No pigeon, or indeed Pidgeon, was harmed in the incident at Stormont's finance committee.
From tackling the NHS crisis to deciding the future of Europe's largest infrastructure project, there's no shortage of issues to face.
Over the next 13 days, we will see how the DUP conversation affects the right wing of British politics in regards to how voters see the legitimacy of a future Conservative government after another general election and it's surely a line left wing parties will attack hard. This is Theresa May's Alamo and her garrison will have to be well armed to protect her mission.
At one of the most fascinating junctures in Northern Ireland's recent political history, it is only Jeremy Corbyn's links with the IRA making headlines. The politics of the day are left largely unreported...
Last year's Northern Ireland Assembly election saw some fascinating developments. From a 50% increase in women's representation, to the growth of cross-community parties and some surprise upsets, it was testament to an evolving democracy, under a voting system that allows voters' diverse views to be represented.
How do you form a programme for government when Northern Irish people are congenitally programmed for disagreement?
The dates May 12 and May 19 2016 could go down in history. The moment Northern Ireland politics were normalised or consolidated
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a disaffected people in possession of a dysfunctional government must be in want of an alternative. A lame government is a dead government. Not in Northern Ireland. Naomi Long said ahead of the election, "The public will not forget the time squandered in delay, deadlock and division."
She is articulate and assertive, and she can dispatch a determined opponent with a withering glance and stinging retort. She straddles a corner of European politics and commands respect from adversaries and allies alike. This isn't Nicola Sturgeon or Angela Merkel, but another strong and popular stateswoman - Arlene Foster.
For those of you that have been following Stormont Crisis No. 3,876 then you're probably aware of just how nauseatingly boring