into the hyponatraemia-related deaths of five children in hospital has resulted in a report of significant public interest.
Let me begin by giving Alex Maskey the benefit of the doubt and accept that he wasn't talking about the IRA campaign when he tweeted: 'Unfortunately it took more than the CRA to secure rights in the putrid little state of Northern Ireland.
When it emerged that Channel 4 was planning a new entertainment show called Derry Girls, based on the lives of a group of teenage girls in the city at the height of the Troubles, the prospects did not seem particularly good.