I wonder if any fellow-Micks/Paddys - and perhaps others - share my irritation at the increasingly common use of the expression "On the island of Ireland" - as if it were some little rocky islet, or a raft moored to the west of Britain. This bizarre turn-of-phrase seems commonest among Nationalist politicians (Aherne, McGuinness, Adams) but is increasingly adopted by DUP people (Robinson etc.). What pray, is wrong with "In Ireland"? Or, if you must, "In the island of Ireland". People live IN a country, don't they? Only sh1tty birds - like politicians - perch ON it, emitting what comes naturally . . . . .