The vast majority of Irish citizens, from north and south and of all traditions, will take the same strongly positive attitude towards the expected arrival of Pope Francis next year as they did towards the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
IF Sinn Féin and the DUP are finding it so difficult to agree on Stormont's very existence, how much genuine agreement was there in the Good Friday Agreement, the St Andrews Agreement and the Fresh Start Agreement?
It is frequently said that when there is a political vacuum there is a real danger it will be filled by people who will go to the ends of the earth to achieve control and power over people’s lives [and deaths] at any cost.
HOW do you spot sectarianism, I asked myself as I read Sinn Féin's 'One Community' document which the party will debate at its Ard Fheis in a few weeks' time and its campaign literature on the same theme #SUAS (Stand Up Against Sectarianism), which it launched a few weeks ago? I remember a few years ago coming out of the lift on the top floor of the assembly and bumping into the north's deputy first minster, Martin McGuinness, who was red in the face and clearly in a reflective and rushed mood.