Terrorism is the great challenge of our times
Tens of millions of people, in iconic cities across the globe, gathered in public to ring out the old and in the new. But the dawning of 2017 ended with another tale of horror with a murderous terrorist attack on nightclub revellers in the venerable city of Istanbul in Turkey.
At the time of writing, scores of people have lost their lives. Decent people across the world, including the people of Ireland, feel the pain and grief of the Turkish people.
At least 24 citizens from countries other than Turkey were killed, including people from Israel, Belgium, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.