The game this year will mostly be…

In the wake of the Government’s joint statement, we’re now in an interesting position. On the one hand the government’s dead ball line is November this year. On the other, there is the IMC, already a nascent form of joint authority tasked with delivering a judgement on whether the IRA is keeping to the spirit of the Belfast Agreement. A hard timetable and a requirement for the IRA to be judged clean, would seem not to be compatiable. Unless, of course, you believe in miracles!

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