Could political turmoil in North actually help in Brexit talks?
The past 48 hours have seen political turmoil north of the Border. Martin McGuinness's resignation as deputy first minister, and the resulting prospect of fresh elections in the Northern Assembly, has created a new headache for the Irish Government.
And it comes as the Government here continues to prepare its strategy for Brexit negotiations, due to kick off in the coming months.
Rather unhelpfully, Northern Ireland could be going to the polls at around the same time as British Prime Minister Theresa May starts the process of leaving the EU by triggering Article 50 in March. The election campaign in the North is set to be a bitter one and Brexit will feature as a new divisive issue in a region that isn't short of them.