And what of Unionism?

Tom Griffin got good copy from Nigel Dodds’ address to a private meeting in London back in November: “The DUP were in no hurry to achieve a deal and would not be cowed by the deadlines set by HMG [Her Majesty’s Government]. The DUP would only reach a deal if it could be certain it would bring lasting and real peace to Ulster. This meant decommissioning of all terrorist weapons positive proof that this was happening, such as documented proof of photographs, video footage, inventories, witnesses present at the decommissioning, etc”. The DUP may now consider they concluded a good piece of business, considering the subsequent course of events.

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