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Alex Kane

Both sides may be at loggerheads but neither will want to collapse Stormont

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Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness

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Martin McGuinness

Just when you think you cannot be surprised, along comes a whopping reminder of how fractious Northern Ireland's politics remains.

For all the smiling consensus at joint press conferences over the past few weeks there was always that underlying sense of key players on both sides waiting for the other to make the sort of mistake which would allow them to jump in to reheat old arguments and pick at older scabs.