The prospect of the DUP finally meeting with the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Sean Brady. It’s been a bit of a pot boiler over the last few days, but this Irish News editorial argues that if it includes the party leader, Ian Paisley, it would represent a cultural change that appears to have already been in train within the party for some time now:
Some observers regard all this as a fantasy, but there have been at least some firm signs that Mr Paisley is coming to terms with the responsibilities which accompany his status as the overall leader of unionism. Establishing a working relationship with Dr Brady would be an another important step in the right direction and developments in this regard will be eagerly awaited.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty
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