In a fortnight that saw Gerry and Ian agree to share power and Healy put the ball in the back of the net yet again for the 'green and white army' things are looking very positive for Northern Ireland. BBC radio, clearly interested in the student point of view, had the Union Deputy President elect on to speak about her observations of the student reaction in the eventful fourteen days that have passed.
Sarah McCaffrey, a politics student in her final year, pointed out that the overwhelming joy of most students came on last Wednesday rather than Monday 26th when the soccer team beat previously undefeated Sweden 2-1. She explained that many students donned green shirts to celebrate the win, and watched both the North and Republic's games with equal interest.
On the subject of what has been hailed by Tony Blair as "a very important day" and by Gerry Adams as " a new era" it seems students are very apathetic and struggled to develop any real interest. Ms McCaffrey offered an explanation in the fact that our generation has witnessed the GFA which was hailed as a major step for Northern Ireland but has subsequently seen almost 10 years of little progress since. Are we a more cynical generation as a result - needing proof of practical solutions before we can get enthused about political developments here?
Of course since then we have witnessed further enthusiasm on the part of the Rev Ian; a warm smile, a firm handshake and a pat on the back for the Taoiseach earlier in the week. In the years gone by this would have been inconceivable but now it seems the DUP leader is ready to root out the over-grown hedges between the North and South in favour of a friendlier attitude.
Has reality bitten for the man whose claim of 'No Surrender' was once thought to have been unchallengable? Perhaps realising the end of his career is nigh he has sought to 'go out on a high' as it were? Why has this once outspoken critic of all things Nationalist now finally agreed to share power with their most extreme element?