Infamously, the only piece of legislation the northern nationalist parties succeeded in passing in the 51 years of the old Stormont parliament was an amendment to the 1937 Protection of Wild Birds Act.
Just before he died, Eddie McAteer, the last leader of the then Nationalist Party, told me in an interview that the worst part about attending the old parliament was the moment when one of his party stood up to speak. Even when it was...
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