Peace: The prize and the price
A jarring juxtaposition on our screens - news bulletins providing striking images of the glittering prize after so many years struggling for peace - the union flag and the Irish tricolour fluttering side by side and two neighbouring states setting aside ancient quarrels to concentrate on a hopefully productive and harmonious future.
Then the excellent Spotlight investigation by Mandy McAuley providing us with an insider's account of IRA gun running in the 1990s when Sinn Féin was - on the surface - talking peace.
If the avowed gun-runner Mike Logan's testimony about being told to ignore two ceasefires and a peace agreement is to be believed, it is a case of perfidious Irish republicanism.
But there also seems to be plenty of evidence of perfidious Albion and perfidious Washington on display.
Sean "Spike" Murray told Spotlight the allegations about him were "without foundation".
Northern Ireland politicians shroud waving over welfare reform?
You don't have to take sides in the tug of war between the DUP and Sinn Féin to acknowledge there's plenty of politics being played over the stalled introduction of welfare reform.
Edwin Poots has told the Nolan Show that, given the existing financial strains on the health service budget, the £68m cut predicted by his colleague, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton, is "simply untenable, as this will directly manifest itself in a reduced level of services provided to patients and clients and would mean that the population of Northern Ireland will not be able to access the same level of health and social care compared to the rest of the UK".
Is any publicity good publicity ahead of election?
If you are a candidate heading into an election is all publicity good publicity?
That's the question that ran through my mind when I first saw John Manley's revealing Irish News interview with Anna Lo.
Puzzle of European law and On the Runs
Last week Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers made a speech declaring that the controversial administrative scheme for On the Runs is, so far as the government is concerned, over.
My guest on BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics was Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Bill Clinton soaks up political limelight in Londonderry
Much excitement in Londonderry as Bill Clinton takes a stroll across the Peace Bridge and heads to the Guildhall Square to address the public.
But if the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who is also visiting Ireland, walked the same walk, you can't imagine it generating anything like the same buzz.
On the Runs: Secret deal hidden in plain sight
The Police Service of Northern Ireland codenamed their processing of republican On The Runs "Operation Rapid".
The same nickname could have been applied to this week's fast moving political crisis.
'Good cops' in Sinn Féin and DUP outnumbered by 'bad cops'
Nothing new in the DUP and Sinn Féin trading insults or claiming each other is pandering to extremes.
But there seems to be an extra level of sophistication in the latest mirror image machinations between the two incumbents at Stormont Castle.
Scottish and EU referendums: The effect on Northern Ireland
While Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness aims a few fresh barbs at First Minister Peter Robinson on the eve of another Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual party conference), others have been surveying the wider scene.
The Irish prime minister, Tony Blair's former chief of staff and the DUP MP for North Antrim have all been ruminating on what changes in Scotland or Europe might mean for Northern Ireland.
Stormont opposition no closer
Should Stormont have an opposition? That was a talking point back in 2012 when the Ulster Unionists were choosing a new leader.
John McCallister advocated taking the party out of the Northern Ireland Executive unilaterally. Mike Nesbitt argued there should be a referendum on changing the Stormont rules.
Ian Paisley and DUP: Politics 'red in tooth and claw'
So do you believe him then or do you believe him now?
Part two of Eamonn Mallie's documentary, From Genesis to Revelation, contains an extract from my interview with Ian Paisley when he announced his decision to stand down as first minister in March 2008.