Five things we learnt this week
1 Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness' office spent £160,864 on hospitality in the last financial year – though a significant proportion relates to activities in the NI Bureaux offices.
2 New Finance Minister Simon Hamilton (right) intends to fly the Union flag on designated days on departmental buildings.
3 DoE officials are working on leaflets designed to prevent road accidents involving horses.
4 Three cyclists have died in road traffic accidents this year and new research on cyclist safety has been commissioned.
5 Almost 1,900 employers have signed up to the voluntary Youth Employment Scheme.
...and five things to look out for next week
1 Monday next should see the winners from unspent departmental monies in the October monitoring round – with the Housing Executive seeking £10m to buy back some tenant houses.
2 The future of Armagh gaol is being raised by the SDLP's Dominic Bradley (right). It had been earmarked to become a hotel.
3 Sinn Fein has tabled a debate challenging Invest NI's "continuing failure to provide accurate figures for jobs created".
4 Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee are to report back from their day out tomorrow to the McNaughton Estate near Bushmills.
5 Justice Minister David Ford is being asked by Sinn Fein to reveal details of discussions with Chief Constable Matt Baggott on the ongoing 'peace camp' and parades at Twaddell Avenue.