the reality..

The Irish Times front page today carries the image of the First and deputy First Ministers wielding the gavel at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday as, to quote the Guardian’s Michael White, the “Chuckle Brothers head for White House”. However, the reality, as pointed out by the BBC’s Mark Devenport, is that it’s just a staged photo – the real opening and the real closing of the NYSE on Monday was carried out separately by two different guests.. both Chairmen, Presidents and CEOs of their respective insurance and investment companies.