Sinn Fein's North success is not good news for southern politics
Tribal passions are putting the centre under severe pressure both in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Should this go on, the middle ground will soon give way under our feet.
In Northern Ireland, the Assembly election results reinforce the truth of Churchill's caustic comment about its sectarian politics surviving the deluge of World War II.
No matter what horrors happen in the wider world, as the waters of conflict fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.