Parties co-operated for economic package…

THE BBC is reporting that Sinn Fein’s Dara O’Hagan and the DUP’s George Dawson* were part of talks with the business community that led to the call for a £1 billion economic package for Northern Ireland as part of any deal to restore devolution. The DUP is stressing this was not part of the negotiations – one wonders what caveats are now left to avoid direct talks.* The others were reported as Sean Farren (SDLP), Sir Reg empey (UUP) and Sean Neeson (Alliance).