Did you get an invite?

The Irish Times’ Denis Staunton reports[subs req] that the “leaders of all five main political parties in the North will be invited to the White House for St Patrick’s Day next week.” and that “The families of murder victims Robert McCartney and Joseph Rafferty will also be invited to the celebrations, along with representatives of the North’s Policing Board.” He also notes, as is generally expected, that “Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will be granted a visa to visit the US but is not expected to be allowed to engage in fundraising.” which may mean some careful thinking is needed about an appropriate response. In any event the speech-writers will need to dig out the thesaurus again.. erm.. what did we say last year?