The BBC publication of its list of star employees who get paid more than £150,000 a year has caused quite the furore, despite really just confirming what most of us already know - women are still less valued financially than men when it comes to big corporations.
Anyone who ever saw Anto Finnegan on the gaelic pitch will remember a tough and tenacious defender, energetically inspiring his team, tackling opponents like a tiger, always leading by example, wearing the Antrim brand of fortitude.
On the one hand there’s Michael Gove, the perpetrator of the sneakiest act in modern British politics, swanning around the Antrim Show assuring Brexit voting DUP supporters that all will be well in their Little England nirvana with his new subsidy regime.
As our politicians, north and south, leave us in peace for a few months and a welcome summer silence falls gently across the island, it might be a good time to reflect on the state of Ireland and its two Irish states.
What lessons can we take from the quietest Twelfth of July in years? How can we, as a society so deeply in need of healing and generosity of spirit, now move forward? More particularly, how can our political leaderships build on the not so minor miracle of the past week? Such questions come to mind as we reflect on a Twelfth when the sunny weather resonated with the general lack of tension rather than enhance the prospects for rioting and mayhem.
BEFORE the communist empire based in Moscow collapsed in ruins, there was a category of journalists and academics known as Sovietologists, who kept an eye on things for the enlightenment of people in the capitalist world.