Thursday briefing for parties

According to one report, an Irish government spokesman has confirmed that, on Thursday afternoon in Dublin, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will brief the SDLP, Sinn Féin and, interestingly, the Alliance Party on the joint government proposals, expected to be announced on April 6th. Presumably that means the UUP and the DUP are expecting the same in Downing St.. unless Peter Hain has other ideas.. I guess we will find out if there’s a problem as that date, April 6th, gets closer.