Given the concern over the coronavirus which has spread across many countries in Europe and which an expert told this newspaper on Tuesday is bound to reach our shores, it is worrying that GPs have not been issued with any specialist equipment such as masks or protective suits.
News that the number of Ambulance Service shifts which were not covered have almost doubled in the last three years is another indication of the strain being felt by public services, especially in the area of health. Staff shortages are being blamed and the result is that large amounts of money have to be given to private providers in a bid to plug the holes. As well the overtime bill reached £18m over the last three years.
The spread of the coronavirus continues to make grim headlines, with the news of David and Sally Abel and two others from England, who were evacuated from the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, being confirmed as positive.
Once again the Ireland rugby team has flattered to deceive. Having already beaten Scotland and Wales, going in to yesterday's crunch match with England they still had the opportunity to win a Triple Crown or even a Grand Slam.
Gerry Burns, who has died, was the epitome of a public servant. After serving 20 years as chief executive of Fermanagh District Council, he marked his retirement by taking on a number of roles, particularly in education where he recommended the axing of the 11-plus examination.
In the run-up to the staging of The Open golf championship in Portrush last year there was much talk of how it would create a lasting legacy for the area.
There has been widespread shock and not a little disappointment at the Prime Minister's decision to replace Julian Smith as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Fresh from playing a key role in securing the return of devolution to Stormont and compensation to victims of historical abuse, he leaves the province after only 204 days in office - the second shortest tenure on record.
It is easy to see why the Duchess of Cambridge is so popular with the public. She has an easy going manner and makes everyone she encounters feel special. And as she showed at her visit to an open farm near Newtownards yesterday, she takes great interest in the organisations she meets.
Politicians are masters at interpreting any given set of circumstances in a way which suits their ideology and ignores any uncomfortable truths. That is certainly the case following the results of the general election in the Republic.
It is virtually impossible to understand the depth of sorrow that the family of Charlotte Murray have endured over the past seven years. They have had to come to terms with the knowledge that the man she was engaged to killed her. That alone is an awful burden for them to shoulder.
The exit poll in the Irish elections have sent seismic shocks through the political system, given the historic surge in first-preference votes for Sinn Fein, which equals the two other big parties Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.
It is often said who knows the secrets of the human heart? Certainly many viewers of yesterday's episode of This Morning will have been surprised at what presenter Phillip Schofield wanted to tell them about himself.
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