But campaigners insisted they would keep holding the rallies at the gates of the Dail until the politicians inside changed their ways
It is now obvious that this once strict policy of isolating and opposing Islamist and other militant groups until they unilaterally changed their ways
has not worked, and will not work.
Instead of a formula which allows dangerous criminals to walk free, whether they have changed their ways
or not, the Scottish Executive should start using common sense.
He proposed a new law making them liable for prosecution under the Sex Discrimination Act unless they changed their ways
Even if the European Court of Human Rights had had its way and imposed its will on the UK Government, it's hard to imagine that parents - who have used this form of punishment sensibly for generations - would have changed their ways