Belfast fracture and failure to make common cause with Dublin a big risk
The irony is that Arlene Foster might even have felt at home in the decidedly British-style surrounds of what is called the Royal Hospital.
There was even a portrait of King William III among the framed pictures overlooking proceedings. The building was built just a handful of years before he won his fateful Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
But we have known since last July that the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party leader was not for joining Enda Kenny's 'All-Island Civic Forum' to discuss the Brexit fallout. Neither did Mike Nesbitt, who leads the Ulster Unionist Party.