As a new round of talks start, this time with more structure than the haphazard, doomed to fail three weeks of shambolic sitting around that preceded it, there is little to convince me the outcome will be any different.
At the end of last week, the prospect of a hard border in Ireland suddenly receded, with the European Parliament and Council both declaring it unacceptable and making a solution a pre-condition for UK trade talks.
We’re in the midst of the most serious political crisis for more than a decade, a position the two governments, but particularly the NIO, have failed to acknowledge publicly or act upon with any degree of commitment or urgency.
Just over a month ago the person in charge of the health service for Northern Ireland and now Sinn Féin’s leader in the north, Michelle O’Neill, visited the emergency department of Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.
MARTIN McGuinness's funeral reminded me of the funeral of Bobby Sands: the massive crowd, the queue of people outside the wake house, the media, the worldwide interest, the mood, sorrowful but immensely proud; an occasion not to be missed, an occasion to stand alongside Martin's wife Bernie and their children, bewildered like us at his sudden passing.