ONE word is used in Northern Ireland more than any other by both republicans and unionists alike: "difficulty".
Northern Ireland is full of difficulties, according to Martin McGuinness and Gregory Campbell.
But it must be said that difficulties can be overcome; they do not have to remain difficulties.
The word has become contagious in what is becoming the framework for all political debate.
"Difficulty" has developed into an emotive word, but it can be substituted with other, less emotive words, such as hitch, snag, complication, hurdle, jam, spot, or complaint.
The word "difficulty" has an era of permanency about it and should be used sparingly – if at all.
Difficulties can be overcome. It is a question of timing and approach.
Shanbally, Co Cork