For the best part of two years now this column has been calling for a unilateral act from the IRA.
It's the same story every year, I'm afraid. I look forward to the GAA football championship and by the end of the season I have come to the same conclusion: that a potentially wonderful field game is still being ruined by its failure to agree proper
What an extraordinary political week it has been. The backdrop to the desultory by-election campaigns in Kildare and Meath has illustrated, if illustration were ever needed, the sheer mediocrity of our public services and political classes.
It has been a truly remarkable week in the judicial life of Britain.