Nelson McCausland's blatantly anti-GAA stunt – threatening to withhold funding for any club named after dead IRA men – has been holed beneath the water and may now be sinking fast.
And the torpedo that caused the damage to Admiral Nelson? None other than Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP, McCausland's fellow minister in the Executive.
Ritchie's department has just announced that it is has 'part-funded a "garden of reflection" in Bangor in which loyalist paramilitaries are honoured'. 'Three black stones bear the names of a paramilitary group and the names of paramilitaries killed in the Troubles'.
"Local community worker Mark Gordon said he appreciated some people may have concerns but the garden was open to everyone.
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," he said."
Perhaps Mark Gordon should have a word with fellow-loyalist McCausland?
If McCausland's anti-GAA stunt was ever intended to actually come into force, it was likely to be challenged legally by the GAA or some of its legally-minded members. Thanks to Ritchie they won't have to look very far to find a precedent that will seriously embarrass McCausland.