The astonishing catalogue of medical failures that marked the case of Savita Halappanavar is a stark warning that lessons have not been learned.
There is danger that the budget will end up as a compromise in every direction - and that the interests of the job-creating sector will not be given adequate attention.
Next Friday, voters will be faced with a choice to abolish the Seanad or not. It is not the choice that this newspaper would have sought.
A budget beckons and, undoubtedly, yet more austerity awaits. But what can Ireland's business community expect from Budget 2014?
There is less than a fortnight to go before the referendum on the future of the Seanad, and there are few signs that the public has switched on to the debate yet.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan does not face an easy task on budget day.
'First, do no harm" might be an appropriate guide for the government as it heads into its budget discussions.
Billions of barrels of oil and gas may lie beneath the sea in Ireland's offshore waters.
Behind all the noise as the bankers met the politicians last week to discuss the mortgage crisis lies one, simple, unanswered question. What do we want to happen here?
Last week, the energy regulator approved yet another hike in gas prices, this time a relatively modest 2 per cent.
the pain inflicted on the public service is being felt for a transitory period by one generation of public servants.
That the country should so palpably pause last Friday morning is testament to the special personal qualities that Seamus Heaney conspicuously exhibited.
The strains are getting intense. The latest indicators are stark. Mortgage arrears continue to rise.
On the face of it, it might seem surprising that the state is moving to create new graduate job positions, as we report today.
The summer school season is coming to an end. The annual bouts of introspection have their uses, of course, and in cases like the Magill school encourage important debate.