Christ Church cathedral in Dublin isn’t the sort of place you’d normally hear a public profanity; especially not an African Union official proclaiming that we’re now “in deep sh*t” (environmentally speaking).
Oh, the wreckage. The DUP have always been an unpleasant bunch but do they not bleed? Now the unelected but all-powerful and grossly overpaid inner core is out in the open, shorn of pretensions if not of power.
It is increasingly difficult to see how our power-sharing executive can return before the DUP, which remains marginally the largest Stormont grouping, undergoes a period of profound and fundamental reform.
The decision by Sinn Féin representatives Martina Anderson MEP and Conor Murphy to attend the state reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle was an act of political cowardice and a display of double standards.
If Sinn Féin wins the Irish presidential election, will it hoist the Union Jack over Áras an Uachtaráin? The question arises from its recent think-in, where the party suggested that a new Ireland might require new symbols, including possibly flying the British national flag over the Irish national parliament.