Friday 23 March 2018

Lise Hand: Arm in arm in Glasnevin Cemetery -- who would ever have thought it?

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

It was a surreal moment in the Irish parliament. Sitting in the distinguished visitors' gallery in the Dail chamber were Ian Paisley and his wife Baroness Eileen. And the former head of the DUP was having a good guffaw at a bit of banter from a Sinn Fein deputy.

Ian -- no stranger to a robust debate -- found himself witnessing a particularly rowdy and fractious Order of Business, and before getting stuck into the row himself, Caoimhghin O Caolain jokily remarked: "In witnessing the somewhat boisterous exchanges here this morning, I have no doubt the thought, 'why have I missed such craic down here in the past?' might have crossed Dr Paisley's mind."

All sides of the chamber laughed; Ian Paisley loudest of all. Who'd have thought it?

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