Signs of the times…

IRISH President Mary McAleese visited my old school yesterday, and – perhaps surprisingly for the staunch Paisley heartland of Ballymena – there was no DUP protest against her presence. Another positive sign of the times was the way the Setanta Cup draw between Derry City FC and Linfield passed off peacefully, although nothing was left to chance.One thing I’m curious about though, was how the DUP’s representatives on the school’s board of governors regarded the school visit by McAleese. Was their attitude the same in the Academy’s corridors of power as in the corridors of Ardeevin? Anyone know if votes were taken?

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