''We have a window of opportunity to appoint a facilitator who can start to engage with all parties ahead of the summer, get up to speed with all of the issues and start to structure the intensive work required to restore the institutions.
It is alarming that, more than two months before the July 12 loyalist celebrations, serious issues have already arisen over attempts to build an illegal bonfire beside one of Belfast's main arterial routes.
In her article on the forthcoming referendum, in which she claims to “not weigh in on one or the other” sides of the “argument”, Leona O’Neill (April 24 makes reference to the tragic case of Savita Halappanavar.
Violence among young people is nothing new, the Jamie Bulger case, the 25th anniversary of which occurred earlier this year, demonstrated in a gruesome way that age is not a barrier to violent behaviour.
While the Good Friday Agreement has led to a sharp decline in the number of terror-related murders in Northern Ireland, it is profoundly depressing that paramilitary groups are still in existence and continue to carry out appalling acts of violence.