It is clear that if Stormont is restored - something that at this stage does not look likely - then any incoming ministers would be faced with a range of difficult spending decisions from a reduced funding pot.
I should be grateful that I am not a lucky type of person especially given the fact that it is proposed to inflict on the long suffering people of Northern Ireland a grandiose quango called the Citizens' Assembly which is supposedly composed of those unfortunate enough to be selected from the electoral register.
Mary Lou McDonald, who was selected unopposed at the weekend as the new president of Sinn Féin, has taken on the post at a time of considerable opportunities and risks within Irish politics in the north and south.
Is there anything to be said for another round of Stormont talks? Rustling in the undergrowth over the past few weeks suggests progress is expected but whatever happens, at least this time we will find out.
Brian Feeney nailed it in Wednesday's column: ''Of course republicans reject any notion of blame or demand for repentance while unionists reject any notion of truth and justice as defined by republicans.
The collapse of Carillion, the UK's second biggest construction company and a major provider of public sector projects, has caused shockwaves across the industry and has led to searching questions about the future of such public/private finance schemes.
It is verging on the astonishing that North and South Korea have been able to set aside the grave confrontation which had all the potential to create a global war and instead yesterday announce a plan to march under a single unified flag in next month's Winter Olympics.
Every few years another English politician with little or no interest about the north or wider Irish affairs arrives to a fanfare from media outlets, tripping over themselves to get the best profile of our new ‘secretary of state’.