Ahern: direct negotiations would speed process

Gene McKenna highlights the DUP’s refusal to negotiate with Sinn Fein directly as one of the things holding the process back. However it seems unlikely that the party would have the room to manouvre on its election pledge. The shadow boxing continues.

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