Alex Maskey has poo pooed the idea that the seven councils plan represents re-partition of Northern Ireland. He points out that although councils will be given more powers, those powers and the conduct of council business will be severely circumscribed by rigid equality provisions to protect minorities. He also suggests that the idea of re-partition supposes that the councils will operate in a vacuum. He clearly presumes there will be a resumption of the Assembly and some form of Executive by the time the new councillors take their seats in 2009.
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