Policing drama

John Reid confirms the creation of a ceasefire monitor. Richard Haass agrees. Sinn Fein dismiss it as a stunt to help David Trimble out of a sticky situation. Suzanne Breen agrees, but takes an opportunity to excoriate the quality of NI politicians in general. Brian Cowen adds his voice to the pressure for Sinn Fein to jump onto the policing board.

The final decision on joining the police board (or not) will be taken for Sinn Fein by its ruling council. The Irish government urges moves to allow easier transference from Garda to PSNI.