Danger signals for ‘deal’

What had been promoted, in some reports, as the SF Ard Chomhairle’s ‘decision’ meeting on the governments’ proposals, has turned out to be nothing more than another ‘briefing’ by their party president.But the alarm bells will be ringing in government, and DUP, circles following the statement by Gerry Adams that, on decommissioning, “he was not in a position to go to the IRA because no final deal had been reached”. That’s a tacit, and public, claim that the IRA have made no firm commitment yet on decommissioning, which the DUP have placed as their first requirement for any deal.

The prospect of the DUP taking the first step, at least publicly, and making a decision at their meeting tomorrow, in those circumstances, is looking less likely.