Unionism and the McAleeses: Dangerous Liaisons and DUP Defeat in Deep North

I had originally planned to put up two threads, but decided the stories together would illustrate perfectly unionism’s fascinating relationship with the McAleeses. Suzanne Breen has a piece highlighting how many are beginning to believe that Martin and Mary’s dangerous liaisions with the UDA in Belfast may be a ticking bomb for the couple.
The second story is perhaps more revealing of how comfortable ordinary unionists on the ground have become with the all-Ireland nature of the McAleese presidency- or if not comfortable, at least accepting. Efforts by the DUP in north Antrim to prevent the President from visiting a mainly Protestant grammar school in Ballymena have fallen on deaf ears, so much so that the party has publicly had to declare it will not be staging a protest at the visit.