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Fractured state of Northern Ireland laid bare in week of Trimble tributes and more inertia

Senan Molony


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UK prime minister Boris Johnson arrives at the funeral of former Northern Ireland first minister and UUP leader David Trimble. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

UK prime minister Boris Johnson arrives at the funeral of former Northern Ireland first minister and UUP leader David Trimble. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

UK prime minister Boris Johnson arrives at the funeral of former Northern Ireland first minister and UUP leader David Trimble. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Few Irish people know there used to be an equestrian statue of King Billy, William III, victor of the Battle of the Boyne, proudly imposed on Dame Street in Dublin.

It went the way of Nelson’s Pillar but earlier, blown to bits in 1929.


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