Furthering our friendship
The sight of Martin McGuinness laughing with David Cameron on the steps of Stormont Castle yesterday was another illustration of how relations have been transformed on these islands. The previous Tory prime minister, John Major, survived a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street, audaciously carried out by the IRA, of which Mr McGuinness was a leading member. Thankfully, those troubled days are now confined to history.
The new British prime minister met with the Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson during his first visit to Belfast since coming to power.
And Mr Cameron warned dissident republican terrorists his government's commitment to Northern Ireland and the peace process is absolute.