Irish set to divvy up for north…

AFTER the PR disaster of the £50 billion ‘peace dividend’ announced by the Chancellor and so badly spun by his chief bottom kisser the Northern Ireland Secretary, the Irish government was going to look good even if it only offered to dual the no-longer-rocky A1/N1 road to Dublin all the way to Newry… which it might, as the southern peace package will form part of the next Irish National Development Plan. Bertie’s now in talks with the Treasury and the NIO, so we’ll know soon enough – Ireland’s NDP for 2007-2013 is due to be published within days – unless the DUP thinks it’s worth looking a gift horse in the mouth because it smacks of joint authority. Would a billion euros sound greedy?