Mary McAleese back in NI

Following Mary McAleese’s intervention linking a visit by the Queen to the RoI to devolution of policing and justice (later confirmed as Dublin government policy) there was universal anger from unionists; her comments being condemned by the DUP, UUP and TUV.

After McAleese’s last set of unacceptable remarks (the infamous “Prods are like Nazis” comments) she had to cancel a visit to Belfast. She has, however, been back in Northern Ireland this week according to her website. She appears to have been to a number of maintained schools, an integrated school and a nursing home.

One wonders how long it will be until she tries visiting a predominantly Protestant school or unionist area or event. She may have decided that keeping a low profile will allow this row to blow over. However, after two extremely unpopular episodes seemingly calculated to annoy unionists; one wonders whether or not she will be welcomed by anyone other than protestors if she tries any further “Unionist engagement.”