IT must be summer – the roses are blooming in our garden, I’m going to bed when it is still daylight, Asda have started stocking their winter clothes and I’m filling in school admin forms for September.
When families make the difficult decision to move a loved one into residential care, they trust that the home's staff will look after them properly, keep them safe, feed them, wash them and attend to their medical needs.
I wonder if there's anyone who would die in a ditch for Theresa May? I only ask because it seems pretty clear that even she wouldn't die in a ditch for her beliefs; primarily because she doesn't have any.
The central message of Peter Robinson’s speech at Queen’s University Belfast last week, delivered to the present DUP leadership sitting directly in front of him, is that the party needs to make a major tactical retreat on multiple fronts - chiefly on cultural and social issues that go right to its heart and soul.
It is a measure of the changes which have swept over our society that Prince Charles could shake hands with Gerry Kelly, the senior Sinn Féin representative and former prominent IRA figure, without a single protest of any description.
The expert called in to help reform healthcare in Northern Ireland has been in Belfast this week, celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS but also trying to keep the focus on transforming our creaking system.
While it is clear that considerable disruption will be caused by the evacuation of sixty residents from a housing complex in south Belfast, it needs to be accepted that any doubts over fire safety issues must always be immediately addressed.
Terri Jackson (May 22) highlights the disillusionment experienced from, one can only assume, a sizable portion of the unionist electorate over the antics of the people they chose to represent them, both DUP and UUP.
While some groups and individuals tend to portray attempts to regulate bonfires as an attack on loyalist culture, they often overlook or dismiss the very real safety risks associated with ever larger pyres sited in close proximity to property.
The visit by Pope Francis to Ireland on August 25 and 26 will be a massive occasion which will undoubtedly attract huge crowds to the events scheduled for Croke Park and Phoenix Park in Dublin as well as the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo.
It was extremely moving watching over 200 ladies who had once been incarcerated in the mother and baby homes, better known as Magdalene laundries, arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin for a reception.