David Trimble's renewed criticism of the Republic probably has more to do with electioneering than anything else.
And some might say the former first minister's opinions on this matter are irrelevant but it does not stop them from being offensive and potentially damaging.
Mr Trimble was reported in an American newspaper as saying that the Irish state had no reason for existence other than to maintain Catholicism and anti-Britishness.
The Ulster Unionist Party leader was then quoted as saying: "You still can't fly Union Jacks in Ireland" and followed this up with an accusation that although you would "see the flags of every country in Europe" in shops, Union Jacks "will be littered on the floor".
Hopefully the people of Chicago will treat these ridiculous claims with the contempt they deserve.
And hopefully Mr Trimble will turn his attention to serious attempts to solve our problems here, rather than making outrageous claims in America.