The arrest of two award winning journalists who carried out a major investigation into the Loughinisland massacre is a disturbing development that has caused deep concern, particularly among families campaigning for the truth.
When you think about it, one of the most remarkable things about the visit of Pope Francis, despite all the negative messages about morgues, interminable walks, umbrella bans, the stringent health and safety restrictions - plus the resurgence of the clerical abuse scandal internationally and the atrocious weather on Sunday – was the huge number of people who saw him or worshipped with him within such a short time-frame.
As the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Primark store continues and engineers assess the damage to the historic building, it is clear that the blaze will have far-reaching implications for a number of businesses and the economy of Belfast city centre.
The cause of the shocking incident in which a foul-smelling waste product was extensively sprayed across the main street of Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone was still under investigation last night but there can be no doubt that the consequences were wide-ranging Witnesses said that the material, which was described as more pungent than slurry, was a foot deep in parts of the border village yesterday morning, causing health fears for residents and forcing the closure of some businesses.
The comparison being made this week between Northern Ireland and Belgium, as we surpass its record without a government, is precisely wrong: devolved government kept Belgium going in the absence of central government, while we are in the opposite situation.
Earlier this month the Irish government extended an invitation to the leaders of all the main political parties in Northern Ireland to attend a reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle during his visit last weekend.
There will be considerable concern over the error which led to a substantial number of health service workers receiving wages which in some cases were reduced by several hundred pounds due to unexpected pension deductions.
The party's over It's time to call it a day They've burst your pretty balloon And taken the moon away It's time to wind up the masquerade Just make your mind up the piper must be paid The party's over It's time to call it a day.
It is clear from pronouncements both before and since the Brexit referendum that those most fervent about leaving the EU have precious little knowledge or insight into the issues surrounding the Irish border.