Politics has been churned up by Brexit - and this is just the start
Most Irish politicians call a truce in August. But on mainland Europe they slope off to a complete shutdown. Brexit, which hit Ireland with a hammer blow on June 23, is far from dead - it is merely sleeping, and will kick into life again with a vengeance at a special EU leaders' summit in Bratislava in mid-September.
The issue's importance cannot be exaggerated for Ireland - just as we were hoping that a nascent economic recovery would endure. For that reason, and because some unprecedented things have happened in its wake, it is well worth recapping a few salient facts.
The first remarkable thing was that the Dublin Government did a 'soft canvass' for Remain in the Brexit campaign, trying to influence the Irish community in Britain, voters in Northern Ireland and British voters in the Republic of Ireland. The intervention was unprecedented but understandable.