Former Progressive Democrats politician Liz O’Donnell is perhaps best known for the role she played in negotiating the Good Friday agreement. Yet she wasn’t invited to any of the banquets – or other functions – during one of the most significant events in Anglo-Irish relations: April’s State visit to Britain. And how does she feel about that?

“Well, neither was Blair,” she exclaims gracefully, though obviously disappointed. “That happens in governments. It was a long time ago. It was 1998.”