EXPENSES rows are not new. The Irish archives reveal that Dublin was prepared to hand out payments to the SDLP after the collapse of Northern Irelands power-sharing executive in 1974. Rather embarrassingly for John Hume and co, an official said details of the claims do not tally with records and advised further investigation to ensure the SDLP aren’t claiming for something they aren’t entitled to. Even more worryingly, one senior Irish government official believed Hume wanted internment brought back to tackle IRA violence. Now why would he think that?