Everytime there’s an impasse, someone from the DUP and/or Sinn Fein says ‘let’s move on without them (ie the other major party)’. This time, the DUP promises a paper outlining a way forward that is short of power sharing with Sinn Fein; which is not necessarily the same thing. Trouble is, each of the two key parties have a mutual veto button. If Danny Morrison is reflecting the thinking inside the Sinn Fein leadership that there is no rush for a deal this year, then the confidence building in the reality of IRA’s end of campaign statement and decommission may have to take place within a vacuum.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty