“his colleague Gerry Kelly engaged in a British-Irish Council meeting through such a mechanism…”

As Mark Devenport noted at the time, in March this year Sinn Féin’s Daithí McKay had been keen to dismiss the suggestion, by Northern Ireland Culture Environment Minister, the DUP’s Edwin Poots, that video-conferencing would be more appropriate for some North-South Ministerial meetings than travelling to any specific venue. In the NI Assembly today, the under-prepared Sinn Féin MLA clearly didn’t enjoy being, metaphorically, gently slapped around the chamber by the DUP minister when he pursued a question on the same topic – full exchange here [scroll down]. [He shouldn’t lead with his chin – Ed] Video via BBC NI’s Stormont Live.