Republicans retreat into their miserabilist ghetto
Sinn Fein's mendacious rewriting of history now sees its members recast as civil rights heroes
Of course I know that the bloodstained record it defends, and the lies, corruption and destructiveness of the contemporary Irish republican movement are the important reasons to oppose its pretensions to power, but on a daily basis, as I follow Irish politics, it's the unrelenting pettiness that irritates me most.
Its public voices remind me of those old women in small villages who used to scrutinise their neighbours through the squinting windows to find something, anything, to gossip and make a fuss about.
I knew a few of them back in the day when I used to visit rural county Cork in the summer holidays.