Noel Whelan, in yesterday’s Irish Examiner, looked at the long history of demands for, and rejections of, speaking rights in the Dáil for northern representatives, and on the recent hype on the issue, and concludes –
More importantly there are considerable constitutional obstacles which could only be resolved by a referendum. There is no prospect of such a referendum being held and less prospect of it passing. Bertie Ahern knows that. I suspect the SF leadership knows that too. The only people who give SFs campaign on this issue any credence are unionist politicians who, again, have fallen for Sinn Féin hype.