DUP yes, what about Sinn Fein?

Well, how do you read this one? The DUP’s Executive has backed their leader’s efforts to seek a deal. Next stage entails Paisley meeting with General de Chastellaine to examine the practicality of the government proposals on decommissioning. However Gerry Adams’ claims there is not enough of a deal for him to go to the IRA with.

  • peteb

    Two fingers up to those who claimed the DUP was split, Mick?

  • ulsterman

    To hell with SF. They will have to realise that it is the DUP in control now. Time for Adams to go to an organisation he promised would disband in 1998 and get them to disband,

    The Future is Glorious,

    The Future is Ours,

    Rome and Dublin have all been defeated,


  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The DUP Executive decision is a nice bit of window dressing that gives the impression that their is a democratic imperative at work in the higher echelons of the DUPers.
    The decision on whether there is a deal from a unionist perspective is down to the Demon Doc and no one else. If he was to say yes he would take the majority of the DUPers with him regardless of any Executive decision. The same applies to him saying no.
    The Executive decision is not a vote for or against any deal it is confirmation that Paisley can make up their minds for them. Whatever he decides they’ll be happy with.

  • ShayPaul

    The split comes if and when Doctor No says Yes.

  • alex s

    anyone trying to suggest that all the Dupes want to do a deal with the Shinners is in cloud cukoo land

  • Mick Fealty

    Pat, agreed. The window dressing is important,though not crucial. It sets up expectations that the party will deal. And their bottom line would seem more than adequatedly covered by the governments.

    ShayPaul, I’d say there’s about as much chance of that happening as Sinn Fein splitting in the same scenario.

  • Moderate Unionist

    I don’t think the DUP will split whilst the Doc is in charge. If he say’s it OK, it’s OK. The big question is what next. Now that they have agreed to share government with SF, what will they do together for the people of Northern Ireland?

  • ShayPaul


    ShayPaul, I’d say there’s about as much chance of that happening as Sinn Fein splitting in the same scenario.

    What :

    Dr No saying yes ?

    Splitting the Dupes ?

    As for SF I agree the chances are the same, the real question however is what percentage are rump and split.

    I would argue that SF have had more time to walk the walk, and that despite the Doctors credentials and grip on the sect, the fall out would be larger.

    After all it’s not the first time we’ve heard ” I wish I’d never listened to that man ….”.

    Many are heard to cry that “Paisley is not the voice of Unionism” despite the repeated record votes for him, what will the argument be when he is first minister ?

    The wake up call risks to be accompanied by one hell of a hangover.