There will be enormous concern over the case of Malachi Coleman (22), who remains critically ill in hospital after he was found shot in the head in a BMW car parked on a rural Co Derry road earlier this month.
David Davis looked especially pleased to be able to announce progress on the transition arrangements with the EU yesterday but amid the backslapping there was no disguising the glaring lack of agreement on the border.
WHILE there were thankfully no reports of large-scale confrontations with police which have been witnessed in the Holylands area of Belfast on previous St Patrick's Days, PSNI arrest records from Saturday would indicate that there is more work to be done in ensuring the day is enjoyed by all and not spoiled by some who behave in a disorderly fashion.
There are pros and cons to a visit to Ireland by Donald Trump but Leo Varadkar has cleverly ensured that the border - and Brexit - will provide a key focus during any trip by the controversial president.
The lack of transparency in government was all too obvious during the last Stormont administration but it is remarkable to hear the head of the civil service confirm that an effective policy of secrecy was in place in relation to Sinn Féin and DUP ministers.
It is just over a month since the Diocese of Dromore issued a statement regarding the abusive activities of Fr Malachy Finegan, former president of St Colman's College, Newry and parish priest of Clonduff parish.
While both of the main Stormont parties must take their share of responsibility for the failure to restore our devolved institutions last month, it is the position of the DUP which is coming under particular scrutiny.
While the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey is a significant development, it must be recognised that it is by no means the end of the matter in relation to the scandal of paedophile priest and teacher Fr Malachy Finegan.
In January, Kincora abuse survivor Clint Massey called for the implementation of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry report, revealing that he was in poor health and had been given just months to live.