The DUP have successfully negotiated a good severance package for RIR soldiers faced with redundancy.
The RIR announcement last Autumn had the potential to become the DUP’s political equivalent of the UUP and the Patten Report but the DUP seem to have avoided significant political damage though isolated border communities in particular will still have security concerns.
Is this successful negotiation an omen of things come? Proposals for some form of devolution seem delayed rather than stopped and David Hanson’s plans are still awaited.
Yet the DUP cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It identified a series of measures that would create an “enabling environment”, as these measures are achieved it needs to transform this good news into positive attitudes to renewed devolution.