The build up to the next IMC report continues in earnest, with RTÉ reporting that Prime Minister Tony Blair is to meet Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on Thursday, as does the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish Examiner. Interestingly in the Examiner Harry McGee reports that, “The Irish Examiner understands that the report will be largely positive and will pave the way for intense engagement involving the governments and Northern parties.”, that’s not a universal understanding, as noted here previously.Also of interest are the members of the Government delegations meeting on Thursday, as reported by RTÉ –
The Taoiseach will be accompanied at the talks by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, and the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell.
Mr Blair will be accompanied by the Northern Secretary, Peter Hain.
Notice any names missing from that list? Like the NI Security Minister, Shaun Woodward?