Be careful what you wish for. The statement of intent by Etihad Airways that it is interested in a stake in Aer Lingus has gone down well with the former national carrier.
Too much attention has been paid over the years to the amount of money spent by the government in different areas - and not enough to how well this money is spent.
Sport has a unique ability to affect the morale of the nation - and what a lift our Olympians, in particular our boxers, have given us during the week.
The PR offensive that has been launched by the Quinn family since the recent High Court contempt of court judgment has been quite extraordinary.
One of the lessons we should have learned from the political and economic failures of the recent past is that simply putting off hard decisions does not make them go away.
Charges have finally been laid against some of the senior executives who were running Anglo Irish Bank during its collapse. More charges against others may follow.
The Dáil adjourned for its eight-week summer recess last week, rising until September 18.
There has been much argument over the past few years about whether different standards apply to white collar crime, compared to more everyday offences.
There has been an important shift of emphasis in the messages coming from the government in relation to the EU/IMF bailout.
Politicians regularly complain about the low public esteem in which they are held. But is it really any wonder?
The government will soon publish the results of its review of the system of allowances, special payments and premium rates to employees in the public service.
Irish people have an outstanding record when it comes to giving money to those less fortunate than themselves.
At some point in the next week or two, the government will adopt its budget strategy memorandum.
The payment of billions of euro to private sector holders of bonds in dead banks such as Anglo Irish Bank has been one of the most unjust elements of the Irish financial crash.
The report on childcare deaths is a deeply depressing document. As the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, put it, "what we have found, in one word, is a disgrace".