Sinn Fein coming in?

Perhaps in an attempt to cool the waters before the crisis within Unionism recommences this Autumn, Mitchel McLaughlan told Radio Ulster this morning that Sinn Fein will join the policing board, when Tony Blair implements promised changes to current legislation. The policing board has been the subject of controversy ever since the publication of the blueprint document last year, with only the SDLP initially taking op their seats on it.

After a summer in which the party has largely avoided any concrete answers to the many questions it has been asked about it’s commitment to civil peace, this could be one to keep an weather eye on over the next few months.

Update: Interesting thread developing on this (unmoderated) board.

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