Clare Bailey’s letter on behalf of the Green Party (February 14) requires a response. Her party is actively campaigning to remove the constitutional right to life as expressed in article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment.
So where do we go to from here? After hints of imminent deals and suggestions that seemingly insurmountable differences were close to being bridged, talks aimed at restoring power-sharing collapsed on Wednesday of last week.
I see that the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) has inevitably welcomed the statement by the Department of Infrastructure which approves planning permission for the North South Interconnector.
So near and yet so far - the St Valentine’s Day talks massacre was objectively progress, as Sinn Féin and the DUP reached a deal between themselves, while republicans revealed they are genuinely set on returning to Stormont.
In a national address after the murder of 17 students and teachers at a Florida school, President Trump avoided any mention of guns or gun control, which is an astonishing omission given the circumstances.
Following the collapse of the Stormont talks, the British and Irish governments have the unenviable task of putting a fractured process back together amid recriminations over what was or was not agreed.
In the space of less than a week, the Stormont talks process has been surrounded by contrasting periods of considerable optimism, huge anticipation, growing concern and ultimately bitter disappointment.