SDLP team gets hot under the collar
The ability of some male members of the SDLP to give party matters their full and undivided attention was tested to breaking-point at a recent party get-together in Dundalk.
The Assembly team meeting in the Crown Plaza Hotel was not the only event taking place in the premises that day, and it certainly wasn't the most glamourous.
At the same time the party's MLAs were supposed to be thrashing out pressing issues in focus group discussions, down the corridor the Co Louth heats of the Rose of Tralee festival were being staged.
A party source conceded it was a distraction that proved too much for some of his colleagues.
“Let's just say that after our breaks a few male members had to be fetched from elsewhere in the hotel to come back to where they were supposed to be,” he said.
The DUP avoided a similar diary clash two years ago.
Party officials had to hastily change the venue of a planned briefing at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast when it transpired a transgender conference was taking place in the hotel at the same time.
It's not thought, however, that they feared their members' attention would be distracted in quite the same way as the SDLP.