(Not) Too Late For Billy?

One suspects the words were spoken through gritted teeth, but it appears a DUP councillor has publicly apologised to the Sinn Fein councillor in Coleraine, Billy Leonard. The act of atonement was precipitated by the threat of legal action after the DUP Mayor attempted to exclude the solitary Sinn Fein council member from a function in which the rate-payer was footing the bill. This follows on from the DUP being similarly bitten in Lisburn (twice): once, when attempting to exclude Sinn Fein councillors from committees and, secondly, after initially voting against permitting civil partnership ceremonies to be performed in the designated function room in the Civic Centre. It would appear that the DUP are finding threats of legal action to be a considerable obstacle to the outworking of their policies.