Our positive outlook will be needed over Brexit
Differentiating between those who take a dismal or upbeat view of the world is a science in itself. Some argue a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Seen through the prism of Brexit, it is all too easy to tell the two apart in these islands. While Taoiseach Leo Varadkar remained "hopeful" Brexit would not happen, DUP leader Arlene Foster roundly ticked him off yesterday, claiming he was "disrespecting" the wishes of the British people.
Whatever about Brexit in the broader context, it turns out Irish people have the most rose-tinted view of the EU, according to European research. Some 77pc of us have a positive image of the EU. This is encouraging considering the tumultuous journey we have undergone in recent years.
Tomorrow, Mrs Foster and Mr Varadkar will meet when he makes his first visit to the North since taking over as Taoiseach. But Mrs Foster was utterly dismissive of his preference for the UK to do an about face on Brexit.