This week has been saddened by the passing of John Hume who was indeed the greatest living Irishman RIP. For the rest of us, it is nearly 500 years since the Spanish Armada shipwrecked upon our shores and this last week Irish Ministers met in Dublin Castle to consider the effects of Irish visitors turning up on Spanish shores where pandemic cases are peaking in Barcelona and in other resorts threatening to wreck holidays.
As Robin Swann dons his Orange regalia today to wait by the door for a socially-distanced Orange band to pass, he will be mindful of Sunday newspaper reports that his counterpart Matt Hancock in England is to be sued by relatives of those who died in care homes and that solicitors in Belfast are preparing cases for the relatives of those who passed away in care homes here.
This was a week which saw Bobby Storey and Noah Donahoe go to their rest, the former amid a little controversy and during what must have been the first time Sinn Féin stewards were deployed at Roselawn Cemetery.
In the week when Liverpool won the Premiership and northern Greens may help elect a rotating Taoiseach, the health minister appointed a management consultant to investigate the RQIA, our care homes regulator. Nine RQIA board members resigned after claiming they were not consulted on key decisions taken during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a week when Ireland won a seat on the UN Security Council and Belfast Greens might decide the next Taoiseach outside of the Albany, Boris decided to downgrade some of his medical experts by trumping a forty-year-old drug as a breakthrough.