Some time in the coming weeks, if ministers judge that there will be no adverse reaction to the fiscal treaty, the Oireachtas will vote to set up a constitutional convention.
Most businesses, and the lobby groups representing them, are calling for a Yes vote in the fiscal treaty referendum.
Cardinal Seán Brady could surely best serve the Church he loves and to which he has devoted his life if he resigns his office.
The trade unions have been making sensible and constructive proposals about how Irish pension funds could support job creation and economic recovery through investment in Ireland.
The dialogue which has been used in the past - that Ireland is 'on track' and thus should be able to return on time to the financial markets - is quietly being dropped.
The government has had a dreadful few weeks, lurching from one mess to another.
It does matter to society who owns and controls the media.
Ever since the crisis broke, the main Irish banks have been slow to face up to reality.
An uncomfortable period lies ahead for RTE, with the publication of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland report into the Prime Time defamation of Father Kevin Reynolds.
A country where citizens pick and choose which laws they will obey cannot function normally.
We should not kid ourselves about the extent of the financial difficulty facing us as a nation. Getting out of this will not be easy.
An initial step. That was the way Michael Noonan portrayed the deal to replace the cash payment due from the exchequer on the banking promissory note with a long-term bond.
Another chapter ensued in the sorry tale that Eircom's history has become, when an interim examiner was appointed to the company last Friday.
People should pay the household charge. The fundamental reason is that not doing so is breaking the law.
Clear thinking is needed about the potential deal with the troika over our historic banking debts and a restructuring of the financial sector.