As Brexit looms, we must hold both unionists and British to the terms of the Good Friday Agreement
There is nothing like a deadline to concentrate the minds of politicians and propel them into action.
Budget 2017 was comprehensively sidelined this week by the British prime minister's declaration of intent to trigger Article 50 next March.
The Taoiseach brought a memo to Cabinet and announced an all-island 'Civic Dialogue on Brexit', to meet on November 2, involving politicians north and south, trade unions and civic society. But already the First Minister Arlene Foster has said she will not attend, citing her view that she does not see the need for "another superstructure". She has a point.