It will then a nominate a First Minister who, by the simple passage of the generations, cannot have had any role in the Troubles.
And then, what?
None of this would make the profoundly sceptical Republic any more inclined to take on the Six Counties.
A member of Sinn Féin has no more chance of becoming Taoiseach than a member of the DUP has of becoming Prime Minister.
But behind all of this is the mounting sense that, whether or not the 26-County State wanted anything to do with Northern Ireland, the English were no longer prepared to pay for its farmers to make a profit out of heating their empty sheds.
If that meant that they were on their own, then they would be on their own.
Truly, the two sides in Northern Ireland are the ginger stepchildren of London and Dublin respectively.