Contentious bonfires are a fraught issue over the summer months but the height of the marching season is generally recognised as not the most auspicious time to tackle a problem that raises community tensions.
“They took our jobs” might be the expected reaction to a Department for the Economy report this week, showing EU migrants filled almost all the additional posts created in Northern Ireland over the past decade.
The announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Ireland in August confirms his much anticipated attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, and comes 39 years after John Paul II's historic trip to the Republic.
It is essential that our senior politicians and health administrators devote careful and sympathetic consideration to the circumstances surrounding the short life and sad death of 21-year-old Sophie Bridges.
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.
‘We have a long way to go, and there is always plenty to criticise, but Taoiseach @campaignforleo marching with his partner in a parade that until recently banned LGBT groups is progress worth marking.
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.
As I left the launch of the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement, I felt considerable sadness at all the opportunities that were missed and the mistakes that were made, as our society would go on to become embroiled in an unnecessary conflict.